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    Another Arbor for a Short Rest
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    It is a nice 200-year-old Japanese House
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    Stone Warehouse of Former Dokuraku-so Villa

    by taigaa001 Written Dec 25, 2014

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    This old stone warehouse right beside the Toyo-Daikan Uematsu Family Residence was moved from former Dokuraku-so the villa of Hirohumi Ito located at the Okitsu area. Hirohumi Ito is known as the first Prime Minister of Meiji Government after the Cabinet System was established.

    Moved from Okitsu Villa
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    Toyo-Daikan Uematsu Residence

    by taigaa001 Updated Dec 25, 2014

    Hiromi Park Tip: Uniquely styled traditional Japanese house right next to Matsunaga Residence is Uematsu Residence. Uematsu family had been served as a Toyo-Daikan during Edo period. The family is nicknamed as Toyo-Daikan because the family are respected as developers of the irrigation systems around Fuji area. The wooden house has a transom at the roof.

    Wooden Building with Transom Traditional wooden Loom Real-size dolls are set there Kitchen
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    Former Matsunaga Residence

    by taigaa001 Written Dec 25, 2014

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    The building was originally built in 1857 when Japan was still governed by Shogunate in Edo(Tokyo). Matsunaga family used to be a samurai family who served as the reginal administrative officer usually assigned to Hatamoto class samurai family. After Meiji Restoration the family contributed for the development of the local area such as building Fuji Station as a Tokaido Line station, lured the paper mills companies, built a number of elementary schools. The buildings moved to the park is only a part of the residence(Main House and the Entrance Gate). As the drawing (photo#3) shows it used to have been really huge.

    Residence and Administrative Office in Edo Period Water Basin and Suikinkutsu Illustration of Matsunaga Residence in 1890 Waiting Room with large Hibachi and Storage Chest Traditional Tatami Mattress Room
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    Nagayamon Gate of Uematsu Residence

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 15, 2014

    Hiromi Park Tip: Other name: Toyo-Daikan Nagayamon Gate. Nagayamon Gate is a traditional style entrance gates used for castles, samurai residences and during latter edo period in 19th century these gates were used for wealthy merchants and farm owners. These gate has a huge space for both sides where watchmen reside for nighttime vigil or used for storage. This gate is nicknamed as Oke-Daikan Nagayamon which shows that Uematsu family used to serve as local offcicial and nicknamed as Toyo-Daikan during Edo Period. The reason Uematsu family was named as Toyo(Oke) Daikan was because the family had developed and had managed the water supply system in the region for hundreds of years.

    Used for the family gate From the backside.
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    Gensensha, Storehouse Turned Early School

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 15, 2014

    Hiromi Park Tip: The storehouse built in 1848 was used as the elementary school building when the school system started in 1872. The storehouse was originally at Buddhist temple Myo-enji. It was donated by the temple in 1980 and moved to Hiromi Park to show how the early school in Japan was like. After it was turned to temporary school building it was decorated to fit the place for study.

    Temple Storehouse Used as a Temporary School
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    A Pit House at Higashidaira Ruins

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 15, 2014

    Hiromi Park Tip: This pit house was found at Higashibara Ruins near the park estimated to have been used as a dwelling for one of the major local clans in Fuji area during 9th century. While the upper roof structure is far advanced than the pit houses used in Yayoi period about 2,000 years ago, there still had not had the large pillar structure supporting the upper roof. At that time wooden structures in Japan had been limited to important buildings such as temples, and palaces. The ruins had a lot of household things remained possibly because the house was demolished by the fire.

    Just before the residential houses had pillars Inside the Pit House
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    Raised Floor Storage At Higashidaira Ruins

    by taigaa001 Written Sep 15, 2014

    Hiromi Park Tip : This raised floor storage was restored from the findings at Higashidaira Ruins built around 9th century. In ancient times grains or written materials are stored in the elevated floor to keep away from mice and moisture which causes the grains to decay or become moldy. Unlike the elevated floor storage houses in Yoshinogari or Toro ruins, The storage was firmly built with wooden structure.

    Raised Floor House for Storage 1.100 years ago
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    Hiromi Park: Overview

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 15, 2014

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    The park with beautiful rose garden and two museums is best known by its open air exhibits ranging from ancient tomb(kofun), traditional old houses and western-style houses moved mostly from Fuji city. It is about 21 ha in area and its biggest draw is Chohokan fancy western-styled house which was originally built in Yoshiwara area so named because of excellent view of Mount Fuji from the third floor. (Photo #1) . The park also has some traditional houses such as Former Inagaki Residence which has unique Japanese-helmet-shaped roof. (Photo #2). The park also has a huge lawn area with sculpture works, rose garden and some monuments and old roadsigns. There are two children's playgrounds with playsets. One is close to the Municipal Museum and the other is at the western section of the park connected by underground tunnel.

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    Chobokan, a favorite among photographers Former Inagaki Residence Huge Ground Area Lawn Area with Sculpture Works One of the two Children's Playgrounds
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    Yokozawa Circular Mound Tomb

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 15, 2014

    Hiromi Park Tip: Yokozaka Circular Mound Tomb is a style of Japanese Kofun, ancient burial mound. It was originally located at the Yokozawa area of Fuji City. It is estimated to be built around 6th century. It is sixteen meters in diamter, 3.5 meters in height. Inside the tomb is a horizontal stone chamber about eight meters in length, 2.3 meters in width. The excavation has uncovered human bones, set of harness, Japanese straight swords, earthen ware vessels and gold copper bells which are rare find in Japan. You can see some of the findings at Fuji Municipal Museum inside the Park.

    1400-year-old Circular Burial Mound
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    Sugiura Medical Clinic

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 14, 2014

    Hiromi Park Tip: Built in 1919, this western-styled building has been used as a local medical clinic served by two generations of medical practitioner until it was closed in 1988. After the closure it was donated to the city and was moved to this park. It is also used for the photo sessions and drama shootings.

    Nicely Built House Inside the former clinic
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    Chohokan

    by taigaa001 Written Sep 14, 2014

    Hiromi Park Tip: Chohokan octagon shaped western styled building has been recognized as the symbol of Hiromi Park, by far the most popular building for photographing in the park particularly during Cherry-viewing season. Built in 1892 it was originally located at Yoshiwara area of the Fuji city so named because it had the great view of Mount Fuji. It is the area where you can feel you are part of a periodic drama.

    It has lightning rod on the top of the roof Fitting place for drama shooting or photo sessions When it was located at Yoshiwara area.
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    Former Inagaki Residence

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 14, 2014

    Hiromi Park Tip: Originally built in 1804 in Obuchi area of Fuji City, this was given from the former owner to the city. It was moved to Hiromi Park in November 2008 and was renovated with the original roof design. This roof shaped like Kabuto Helmet is quite unique and it was designated as the Important Historical Property of Fuji City in 2011. The upper part of the house was used for silk culture just like Gasho Style houses in Shirakawa Go.

    Its roof is shaped like a helmet quite unique! It is a nice 200-year-old Japanese House Very Impressive
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    Iwamotoyama Park: Overview

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 12, 2014

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    Iwamotoyama is a diluvial upland, hill land form made by the elevation of former waterbed of Fuji River over millions of years. Hilltop area was formerly a part of Buddhist temple, Jissoji at the south foot of the hill, noted for the sacred place to view Mount Fuji, the religious symbol since antiquity. Now the hilltop area about 200 meters above sea level is a popular park not only to view Mount Fuji but the place to enjoy the flower of the season such as plums, cherry blossoms, azaleas, hydrangeas, and roses. The busiest season of the park is from February to April because you can enjoy the view of Mount Fuji and plum blossoms.There are three observation decks, one is for children, another is near the closed restaurant and the most popular of all is the deck at the highest place of the hill, where you can view the nearby mountains a part of Minami Alps peaks and Fuji river in the distance.When I went to the park there was a group of kindergarten children waiting patiently for their turn to climb up the deck. So I had to wait about an hour eating my lunch.

    Mount Fuji and Plum Blossoms Mapboard of the Park Nice Place to Walk Around Popular Place for School Picnic A deck to View around the City
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    From Jissoji Temple to Iwamotoyama Park 2

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 11, 2014

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    After passing the outlook with plum trees there is a steep trail up to the hilltop. When you climb up to the ridge of the hill, you will find a nice arbor and a bell tower. This bell tower seems to be popular because I could hear the bell sound a number of times while I was climbing up to the hill. There are some shrine and temple buildings at the hilltop area close to the Iwamotoyama Park entrance, showing that this hill once was a sacred place. After climbing up about 30 to 40 minutes from the temple you will see the entrance of Iwamotoyama Park.

    A nice shrine near the start of steep slope Another Arbor for a Short Rest Bell Tower A Shrine at the Hilltop The Entrance of Iwamotoyama Park
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    From Jissoji Temple to Iwamotoyama Park 1

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 10, 2014

    Iwamotoyama hill was formerly owned by Jissoji Temple. The hill area is a good place to view Mount Fuji so it served as the Oratory. Nichiren might have seen the Mount Fuji from the hill while contemplating his letter to Kamakura Shogunate in 1260. This hiking course was formerlly a pilgrimmage trail to enjoy the view of Mount Fuji not far from Old Tokaido Road. Hiking up to the hill from the temple is a nice experience. It takes only an half hour walk to the hilltop. After passing the outlook surrounded by plum trees you can see the steeper trail leading to the hilltop.

    Start the hike from there. It Has Stood Since The Temple Owned The Hill? Nice place to view the plums Nice resting place under the plum trees The trail ahead seems to be steep.
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