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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. 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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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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  • It was founded by Kobo Daishi who is one of the most important figures in Japanese Buddhism. Kobo Daishi or Kukai is one of the founders of Japanese Esotoric Buddhism.  more »
  • The town was kind of built around this temple. It's a Buddhist temple and it's linked to the onsen nearby also the power struggle at the Kamakura Shoganate (1185 to 1333). It's a relatively small temp...  more »
  • Nothing special about this temple, it looks like other temples in Japan, but when we came there was a nice exhibition of Hina Matsuri (Hina dolls) in the temple, which was nice. Definitely come by to ...  more »