Shuzenji & Central Izu
Ever since Saint Kobo found a hot spring in the bed of the Katsura River and then founded Shuzenji Temple some 1,200 years ago, the area has developed as a temple town as well as being a hot spring resort. The old temples, shrines, and traditional buildings of the prestige hotels along the river set a refined atmosphere, which has attracted visitors including famous writers and artists. The central part of the town can be explored on foot in half a day stopping at historic sites, going over red arched bridges, and strolling through the bamboo forest path.
Even more charms of Mid Izu scattered around Shuzenji. Check the following to make your own itinerary.