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45 minute ride on the bus took me to Shuzenji Onsen in the center of Izu Peninsula. Though I’ve ever reported about Shuzenji Onsen several times before, I here introduce again some of the tourist spots of Shuzenji briefly. First definitely comes the picture of town which always reminds me of Arashiyama, Kyoto. It may always look small but luxurious to me, the very Onsen resort that Japan can boast of, I would say.
This is “Shuzenji Temple” established by Kobo-daishi more than 1200 years ago. It’s also known as one of the best spots for Koyo ( autumn leaves ) around this season.
You can’t tell about Kobo-daishi without “Tokko-no Yu” hot spring. About 1200 years ago, Kobo-daishi saw a benevolent boy in Katsura River washing his diseased father’s body and thought the water would be too cold for them to get poured. So he stood on the riverside to tap a rock with his Tokko, an instrument for Buddhist rituals. Then, believe it or not, hot water blew out. This is how Shuzenji Onsen began. Tokko-no Yu is the very origin of Shuzenji spa resort. There you can now enjoy it as Ashiyu foot spa free of charge.
Walking along Katsura River, you will see the picturesque sceneries as in the picture with autumn leaves and the red bridge.
Going across the red bridge, you will get into the well-known “Chikurin-no Komichi”, the pathway in the bamboo forest. This is the very image of Japanese traditional cultures. Actually, there used to come old great literary figures and artists in Shuzenji and they left a body of works that have become representative of Japanese literature. Accordingly, there are lots of traditional ryokan inns in Shuzenji and this time, I’ll introduce some of them, especially some of the most luxurious ones to let you know what is the tradition !
The autumn leaves around Shuzenji are now at their best, by the way. I strongly advise you living in Japan to visit Shuzenji this weekend !＾＾ It takes only 1.5 hours from Tokyo by train. Please enjoy the Japan’s best autumn in Shuzenji !
Shuzenji Onsen spa resort
Access ： JR Mishima → Shuzenji Station by Izu-hakone railroad（ 30 min ） → 10 minutes by #１bus to “Shuzenji Onsen”
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The following is the current time-table for Tokai Bus bound for Shuzenji from Toi Port. 50 minutes to Shuzenji Station and schedule below is same on Weekday and Weekend.
5:52/6:32 ,52/7:27/8:37/9:29 ,52/10:47/11:47
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Good Morning Nihonyanagi san,
I would like to know how to get from Toi port to Shuzenji Onsen, the bus frequency and the duration as well.