JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

*Due to COVID-19, traveling to and within Japan is currently being discouraged.


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Shuzenji Onsen is a compact hot spring town with pleasant walking paths, foot baths, and natural scenery. It's 2.5 km from Shuzenji Station which has a tourist information office.From Shuzenji Station, you can rent a bicycle and ride to Shuzenji Onsen for a day trip. We started our walk from near Yasuragi Bridge in Nov. 滝下橋
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Gallery Shuzenji Kairo along the river.
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Crossing Kaede Bridge over Katsura River.
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View from Kaede Bridge.
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About Kaede Bridge.
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Bamboo forest in Shuzenji Spa, Shizuoka Prefecture. 竹林の小径
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Bamboo forest in Shuzenji Spa, Shizuoka Prefecture. 竹林の小径
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Bamboo forest in Shuzenji Spa, Shizuoka Prefecture. The bamboo is also lit up in the evening. 竹林の小径
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Bamboo bed to lie down and look up at the bamboo tree tops.
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Looking up at the sky and bamboo tree tops from the bamboo bed. 竹林の小径
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After the Bamboo forest is Katsura Bridge in Shuzenji Onsen. Cross this bridge to make your wish come true, especially if you want children.
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Katsura Bridge in Shuzenji Onsen decorated with chrysanthemum.
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Katsura Bridge
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Katsura Bridge
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Katsura Bridge and Katsura River in Shuzenji Onsen.
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Famous ryokan inn where famous novelists stayed and wrote novels.
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Katsura River
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Roadside foot bath.
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Soft-serve with freshly-grated wasabi
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Stand for soft-serve with freshly-grated wasabi.
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Soft-serve ice cream cone with freshly-grated wasabi. Very good. Shuzenji Onsen, Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture. 生わさびソフトクリーム
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Sculpture of the tokko Buddhist tool Kobo Daishi used to dig for Shuzenji's hot spring source.
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Tokko-no-Yu spring in the middle of the river, Shuzenji's symbol and hot spring water source founded by Kobo Daishi. I was told that people are not allowed to dip into the water here, but tourists are using it as a foot bath.独鈷の湯
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Tokko-no-Yu spring in the middle of the river, Shuzenji's hot spring water source. 独鈷の湯
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Kokei Bridge 虎渓橋
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Shuzenji Temple's Sanmon Gate. 修禅寺 山門
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Wash basin 水屋 修禅寺
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Shuzenji Temple's Wash basin has hot spring water. 水屋
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Shuzenji Temple is a Soto-shu Zen Buddhist temple. 曹洞宗 修禅寺
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Shuzenji Temple was founded by Kobo Daishi (Kukai) in 807 was originally a Shingon Buddhist temple. Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture. 修禅寺https://shuzenji-temple.com/english.html
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Shuzenji Temple's Hondo main hall. 修禅寺
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Bell tower at Shuzenji Temple. 修禅寺 鐘楼堂
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Hie Jinja Shrine is next to Shuzenji Temple in Izu, Shizuoka. 日枝神社
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About Hie Jinja Shrine. 日枝神社https://www.hiejinja.net/english/index.html
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Hie Jinja Shrine legend.
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Worshippers' wishes. Tamayori and Ninuriya good luck charms tied on this lattice with people's wishes written.『玉依の花』と『丹塗り矢』
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Hie Jinja Shrine in Shuzenji, Shizuoka. 日枝神社拝殿
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About Shuzenji Temple's wedded trees, about 800 years old.
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Shuzenji Temple's wedded trees (two tree trunks growing from the same roots). There's also a child tree. Women who want to get married or have children come to pray here.子宝の杉
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Shuzenji Temple's wedded trees (two tree trunks growing from the same roots) and child tree.
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Shuzenji Temple's wedded trees.
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Hie Shrine ema tablet.
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Hie Shrine's amulet for finding a good partner.
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Togetsu Bridge 渡月橋
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Togetsu Bridge 渡月橋
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Hakoyu Spa is a public hot spring bath. The bath house is made of cypress wood. Fee is ¥350. 筥湯
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About Hakoyu Spa. This site is where Shogun Minamoto Yoriie bathed during the Kamakura Period. 筥湯
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Hakoyu Spa lookout tower. 筥湯
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Hakoyu Spa lookout tower. 筥湯
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Hakoyu Spa lookout tower. 筥湯
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View from Hakoyu Spa lookout tower.
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View of Shuzenji from Hakoyu Spa lookout tower.
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Tokko-no-Yu Park 独鈷の湯公園
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Tokko-no-Yu Park has this foot bath named "Suginoyu" overlooking the river. 杉の湯
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Tokko-no-Yu Park has this child Daishi statue on which you can pour hot spring water andmake a wish. 湯掛け稚児大師像
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About the Child Daishi statue. 湯掛け稚児大師像
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Drinkable hot spring water in Tokko-no-Yu Park.
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High-class inn named "Asaba"
 
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