The oldest shrine in the Izu archipelago, Niijima's Jusansha Shrine has certainly seen the island's "use" shift through the ages. Originally, these quiet lands south of Tokyo were used as penal islands by the Tokugawa Shogunate. Niijima was no exception; over 118 souls had been banished or exiled here, and the gravestones at Jusansha Shrine and at nearby Chōei-ji (Choei Temple) are quiet testament to an age gone by.
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