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Shuzen-ji Temple, Izu

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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. Make Shuzen-ji Temple part of your personalized Izu itinerary using our Izu trip itinerary builder app.
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  • Ancient building set very close to the Main Street and bus station (from Shuzenji station). Though not big in size there is a great sense of peace and pride in its presence. The area up the hill... 
    Ancient building set very close to the Main Street and bus station (from Shuzenji station). Though not big in size there is a great sense of peace and pride in its presence. The area up the hill...  more »
  • Came in here for a stroll, offer a sense of peace and the garden here is very pretty. Can spend 5-10 minute here. 
    Came in here for a stroll, offer a sense of peace and the garden here is very pretty. Can spend 5-10 minute here.  more »
  • Shuzenji is half an hour South of Mishima, but it is worth the detour. The landscape is lovely, the small town/village charming. A real highlight is the temple - it is beautifully situated in its own....  more
    Shuzenji is half an hour South of Mishima, but it is worth the detour. The landscape is lovely, the small town/village charming. A real highlight is the temple - it is beautifully situated in its own....  more »

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