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    The First Tea Plant of Yabukita Cultivar

    by taigaa001 Updated Jun 20, 2014
    The Mother Tree of Popular Japanese Tea

    Other names: Seed(mother) plant(tree) of Yabukita Cultivar. There are a lot of Japanese green tea cultivars but Yabukita is by far the most popular. It occupies almost 80 percent of all tea plant grown in Japan. Yabukita has long young leaves pointing vertically upright and has excellent fragrance and has mild taste. It was developed by a tea breeder named Hikozaburo Sugiyama in 1909 based on the tea plant found among the bamboo bushes. This 100-year-old tea tree located close to Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art is registered as Natural Monument of Shizuoka Prefecture.

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    Hyotanzuka Kofun, 1500-year-old Burial Mound

    by taigaa001 Updated Feb 23, 2014
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    Kofuns are burial mounds for the emperors, local kings and some of wealthy regional clans during 4th to 7th Century in Japan. It has been known by local residents as Hyotanzuka, literally gourd-shaped burial mound. It was found to be one of the kofuns for one of the descendants of the regional clan who may have served for Prince Yamatotakeru known by East Expedition Exploits described in KOJIKI (Record of Ancient Matters) with the archaeological findings in 1977. The type of Kofun is keyhole style, with trapezoid mound for the oratory and circular mound for the tomb. The total length is 40 meters long for mounds combined and the circular mound is 21.8 meters in diameter. This burial mound is currently a part of the community park. It is about ten minutes uphill walk from Kusanagi Station of Tokaido Main Line.

    Address: 307 Yada, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka, Shizuoka-ken, Japan

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    Ogushi Shrine

    by taigaa001 Updated Feb 2, 2014
    Small but loved by townspeople
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    The shrine with uncertain origin used to stand close to the Sumpu castle and was adhered by Iyeyasu Tokugawa. When the castle area was being expanded the shrine was moved to other place and in 1675 the shrine was moved to current place. Today the shrine has close tie with Yasaka shrine in Kyoto and during July, Gion festival is held. During Daidogei World cup festival this shrine is used as a training or rehearsal space for Daidogei performers before getting to the street. It is often the place for gathering or starting point for the various events. Close to Munakata Shrine stands the monument of Michio Shinjo one of the disciples of Atsutane Hirata, a well known nativist (Kokugaku) scholar during early to mid 19th century.

    Address: 7-13 Koya-machi, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka

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    Wakeikazuchi Shrine

    by taigaa001 Updated Feb 2, 2014
    Former ancient marketplace

    The shrine which was said to have been founded in 273 A.D. is known historically as the former marketplace of ABE-NO-ICHI in 8th century which is one of the reasons Shizuoka has been a thriving town since antiquity. Today the shrine is one of the branch shrines of KAMO IKAZUCHI SHRINE also known as KAMIGAMO SHRINE in Kyoto. The shrine deity literally meaning "another god of thunder" is said to govern the weather and was worshiped by historical warriors such as Yoshimada Ashikaga, Imagawa Clan, Hideyoshi Toyotomi and Iyeyasu Tokugawa.

    Address: 14-6 Shichiken-cho, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka
    Located at the north side of Aoba Symbol Street

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    Utsunoya Pass Walk (Tokaido)

    by taigaa001 Updated Jan 12, 2012

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    Utsunoya Pass is located between Okabe(currently a part of Fujieda) and Shizuoka. Utsunoya Pass area is recognized as open air museum for changing routes from ancient to modern.

    Short Route from Shizuoka: Sakashita...Meiji Tunnel...Utsunoya Old Houses...Old Tokaido Route...Sakashita. About one hour short hike. For the tips of Utsunoya town and Meiji Tunnel, see the Shizuoka things to do tips.

    Jizo statues in Photo #1 are Hayagriva statues which are what Japanese call "Batou-Kannon(Horse-headed Guanyin)". They are some of the things that helped locate the route of Tokaido Road during 1960s. Photo #2 is a view of the Utsunoya old town from the lookout along the Old Tokaido road. Photo #3 is a reconstructed stone wall as the base for Jizodo Building. #4 photo is current Utsunoya Pass of Old Tokaido Road. Now many Takaido walkers prefer Meiji Tunnel route, so the old Tokaido road around there is really quiet. #5 is the monument with squiggly kanji letters. These monuments with cursive lotus sutra mantra are called "Daimoku Monument" which were erected by Nichiren Buddhism worshipers to pray for the safety of the travel.

    Related videos: Meiji Tunnel #1-2, Utsunoya #1-7

    Wikiloc Map of Utsunoya Pass Trail

    Also see Cheesecake 17's UTSUNOYA PASS.

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    Utsunoya Pass Walk(Tsutano Hosomichi)

    by taigaa001 Updated Jan 9, 2012
    Stone Pavement of Tsutano Hosomichi
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    Tsutano Hosomichi is the older Tokaido Highway used during around 8th to 16th century. It is running parallelly east about six hundred meters from Tokaido Highway. Tsutano Hosomichi (literally Narrow Vined Path) is the nickname of the highway because the path, according to the poet in 9th century, was narrow, dark and covered with vines. (Another interpretation is the path was winded like a vine). The path had been left to ruin since newer Tokaido route was developed during late 16th century by Hideyoshi Toyotomi. The trail was rediscovered and rerouted during 1960s and now the old trail is a popular walking trail for Tokaido Hikers. The start of the walk from Shizuoka is the Michi No Eki Utsunoya and from Okabe side there is a route from Sakashita area. While current Tokaido has seen a number of changes since Meiji Era and the tunnel construction during 1950s when the road was widened for the passage of automobiles, the trail still has the atmosphere of old trail.

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    The Residence Of Serizawa Keisuke

    by taigaa001 Written Sep 26, 2011

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    The Residence of Serizawa Keisuke and Toro Museum

    Former residence of Japanese Living National Treasure of Katazome stencil dyeing is open only on Sundays and on National Holidays. I have been to Toro-Iseki a couple of times but I have never been to this house. I will report in detail in my Toro-Iseki travel page when I have a chance to be there.

    How to get there?
    First you will have to reach Toro Ruins Park. The house is located close to Toro Museum so you will not miss it.

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    daidogei street performance

    by cheesecake17 Updated Nov 19, 2009

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    daidogei 2009


    The first Daidogei World Cup in Shizuoka was held in 1992 after 3 years of planning.
    The 9thWorld Cup last year had a record making 1.66 million visitors during its 4 days. It has definitely begun to spread throughout Japan with visitors from outside of the prefecture increasing every year .

    The Daidogei World Cup in Shizuoka It uses the street corners and parks as its stage and is supported by many volunteers, resident clowns, commercial sponsors, government, many fantastic audience members (who sometimes become performers) and performers from all over the world.

    Its held usually the first 4 days in november...

    Book schedules are sold in bookstores a few weeks in advance which is nice to have in order to plan out your route for the different shows you wishes to see..the cost of the book is 500 yen.

    This year 2009 most of the major events and most popular shows where in the sumpu castle area but they are a few that are on the street area downtown..

    A little canvas chair or a plastic sheet is nice to carry around for when you are able to be one of the few bunch of people in the front row but if you can not make it so early a good little light weight ladder(2 step) would be great to look over the crowd..:-)

    View Travelogs pictures of this year events(2009)
    PART 1
    PART 2

    DAIDOGEI 2009 video

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    Rose Garden Bagatelle in the...

    by Masalla Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Rose Garden Bagatelle in the south of Izu
    When it gets warm, let's surely visit the Rose Garden in the southern part of Izu Peninsula.This park has elegant French-style
    rose gardens and caf├ęs. This garden is reproduced like Bagatelle Park in Paris. French cuisine mixed with marine and mountainous products
    near Kawazu. When you has had a tiring journey, you can relax here.


    ACCESS
    By Train...Take a Tokaido-Shinkansen superexpress, change trains to Izukyuko-Line Train at Atami, get off the train
    at Kawazu StationFrom Tokyo...2 hoursFrom Osaka...3.5 hours

    SEASONOFF...Dec.1 to Apr.27:Fee 500 Yen
    ON....Apr.28 to Nov.30:Fee 1000 Yen

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