Shuzen-ji Temple, Izu

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#1 of 15 in Historic Sites in Izu
Explore the Zen Buddhist Shuzen-ji Temple, the historic scene of death and tragedy in the Minamoto family. Reputedly founded by revered religious personality Kobo Daishi (who also supposedly created the township's hot springs by striking rocks with his stick) in 807 CE, the site became infamous after witnessing the suicide and assassination of two generations of Minamoto family patriarchs, around the turn of the 13th century. Nowadays, the site is thankfully a lot more peaceful. You can take part in meditation classes on Tuesdays from 9 am, and relax in the peaceful grounds. Look out for a picturesque bamboo forest nearby. Use our Izu holiday planner to visit Shuzen-ji Temple on your trip to Izu, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 8, 2017
    This temple is not very big, but well kept and pretty. Sometimes big tour groups come by, but they don't stay there too long. It is otherwise pretty nice and quiet.  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    And enters the main temple is liberated from the hustle and bustle of the street, walking on gravel the cicadas chirping sound dominates around instead. Also, hot wind is fresh, felt with asphalt seems to lie.
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  • August 5, 2017
    Land of the Shuzenji temple itself was not widely soon will be watched, but feel style building and garden, look, no temple was hurt. Worth turns around the temple are very fun.
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Where to stay in Izu

Izu possesses plentiful accommodations, with the established resort town receiving many domestic and international visitors each year. The most popular place to stay close to the city center remains the area surrounding Shuzenji hot spring. Onsite bathhouses, known as "onsen," use the naturally-warmed water from the hot spring in a range of spa treatments. You can find some more budget-friendly options here, but the emphasis remains primarily on luxury. Look along the regional roads that converge at Shuzenji station for more options, including guesthouses and hotels.
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