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    Ogasayama Sports Park

    by taigaa001 Written Oct 4, 2012
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    The park with sports facilities, huge lawn grounds, and some hiking courses are nicknamed as ECOPA. It is a newer park opened in 2001 in preparation for 2002 Soccer World Cup. 10 years after the event, the park is not as crowded unless there are some huge events or J-league soccer games for either Jubilo Iwata or Shimizu S-pulse. The park is often the place for jogging or walking or for family picnic. There are two lookouts, Ecopa-no-Oka and Miharash-no-Oka. I went to Miharashi-no-Oka at the peak 124 meters above sea level. From there you can have a great views of the mountains. But, I am not that familiar with the moutains at the western part of Shizuoka prefecture. Mt. Fuji was barely visible but too obscure to identify it. Hattasan and Ecopa is only twenty to thirty minutes walk away. So I recommend that you visit both from Aino station.

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    Hattasan Son'eiji Temple

    by taigaa001 Updated Oct 4, 2012

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    Founded in 725 by Gyoki by the decree of Emperor Shomu, this Koyasan Shingon Sect temple is now ranked as one of the Bekkaku Honzan(Regional Head Temple). The temple used to be a lot larger with 60 buildings during Edo Period(1603-1868). But after Meiji Restoration the temple suffered the movement of demolition and only a few barely escaped such fate at that time. It was not until 1983 the Main Hall was reconstructed. Today, the temple is best known as the new year visit site and about 500,000 people visit the temple during the first seven days of the new year. The beauty of the temple lies in the pathway under the tall ceder trees. On your right side you will see the springs of water seeping out from the cliff, and on your left you will enjoy the view of craftly built stone walls. When you enter the Black Gate somewhat like that of samurai residence you will see the Honbo building. Then you will find the upper walking path leading to the small garden with Fudo Myo'ou(Acala) Statue. Then climbing newly built stone stairs you will reach the Main Hall rebuilt in 1983. If you love sweets don't forget to buy dumpling, its local delicacy.

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    Aino Park

    by taigaa001 Written Oct 2, 2012
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    Aino Park is one of the top 3 parks in Fukuroi. It is divided by the huge road. A part is mainly for sports facilities and B part is a nice park on the hillside. It is best known for its lookout where Ai-no-Kane(The Bell of Love) monument is located. From the lookout you can see the mountains around Fukuroi, Minami Alps and with luck Mount Fuji. It is also noted for its nighttime views.

    The park is open all day and is free of charge to enter.

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    Haranoya-gawa Stream-Play Park(Shinsui Park)

    by taigaa001 Updated Oct 2, 2012

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    Haranoya-gawa Stream-Play Park also known as Shinsui Koen(Park) is the part of the riverside area of Haranoya River under the Koai Ohhashi Bridge. It is a stream-play park around the older flow of the river before finishing river development works. The park has four areas, water garden area around the older flow of the river, pond area with rafting playset, day camp area where you can have a barbequeing party, and lawn ground where you can play ball games. To get there you need to cross the bridge from north side of the river close to Skate Park where skateboarders horn their basic skills. It is also used as one of the sites for Fukuroi Firework Festival in mid August.

    It is open every day and is free of charge to enter.

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    Kasuisai Temple: Overview

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 25, 2012

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    Kasuisai, Fukuroi
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    Kasuisai tip: This 600-year-old zen temple is one of the most popular places to practice zen meditation close to Hamamatsu. It is rich in historical legends particularly of Iyeyasu Tokugawa, the first shogun of Edo Government. The temple also sells ofuda for fire protection because it enshrines Akiha Sanjaku Gongen who protects from fire. It was originally at Akiha Shrine but since Meiji Government ordered to seperate Bhuddhism and Shintoism, the temple accommodated some of AKiha Shrine deities which originate from Bhuddism beliefs. It also has a lodging facility where you can join zen meditation training with priests and taste shojin vegetarian dish.

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    Somon Gate

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 25, 2012

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    Kasuisai Tip: Somon Gate serves as an entrance gate of Kasuisai. "Banshosan" inscribed on the gate is the honorary sango prefix of Kasuisai. When you enter the gate look up the ceiling. It has a Chinese Zodiac direction board. Chinese Zodiac signs are made up of 12 animals: rats, oxen, tigers, rabbits, dragons, snakes, horses, sheep, monkeys, roosters, dogs, and boars. Until the Gregorian calender was introduced in late 19th century, Chinese zodiac signs had been used not only for denoting 12-year cycle, but for time of the day, calender days and even directions such as "Utatsu" ...East. In this zodiac sign board, do you find something interesting? It says Mt. Fuji is twenty-eight Ri away about 110 kilometers east from there.

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    Zuiryukaku

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 25, 2012

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    Kasuisai Tip: To enter major buildings of Kasuisai, you are asked to donate 500 yen. Zuiryukaku, built in 1937, was constructed with Azuchi-Momoyama Shoin style. This palatial building, featuring the excellent fusuma paintings by Reiki Yamaguchi together with nice view of its inside garden could be worth 500 yen donation to enter. You can also taste shojin vegetarian dish there rainging from 2,000 to 3,500 yen (including donation to enter major buildings).

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    Osasuri Daikokuten

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 25, 2012

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    Osasuri Daikokuten

    Kasuisai Tip: Daikokuten (Mahakala) is believed to bring prosperity and wealth to one's family. Osasuri Daikokuten in Kasuisai is one of the popular deities. It is believed that by touching and patting the statue you can bring happiness, prosperity and good health.

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    Brand New Sanmon Gate

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 25, 2012

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    Brand-new Gate of Kasuisai

    Kasuisai Tip: This brand new Sanmon gate serves as the second gate of Kasuisai, entrance to major buildings of the temple. The gate is too new and outworldly to me. Maybe it will take years before this gate fits right to the landscape.

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    Rinzo (Revolving Sutra Storage Shelves)

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 25, 2012

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    Rinzo(Revolving Sutra Storate)

    Kasuisai Tip: Rinzo is the sutra storage shelve that is designed to revolve, which is somewhat similar to Mani wheel. Rinzos were built in some of the major shrines and temples in Japan such as Nikko Toshogu, Hasedera Temple in Kamakura, Zenkoji Temple in Nagano or Nishi Honganji and Chionin in Kyoto.

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    Iyeyasu and Kasuisai

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 25, 2012

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    Shusse Rokunoji No Ana Cave

    Kasuisai Tip: The legend has it that the Senrin Tozen who later became 11th head priest of Kasuisai saved young Iyeyasu who was then hostage to Imagawa clan and hid the prince at Shinojima Island at Mikawa Bay then led to his return to Okazaki. Another story tells us that when Senrin Tozen was in Sumpu, now Shizuoka he admonished young Iyeyasu for hunting birds at temple premise. The cave at the Kasuisai is said to be the place where Iyeyasu hid when he fled from Takeda clan when he was defeated badly at Battle of Mikatagahara in 1572. The cave Iyeyasu hid is now called "Shusse Rokunoji No Ana" Rokunoji no ana probably means figure-of-six shaped cave and Shusse means promotion. In any way Iyeyasu must have been really indetbed enough to give his temple much authority equaling the status Eiheiji or Sojiji then the stronghonds of Soto-sect of Zen Bhuddism had. The name of Kasuisai also came from Iyeyasu remarks. When Tozen was invited at the banquet hosted by Iyeyasu for helping his life in early days, the priest fell asleep. Iyeyasu then said "Kasui" meaning you can sleep. After that Tozen renamed the temple from Toyoken to Kasuisai.

    The cave was closed when I visited in February 2011, but it has been open to public since October 13.

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    Akiha Sohonzan Sanjakubo Daigongen

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 25, 2012

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    Akiha Sanjakubo Daigongen Main Hall

    Kasuisai Tip: According to the legend, Sanjakubo Daigongen a priest from Shinshu(Currently Nagano Prefecture) made three oaths, 1300 years ago.

    If you believe me I will bequeath you the success of your trade, granting of your wishes and the whole satisfaction in your life.

    If you believe me I will guarantee that you be free of sickness, calamity and hazards, and all the pains and sufferings.

    If you believe me I will make you free from any fire hazards, either ones that you might cause or ones that others have caused.

    Since these three oaths were made by Sanjakubo Gongen, he was enshrined and revered as a god of fire protection.

    Sanjakubo Daigongen was originally enshrined in Shuyoji temple inseperable part of Akiha Shrine premises. But Meiji Governenment made a decree to seperate Shintoisim and Bhuddhism in 1873 and Sanjakubo Daigongen was moved from Shuyoji, then already had been converted from Shingon Bhuddhist temple from Sotoshu temple. Since then, Kasuisai became the place for praying for fire-protection god.

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    Shogun Jizo (The Jizo of Victorious Army)

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 25, 2012

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    Shogun Jizo of Kasuisai

    Kasuisai Tip: Shogun Jizo, literally meaning "the Jizo of victorious army", is believed to promote success in your life. Shogun Jizo of Kasuisai was named that way because the jizo statues narrowly escaped the fate of destruction when Meiji government tried to abolish Akiha Shrine.

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    Chidorigaya Pond

    by taigaa001 Updated Jun 16, 2011

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    A reservoir pond surrounded by lush green forest is a popular for birdwatching, walking, and for viewing the autumn foliage during early December. It has a floating pier just like Ogasaike Pond in Kakegawa. It is a popular stop-by when walking event in Fukuroi takes place.

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    Yusanji Temple

    by taigaa001 Updated Feb 7, 2011

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    This 1,300-year-old Shingon-Bhuddist temple is best known by three-storied pagoda built in 1611. It has been said to cure the eye problems and strengthen your feet. Its sanmon(entrance) gate was originally used for the second Otemon gate of Kakegawa castle. Hillside hiking trails are also popular.

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