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Shūzenji (修善寺) is a major hot spring town on the Izu Peninsula of Honshu, Japan.

Understand[edit]

in 2007, Shuzenji celebrated the 1200th anniversary of its founding. The original town was built around Shuzen-ji Temple, from which it gains its name. It is a pleasant little town with many hot spring hotels overlooking the river.

Get in[edit]

The Izu-Hakone line connects Shuzenji to Mishima with a train ride through a broad valley. Mishima can be reached by the Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo, on the Kodama service. Some of the Odoriko trains travel through to Shuzenji from Tokyo.

Shuzenji can also be reached by Tokai bus, [1], from other places in the Izu Peninsula.

Get around[edit]

The old town center can be reached by bus from Shuzenji train station in about 10 minutes, departing roughly every 15 minutes.

See[edit][add listing]

Shuzenji temple has a small museum with some nice artefacts that are related to its founder, Kobo Daishi. Entrance fee is ¥300.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Tokko-no-yu. The historic spot where Shuzenji's springs were first discovered by Kobo Daishi. A small public rotenburo (open-air bath) in the middle of the town center — but it's not for bathing your whole body, only your feet! Free.
  • Shuzenji Bairin is a plum garden park atop Mt. Daruma. In February the tourist association holds a plum blossom festival. It is a 20 minute walk (uphill) from Shuzenji temple. Admission is free.
  • Hakoyu is a cedar lined public bath built in 2000 by the tourist association. Also has a three story tower that gives a nice view over the roofline of the town. Admission 350 yen.
  • Cycle Sport Center is a bicycle themed amusement park with pedal-powered roller coasters, a 5K bike course, a 400m racing piste and an MTB course. General admission is 800 yen for adults, 600 for children with attractions running between 300 and 600 yen each. All day passes are available. An adjacent onsen spa is available. Buses run from Shuzenji station.
  • Niji no Sato is a large amusement park with a Canadian village, an English village, completed with train) and a Japanese garden. Admission 1200 yen for adults, 600 yen for children. Buses run from Shizenji station.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Opposite to the Sora Togetsusou Kinryu hotel is the Nayuta bar with a laidback atmosphere and it is decorated with a large collection of miniature toys. They serve different foods, from ramen to their own version of takoyaki. The bar owner is a fan of Santana.

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Buy[edit][add listing]

Shuzenji's numerous gift shops feature fresh wasabi (and all manner of wasabi flavored foods), black rice, and locally made bamboo products such as baskets and kitchen utensils

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are many hot spring hotels in town.

  • Sora Togetsusō Kinryū (宙渡月荘金龍), [2]. The hotel is located along the edge of town, within 2 mins walk of the city center. The stylish hotel has beautifully decorated Japanese style rooms with their own wooden bathtub. One of the public hot springs has a very modern lighting design, which can be visited by men before 8pm and by women after 8pm. There are also private out door hot spring that can be rented for 40 minutes for ¥2000. Room only rates for one night are about ¥21,000.
  • Yutorian Shuzenji Hotel (YUTORIAN修善寺ホテル) [3] is located about 10 minutes' walk from the Shuzenji Onsen bus stop. It features an Indonesian themed public area. Rooms are mainly Western/Japanese style with beds and tatami. There are indoor and outdoor onsen baths for men and women, and a mixed-sex bath in a cave discovered by the owner. Room rates including dinner and breakfast start at 12,000 per person.

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