This shrine complements those at Tōshō-gū, in Nikkō, and is the starting point for pilgrimages up Nantai-san. The shrine is about 1km west of Kegon Falls, along the lake's north shore.
The big-ticket attraction of Chūzen-ji is this billowing, 97m-high waterfall. Take the elevator down to a platform to observe the full force of the plunging water, or admire it from up high on the viewing platform.
This eponymous temple, located on the lake's eastern shore, was founded in the 8th century and houses a 6m-tall Kannon statue from that time.
The former summer residence of Italy's ambassadors (from 1928 to 1997) has a pleasant sun terrace with excellent views across Chūzen-ji lake. Walking here from the bus station takes around 25 minutes.