Shuzen-ji town has been a mountain spa resort since 807, when a famous Buddhist monk, Kukai, discovered a hot spring source (Tokko-no-yu) in the middle of the Izu Peninsula. The town includes two beautiful paths (one along the Katsura River, and one that passes through a bamboo grove), and five red bridges. There is also Hie Jinja Shrine, Shuzen-ji Temple, Oyukake-chigo Daishi (a Buddhist statue and water basin which has the power to heal painful body parts), and Shigetsu-den Temple (including Minamoto Yoriie's and his follower’s graves). A few nice teahouses and small craft shops also make for enjoyable browsing.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。