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Mount Hakko is the highest peak in Kakegawa city, 832m a.s.l. It is one of the most popular hiking destinations from Kakegawa. The mountain is noted for the great view of Mount Fuji if you are really lucky. The most popular hiking route is from Fukuyo Station of Oigawa Line starting from Kanaya station. Kakegawa residents, however, take the shorter route to the mountain from the south side because they have private cars. From Fukuyo station it takes about 2 hours to the mountaintop.
Written Apr 30, 2013
Nissaka is in the eastern edge of Kakegawa and is best known as the twenty-fifth lodging station of Tokaido Highway, between Kakegawa and Kanaya. It is about twenty-five-minute bus ride from JR Kakegawa station. Nissaka area mainly consists of 1 lodging station area 2 Sanoyo-no-Nakayama hill area and 3 Mt. Awagatake area.
Also see Nissaka Travel Page.
Written Oct 15, 2011
For an evening of good music, interesting conversation, fascinating people and great food, don't miss Mal's Bar when you're in Kakegawa. It is an International Communication Space and Emporium of Gastronomic Excellence. People from all over the world flock there to broaden their horizons through warm at home hospitality with an exchange between Japanese locals and sophisticated international types. Bar Master and owner, Mal Adams, is an internationally known broadcast journalist from CNN and CBS news networks and is quite the raconteur telling stories of his days as a worldwide news correspondent and showing pictures of himself with some of his most famous friends and acquaintances such as U.S. Presidents, Japanese Prime Ministers, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson just to name a few. His wife and partner Kimie (Mama) Adams is a great cook and will prepare Neo Japanesque and western style dishes for your dining pleasure. It is a warm and lighthearted spot that features live Jazz and R&B music on a regular basis. You're gonna love it!
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: Tamari 30-1, Kakegawa, Shizuoka, 436-0011 Japan
Otemon serves as a main entrance gate to the castle. There are two different ways to describe this gate in Kanji characters. One way uses Kanjis which mean "Main Gate", the other way use Kanjis which mean "drive-away-enemies". Whatever kanjis are used, the purpose of the gate is the same. It is the gate "to drive the enemies away". There used to be two gates at the Otemon entrance of the castle. Second gate of the Otemon entrance is now at Yusanji in Fukuroi. Present gate was reconstructured about 50 meters north of where the gate originally was located.
Updated Mar 8, 2011
Gijsbert Hemmij, the chief official of VOC (Dutch East India Company) passed away in 1798 on his way back to Nagasaki in Kakegawa. His tomb lies at the premises of Tennenji Temple and epitaph was inscribed in uniquely shaped tomb in Dutch.
Updated Feb 26, 2011
A "sankakuten" is a Japanese word for a Trigometrical point. Many Japanese people believe the peak with a trig point is the summit. But it is not always true. And more often than not it is misleading. This peak has a trig point and the exact elevation is shown on the map. 264.4m. But it is not a highest peak of Mt. Ogasayama nor the summit in religious sense. The presence of talismans shows the peak over Tamon Shrine is the holy mountain. Some major mountains do not have the trig points because their moutaintops do not fit for trigometric survey. Some trig points are heavily protected with yagura but most stand bare partly buried in the soil.
Updated Sep 1, 2010
The temple with tongue-tying name is actually a mausoleum of Iyemitsu Tokugawa the third shogun of Tokugawa Shogunate (posthumous buddhist name: Taiyuuin) , built by Ujishige Hojo then the lord of Kakegawa castle in 1656. This place was originally an older Kakegawa castle and when the mausoleum was built this place served as an eastern extension of the newer castle. The present building was rebuilt in 1822 after the original building was lost in fire in 1818. Despite the otamaya contribution, Ujishige's house was abolished because he had no heirs.
Updated Jul 29, 2010
This is where you can sense the godly atmosphere of Mt. Ogasayama with rare fern species and lined white talismans attached to the arrows show this is the religious mountain. Around Tamon shrine there is the old fortress built by Iyeyasu and you can have a nice view for the Kakegawa city area and if you have an excellent eyesight you can see the Kakegawa castle in the far distance. This area seems to be the mountaintop in the religious sense. The trig point peak(264m) is 100 meters apart from this peak.
Updated Jul 26, 2010
Ninomaru Museum is part of the reason why I visit Kakegawa Castle from time to time. Particularly I love Kinoshita collection on travel paraphernalia including medicine box and tabacco pipes during Edo Period. Exhibits are changed every one or two months and a compound ticket with palace and donjon is also very convenient.
Updated Jun 27, 2010
Address: 1142-1 Kakegawa
Takenomaru used to be the Kakegawa castle compartment set side for the warlord's retainers. After the Meiji Period a wealth merchant acquired this place and made a nice manshion based on bukezukuri-styled(used in Samurai residence) house with some modern addition of Meiji and Taisho Style. To protect the house from attackers the house has some unique tricks to hide the valuables and house members. It is located about 100 meters north of Ninomaru Museum.
Written Jun 26, 2010
Address: 1200-1 Kakegawa, Kakegawa