What is Shuzenji?
There are many hot spring resort towns scattered throughout Japan. One of the oldest and most famous of these hot springs is Shuzenji Onsen. It is located on the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka prefecture, and the peaceful scenery is popular among Japanese people. Built along the Katsura River, there are hot springs, restaurants, small shops, museums, Shuzenji temple, and little walking paths for all your exploring needs.
Shuzenji is doable as a day trip from Tokyo, but if you are coming from Nagoya or Kyoto/Osaka, you will want to spend at least one night in a nearby town, like Mishima, Atami, or Numazu.
How do I get there?
To get to Shuzenji you need to take Tokaido Shinkansen or the Tokaido Main Line to Mishima Station. From Mishima station, you need to change to the Izu-Hakone Line, which will take you to Shuzenji Station in 30 minutes. From there, you should take a bus into the hot spring area of the town.
When my husband and I went, we decided to walk from the station into town instead of take the bus. This probably wasn’t the best decision because it is about a 30-40 minute walk. We did, however, get this lovely view of the Kano River.