General Minamoto no Noriyori, who fought during the late Heian period, was arrested and confined at the Shuzenji Temple in 1194 by his brother, the warlord Minamoto no Yoritomo, and eventually committed suicide when Yoritomo’s spy Kajiwara no Kagetoki attacked him.
Later, the first son of Yoritomo, Yoriie, was also imprisoned at the temple as a result of a plot by his mother Masako and grandfather Hojo Tokimasa. Yoriie was later assassinated at a tender age of 23 in 1204 while taking a bath, thus ending the family bloodline for good.
Besides visiting the prolific temple that is surrounded by lush foliage, a museum attached to it exhibits a frightful mask which was made to commemorate Yoriie’s death after he was poisoned. The zen Buddhist temple also welcomes visitors for meditation classes certain days of the week.
Within close proximity to the temple is the popular Shuzenji Onsen and an abundant bamboo forest. Additionally, check out the myriad of traditional bamboo craftwork on offer, a Shuzenji specialty, and the craft beer brewery nearby that has a tasting room and tours.
Discover and experience the beautiful scenery around our Izu Peninsula hotels.
Nature surely takes centre stage in Izu, but not many are aware that the small peninsula also houses a whopping number of museums – over 20 to be exact. There are, of course, the classics, but what really draws people in are the bizarre museums that top the quirky scale for sure.
The fresh water of the Kawazu River surges down the Amagi mountain range through a series of 7 wondrous waterfalls of varying drops, and with it comes a fantastic walking trail by the river that runs through the forest.
Spring is inarguably the most loved season in Japan thanks to its world-renowned Japanese cherry blossoms or sakura, which blooms beautifully at this time of the year. In the Izu Peninsula though, sakura season gets an early head start compared to the rest of Japan.
The Jogasaki Coast is an exquisite 9-kilometre segment of the Izu Peninsula coastline with a wonderful hiking trail that offers incredible views of the Pacific Ocean, jagged cliffs and stone structures that border the coast.