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Niijima: Shrine and Cemetery

The relics of an island used for 200 years for exile

During the Edo period, academics, scholars and even Buddhist monks were exiled as political prisoners to Niijima. Behind the cemetery itself is Jusansha Shrine, hundreds of years old and erected in honour of the Izu island's 13 gods. Buddhism meets beaches as the island's unique and surreal exile cemetery and shrine provide an insight into the now relaxed surfer region in its bygone era.

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