Shuzenji is the oldest onsen on the Izu Peninsula and is said to have been founded by Kobo Daishi (a priest also known as Kukai). The onsen is situated at the center point of Naka-Izu (Central Izu) and is surrounded by a number of places of historical interest but remains a quiet onsen town surrounded by trees. Shuzenji, like other areas in Izu has drawn many writers to its streets bathed in the sound of the Katsura River which can be heard trickling away amidst the ever present clouds of steam. “Tokko-no-yu” is one of the original hot springs in Shuzenji but as bathing is now prohibited (in the area) is only open to view – not for those wishing to take a dip. A stone-paved path along the bamboo grove lined riverbank is perfect for a peaceful stroll.
Take a bus from Syuzenji Sta. to Syuzenjionsen bus stop.
Shuzenji, Izu city, Shizuoka