Mt. Hamaishi (Hamaishi-dake) is the highest peak of the mountain range extending northward from Satta Pass. It is 707 meters(2319 feet) above sea level. There are a number of routes up to the mountain but vast majority of people start the climb from Yui station and the most of the rest from Satta Pass. Several routes to the summit from Okitsu are mostly used for descending routes. The photo is taken at Ojima Jinya, a quasi castle about five kilometers north of Okitsu post station. Ojima Jinya is often the goal of the hike using either Tadanuma or Tachibana routes.
Minobu Road is the nickname of the highway linking Suruga province (currently central part of Shizuoka Prefecture) and Koshu (currently Yamanashi Prefecture) about eighty kilometers long from Okitsu to Kofu. It is officially named as Koshu Okan(from Shizuoka side) and Sunshu Okan(from Yamanashi side). Many people call the highway "Minobu Road" because it is also the pilgrimmage trail to Minobusan Kuonji temple, the head temple of Nichiren sect of Buddhism and Mt. Shichimen (1982m in elevation), also a religious place just like Koyasan. Okitsu is the one end of the old highway. Route 52 is running along the Minobu highway but some old trails still remain and some area still has the traditional countryside landscape. To get to Ojima Jinya, a quasi-castle, turn left at the road signpost and follow along the Minobu highway about one hour from the signpost. In the midstream of Fuji river, the route is divided into three ways one reaches to Okitsu, the others Yui and Iwabuchi (currently westernmost part of Fuji city).
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Kurokawa Shizen-en of the Shimizu Forest Park Yasuragi No Mori is a place so that the visitors can learn and feel about the nature around the pond, pure spring water used for wasabi horseradish fields.
Shimizu Forest Park is a complex of a number of facilities such as a day-trip onsen, biotopes, observatory and hiking trails. Its nickname is "Yasuragi No Mori", meaning "stress-relieving forest".
When I first went there on July 23rd. I did not have enough time so I could take photos of places around YAMASEMI NO YU, a day-trip onsen and one of the most popular facilities of the forest park.
Jinya is literally a fortified house but it is recognized as sub-castle or quasi-castle. It was used as a residence of feudal lord, Matsudaira Takiwaki clan with the domain of 10,000 koku(1,800 metric tons of rice) between 1704 and 1868 before Tokugawa Gvernment was overturned by the Meiji Restoration. Because the domain district is not large enough(building a castle had been allowed to the feudal lord worth 20,000 koku of rice) to justify the castle it was allowed to build a Jinya. During Edo Period building a new castle is next to impossible due to the order of One-castle-per-domain. It was designated as a National Historical Site in 2006.
Seikenji Temple is a popular place for railway photographers because the railway line runs between the gate and the temple buildings uphill. Particularly the photo frame of running train under the bell tower is popular.
The Villa of early-20th-century politician Kinmochi Saionji who retained great political influence even after having been retired from his premiership was recently reconstructed. The inn-like villa was used as an accommodation for big shots who sought counsel from a retired old man.
Once a grand inn of Okitsu-shuku, and brimmed with latter-day glory brought by the book "Japanese Inn" the inn closed silently in 1985. Then in 1999 a part of former grand inn was open to public, free of charge, showcasing the items used in Minaguchiya Inn and the photo of Okitsu which has changed so much without a trace. The large part of former inn has been used as a corporate training center.
Open: from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. except on Mondays and yearend and new year holidays.
Found in front of many temples. When you say your wish while turning the wheel downward, a wish for the afterlife will be granted.
When you turn the wheel upward, a wish for your present life will be granted.
The garden was built in the 18th Century, and is designated as the
"SCENIC SPOT OF JAPAN"
There are statues of 500 Disciples of the Buddha priests (made in the 18th Century)
These are people who have been credited for editing the buddha books...They were also students of SHAKA NYORAI..
These statues were carved in the EDO era but no one knows who did it..
The statues come out in the last scene of the Novel called SAKURA NO MINO JUKUSURU TOKI by Shimazaki Toson.
....the popular belief is that if you look closely, you will find at least one that looks like someone you know...:)..
Traditional temple of Rinzai sect, Myosinji group.
Seikenji is in Okitsu in Shizuoka Prefecture, which is Station #17 (from Tokyo) on the Old Tokaido Highway.
When Tokugawa-Ieyasu was a child, he was sent to this temple as a hostage of the Imagawa Family.
The history of this temple is reported to have stared and develop with the establishment of SEKISHO (travelers checking point)..
The marker for the barrier is in the parking lot of the temple.
HOURS..9:00 a.m.4:30 p.m.
No visitors allowed when there are events..
FREE to visit the grounds
The site has the main building, big study room, reception room, library and bell room, overlooking Suruga Bay.
Every temple has a bell tower, which is used during New Years Eve.
The bell at the temple rings 108 times on New Year's eve, corresponding to the Buddhist concept of 108 worldly desires..
I found this was a beautiful wooden bell tower
Known as the good place to watch the moon, and this is the temple........
........there is a tradition in Japan history where japanese traditionally celebrate the full moon on 15th August by the luna calender (it actually comes around 15th of September).
Dumplings made from rice(odango) and susuki (japanese pamapas grass) are offered to the Full Moon
It is thought an event for praying the rich harvest of rice. The full moon in the clear autumn sky appear especiallly beautiful.
And the moon hidden slightly by thin cloud is also elegant.............
also many verses where inspired here from the old days..too...
like this one on this wall....which says
A fine autumn day;
One single line of pines on Miho Cape,
Stretching out in the blue sea.......
ASHIKAGA TAKAUJI rebuilt the temple in 1342 and during the ASHIKAGA and EDO ERA the temple flourished greatly..
The present building was constructed in 1702 and is therefore about 250 years old..
Climbing up the hill behind the temple you will be able to see the Port of shimizu.%c
The Buddhist temple was originally built in 679 and the foundations for the present temple were laid in 1962 during the KAMAKURA ERA..
The purpose was to foster peace and well being in the district..