- For other places with the same name, see Izu (disambiguation).
Shūzenji (修善寺) is a major hot spring town which merged with other towns in 2004 to form Izu.
In 2007, Shuzenji celebrated the 1200th anniversary of its founding. The original town was built around Shuzen-ji Temple, from which it gains its name. It is a pleasant little town with many hot spring hotels overlooking the river.
1 Shuzenji Station is the last station on a ride through a broad valley on the Izuhakone Railway Sunzu Line, connecting to Mishima on the Tokaido Shinkansen and the JR Tokaido Main Line. From Mishima, it takes about 35 minutes and costs ¥510. A trip from Tokyo on the Hikari or Kodama Shinkansen takes 1½-2 hours (¥4,830; with Japan Rail Pass you only have to pay the ¥510 for the Izuhakone Railway segment). From Tokyo, there is also a twice-daily (departing 09:00 and 12:00, returning 12:35 and 15:39) Odoriko limited express, completing the trip in about 2 hours for ¥4,510.
The old town center of Shuzenji can be reached by bus from Shuzenji Station in about 10 minutes, departing roughly every 15 minutes.
- 1 Cycle Sport Center (Buses run from Shuzenji Station). A bicycle themed amusement park with pedal-powered roller coasters, a 5-km bike course, a 400-m racing piste and an MTB course. An adjacent onsen spa is available. General admission: adults ¥800, children ¥600. Attractions ¥300-600.
- 2 Hakoyu (筥湯). A cedar-lined public bath built in 2000 by the tourist association. Also has a three-story tower that gives a nice view over the roofline of the town. ¥350.
- 3 Niji-no-Sato (虹の郷, "Rainbow Village"), 4279-3 Shuzenji (Buses run from Shizenji Station), ☏ . Daily 09:00-16:30. A large amusement theme park on nature and British architecture with a Canadian village, an English village, and completed with a train and a Japanese garden. Adults ¥1200, children ¥600.
- 4 Shuzenji Bairin (修善寺梅林) (20-minute walk uphill from Shuzenji Temple). A plum garden park atop Mt. Daruma. In February the tourist association holds a plum blossom festival. Free.
- 5 Tokko-no-yu (独鈷の湯). The historic spot where Shuzenji's springs were first discovered by Kobo Daishi. A small public rotenburo (open-air bath) in the middle of the town center — but it's not for bathing your whole body, only your feet! Free.
- 6 Wasabi fields of Ikadaba (筏場のわさび田 Ikadaba no wasabi-da), Ikadaba, ☏ (Izu tourism bureau Nakaizu branch).
Shuzenji's numerous gift shops feature fresh wasabi (and all manner of wasabi flavored foods), black rice, and locally made bamboo products such as baskets and kitchen utensils
Opposite to the Sora Togetsusou Kinryu hotel is the Nayuta bar with a laidback atmosphere and it is decorated with a large collection of miniature toys. They serve different foods, from ramen to their own version of takoyaki. The bar owner is a fan of Santana.
There are many hot spring hotels in town.
- 1 Hotel-Fuji Fugaku Gunjo (富岳群青), 2461-1 Yagisawa, ☏ , fax: . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. Fugaku Gunjo is a place where you can enjoy watching the sea, dine on great food and enjoy a nice hot spring. Each room has a private open-air bath so you can enjoy the view of the sea while taking a bath. ¥63,00073,000.
- 2 Shuzenji Forest (修善寺フォーレスト) (About 10 min drive from Shuzenji Station.), ☏ . Offers comfortable cottages. There are several types of rooms including terraced cottages for 2-10 people, deluxe detached houses for 10-20 people. All properties have a kitchen and hot spring, and partially outdoor bath. You can also BBQ. Off-peak season ¥6200 per person, peak-season ¥13,700 per person.
- Sora Togetsusō Kinryū (宙渡月荘金龍) (At the edge of Shuzenji, within 2 min walk of the city center.). The stylish hotel has beautifully decorated Japanese style rooms with their own wooden bathtub. One of the public hot springs has a very modern lighting design, which can be visited by men before 20:00 and by women after 20:00. There are also private outdoor hot spring that can be rented for 40 minutes for ¥2000. Room-only rates for one night are about ¥21,000.
- 3 [formerly dead link] Unryu (運龍), 439 Nashimoto, Kawazu-cho, Kamo-gun, ☏ . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 11:00. Unryu is ryokan which covers an area of approximately 9,900 square meters and features a walking trail only for guests.
- Yutorian Shuzenji Hotel (YUTORIAN修善寺ホテル) (About 10 minutes' walk from the Shuzenji Onsen bus stop.). It features an Indonesian themed public area. Rooms are mainly Western/Japanese style with beds and tatami. There are indoor and outdoor onsen baths for men and women, and a mixed-sex bath in a cave discovered by the owner. Room rates including dinner and breakfast start at 12,000 per person.