Okabe Off The Beaten Path

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    Acala(fudo-myo-ou) eched on wood
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    Tateishi Shrine

    by taigaa001 Updated Jan 1, 2013
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    Tateishi Shrine is the next destination after visiting Nanyo Temple, enshrining Susanoo, Japanese mythological god and also is little brother of Amaterasu, the goddess of Sun. It is also a subsidiary shrine of Gozu Tenno-sha Shrine one of the shirines of Aoyama Hachimangu Shrine in Fujieda. Inside the shrine preccint there are minor shrines such as Komori Shrine(the god of baby-sittng), Suwa Shrine, Hakusan Shrine, Ubu Shrine(god of sound delivery and baby rearing), Sarutahiko Shrine, Suijinnsha(god of water, weather-governing god). In 1875 all these shrines were incorporated into Tateishi Shrine as it is today. Long stairs to the Main Hall built in 1781 will give you refleshing mind although with tough climb. On the way, there is a descendant of Kigensugi(3,000 year-old Cedar Tree in Yakushima Island, a world heritage site), planted in 1989. Ox statue in the shrine was donated because the Gozu Tenno was said to have three oxen heads.

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    Nanyoji Temple

    by taigaa001 Written Jan 1, 2013
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    After passing Furusato Mikanyama the next destination of Yamanobe Trail is Nannyouji Temple. The temple was founded in 1589 as a Shingon-sect Buddhist temple, but it was converted to Soto-zen sect during early 17th century. I didn't get the idea what this temple was special for when I visited there in January 2011. I found six-jizo statues and fudo-myoou(acala) etched on wooden board interesting.

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    Furusato Mikanyama

    by taigaa001 Written Jan 1, 2013

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    Furuato Mikanyama is the next destination of Yamanobe Trail after visiting Joshoin temple nicknamed as The Temple of Soldiers. It is a park around the hill commanding the great views. Wide variety of Citrus Fruit tree variants and cultivars grown in Shizuoka are planted on the slope of the hill. The park area is also a nice place to have a rest and you will find a group of jizo statues around the grassy area of the park.

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    Cosmos Field of Tono

    by taigaa001 Written Oct 20, 2012

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    Bamboo Rocket Festival and the field of cosmos

    Tono area of Okabe is best known as the site of O-ryusei or Bamboo Rocket Festival in mid October every other year. Tono is also popular for its cosmos field during early to late October. This year, 2012, the best cosmos season coincided with Bamboo Rocket festival. Tono area is about 10 minutes walk downstream from Gyokuro-no-Sato.

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    Kofukuji Temple

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 22, 2012
    The temple was built in 634
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    Founded in 634 by the wish of Empress Kogyoku to house the Yakushinyorai (Boddhisattva of Medicine) statue to heal the contageous diseases spread in that area. The statue curved from solid conifer is said to have created by Prince Shotoku, but some scholars speculate that current statue might have been created during 9th to 10th century. Current temple is barely enough to hold the statue and is a part of the private house. The statue is open once in 33 years and the next public opening will be in 2018. This temple is fourth spot to visit in Yamanobe Trail. Controversies over when it was actually built aside, it still is the oldest buddha statues in Okabe.

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    Kompira Shrine

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 22, 2012

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    Small but it is one of the 600 kompira shrines
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    Kompira shrine located close to Miwa Shrine is one of the 600 shrines carrying the name of Kompira. Kotohira-gu Shrine in Kagawa prefecture is the head shrine of all Kompira(kotohira) shrines in Japan. The shrine is the third place to visit when you walk along Yamanobe Trail starting from Miwa Shrine. To get to the shrine from Jurinji temple, follow the small direction board to the hilltop. There are two ways to the top, Otokozaka, the steep path, or Onnazaka, the mild slope. From the top of the hill you can have a nice view of Yaizu, Fujieda area.

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    Jurinji Temple

    by taigaa001 Written Sep 15, 2012
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    This Soto-zen temple founded in 1624, is best known by two Mokujiki-butsu, wooden buddha statues carved by legendary 18th century ascetic Kikui-shonin. When its hakumokuren or Magnilia Heptapeta is in full bloom in mid March, there will be a festival called Mokuren-Matsuri. In Yamanobe Trail, Jurinji temple is the second destination after Miya Shrine.

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    Kaidate Park

    by taigaa001 Written Nov 11, 2011

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    Kashidate Park is close to Kashibaya Inn
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    Kaidate Park is one of the most popular park with kids' playground. Some tourists come to this place for great views of Okabe town. The most popular view may be that of Sho'ouin temple from the distance. Also I love the view of Utsunoya Area bordering Okabe and Shizuoka.

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