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Izu

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For other places with the same name, see Izu (disambiguation).

Izu (伊豆市 Izu-shi) is a city in Shizuoka. People often use the word "Izu" to refer to the entire Izu Peninsula, located in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture.

Shūzenji (修善寺) is a major hot spring town which merged with other towns in 2004 to form Izu.

Understand[edit]

Shuzen-ji Temple

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]

1 Shuzenji Station Shuzenji Station on Wikipedia is the last station on a ride through a broad valley on the Izuhakone Railway Sunzu Line, connecting to Mishima on the Tokaido Shinkansen and the JR Tokaido Main Line. From Mishima, it takes about 35 minutes and costs ¥510. A trip from Tokyo on the Hikari or Kodama Shinkansen takes 1½-2 hours (¥4,830; with Japan Rail Pass you only have to pay the ¥510 for the Izuhakone Railway segment). From Tokyo, there is also a twice-daily (departing 09:00 and 12:00, returning 12:35 and 15:39) Odoriko limited express, completing the trip in about 2 hours for ¥4,510.

Shuzenji can also be reached by Tokai bus from other places on the Izu Peninsula.

Get around[edit]

Map of Izu

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

See[edit]

  • 1 Shuzenji Temple (修禅寺), +81 558-72-0053. Shuzenji Temple has a small museum with some nice artifacts that are related to its founder, Kobo Daishi. ¥300.

Do[edit]

Tokko-no-yu
Hakoyu
Illuminated autumn leaves in Niji-no-Sato
  • 1 Cycle Sport Center (Buses run from Shuzenji Station). A bicycle themed amusement park with pedal-powered roller coasters, a 5-km bike course, a 400-m racing piste and an MTB course. An adjacent onsen spa is available. General admission: adults ¥800, children ¥600. Attractions ¥300-600.
  • 2 Hakoyu (筥湯). 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. ¥350.
  • 3 Niji-no-Sato (虹の郷, "Rainbow Village"), 4279-3 Shuzenji (Buses run from Shizenji Station), +81 558-72-7111. Daily 09:00-16:30. A large amusement theme park on nature and British architecture with a Canadian village, an English village, and completed with a train and a Japanese garden. Adults ¥1200, children ¥600.
  • 4 Shuzenji Bairin (修善寺梅林) (20-minute walk uphill from Shuzenji Temple). A plum garden park atop Mt. Daruma. In February the tourist association holds a plum blossom festival. Free.
  • 5 Tokko-no-yu (独鈷の湯). 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.
  • 6 Wasabi fields of Ikadaba (筏場のわさび田 Ikadaba no wasabi-da), Ikadaba, +81 558 83-2636 (Izu tourism bureau Nakaizu branch).

Buy[edit]

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

Eat[edit]

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.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

There are many hot spring hotels in town.

  • 1 Hotel-Fuji Fugaku Gunjo (富岳群青), 2461-1 Yagisawa, +81 558-99-1111, fax: +81-558-99-1112. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. Fugaku Gunjo is a place where you can enjoy watching the sea, dine on great food and enjoy a nice hot spring. Each room has a private open-air bath so you can enjoy the view of the sea while taking a bath. ¥63,00073,000.
  • 2 Shuzenji Forest (修善寺フォーレスト) (About 10 min drive from Shuzenji Station.), +81 3-3666-0068. Offers comfortable cottages. There are several types of rooms including terraced cottages for 2-10 people, deluxe detached houses for 10-20 people. All properties have a kitchen and hot spring, and partially outdoor bath. You can also BBQ. Off-peak season ¥6200 per person, peak-season ¥13,700 per person.
  • Sora Togetsusō Kinryū (宙渡月荘金龍) (At the edge of Shuzenji, within 2 min 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 20:00 and by women after 20:00. There are also private outdoor hot spring that can be rented for 40 minutes for ¥2000. Room-only rates for one night are about ¥21,000.
  • 3 Unryu (運龍), 439 Nashimoto, Kawazu-cho, Kamo-gun, +81 558-36-8331. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 11:00. Unryu is ryokan which covers an area of approximately 9,900 square meters and features a walking trail only for guests.
  • Yutorian Shuzenji Hotel (YUTORIAN修善寺ホテル) (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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