Ito Marine Town is located in Ito in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. It is a roadside station where you can dine, shop, take a sightseeing boat, and even relax in a hot spring. In recent years, these roadside stations, known as Michi-no-Eki, are becoming more popular in Japan, especially along roads where many tourists pass by in tour buses and cars. This is where you can get your hands on experiences from the local area that you are traveling to. Many Michi-no-Eki usually only provide places to eat and shop, but because Ito Marine Town is located in the famous hot spring area, this Michi-no-Eki is particularly popular and special because you get to hop into a hot spring.
Enjoy local food at Ito Marine Town
Relax and stretch your legs at the Seaside Spa
If you do not need to get a full hot spring experience, there is also an outdoor hot spring section for feet. It is called “ashiyu,” and is a hot spring for feet. This outdoor foot hot spring is free and open to anybody who visits, so you could at least get your feet free and relax. Just be warned though that you may see some dogs bathing at some areas of this ashiyu spots, and indeed, there is a section where dogs can enjoy ashiyu with people at Ito Marine Town.
Find Shizuoka’s best produce as your souvenirs
Of course, for those who enjoy Japanese sake, this is also a great place to find the local specialties. If you travel around Japan, you realize that each place has its own unique sake and this is also where you can find sake from the Ito area. Of course, if you happen to be driving, please do not test the sake, but let your companions try it for you. If you are traveling on a train or a bus, you can definitely sip a little and test it to find what may suit your taste.
Take a walk and enjoy a Japanese marine town
Enjoy your choice of Ito local specialties
Ito Marine Town is a good place to visit before and after your adventure in Ito. If you visit before your adventure, you get to learn all the things special to Ito, so that when you visit the rest of the area, you know what to eat, try, and experience. If you visit after your adventure in Ito, you can purchase souvenirs that you missed during your adventure and also try the last bit of Shizuoka before you travel back to where you started. In addition, for those who want to do little more than eating and shopping, you can always get on a boat to explore a little more of this area out in the ocean or relax at a hot spring to treat yourself. From young to old, you can find at least an activity or two at Ito Marine Town before you move onto your next travel destination.
Of course, the parking is free. The parking lot can accommodate 273 cars and 9 large buses so there is plenty of space to park. If you are visiting from Ito train station, it is 15 minutes or so on foot along National Road 135 to the west from the station.
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