Spotlight – SHUZENJI ONSEN

For centuries Shuzenji Onsen has been a place for refuge & reflection – it is still the perfect spot to take a moment to refresh your body, mind and spirit.

The Hot SPring town of your dreams

ONSEN, BEAUTIFUL RYOKAN, JAPANESE HOSPITALITY AND TRANQUILITY

SHUZENJI – LITTLE KYOTO

Shuzenji is often referred to as ‘Little Kyoto’ due to the fact that it has the feeling of Old Town Kyoto with cobbled streets, centuries old ryokan and temples that date back more than 1200 years – it even has a bamboo forest.

Comparably Shuzenji is much smaller and compact when compared with Kyoto and does not share the illustrious history of the spiritual center of Japan.

A PLACE OF REFUGE

Although it does not share Kyoto’s historical relevance Shuzenji does have a unique and interesting history of its own.

The first prominent visitor to Shuzenji is Kobo Daishi – one of Japan’s most influential zen buddhist monks who founded the temples at Mt Koya in Wakayama.

Kobo Daishi is said to have visited in the 9th century and is said to have created the hot springs and established Shuzenji Temple.

In the early 13th century Kamakura period Minamoto Yoriie, who spent a very short time as Shogun of Japan, was exiled to Shuzenji .

REFRESH

For centuries weary travelers have been stopping in Shizuoka Prefecture looking to refresh and recharge as they make their way along the Old Tokaido Highway. 

Today is no different and if you are looking for somewhere to escape and take a few days to refresh there are many options. 

ATAMI STATION

Atami Onsen was not on the Tokaido Highway but the area became popular with Tokyoites as it is one of the most easily accessible traditional Japanese Onsen towns from the capital city and offers respite with ryokan and ocean view hot springs.

MISHIMA STATION

For more than 1,000 years Shuzenji Onsen has provided refuge for people looking to escape from the stress of everyday life, refresh and recharge enjoying traditional Japanese hospitality.

However, if retail therapy or a round of golf is your idea of an ideal escape in order to refresh head to Gotemba and enjoy one of the 20+ golf courses or hit the shops at Japan's most popular outlet mall - all with the Majestic Mt Fuji as your backdrop. More...

HAMAMATSU STATION

Kanzanji Onsen area on the shores of Lake Hamana has been a favourite destination for decades and is an ideal location to refresh - roof top hot springs, amazing sunsets, lake activities, flower garden boat cruises, golf and zen temples. More...

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CHECK MT FUJI TRAVEL TO REFRESH & RELAX AROUND SHIZUOKA

JAPANESE ‘OMOTENASHI’

The word of Omotenashi is a term used to describe Japanese hospitality and the practice of ensuring that once visitors arrive at traditional Japanese inns they are so well looked after that they need not worry about anything except total relaxation.

The tradition of Omotenashi has been refined over centuries in Shuzenji and there is arguably no better place to experience the true meaning of the word than here.

Spend a day wandering through the charming town area and bamboo forest, enjoy foot baths, wasabi ice cream.

The Shuzenji Omotenashi Ryokan experience and will make you feel like you are a million miles away from all your worries and stress.

LINKS AND INFORMATION

Check the Shuzenji Onsen Escape Model Course

5 Famous Onsen Destinations in Shizuoka

Shuzenji Onsen Website

 More info – Shuzenji Walking Through History

Shuzenji Baird Brewery

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