Akasaka Travel Guide

  • Ohashiya is the only Running Inn in Tokaido
    Ohashiya is the only Running Inn in...
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  • More than 1,000 years Old
    More than 1,000 years Old
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Akasaka Things to Do

  • Yoramaikan, The Rest House at...

    Yoramaikan is the rest house for Tokaido walkers at the western end of Akasaka-shuku area. It has some brochure about Akasaka-shuku but most of them are written in Japanese. There are no cafes either. I had expected that I can find more about this station but it is just the place to rest.

  • The Site of Akasaka Jinya (Regional...

    Jinya served as regional office for the area directly held by Tokugawa Shogunate. Akasaka Jinya is one of such offices maintaining law and order of the Mikawa region. After Jinya office was abolished after Tokugawa shogunate collapsed, it had been used as regional prefectural office until 1872 when the office was abolished. The area is currently a...

  • Sugimori Hachimansha Shrine

    Sugimori Hachimansha Shrine is located near the entrance of former Akasaka lodging station area. The shrine is best known by the Stage of Akasaka where regional Kabuki play is being performed in October. When I visited the shrine in September the preparation for the stage had been under way. The divine tree of the shrine is called Meoto-kusu, a...

  • Roadsign for Mount Miyaji

    As you walk toward Akasaka street from Nagasawa area you will find a roadsign leading to Mount Miyaji, low mountain 362 meters in elevation. This mountain is popular during mid to late November for the autumn leaves. There are a few climbing routes to the mountain and this sign shows it is one of the start for the trail. From this sign you will...

  • Roadsign Leading To Kaiun Bishamonten

    This roadsign leading to Kaiun Bishamonten(literally Luck-Beckoning Vaisravana) has puzzled lots of Tokaido Walkers because there aren't any relevant temples nearby. One of the palpable explanations include it was originally at the divide leading to Hekinan though Gamagori and Nishio. In Hekinan there is a popular temple called MYOFUKUJI TEMPLE...

  • Eizenji Temple

    A pure-world Buddhist temple founded around 1272 by Enku Shonin may never be tourist site even by Tokaido Walkers. But its rustic and deserted atmosphere of the temple may please the tourist who would like to visit quiet peaceful religious site. Like many Buddhist temples in Aichi area this temple share some of the legend of respected ancient sage...

  • Hachioji Shrine

    The shrine which might well fit for the shooting of Samurai drama was said to have founded about 600 years ago. It was moved to current place in mid 16th century by Matsudaira Clan who then ruled Gangyakuji castle nearby. The shrine was given high status during Edo period and the third Shogun Iyemitsu paid a visit by sending his men for his behalf...

  • Tosenji Temple

    Tosenji temple enshrining the replica of nyorai statue of Zenkoji temple in Nagano is a bit ruined and the Main Hall was locked (for security reason I guess). To see inside you need to inform someone in advance but I am not so sure how. What I could see that day was Rokujizo statues. Rokujizo is the set of six jizo statues placed on the road or in...

  • Roadsigns for Hachioji Shrine and...

    When you walk eastward from Ichiriyama Koshin Roadsign, you will find two roadsigns. One of them is the new roadsign leading to Hachioji Shrine and the other is very old roadsign to Tosenji temple enshrining one of the replicas of Ikko-Sanzon Amida Nyorai, the main object of worship at Zenkoji Temple in Nagano. Let's find out what they are.

  • Ichiriyama Koshin Roadsign

    About 500 meters east of Nagasawa milestone there is a monument called Ichiriyama Koshin Dohyou. Some Tokaido walkers often confuse it with Ichirizuka milestone. But most walkers have no idea what it is including myself. I will study about it further by using local library. It is still a mystery to me.

  • Ganryakuji Castle Ruins

    Mountain Fortress at the peak 174 meters above sea level is said to have built around mid 15th century, since then the ruler of the castle changed hands repeatedly. After Yoshimoto Imagawa was beheaded at the battle of Okehazama in 1560, the area belong to Matsudaira Clan. Iyeyasu Tokugawa(then Motoyasu Matsudaira) ordered Koretada Matsudaira, one...

  • Ichirizuka Mound at Nagasawa

    Ichirizuka Mound at Nagasawa is actually the former site and only wooden monument shows where the pair of mounds used to be located. It is the 77th Ichirizuka milestone from Edo. But look at the monument carefully. At the top of the monument is the picture of Ichirizuka based on old painting.

  • Nagasawa Castle Ruins

    Nagasawa Castle was located at the hill north of Old Tokaido Road, about 200 meters across to the west and 250 meters to the north. Today the castle area is used for residential area and not so much that reminds of the old castle are left. Nagasawa Elementary School stands at the site of the palace built in 1634 for the rest place for the third...

  • Chigo Shrine

    Chigo Shrine in Nagawasa is one of the shrines in Japan which enshrine the souls of children. In Kanji characters there are some different ways to express. Visitors are often women expecting their babies praying for smooth delivery. Some women pray for the health of their children. Well-known Chigo Shrines in Japan include that of Kyoto Saga area...

  • Seirinji Temple

    Seirinji Temple was founded in 1235 by Seikaibo one of the disciples of Shinran who started Jodoshinshu school of Buddism. Shinkai later rebuilt the temple in 1468. Its Main Hall was built in 1824. It is known for Tokaido Walkers to have a photo of huge old roof tile displayed in front of the Sanmon Gate.


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