Thursday, September 8, 2011
Shuzenji in the center of the Izu penizula in Shizuoka prefecture, the town was built 1200 years ago around the the Shuzenji temple, famous for its hot springs.
According to the legend the great monk Kobo Daishi, pounded on a rock with his walking stick, called a ‘tokko’ to bring forth the hot spring water. The spring was therefore named Tokko-no-yu, or Tokko Hot Spring. The spring is at the center of the town, and it is used now as a foot bath only..
The town is full of ryokans, Japanese style Inns, many of them open their hot springs to non-staying visitors.
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