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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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.more
Take a close look at the top where you see some black and white labels , these are SENJYA FUDA or pilgrim name labels that the visitor paste or stick on the temple gate or shrine gate to prove that they visited that location. Nowadays most shirnes dont allow it, primarily as a means for protecting the aging temple/shrine structures. Instead, you...more
Be-1 is a beans shop, a bakery and a coffeehouse near the entrance of Ogasayama Sports Park nicknamed as ECOPA. When I visited ECOPA at the end of September 2012, I felt like eating something before entering the park. Be-1 is the only dining place I could find. They deal with wide range of coffee beans.more
From Tokyo and eastern part of Japan: Take Shinkansen Bullet train from Tokyo and change trains to local train at Kakegawa. Take trains bound for HAMAMATSU, TOYOHASHI, GIFU or OGAKI. Fukuroi is the second stop from Kakegawa.
To OGASAYAMA SPORTS PARK, get off at AINO station not FUKUROI. HATTASAN SON'EIJI TEMPLE is about thirty minutes walk from OGASAYAMA SPORTS PARK(ECOPA stadium). There aren't so many bus lines available so it might be better to walk from Ogasayama Sports Park.
From Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka and western part of Japan. Take Shinkansen Kodama Express bound for Tokyo and change trains at HAMAMATSU. Take Tokaido Line trains bound for SHIMADA, ROKUGO, SHIZUOKA, OKITSU, NUMAZU, MISHIMA and ATAMI. Fukuroi station is the fourth stop from Hamamatsu and Aino, the fifth.
From Mount Fuji Shizuoka Airport
Take a bus bound for Shimada station. And take Tokaido Honsen line train bound for either Hamamatsu, Toyohashi, Gifu or Ogaki. Aino station is the next stop from Kakegawa and Fukuroi the second stop.
Founded in 1069 as a Shingon(Esoteric school of Buddhism) temple it was converted to Soto sect during 15th to 16th century and renamed as its current name MYOKOJI. The temple is best known by the story of legendary Ozeki Raiden Tame-emon who wished for the child to this temple and got one. In 1916 the temple became the official prayer site for Sumo...more
Haranoya River running parallel to Old Tokaido Road between Fukuroi and Kakegawa and flowing out to Enshunada Beach after merging into Ohta river is a popular walking and jogging road for Fukuroi residents. The riverside area has some nice parks including Skate Park for Skateboarders and Shinsui(Stream-play) Park where there is a place for...more
Founded in 793, this temple is how the nameplace Fukuoi came from because its temple nickname is FUKUROI-SAN. It is also referred to as Hesodera(Navel Temple), because this temple is part of Fukuroi-shuku, 27th post station of Tokaido and in the middle of the Old Tokaido Road. This temple is blessed with a number of legends such as a story of a fox...more
Ogasayama Sports Park best known for ECOPA stadium is popular among joggers and even serious long distance runners. The park is really huge and you can take flat course around ECOPA stadium or steep climbing route around lookouts about 100 meters above sea level. You can even jog to Hattasan Temple grounds. Some serious runners often venture into...more
Most of the parks in Japan forbid skateboarding. In Fukuroi, there is a place for skateboarding called "SKATE PARK" in a riverside park close to Kouai Ohashi Bridge, about 600 meters north of Aino Park lookout. While advanced level skateboarders may not be satisfied, it could be a good practicing and warm-up places for most of ordinary...more
After visiting the statue of Kukai, I found a way to go down the hill. The trail was not easy to trace at times but I managed to go down the trail and get to the divide. It seems that this part of the trail is not so well trodden and I hardly saw anyone during the decent down the hill.more
Favorite thing: ECOPA stadium is best known for the one of the venues for 2002 FIFA world cup and it was on this stadium that Brazil defeated England 2-1 at semi-final. 10 years has passed and only some monuments show that such ledendary matches are fought. Photo #1 and #2 are erected to commemorate the world cup event. FIgure of zero shaped monument used to be the torchlight tower for National Athletic Meet in 2003.