Okabe Travel Guide

  • Asahina Oryusei(Bamboo Rocket Festival)
    Asahina Oryusei(Bamboo Rocket Festival)
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  • The rock that tells the noontime
    The rock that tells the noontime
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Okabe Things to Do

  • Dairabou: Overview

    Dairabou is a mountain peak located close to the border between Shizuoka and Fujieda(Okabe area), 561 meters above sea level. Althouth there are hiking courses both from Shizuoka and Okabe most of the visitors either come to the mountaintop by car or by bicycle because there is a neatly paved road reaching to the top. The mountain is also popular...

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  • Yamanobe Trail

    The trail starts from Miwa Shrine and ends at Sho'ouin Temple in Okabe-Shuku area featuring beautifully built two-storied pagoda.@Length: 5.7 kilometersDuration: About three hour walk not including rest and visiting time.Level: D: Good for beginners but with some hard climbs. Even good for family hikes as there are some places to play along the...

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  • Joshoin temple(Temple of Soldiers)

    Joshoin temple often nicknamed as Heitaidera(the temple of soldirs) is one of the highlighted attractions of Yamanobe Trail starting from Miwa Shrine to Old Tokaido Okabe-juku area. The temple houses 223 wooden statues of soldiers who were deceased during Russo-Japanese war in 1904-5. When I went to the temple in January 2011 the temple has few...

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  • The Views from Dairabou 2

    Other than Mount Fuji(photo #1) you can also see the peaks of Minami Alps peaks such as Mount Kamikochi and Mount Hijiri(Photo #2 left snow-capped peaks) and Mount Akaishi(Photo #2 right snow-capped peak) from Dairabou, one of the most popular lookouts in Shizuoka City. Mount Hijiri is barely visible behind Mount Kamikochi. And the right corner...

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  • The Views from Dairabou

    From the summit of Dairabou you can see almost any mountains of Shizuoka city except many of Minami(Southern) Alps peaks. Photo #1 is Mount Kuroboshi, 2067m, which has unmistakable cone-shaped mountaintop located between Hamamatsu and Kawanehoncho, neighboring Shizuoka. Photo #2 is Mount Nanatsumine, 1533m, located between Shizuoka and...

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  • Top 5 Hiking Destinations from Okabe

    Mount Takakusa, 501m, is by far the most popular hikes from Okabe. The mountain is often picked for school hiking or training hike for novice hikers. Dairabou, 561m, is a bit too easy for serious hikers and rather a goal for mountain bikers. The mountain is located in Shizuoka but it is close to the border between Fujieda(Okabe) and Shizuoka....

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  • Mount Takakusa: Overview

    Mount Takakusa at the border between Yaizu and Fujieda is one of the top 3 popular hiking destinations from Okabe area. The mountain is often picked for novice hikers because the route is well-managed and is easy to follow and has nice views from the mountaintop. It is what Mount Takao to Tokyo residents or Mount Tsukuba to north Kanto plain...

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  • Okabe Kyoseki-no-Mori Park

    The park at the goal of #20 hiking course of Fujieda, Satoyama-no-Michi(Satoyama trail), has a huge rock momunent, weighing 250 ton. But its biggest lure of the park is Health Promenade the pricky trail for barefooted walk to stimulate your sole parts.

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  • Nagayamon Gate of Shigitani Family

    Nagayamon is one of the most commonly seen traditional gates in Japan. It literally means "the gate with resident houses". It started as a gate for samurai residents but since the late Edo Period during 19th century wealthy owners of huge farmland started to build that style of gates mainly for warehouses for agricultural tools or in some part of...

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  • Gochinyorai Park (Tourist Information...

    Gochinyorai park is a park created on the place where Seiganji Temple had originally been. In this park Gochinyorai statues the only remnant of the temple sit and an tourist information office is set up. Most of the tourist guides and leaflets are in Japanese but there are some English language leaflets available and some infos on board translated...

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  • Masugata (Right-Angle Turn)

    When you walk into the old highways in Japan you will encounter the place where the road shows a right-angle turn. This is called "masugata" or right-angle turn. Okabe-shuku also has such a right-angled turn at the intersection near the Okabe-Branch municipal office of Fujieda. It is built that way so that the enemy cannot easily go into the...

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  • Miwa Shrine

    Miwa Shrine is one of the few remaining ancient style shrines in Japan built by the wishes of Empress Kogyoku in 644. The shrine is located at the place where Mt. Takakusa the sacred mountain according to the shrine was blocked by the hill mountain. The shrine retains the ancient style of Shintoism praying directly to the sacred mountain and its...

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  • Sugatamino Hashi Bridge

    The legend has it that in this bridge at Okabe Ono-no-Komachi legendary Japanese beauty and one of the finest female waka poets felt shocked to find her face mirrored in the river so exhausted and aged after being in a long trip.

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  • Sho'ouin Temple

    Sho'ouin temple is the goal of the Yamanobe Trail as well as one of the most popular places of interest in Okabe-Shuku, 21st lodging station of Tokaido Highway. The temple is best known by the two-storied pagoda constructed in 1979 well appreciated by traditional Japanese architecture buffs in Japan.

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  • Old Grand Hotel "Kashiwa-ya" Historical...

    VIDEO (click)CULTURAL ASSESTThe building is called O-hatago Kashibaya...A hatago was a type of Japanese hotel from the EDO period....O-hatago mean that it was a high-grade hotel...It was built almost 170 years ago in 1836..Until 10 years ago, an old lady lived here alone...After her death, the okabe town bought this building...The main building is...

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  • Gyokuro-no-Sato (tea tasting)

    VIDEO (click)This is a great little tea house where you can enjoy gyokuro and powder tea with a good view of the garden and pond.The best time is to come in the spring and enjoy the sakuras, like I did..or in the fall with the change of leaves...Its not very far from yaizu, about 30 minutes drive up the mountains in OKABE...Check out the travelog...

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  • Protected by the MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT..

    Seiganji is not only famous becasue of Minatomo no Yorimoto but also for GREEN FROGS..or also called ..the mori-aogaeru, or forest green treefrog..they are designated as a PROTECTED NATURAL ANIMAL by the Municipal government......These frogs climb up into the trees in late spring and have orgies involving one male and up to half-a-dozen females ,...

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  • OHDATARA FUDOSON

    Deep in the mountains of MARIKO, just up the hill from SEIGANJI ......about 15 minute walk.....there is a Buddhist temple dedicated to the GOD OF FIRE...Nearby is a small waterfall with 16 RAKAN STATUES sitting along its sides....Rakan are Buddha's desciples. Japanese people believe that we can see in Rakan images of our family and friends who have...

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Okabe Restaurants

  • Tororo Jiru (Grated Yam with Miso Soup)

    I really dont care for the dish, its way to slimey for me..;)....after said that..Tororo (grated yam) is blended with white miso soup and poured over rice with barley. A favorite of travelers of both the ancient past and today, there are several Tororo Jiru restaurants in Mariko that still serve this taste of long ago. So ....for those who care to...

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  • Local cuisine

    There are two restaurant in the facility at SUMPU TAKUMI SHUKU, this one has a selection of Shizuoka local cuisines...Even the chopsticks, bowls and dishes are also made in Shizuoka...

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  • feeling hungry for some sweets

    This restaurant only serves japanese styles sweets and tea.....So after walking around just stop in here....

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Okabe Transportation

  • Getting To Miwa Shrine

    The easiest way to get to the Miwa Shrine, the start of the both Yamanobe Trail and Mount Takakusa Miwa route trail, is by bus. There's the bus service from JR Yaizu station. Get a bus departing from #1 gate of the terminal. There's one or two bus services every hour from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Then get off at Miwajinja Iriguchi bus stop. Memo down the...

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  • After Sho'ouin Temple Then What?

    Sho'ouin Temple is the in the middle part of Okabe Stop. Kashiwaya Grand Inn is only a five-minute-walk away. To get to Kashiwaya go along the Tokaido Highway northward. If you are with kids there's is a park on the hill nearby. Five minutes walk south to Sho'ouin there's a park with Gochinyorai statues, another popular Okabe place. Either way the...

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  • Great shop

    At SHUMPU TAKUMI SHUKU ..There is a big gift shop selling tons of really nice crafts stuff..

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  • Gift shop in the HATAGO

    At the backyard of the Ryokan in Okabe...there is a small little gift shop .....You will be able to find many little local crafts item..like these boxes warp in japanese tradional paper.

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Okabe Local Customs

  • Asahina Ohryusei(Bamboo Rocket Festival)

    Out-of-the-way, small town Okabe is world-famous for this unique fireworks, Ohryusei often nicknamed as "bamboo rocket festival" in English. The festival that entails this rocket-launching style fireworks is held in mid October every other year. The next fireworks will fall on October 20, 2012. You can see the one-hour-long video on 2008 event at...

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  • Koshin (Gengshen) Stone Monument,...

    Koshin(Gengshen) is the 57th day of every sexagenery cycle. The tradition of keeping awake during the Koshin(Gengshen) day to prevent cadaver worms living inside the body from reporting the host's bad deeds to the Shangdi(Jade Emperor better known as EMMA DAIOU, Supreme deity governing heaven) was said to have come from Chinese Taoism beliefs...

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  • What is Daidarabocchi?

    Dairabou is one of the name variations of Daidarabocchi which appears in Japanese mythology accounting for how major landforms of Japan were created. According to the legend, the giant carried a quite a large amount of soil from what is now Lake Biwa or Kofu Basin to build Mount Fuji. While the giant was carrying the soils from Lake Biwa the giant...

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Okabe Off The Beaten Path

  • Tateishi Shrine

    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...

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  • Nanyoji Temple

    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...

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  • Furusato Mikanyama

    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...

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Okabe Sports & Outdoors

  • From Mount Takakusa to Utsunoya Old Town...

    Many Tokaido walkers may confuse Utsunoya something like lodging station. It never was. Utsunoya was actually an Aino-shuku, or in-between station between Okabe and Mariko. Usually in-between stations were rarely used for lodging and just served as resting places for travelers. Ironically Utsunoya is one of the most loved places in Old Tokaido...

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  • From Mount Takakusa to Utsunoya Old Town...

    When you see the road extending from Okabe side, turn right from there, and you will pass through dimly lit tunnel called Meiji Tunnel, the first toll-tunnel built in 1876. But until recently there had been no lights at all. Some people used to mock the tunnel as "Ghost Tunnel" or "Spooky Tunnel". Some old timers, however, miss such Dark Tunnel...

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  • From Mount Takakusa to Utsunoya Old Town...

    After walking along the sidewalk of Route #1 for a few minutes you will see a road going down to Sakashita area where the Utsunoya Pass Trail starts. To get to Meiji Tunnel go up the leftward slope. The unpaved road is nearly free of automobiles. After passing Daimoku Monument you will find a divide. Rightward up-slope leads to the start of...

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