Hot Spot

GETTING INTO HOT WATER Throw a dart at a map of the Izu Peninsula and you'll likely hit an onsen, or hot spring. These naturally occurring geothermic sources are the primary reason Japanese tourists flock to the Izu, and rightly so: the baths, often attached to hotels, make for a stress-killing date with relaxation. Shimoda and its environs boast a number of splendid onsen inns, or ryokan, like the Kannon, 15 kilometers out of town. A room for one including two meals goes for $120 a night. Call (81-55) 828 1234 for reservations. But if you just want to take...

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