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Buddhist Temple in Shuzen-ji Onsen

Shuzen-ji

In the middle of the village is its namesake temple, said to have been founded over 1200 years ago by Kōbō Daishi, the priest credited with spreading Buddhism throughout much of Japan. Zazen (zen meditation) session…
Waterfall in Shuzen-ji Onsen

Jōren-no-taki

Half an hour by bus from Shuzen-ji Station is this 25m waterfall in a ravine. Wasabi plants thrive in the river here; the roadstop gift shop sells tasty (and mild) wasabi soft-serve ice cream. You can also pick up t…
Museum in Shuzen-ji Onsen

Shoko Kanazawa Museum

Kanazawa Shoko (www.k-shoko.org), who has Down's syndrome, has been doing calligraphy since she was five years old. Her vividly expressive pieces, as well as a video of her creating calligraphic work, are displayed …
Noodles in Shuzen-ji Onsen

Zenfutei Nana ban

This institution serves the local noodle speciality, zendera soba (¥1260), with a stalk of fresh wasabi root to grate yourself – they even give you a plastic bag in which to take home the precious wasabi root leftov…
Buddhist Temple in Shuzen-ji Onsen

Shuzen-ji Treasure Museum

A small museum in the grounds of Shuzen-ji containing ancient carved buddhas, other religious works of art and documentation of the restoration of these works. There's a bit of English signage.
Beer Garden in Shuzen-ji Onsen

Baird Brewery Beer Garden

Sample some lovely craft beers in a peaceful setting, or take a brewery tour (check their website for tour times). From Shuzenji Station, take a Laforet Shuzenji Iriguchi-bound bus from lane 3 or 4 (20 minutes).