Fujieda Things to Do

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    Anrakuji, 1300-year-old Buddhist temple
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    Okabe-juku: Overview

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 21, 2014

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    Okabe-juku is the twenty-first lodging station of Tokaido Highway located between #20 Mariko and #22 Fujieda. Okabe area is often associated with Utsunoya Pass which is what we may call "open-air museum of changing highway tracks". In Utsunoya the bordering pass between Shizuoka and Okabe you can trace five different highway roads from ancient to modern turnpike. In lodging station area there are some of the historical places of interest. The biggest draw is Ohatago Kashibaya Inn which shows how the inn about 200 years ago might have been using the life-size dolls. Other sites include Sho'ouin temple, Sugatami-no-hashi Bridge with Ono-no-Komachi(the legendary beauty about 1,000 years ago) legend, and Gochi Nyorai, two sets of five-jizo statues. The photo #1 is closest to the landscape painted by Hiroshige to represent Okabe. The left side Tokaido was built in early 20th century so that the automobile can pass. Some of the monuments was moved to the current place when Taisho-era Tokaido was built.

    Also see Okabe Travel Page for detailed information.

    Okabe 2012: Entrance to Tokaido Sho Tokaido Utsunoya Pass Utsunoya Pass of Tsutano Hosomichi Life-size Dolls of Ohatago Kashibaya Museum
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    Nyufune Overview

    by taigaa001 Updated Jun 8, 2014

    Nyufune is located at the northern part of former Okabe town, named because the boat was carried over to this place by Tsunami caused by the mega quake which took place about 1,000 years ago. (Nyubune is about fifty meters above sea level but seeing what Tsunami had done in East Japan Tohoku Earthquake in 2011, this could sound real. This area is best known by Gyokuro No Sato, the facility to learn about Japanese tea culture. Nyubune is also one of the starts of Mount Bikuishi, one of the most popular hiking destinations for Fujieda residents. The area has some good walking trails. Other than Mount Bikuishi and Gyokuro-no-Sato there are some good places such as Fudo Waterfalls.

    Best Known By Gyokuro-no-Sato Nyubune is a good and relaxing rural area Lower Waterfalls of Fudo Falls Tea House of Gyokuro-no-Sato
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    Insect and Butterfly Pavilion of The World

    by taigaa001 Written Jun 8, 2014

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    Other names: Konchukan, Furusato Sekaino Konchukan, World Insect Museum, Okabe

    Located near the parking space for the Gyokuro No Sato Museum, this private insect pavilion boasts the wide variety of insects and butterfly collection, one of the finest kind in Japan. It was reopened in March 2013 by the brother of the former pavilion owner. New owner of the pavilion added his stag beetle collection also one of the best of its kind in Japan. This tiny pavilion attracts lots of insect lovers throughout Japan and even from abroad.

    Reopened and Stag Beetle Collection Was Added Inside The Museum Stag Beetle Collection Phasmatodea(stick bugs) The Longest Insect
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    Hanashi: Overview

    by taigaa001 Updated Jun 7, 2014

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    Hanashi is an out-of-the-way area lying at northeastern part of Fujieda city sandwiched between low mountains. Most popular area of which is NISHIGATA area at the foot of Mount Tenno. Another area close to Mount Eboshigata is named HANAGURA which has some temples and shrines related to Imagawa Clan and Tokugawa Iyeyasu. Since the completion of Daini-Tomei Expressway, the area attracts newer residents who formerly lived much more urban part of Japan. This area is blessed with historical sites and they are not known nationwide either. Hanashi river is a nice river with some endangered wildlife species. The most well-known attraction is Fujieda DaiKannon, 17 meters in height. Other attractions include: Shirafuji Waterfalls, Hanagura Castle ruins. This area has a number of nice hiking trails well managed by the city. The presence of temples standing since ancient times indicate we have yet to discover what might be buried under the place. Hanashi residents are really conscious of keeping both the natural and cultural landscape.

    With this strategic position the area has been served as the joiner linking city dwellers and mountain people since ancient times. During 14th to 15th century this area was auxilliary capital of Suruga Province governed by Imagawa Clan, when Imagawa Clan secured the foothold in Shizuoka area which was the capital of Suruga Province this area's strategical importance went down. It was Tokugawa Iyeyasu who founded Edo Government in 1603 who helped rebuilt Fujieda what it is today. Newer Tokaido road, however, ran much southward and town of Fujieda thrived under the lodging station of Tokaido Road and Hanashi area has been left neglected and became much out-of-the-way. Today, with the re-appreciation of rural life, Hanashi has given more spotlight from people who favor country life.

    Hanashi has been crossroads of rural and city life Anrakuji, 1300-year-old Buddhist temple Hanashi River Keeps the freshwater wildlife Fujieda-Daikannon Statue The Area Map of Hanashi
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    Mount Bikuishi (Mount Ishitani)

    by taigaa001 Written Jun 7, 2014

    Mount Bikuishi, 527m above sea level, is one of the most popular hiking destinations for both Okabe and Fujieda residents. Bikuishi is actually the nickname for the Mount Ishitani but its nickname has become much more prevalent. There are mainly four hiking trails to the summit. One from Okabe is called Sasagawa (Asahina) Trail, one from Hanashi is called Kami-osawa Trail, and two trails from the west side of the peak.

    The Mountain area has some uniquely shaped rocks
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    Kiyomizu Temple

    by taigaa001 Updated Nov 4, 2012

    Originally founded by Gyoki in 726 and expanded by Kukai during early 9th century, the temple has been one of the most respected religious places in Suruga province. It was originally located at the west slope of Mount Kyozuka and even had five-storied pagoda, but it was destroyed by Shingen Takeda during late 16th century. Later Shingen moved the temple to present place in 1570. Since then the newer temple has been protected by Imagawa clan, Tokugawa shoguns. The temple now is usually quiet with the exception of annual fair held during late Fubruary. During three-day fair there are huge number of visitors from outside of Fujieda city. It also belongs to the temple network sharing the same name or kanjis, Kiyomizudera-Seizanji network including a world heritage site Kyoto's Kiyomizu temple.

    Entrance Gate of Kiyomizu Temple Main Hall The Remnant of Shugendo Pilgrimmage Thirty-three Jizos Old Jizo Statues
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    Kuroinu Shrine (Black Dog Shrine)

    by taigaa001 Updated Jul 2, 2011

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    Kuroinu Shrine in Kiganji Temple enshrines the ledendary undefeated sacred black dog named Kuro which is said to have been one of the wolves sent from Harunosan Daikoji (Kiganji started as a shugendo(Buddhism-Shinto hybrid) temple in 8th century so the temple also had shrines). About 200 years ago when Tanaka castle was ruled by Honda clans, the lord of Tanaka castle challenged Kuro against his white dog. Kuro defeated the lord's dog but that angered the lord and he ordered his men to behead the black dog. Kuro outran the pursuers but he was finally cornered at the old well of the temple. He had to throw himself into the well. Then with eery shrieks, the sky darkened with black clouds and came thousands of wolves from Harunosan. Lord of Tanaka castle then felt ashamed of what he has done to the sacred dog and made a shrine to appease the dog's soul. Today the figure of Kuro is surrounded by the figurines of cute doggies including those of Peanut's Snoopy donated from the visitors all over Japan. People who visit the shrine pray for winning the games, and for his/her pet's health.

    Kuroinu Shrine(Black Dog Shrine) in Kiganji Black Dog and Cute Doggies Canine Ema Tablets
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    Seven Falls of Shirafuji

    by taigaa001 Updated Jun 25, 2011

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    Seven Falls of Shirafuji is located close to housing complex area north-eastern part of Fujieda. Hanashi area of Fujieda still has the good old rural landscape. Shirafuji has a number of waterfalls most of them are fainty and the highest fall, Shirafuji Fall is only 33 meters in height. Yet the area still has the deep mountain atmosphere. And the slippery rocks around the falls still block the human approach. The first fall you will see is 3-m high Okonaino Taki(Gyoja Fall). Small but nicely shaped. After about five minutes of mountain path, you will get to the largest of watarfalls Shirafuji and Kannon waterfalls, 33m and 15m in height respectively. About 20 minutes from the Shirafuji waterfall, you will find a small shrine with magnificent views. Not all of the waterfalls can be easily approachable and to get some waterfalls you might hack the bushes during summer.

    Okonaino Taki, the smallest of seven falls Shirafuji Fall, the highest of the seven falls The Eggs of Forest Green Tree Frog Kannon Fall Info Board of the Falls
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    Satoyama Trail: Overview

    by taigaa001 Updated Jun 20, 2011

    Satoyama Trail, #20 Hiking Trail of Fujieda, is another nice walking trail that goes through the rustic areas of Okabe town. It starts from Gochinyorai Park where the tourist information office is located. The trail has some nice lookouts and visits some nice temples. It takes about 2 hours starting from Gochinyorai and back.

    It's the only hard part of the trail Viewing Asahina River From The Hill The Tombs of the Okabe Clan Nagayamon Gate of Shigitani Family Kyosekino Mori Park, The End of the Trail
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    Kiganji Temple: Overview

    by taigaa001 Updated May 11, 2011

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    Founded in 726, this once-a-huge-temple was recently brought to attention by the Kuroinu Shrine, enshrining a legendary black dog who had been undefeated. Other interesting artifacts include "Onikakiishi", or the Demon's Grinding Stone.

    Main Hall of Once a Huge Temple Devil's Grindstone Shrine for Legendary Undefeatable Dog Remaining Stonewall Structure Steps Lead to Rengejiike Park Hill
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    Shida Gunga, Ancient County Office

    by taigaa001 Updated Jan 4, 2011

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    In 8th century, Japanese Imperial Court set up the law and order system based upon Tang Dysnasty system in China. Under the system called RITSURYO, regional or county offices are built throughout Japan. While most of 600 gunga remains in Japan has been lost because of postwar urban development, Shida Gunga escaped such fate by having been buried under the rice paddy field until recently. Just like Heijokyo Remains in Nara, some of the buildings are rebuilt and the rest indicate only skeletal structure.

    Reconstructed Road To The Office Gate Shida Gunga Remains Viewed From the Hill Some building are shown by putting up polls

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    Momiji Park

    by taigaa001 Updated Jan 3, 2011

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    "Momiji" or Japanese maple is one of the most popular autumn foliage features in Japan. And at this park about five minutes walk from acala statues of Takinoya Fudo Gorge, you can enjoy the great views of maples as well as unique statues created by Takashi Sugimura, an artist and a Fujieda resident.

    Suspension Bridge To Momiji Park Summer View of Park Full of Maples Mt. Bodai, 690m, Seen From Momiji Park Artwork of Takashi Sugimura #1 Artwork of Takashi Sugimura #2

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    Takinoya Fudo Gorge

    by taigaa001 Updated Aug 17, 2010

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    About three kilometers north of Takizawa hamlet, there is a gorge of Takinoya Fudo. This gorge is so named because of Fodo Myo-Ou Bosatu(Acala statue) in the center of the gorge area, also popular for Autumn foliage views. To get the better view of Acala statue and stone carved Buddha statue recently finished in 1989, you have to get down to the bottom of the river with mossy slippery rock. It seems out of the question to get across the river full of water to visit the acala statue.

    Takinoya Fudo Gorge with carved buddha statue Takinoya Fudo Gorge awaiting Autumn Foliage Season Illustrated Map of Takinoya Fudo Gorge Carved Bhudda Statue by Takashi Sugimura

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    Takizawa-Overview

    by taigaa001 Updated Aug 13, 2010

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    Takizawa, located northwestern part of Fujieda-city is a hamlet boasting more than 1,000 years of history. This area thrived because it was by-pass highway for Tokaido highway often disrupted because of natural disasters such as flood, earthquakes and so. It served as a resting place before challenging Hinoki Pass about 400 meters in elevation. Takizawa shrine possesses cultural heritage of once-thriving area. Now this area is popular for hiking destinations including Hinoki Pass hike, Mt. Bodai, Mt. Kasabari and Mt. Takao hike. Also Fudo gorge is popular for autumn leaves views.

    Takizawa Shrine
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    Tanaka Castle: Honmaru Enclosure

    by taigaa001 Updated Aug 2, 2010

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    Honmaru is a main and the most important part of the castle often located at the center. The main enclosure of Tanaka castle had a two-storied watch tower now in the villa garden, and a palace called Shimizu Goten. But there was no keep like Kakegawa or Hamamatsu Castle. The former honmaru enclosure has currently been occupied by Nishimashizu Elementary School and no castle buildings remain. But you can see reduced size of Tanaka Castle based on old sketches and drawings. This miniature has one big mistake, there never was a keep.

    Honmaru Enclosure: Now part of elementary school Tanaka Castle In Reduced Size

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