Hakuganji-yama, is a hill about 160 meters above sea level. It is located at the north of Rokugo station(the next stop east of Shimada Station). It is known by the local residents as a lookout to view Oi River, Suguga Bay, Izu Peninsula, the cities of Yaizu, Fujieda, Shimada, Mount Fuji Shizuoka Airport and if you are lucky enough, Mount Fuji. The peak is also the start of Achigaya Hiking Trail exploring nearby hill peaks about 150-220 meters in elevation. Popular season include Cherry-viewing season in early April and the New Year Day to view the New Year Sunrise.
Although Oi River originating from the topmost peaks of Minami Alps more than 3,000 meters in elevation, is 168 kilometers long and Shimada shares only a quarter of its river system, the town is often associated with Oi River nicknamed as Abaregawa (Runnaway River). Until about 140 years ago, the river has no bridges and people travelling from East to West (and vice versa) needed the help of bearers. Now that the both sides of the river have been connected by a number of bridges some of which are suspension bridges often the target of tourism, we often forget crossing the river used to be the hardest things in travel. Shimada has some places to show how people about 150 to 400 years old crossed the river. To view the river there are two popular outlooks. To view the river from the west just as Hokusai and Hiroshige might have done, Makinohara Park near Ocha-no-Sato is the one. To view the river from the east, Hakuganji-yama close to Rokugo station is very popular. Today river bearers are no longer in business but you can still have the thrill of crossing the river by a wooden bridge called Horaibashi, the longest wooden bridge registered in Guinness Book of Record.
The park located near the Municipal Hall is best known by a Steam Locomotive Train, DC-5101 ,car. The park is a good place for children to play because it has a wide variety of playsets and has an indoor playroom facility.
Mount Hakko, 832m, is a triangular shaped mountain best known as one of the viewpoints of Mount Fuji. It is situated between Kakegawa (the highest peak in the city area) and Kanaya, Shimada. The most popular ways to climb the mountain is from FUKUYO station of Oigawa Line. It takes about two to three hours to the summit from the station.
Ieyama, about 15 kilometers northwest of Shimada station, is the central district of former Kawane town, now a part of Shimada city. The town thrived as a post station of ancient pilgrimmage road to Akiha Shrine, known as the god of fire prevention. Former pilgrimmage trail to Akiha Shrine is now a segment of Tokai Nature Trail, Japanese counterpart to National Scenic Trail. The raised relief of Ieyama town (photo #1) is south upward because I couldn't get a photo of north-up without fluorescent lamp reflection. The pond on the raised relief is Nomori Pond one of the famous cherry viewing sites in Shimada.
Kanaya is now a part of Shimada city. It is best known by the great landscape of Oigawa river, and you can see the landscape similar to Utagawa's Hiroshige's Kanaya of Tokaido Series. The town's biggest draw is Ocha No Sato tea museum with world tea museum and a nice Japanese garden. You can also enjoy Tokaido Hike from JR Kanaya station to Nissaka and Kakegawa.
Also see Kanaya Travel Guide.
When I went to Chimanji in 9th of July I found Hosta Montana blooming around July and August. Hosta Montana is often cultivated because its budding leaves are used for local cuisines during April and May. Japanese name for Hosta Montana is OOBAGIBOUSHI.
One of the most popular temples in Shimada is located at the northern part of Shimada deep in lush cedar forest. The temple is best known by the thatched-roof Main Hall and ten huge and old cedar trees. I first went there as a high-school excursion about thirty years ago. It has sacred and spiritual atmosphere. To get there you will have to walk about two hours from Oigawa Riverside or take a taxi or rent a car to get to the nearest parking space. The summit of Mt. Chiba is 496 meters above sea level.
Unno is a famous local artist of the work of woodblock his house was open to the public in 2000.....You are able to see his home and his work at a next door exhibit hall....
His home its a house from the 1890..He is a native of shizuoka and his work been in a few galaries around...
With the admission to the SHIMADA MUSEUM you are able to see this museum which is up the road ....
9 :00 - 17 :00
closed Mondays, the day after national holidays, New Year's break
The Oi River, the difficult spot of the Old Tokaido Highway, had no bridge according to the Government policy, and was provided with an official control house, carriers' inn and shops around here under the river crossing system by carriers.
Now the official control house, carriers' inn and ticket center were restored.
(pic2) A picture in this little museum shows a view looking down upon a wide bed of the Oi River, with people waiting on its sand-banks to be taken across.
There was no bridge across the Oi River and travellers had to cross it in a variety of ways as is shown in the picture.
It became difficult to cross when heavy rain turned the river into fierce, raging rapids.
Free of charge
Open all year
8:30 - 17:00
Also called Kawagoshi Historic Sites, or Oi-River Crossing Historic Sites at Shimada City
In the Toko Temple , the monkey dance is held on April 14...
Two children wearing masks of male and female monkeys dance to the music of flute and drum.
This is nationally unique folklore performance played at the festival of Hiyoshi Shrine, which houses the "guardian god of Toko Temple",
and is designated as an INTANGIBLE FOLKLORE CULTURAL HERITAGE by Shizuoka Prefecture.
This museum is a great stop, IS VERY close to the KAWAGOSHI RELICS, its regular exhibition features "travel and travelers" under the question "why do people travel?", and introduces the history and culture of Shimada city, illustrating the scenes of the Oi River, Shimada station and the river crossing.
The exhibition is in japanese but is a great museum giving the history of the area...
There are occasional special exhibitions on the second floor, the day I went it was for different japanese hair styles of the edo era...
With the price for the entry of the museum you can also see the house of a local famous woodblock printer.....is just a few blocks down the road..
Its 300 adult and 120 yen for elementary and junior-high school student
Closing monday and Dec 29 - Jan 3
and open from 9am to 5pm
From Yoshida Exit off of the Tomei Highway (10km, 20 min.), drive on Route 1 Shimada By-pass roads, and get off at Hatayubi Exit (2.1km, 5 min.)
There are 8,700 roses planted in the garden . You can enjoy the greenhouse and the walking path ...
You can also purchase the kind of roses that grow in the park....I did but they never live that long..:(.....they seem very difficult to grow..
The "rose house" in front of the ROSE PARK sells rose related articles (1st floor) and offers French cuisine (2nd floor)
Its closes on MONDAY, and Dec 29 - Jan 3
Fee: May - Nov, adult 300 yen
elementary and junior-high school student 150 yen
Dec - Apr, adult 200 yen
elementary and junior-high school student 100 yen
hours..9am to 4pm
May to Nov is the best time to go.
This bridge construction was completed on January 13, 1879.
It is completely made of wood and destroyed every time their where a flood, the bases were rebuilt by using concrete in April 1965.
From the entrance to the bridge It takes about 15 minutes to walk over ......While you walk toward the middle of the bridge the wind blows very hard, so hold on to your cameras and hat...
Sometimes it is use as a location for filming period plays such when it was used in the title sequence of NHK's master drama "Hana-no-ran", and it is now a famous sight-seeing spot.
The bridge was recorded in December 1997 in the Guiness Book of Records as the LONGEST WOODEN BRIDGE (length 987m).
In late May itheir is a festival called Horaibashi ....This festival features a parade of Bonbori (paper lanterns) over the bridge on midnight ....
To cross the bridge, adult 100 yen, up to elementary school student 10 yen...
Open all year
Opening Hours 8:30 a.m.5:00 p.m.
This is a Typical scenery in the summe all over Japan and in the area I live in.... about 8,000 fireworks on the Oi river....in shimada...on August 10...
The fireworks are really gorgeous and spectacular, get there early and save a space...it get very crowded....
So , dont miss it...
Shimada also include former Kanaya town which is popular among Old Tokaido walkers. The Tokaido walk between Kanaya Station and Nissaka Old town in particular is one of the most popular segment...