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  • One of the remaining pine avenues in Tokaido
    One of the remaining pine avenues in...
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    Namikozo Statue
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    by taigaa001 Updated May 2, 2014

    Maisaka-shuku Tip: When you walk past the pine avenue you will find the stone structure which used to serve as the gate to the post station area. They are called Mitsuke. At Maisaka, there are two mitsuke gates one at the eastern edge and the other at the western edge of the post station. Mitsuke also was a watch so that no people who are not allowed to travel freely cannot go though it. Such people include the wives and daughters of feudal lords.

    Stone-wall of Mitsuke Gate
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    by taigaa001 Updated May 1, 2014

    Maisaka-shuku Tip: When you walk toward Maisaka post station area about one kilometers west of Maisaka Station of Tokaido Main Line, you will go along the road shaded by rows of pine trees. It spans about 700 meters, and one of the few places in Old Tokaido Road where pine avenues still remain. Actually fungus related diseases and Typhoons are some of the top culprits of why pine trees along Tokaido Road have been dying away. When the pine avenue is about to end you will see the sculpture of boy-like yokai(goblin) called Namikozo and after a couple minutes walk from the statue, you will see waist-height stone structures showing the entrance of the lodging station area.

    One of the remaining pine avenues in Tokaido Namikozo Statue Go into the Narrower road The Pair of Stone Structure shows the entrance
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    by cheesecake17 Written May 23, 2005

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    lake hamana used to be separated from the sea by a strip of land, but in 1498 an opening to the sea was created by a great earthquake, which caused this piece of land to sink...

    The site of this depression is called IMAGIRE....

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Maisaka Transportation

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    by taigaa001 Updated Apr 30, 2012

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    FROM TOKYO: Take Shinkansen Kodama Express bound for SHIN-OSAKA and change trains to local JR line at HAMAMATSU. Get on the train bound for either Toyohashi or Ogaki(photo #1).
    Maisaka is the second stop from Hamamatsu.

    FROM OSAKA, KYOTO, and NAGOYA: Take Shinkansen Kodama Express bound for TOKYO.
    Change trains for local JR train at TOYOHASHI and take train bound for either HAMAMATSU, OKITSU, ATAMI. Maisaka is the sixth stop from Toyohashi.

    From Maisaka station to Maisaka-Shuku.
    From the station there' s no direction boards to get to the eastern end of pine avenue serving as the gateway to the 30th post station of Old Tokaido Road. First get off at South Exit of the station(photo #3) and go southward the narrow road beside the parking lot(Photo #4)
    With a few minutes walk you will meet the wider road with rows of pines.(photo #5).

    Take the trains bound for Toyohashi or Ogaki Maisaka Station, second stop from Hamamatsu Go south exit Turn southward to the road near the parking space There you find the pine avenue
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Maisaka Local Customs

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    by taigaa001 Updated May 1, 2014

    When you walk along the Rows of Pine Trees at Maisaka, you will find the statue of a young boy called Namikozo. According to the folklore in Enshu region, Namikozo is a yokai (goblin) who has the power to tell the weather by the sound of the waves. The legend has it that namikozo originated from one of the two straw dolls produced from the harvested rice. Priest Gyoki(highly respected priest during mid 8th century) chanted the sutra and told the dolls to help the farmers to forewarn the storms and threw them into the river. Years later one of the dolls turned into the goblin and was caught by the fishnet of the fishermen. The goblin asked the fishermen to let him go and he will use his magic so that the fishermen know how the weather will be like by the sounds of the waves and fishermen released him. Since then, when the roaring of the wave comes from the southeast it tells the sign of rain, from the southwest the sign of fine weather. Namikozo is often picked as one of the seven wonders of Enshu Province.

    The Goblin Telling the Weather by the waves
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