Favorite thing: In Rengejiike Pond you can find a wide variety of ducks, Eurasian coots, common cormorants, black-headed gulls, grey herons and occasionally kingfishers(a bit difficult to find), and great crested crebes.
Favorite thing: I found Banana trees on my way to the Hanashi Shrine from Shirafuji Fall. I was so surprised to find them there. But growing Banana is becoming a fad in Japan. Bananas are actually grown even at the cold places like Takayama. The most diffcult part could be that how to manage during winter time. Generally bananas can grow under the temperature no less than 5 degrees in Centigrade. So to grow them outdoors the grower must cover the tree with straw mats just as you may see in Kenrokuen Park in Kanazawa. I would love to see how the grower treat them during winter. As far as I can see in this photo this plant could be Musa Basjoo cultivated mainly as an ornamental plant. MUSA BASJOO known as Japanese Fiber Banana can withstand Japanese cold winter and is planted south from Northern Kanto area. If there is no straw cover during winter the bananas must be Musa Basjoo.
Sannohori (Third Moat) of the Tanaka Castle from Villa of Tanaka Castle
There's no direction board to get to the major sites of the Tanaka castle. So follow my guide carefully. First get out from the main gate of the villa near the tower. Then go toward the narrow bridge...Photo#1.
After crossing the bridge turn to the left and go along the riverside road until you reach the wider road. Then turn right to the wide road. After walking about 200 meters you will see this signpost...Photo#2
This wooden signpost shows that this used to be the honmaru (Main enclosure) of the Tanaka castle. Now the main enclosure no longer has castle buildings. In it an elementary school stands. You can then go into the narrower gate to see the miniatured Tanaka castle based on old drawings. (But tanaka castle never had a keep...). Another walk about 100 meters from the Main Enclosure, you will see the wooden bridge...Photo #3
From the wooden bridge you can see what remains of the second moat of Tanaka Castle. Then walk another 150 meters and you turn left to the narrow road starting near this rear view mirror. Photo#4
Third moat of the castle is 200 meters from the rear view mirror. Photo#5
Favorite thing: Not until Cine Prego opened in 2009. Fujieda had been zero-movie-theater town for a long time. Cine Prego also has a cafe, and game space.