Kawazu-zakura cherry trees are famous for blooming early. Unlike Somei-yoshino cherry trees, whose flowers fall as quickly as they bloom, Kawazu features flowers that bloom for about a full month. This breed of tree is said to have started with a sapling that was accidentally discovered and then raised in the town of Kawazu in 1955.
The "Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival" is held from February 10th to March 10th. Rows of cherry trees extend for about 4km along a stretch of the Kawazu River, painting the whole town a cherry-blossom pink, and many shops pop up and people gather in the area to enjoy the view. The scene can also be enjoyed at night, when the trees are illuminated and take on an enchanting aura. (60 minutes by car from the hotel)
In Toi, you can view the "Toi Sakura," cherry trees that are the first in Japan to start blooming. There are two types, dark pink and light pink, and they start blooming in early January, with the peak of their blossoms happening in late January and early February. Their flower stalks are long, with six or seven flowers on each branch, coloring the entire trees with a gorgeous red color.
The history of Toi Sakura trees starts around 1958, when Hokkaido University professor emeritus Yoshio Ogawa took a liking to an early-blooming cherry tree and created grafts of it to increase this type of tree.
These Toi Sakura are illuminated for a limited time, creating a magical scene that combines cherry trees with a swathe of stars that light up the winter night sky.(40 minutes by car from the hotel)
The moon changes in size every day. "Super Moon" is referred to a full moon when the distance between the moon and the earth is at its closest. This year the super moon was observed on January 2nd, approximately 14% larger and 30% brighter than the smallest full moon. In the picture, you can see Heda Bay and the Cape of Heda.(40 minutes by car from the hotel)
This suspension bridge is the longest in Japan at 400-meters, and is so named because it "feels like you are walking through the sky." From the bridge you can see Mt. Fuji and Suruga Bay. It received the Good Design Award in 2017 for the beauty of its design. The adjacent shop offers local delicacies like Mishima croquettes and strawberry daifuku (rice cakes). (50 minutes by car from the hotel)
The name comes from the brilliance of the water when illuminated by the sun. The water drops approximately 100 meters. On the surface of the waterfall ....more information
Okunoin is said to be the place where 18-year-old Kukai to undergo spiritual training in 791. In this place, you can see the statue of Kobo Daish（Kukai）, getting wet by the splashing water from Aunno Taki (waterfall), and also Gomadan, the trainee stone. Last year December, "Gomado" , which was destroyed by typhoon, was newly built. The landscape between Shuzenji hot spring town and Okunoin still retains the landscape of “Satoyama”, and is a popular hiking course during the period of cherry blossoms and autumn leaves. (33 minutes by car from the hotel)
Decorated with Halloween-themed collages created by collage artists from Shuzenji and elementary school students from the Izu area, the Halloween Train will run between Mishima and Shuzenji stations on the Izuhakone Railway for a limited time only. Come and experience quality that a photograph cannot capture! (2-11 round trips per day) (16 minutes by car from the hotel)
Izu City is aiming to brand Izu venison. Venison is low in fat and calories, and high in protein and iron. Izu City built a meat processing center in order to offer safe and yummy Venison. And you can enjoy Izu venison dishes at the restaurant Shuzenji No Yoshokuya. The Japanese-style Izu venison Rice Bowl dressed in soy sauce is exquisite! Enjoy with a fork and spoon made from deer antlers. You can also buy the local artists' works of art at the adjoining gallery. (15 minutes by car from the hotel)
Hozo-in Temple means temple which was established to spread the teachings of the Great Buddha. The magical stone, "Stone of 'i' character", which is said to be the fate stone of the Great Buddha, still remains. The main temple gate is the oldest structure in the Amagi Yugashima region, and is recognized as a cultural property of the city of Izu. It is said to be designed by Hidari Jingoro. (13 minutes by car from the hotel)
Experience canyoning near the hotel. Canyoning is an outdoor sport that originated in Europe and involves going down a valley by walking or swimming. Enjoy chills and thrills simultaneously during the hot summer, sliding down waterfalls, or jumping into waterfall basins. Beginner courses and parent and child (minimum 11 years old) courses are available. (hosted by Izu Adventure Support) (30 minutes by car from the hotel)
Many sightseeing spots can be found along the Katsura River, which flows through the center of town. The first is....more information
A dimly visible Mt. Fuji towers over its surroundings in the beautiful nightscape as photographed from Mr. Daruma Plateau Rest House. The view in combination with the skyline is exceptional.(25 minutes by car from the hotel)
You can now challenge yourself with a tree-climbing experience (using ropes and climbing gear) in our forest on the hotel grounds of the Laforet Resort Shuzenji - on the premises of the Izu Marriott Hotel Shuzenji. Enjoy a breathtaking and unprecedented view from the tops of the trees. Here, you can not only have fun tree-climbing, but also relax and enjoy yourself on our hammocks - called "tree boats." Tree-climbing - an experience to be enjoyed by everyone - from adults to children. Befriend a tree, and develop and experience the feeling of cherishing nature. (¥1,500 (tax included) * Advance reservation required (same-day admission pending availability).
Shuzenji Temple is said to have been established by Kobo Daishi (Kukai) in 807. The temple is also....more information
"Issekian" is the only cafe in the hot spring town of Shuzenji where you can enjoy the view of Shuzenji Temple from across the river, whilst indulging in a sweet treat. Our cafes' recommended dish is our "Cream Shiratama Dumpling Adzuki Bean" dish. The adzuki beans are large, with a plump texture and gentle sweetness to them. The Shiratama dumpling is springy and goes perfectly with a dollop of cold ice-cream in summer. You can take in the historic atmosphere of the town whilst relaxing away at our cafe.(15 minutes by car from the hotel)
Izu Amakara-ya is a ramen shop that is only open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. It initially opened as a shop specializing in curry, but later leaped into fame when it started serving ramen. I recommend the "spice soy sauce ramen" (850¥). The soup is made with over 15 types of spices. This unique dish has a flavor that tastes like nothing you've had before. The interior is reminiscent of a traditional Japanese house; it's a very calm and relaxing space.(30 minutes by car from the hotel)
The Odoriko Walkway leads from the foot of Joren Falls to Yugano, Kawazu. The 18.5km-long route—named after the great writer Yasunari Kawabata's masterpiece, "Izu no Odoriko" (The Dancing Girl of Izu)—passes through the Seven Falls of Kawazu and the Old Amagi Tunnel. Like Kawabata's quote, "Crossing Amagi is the heart of traveling Izu," the walkway allows you to fully enjoy the forests, history, and hot springs.
At Akagaeru Park, guests can enjoy whimsical and beautiful firefly lights in the dark every year (this year's viewing will end on June 4th.) Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (8 p.m. is prime viewing time.)(15 minutes by car from the hotel)
This is the evening scenery of the Shuzenji hot spring town. The area is filled with small bamboo paths, historical Buddhist temples and shrines, as well as refined hot spring hotels. You can also enjoy the charming little Kyoto.(15 minutes by car from the hotel)
This view of Mt. Fuji is just a 30-minute drive away from the hotel. The Nishi-Izu Skyline is a popular spot for drivers, riders, cyclists, and even hikers.
In places at high altitude close to Mount Fuji, such as Izu and Hakone, cherry blossoms with small petals bloom. The name they are called varies from place to place; they are called Mamezakura (bean cherry blossom) in Izu, Komezaku in Hakone (rice cherry blossom), and near Mount Fuji and Yamanashi they are called Fuji blossom. Near to Darumayama in Izu, the fresh shoots of spring and the pastel colored cherry blossom weave together for a beautiful view in the spring. (20 minutes by car from the hotel)