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IZU SHUZENJIShizuoka

Hot springs, temples, bamboo groves and plenty of history characterize this highland resort, while its connections with great literature give it added cachet. Natsume Soseki penned Remembrances after a two-month convalescence here, and the Old Amagi Tunnel sets the opening scene of Nobel Prize laureate Yasunari Kawabata’s The Dancing Girl of Izu. The Katsura River flows right through the center of town, with shops, galleries and bathhouses lining either side. For foodies, all the clear snowmelt means plenty of premium wasabi to enjoy freshly grated with a serving of soba. At the Darumayama Kogen Rest House, you can have a variety of venison dishes, or try gutsy fare like fried udon noodles in curry.

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From Tokyo
Take the Tokaido Shinkansen to Mishima; transfer to the Izuhakone Railway to Shuzenji (110 minutes)
From Tokyo Haneda Airport / HND
Take the Keikyu Line to Shinagawa; transfer to the Tokaido Shinkansen to Mishima; transfer to the Izuhakone Railway to Shuzenji (140 minutes)
From Narita Airport / NRT
Take the Narita Express to Shinagawa; transfer to the Tokaido Shinkansen to Mishima; transfer to the Izuhakone Railway to Shuzenji (3 hours)


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