If you have the chance to visit Shuzenji in Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka Prefecture, one of the oldest hot springs resort in Japan whose history has been traced back more than 1,400 years, even a single day return trip would make it worthwhile! There are lots of things to see, experience and taste there! I make a point to pay it a visit at least twice a year at different seasons!
The access is very easy: Change lines and Station at Mishima City, it is only 510 yen and 30 minutes away!
Yesterday I only had a couple of hours to enjoy the place on my way back to Shizuoka City, but I managed to take some pictures just to share a small glimpse of the village (it used to be a city!)!
Many traditional houses along the river, be they private abodes or restaurants or shops!
A beautiful stream bisects the site into two distinctive halves!
Leaves are finally starting to change colors!
Take a stroll across the large bamboo grove park…
and take a peek at old houses though the bamboo trees…
Keep your eyes open and you will surely discover calligraphic designs to emulate!
Talking of design, who might have thought of a car for a cafe ensign? Beautiful cafe, incidentally!
A sight rapidly disappearing in Japan, but there are still at least three of these doll rifle shooting stands in Shuzenji!
You are bound to discover some beautiful noren/暖簾/shop entrance curtains! This one is at the entrance of a busy soba restaurant!
Shuzenji is also a paradise for antiques and collectors!
Restaurants are still built and re-built in the traditional way!
Simplicity made beautiful in a noren!
What’s left hanging in front of this big electric fan?
The Izu Peninsula produces half of the whole Japanese sun-dried seafood/himono/干物 in Japan!
There are plenty of mysterious lanes, streets, passages and stairs to explore!
This “tower” is the actual entrance to a public (for a fee) hot springs bath!
This public and free foot hot spring bath in the middle of the river has a 1,400 year-long history!
A welcome dip for my tired feet!
The best way to finish the day: a cold beer in one of the many cute cafes!
Hoping to meet you somewhere else very soon!
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