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Last stop on my Izu peninsula mini-tour, I spent one day in Shuzenji only to get some rest and get closer to mount Fuji, which I was to climb the following day. Shuzenji is located inland and as a consequence, there's no breathtaking view like the one I had the day before. Upon arriving, I looked as usual for a place to stay for the night and found a ryokan that seemed very attractive. At 30000yen a night, it was quite expensive and so I asked for a "guided tour" before deciding whether I'd stay or not. You will only see a picture of the front:

I have to say that my first impression was largely confirmed: a beautiful place, with gorgeous baths and a seemingly rich history, judging from the numerous old pictures and objects that were displayed. Still, I finally took it down. If there'd been a nice view over the ocean or the mountains, I'd certainly have accepted but in this case, that was a little too expensive. So I eventually ended up at a minshuku which was much less attractive, but also five times cheaper.

As for the town itself, well there's not much to see...Here are a few pictures of the town:

And one of the main attractions:

Just a public foot bath! Sure it's nice, but don't they have anything better than that...

The temple:

And a few graves and monuments dedicated to famous people, some of them very old and scattered throughout the forest:

To be honest, Shuzenji is perfect to stop by for an afternoon as it has a very relaxed atmosphere, but I don't see the point in staying any longer. Anyway, my goal was precisely to stay only one day, have a quiet night and get some good rest for climbing mount Fuji on the following day...

...A goal which I didn't even manage to achieve! Indeed I spent a terrible night as the room was way too hot and I'm not even sure I slept! Maybe I should have paid 30000yen and stayed at that ryokan...

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By Jérôme on 10/22/2007 at 21:50:02

En tout cas, ça devait être calme en effet, on ne voit quasiment personne.
Par contre, les photos ne donne pas l'impression qu'il faisait chaud, c'est bizarre.

By Frank on 10/23/2007 at 10:11:12

Vivement l'ascension du Mont Fuji pour un peu d'action !

By Tarto on 10/23/2007 at 14:44:50

@Jérôme : tiens t'as raison, les photos ne rendent pas bien la chaleur qu'il faisait, pourtant je t'assure qu'elle était bien présente. Ou bien était-ce moi qui avait des chaleurs...
@Frank : t'inquiète, j'ai deux bonnes semaines d'action en stock ! Il me faut juste du temps pour rédiger tout ç soit donc pas si pressé petit scarabée

By Allison on 10/24/2007 at 08:10:15

@Jérôme : normal que quasi personne soit dehors s'il fait chaud ! Les gens ne sont pas fous, pas d'effort quand il fait chaud ! Sauf pour Hervé :)

By Fil on 10/25/2007 at 18:28:49

Does this mean you are back in Japan now? What have you managed to do before starting to work? I hope your trip back to France was fun.

Based on your blog entries, I was thinking of passing through the Izu area when I'm in Japan next month, but my itinerary has become quite full and I can't fit it in. A shame.

If you are interested, I will email you my itinerary. I would also be interested to know where you stayed when near Mt. Aso. I found a hostel there, but they are proving rather difficult to contact from Canada.

By Tarto on 10/26/2007 at 01:26:26

Hey Fil
Yes, I'm back in Japan and I'm doing some island-hopping in Okinawa at the moment. I'm going back to Nagoya tomorrow because I don't have much money left...Please email me your itinerary, I'll check it. I've also traveled 10 days in Hokkaido and I've been in Okinawa now for about the same time. I haven't had time to write anything about that yet, but I can sure give you lots of information if you need.
And I'll email you about that hostel near Aso.

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