Hanazawa Travel Guide

  • Niomon Gate Built in 1703
    Niomon Gate Built in 1703
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    hiking path in the area
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  • batou kannon
    batou kannon
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Hanazawa Things to Do

  • Hokkeji Temple

    Hokkeji temple is said to have originated as far back in early 8th century but it lacks enough historical documents to support this story. It is located at the strategic position along ancient Tokaido highway linking Yaizu and Shizuoka. The temple's biggest draw is an old gate called Niomon Gate built in 1703. The temple is also the start of both...

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  • Hanazawa Overview

    Hanazawa(also referred to as Hanazawa-no-Sato) is a great out-of-the-way place of Yaizu city at the foot of low mountains between Yaizu and Shizuoka. The area has some nice traditional houses and just walking around the area is refreshing. Hanazawa is also a start of hiking activities to Mount Takakusa, Mount Mankanho and Mount Hanazawa. Hokkeji...

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  • hanazawa community

    A SPECIAL FEATURE OF THIS COMMUNITY IS THE EXOTIC ROW OF TENEMENT HOMES..WHICH IS UNIQUE TO THIS AREA .. IT IS SAID THAT THE FARMING HOMES TOOK ON THIS SHAPE DURING THE END OF THE MEIJI ERA (1868-1912)..DURING THE NARA (710-784) AND HEIAN (794-1185) PERIODS, THE TOKAIDO HIGHWAY (EAST SEA) PASSED THROUGH THIS AREA....NOW CALLED THE YAKITSUBE...

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Hanazawa Transportation

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    by taigaa001 Written Oct 16, 2014

    THERE IS NO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SERVICES AVAILABLE TO HANAZAWA! Best bet is by taxi to Hokkeji Temple from either Yaizu Station or hotels you are staying in Yaizu. When you use taxi you will also be charged with return fee. If you would like to save such costs the best ways to get there is by walking either from Yaizu station or Mochimune station passing Nihonzaka pass. It will take about one hour and ten minutes walk from Yaizu station. If you can rent a bike from Yaizu station if could be the best way.

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Hanazawa Local Customs

  • six jizo

    This grouping of 6 jizo are found commonly in Japan, Jizo Bosatsu vowed to protect all beings in the 6 realms ...they are quite common to see sometimes placed at busy intersections or at graveyard..like in this case....these I found were in Hanazawa village ... Jizo often carries a staff with six rings..Among Buddhists, all living beings are born...

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  • Kannon with Horse's Head

    While walking up the path at Hanazawa town you will see many stone statues of Batou Kannon (Kannon with Horse's Head) they are usually set up along dangerous paths and byways to protect travelers and their horses from injury. Batoo Kannon has been known in Japan since 7th century. There are a few walking path long the Temple....

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  • Graveyard...

    A visit to any graveyard in Japan is full of mystery.Specially the Tomb Stones that are very different to the western worldThis gravestone found at a Temple in hanazawa..has a shape call Gorintou , which means five-ring pagoda or five-tier tomb..Whatever you may call it is made of five pieces of stone and serves as a grave marker..They are...

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Hanazawa Warnings and Dangers

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    by cheesecake17 Written Feb 25, 2006

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    While walking the path at Hanazawa village you will see many of these sign....translated into different languages...english, portuguese, korean, chinesse....

    The sign reading.."becasue slope failurres are likely to occur, please take great caution in the event of a heavy rain".......

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Hanazawa Off The Beaten Path

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    by taigaa001 Updated Oct 22, 2011

    One of the objectives of visiting Hanazawa is to see what remains of Hanazawa Castle ruins, a mountain fort ruled by Imagawa Clan in mid 16th century. It is just for experienced fort ruins hunters. The only thing that shows there was a castle is a wooden monument poll that was place at the entrance of the castle ruins. But the trail to the core part of the ruins has been lost. The only thing you can do is to go up the south part of hill and enjoy the view.

    Wooden Signpost shows the castle entrance The hill that once was a fort
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