A beloved haven for intellectuals. One of the major hot spring resorts in the region.
Shuzen-ji is located almost in the center of the Izu-hanto Peninsula, on a hill surrounded by the Amagi, Sugumo and Daruma mountains. It is one of the major hot spring resorts in Naka-Izu that developed along the Katsura-gawa River. Many scholars, artists and writers love the quiet atmosphere of Shuzen-ji-onsen Hot Spring and have spent much time there. There is a legend that Kobo-Daishi, the great monk of the 8th century, pounded on a rock with his Buddhist walking stick, called a 'tokko,' to bring forth the hot spring water. The spring was therefore named Tokko-no-yu, or Tokko Hot Spring, and it is the birthplace of the Shuzen-ji-onsen Hot Spring area. It is located in the center of the town and visitors are welcome. Shuzen-ji Oku-no-in was erected by Kobo-Daishi in the beautiful temple grounds of Shuzen-ji, where he is said to have received his training as a Buddhist monk in his youth.
Shuzen-ji Niji-no-sato is a theme park where streets of 17th century England are reproduced in the Igirisu-mura, or English Village. Workshops for Japanese traditional crafts line the town of Takumi-no-mura, or Skilled Artisans' Village. Flowers of the season are always blooming in the park.
From Tokyo :
[Rail] 1h to Mishima Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen "Kodama", or, 45 min to Mishima Station by JR Tokaidou Shinkansen "Hikari" and 33 min from Mishima to Shuzenji Station by Izu-Hakone Sunzu Line.
From Osaka :
[Rail] 2h 30 min from Shin-Osaka Station to Mishima Station by Shinkansen.