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    Grassy Park of University of Shizuoka

    by taigaa001 Updated Oct 10, 2011

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    Though it is not officially a park and actually a part of University of Shizuoka, a prefectural university, it is no doubt the most popular park areas in Shizuoka. This area is open to public so during weekends the park area is full of visitors sometimes exceeding those for Prefectural Museum of Art and Prefectural Library combined. Occasionally events are being held at the grassy park. Unofficial but one of the prevalent Japanese names is KENDAI SHIBAFU ENCHI. It is also the start of the Nihondaira Hiking trail. This grassy park adjacent to the Prefectural Museum of Art is my #1 favorite spot in Shizuoka city.

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    Shizuoka City Serizawa Keisuke Art Museum

    by taigaa001 Written Sep 26, 2011

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    Adjacent to Shizuoka City Toro Museum, the art museum showing the works and collection of late dyeing artist and Living National Treasure was built in 1981. An excellently designed art museum is a nice retreat from stressful daily life. One of the popular exhibits are the works with Japanese Letters, Kanji or Hiragana as their theme. Some are easy to find what were written while the rest may take some time to figure out what the designer had in mind. Art collections of Serizawa are widespread. I was impressed by the collection of the masks, items related to Christian belief.

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    Toro Ruins Park

    by taigaa001 Updated Sep 25, 2011

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    Currently Toro Ruins Park has been undergoing reconstruction work to bring back the exact landscape of Toro village 2,000 years ago based on recent excavation findings. In Japan the cultivation of rice started about 2,000 years ago presumably brought from Korean Peninsula. Toro Ruins Park is one of the historical parks in Japan showcasing how the life would have been when Japanese acquired the skills to grow rice. Shizuoka City Toro Museum has been renewed to better represent not only about Toro Ruins but the recent revelations about ancient ruins in Japan. The park also has Serizawa keisuke Art Museum to show the works and collected items of one of the most renowned dye artists in Japan. His residence was also reconstructed near the Toro Museum.

    Also see Toro-Iseki Travel Guide.

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    Osaka No Sato

    by taigaa001 Written Jan 17, 2011

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    Sakano Iwakura, Sacred Rock For Inviting Gods

    Osaka area known by the start of hiking trails for Mt. Mankanho and Nihonzaka Pass Trail has a lot of historical monuments attesting that once it was a thriving area along the ancient highway. The traditional houses of Osaka area is well appreciated by historical trail buffs.

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    Mochimune Station

    by taigaa001 Written Jan 17, 2011

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    Mt. Fuji From Mochimune Station

    Mochimune station is a JR Tokaido Line station located between Yaizu and Abekawa station. It is quiet and peaceful station with few passengers getting off. The biggest draw of this place is Mochimune Port and Mochifune castle ruins with magnificent view is also popular. It is also used as a starting place for hiking such as Mt. Hanazawa, Nihonzaka Pass, Mt. Mankanho, Mariko Fuji and trail for Mariko and Utsunoya.

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    Rinzaiji temple

    by cheesecake17 Updated Jun 15, 2009

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    This temple rank high among temples of Rinzai Zen Sect in this district..Its more of a training temple belonging to Myoshinji school of the Rinzai sect

    The main hall of the temple is a NATIONALY DESIGNATED IMPORTANT CULTURAL PROPERTY a well preserved building with straw like roof....and the oldest one among Rinzai Zen Sect main halls in this district..... the garden is a NATIONALY DESIGNATED PLACE OF SCENIC BEAUTY..which was a real treat to the eyes..

    As it is a training ashram for ascetic monks, they are not open to public except on special days in spring and fall...I went on May 5 2008 and we could hear chanting in the main hall....

    .... This temple has a historic background....

    The temple originates in Zentokuin Temple built by Imagawa Ujichika during 1528-1531. In 1536, when Imagawa Yoshimoto’s brother Ujiteru died and he was buried at this temple, Yoshimoto changed the temple name to Rinzai Temple after his brother’s Buddhist name and invited Priest Dairin Sokyu of Myoshinji Temple in Kyoto as the first resident priest of a new temple.

    The second generation resident priest, Taigen Sessai, served as Yoshimoto’s military advisor. He is famous as a teacher who taught history and art of warfare to young Tokugawa Ieyasu(Tokugawa Ieyasu was the most powerful man in Japan after Hideyoshi he died in 1598). who was in the custody of the Imagawa clan as a hostage.

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    Scary roof tile....

    by cheesecake17 Updated May 6, 2008

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    oni gawara

    While looking around at the great building , take some time to look up and find the ROOF TILES DEMON or ONI GAWARA

    Kyo-Gawara is a roof tile mainly used for shrines, temples and tea-ceremony houses .

    They are of smooth surface and distinctive gloss are the characteristics of Kyo-Gawara. The glossy surface is drawn out by polishing a raw kawara (tile)a number of times with a pallet, one by one by hand.

    In old days, the products were classified into the four ranks by the finesses of polished surface; Hon-Usu, Migaki, Mizunade and Nami, each of which was used for different purposes. Hon-Usu, which had the finest surface, was used for the front side of the house, while Nami for the back side. Presently, only Migaki can be made due to the availability of the material clay.

    At present, artistic works including Oni-Gawara and Shoki statues are being made of Kyo-Gawara material. and this temple got a fine example of it...:-)

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    Aoba Symbol Road

    by cheesecake17 Written May 6, 2008

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    various sculpture along the boulevard//

    When you get to downtown shizuoka which is not more than 10 minutes walk..you will find the AOBA road...on this boulevard almost every weekend there is some kind of event going on...

    There are a few interesting sculptures ...During Fall and winter there is an illuminated streetscape....it has become a seasonal tradition...

    There is a story behind the name and reason for this water park...In 1940 there were a devastating fire that destroyed most of the downtown ...so aoba was built as a fire belt....

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    Spanish style in downtown Shizuoka......

    by cheesecake17 Updated May 5, 2008

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    Shizuoka city Hall


    When you walk toward Sumpu castle this building sure stand out from all the other around...It was build in 1934 and today its register as TANGIBLE CULTURAL PROPERTY the 1st of its kind in the nation in 1996..

    The spanish style dome is called AOI TOWER....(or blue tower) because the mosaic tile on the dome appears blue at night when iluminated..

    The dome roof has drawings of the compass in gold on green and window frames are decorated with terra cotta....

    The first floor is a gallery...

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    If you miss Mt fuji on your way....

    by cheesecake17 Updated May 5, 2008

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    If you miss a glimpse of Fuji on the journey from Tokyo to Shizuoka, your first stop on arrival in the city should be to the Prefectural Office, its a mini-skyscraper about 10 minute walk from the station.

    The express elevator which takes you up to the 21st floor observation platform is free of charge.You will be able to enjoy a great view of shizuoka city and beyond.

    If Fuji-san is still cloaked in cloud, then go to the little tea area and enjoy a cup of green tea from shizuoka..(The tea room is adjacent to the observation gallery.).

    There is also a 3D high vision video.."FUJI NO MEGUMI"..(blessing of Mt fuji) its an introduction film about Japan's highest mountain..

    PS....the best time to view Mt fuji is in the winter....The days are clear and that lingering cloud many times is just not there..:)

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    The 7 wonders of SHIZUOKA SENGEN JINJA

    by cheesecake17 Updated Nov 24, 2006

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    1.-HITOTSU-ISHI, it is said that the foundation of a waterway around the Sengen-jinja is made by 1 stone...uhmmm...

    2.-KANAE-UMA, When there was a fire during AN'EL ERA, 2 wooden horses designated by HIDARI JINGORO ran away to MIHO-MYOJIN...One of them stayed there, and the other came back to Sengen jinja..the wooden horse could be seen at a little shire building off the main court yard..

    3.-MIZUNOMI-RYU, Hidari Jingoro also made some sculpture at Sengen jinja..One of them is a Dragon..This dragon at a time of a fire, went down to the pond and extinguished the fire by splashing water from his mouth onto the palace..The dragon is found on the beam on the ROUMON gate by the main court yard..

    4.-NAKI-UZURA,The famous sculptor of the Shinshu era, TACHIKAWA WASHIRO made a sculpture called, AWAHO NI UZURA....not sure what the big deal about it..:)

    5.-SHIHO-NIRAMI-RYU, There is a picture of a dragon drown in coal, on the TOP OF THE OHAIDEN(main shrine)...The dragon stares back at you in which ever angle you look at it.

    6.-SANJO-NO-FUSHIGI,On the way to HAYAMA-jinja, there is a stone named NAKI-ISHI..you can hear strange sounds when you step on the front of it..

    7.-SHIHO-HASHIRI-NO-UMA,There is an old story that the horse drawn on the EMA(wood plate) came out and ran around destroyiing the farmland...The people got so angry they rope him and tied him to a tree, snice then he was never been seen running around...This OLD EMA with the drawn horse is on exhibit at the CULTURE MUSEUM at Sengen jinja

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    Fire man

    by cheesecake17 Updated Nov 23, 2006

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    Hyottoko and okame


    On your way to the shrine, there were so many interesting little things...These mask were located at a tradional paper store on the way..

    The mask is call Hyottoko is an abbreviation to "Hi Otoko," or "Fire Man," from the idea that this character blows fire from a bamboo tube that is why his mouth shaped as it is...
    The female equivalent is known as "okame," (the mask on the right)

    Their dance is considered comical, and is said to have been used as long as 900 years ago to amuse troops fresh from battle.

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    Sunpu Museum

    by cheesecake17 Updated Nov 23, 2006

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    In this museum, 180 paintings by Yokoyama Taikan and Watanabe Kazan, as well as 370 works including calligraphy by Katsu Kaishu and Yamaoka Tesshu are maintained.

    Its a very small museum, which will take you 1/2 hour to see, not far from SHIZUOKA station

    Cost, 200 yen for adult and 50 yen for a small child..

    Open ...from 9am to 5pm

    Close ...
    -on MONDAYS ,
    -year-end(meaning around dec25 on),
    -New year(jan1-4)
    - during the exhibition rearrangement period

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  • Rukuru

    by PryanoFiore Written Aug 22, 2006

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    Rukuru is the Shizuoka Science Center. It is composed solely of games, and is very fun! It costs 500 yen for adults, and is free for kids 15 and under. Also, English brochures are available at the information desk... You just have to specifically ask for them, that's all.

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    Kunozan Toshogu

    by cheesecake17 Updated Jan 6, 2006

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    Consider making a little-known side trip by bus from Shizuoka station to Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, a little way out of the city center but accessible via a scenic road and ropeway.

    The shrine is home to the first Tokugawa shogun, Ieyasu, who became so attached to Shizuoka that he spent the last years of his life in the city.

    Most people believe Ieyasu is buried in Nikko, a famous temple and shrine town north of Tokyo. But anybody from Shizuoka will tell you the man is actually buried here.:)

    Once pressed a little, however, most Shizuokans will cave in and admit his body was moved to Nikko, though they'll point out that Kunozan Toshogu is the original place..Ieyasu's whereabouts may be disputed, but what is undeniable is that while Nikko can hardly breathe for visitors, anyone who makes the journey here will be rewarded with time and space to contemplate the life of one of Japan's most celebrated historical figures.

    Through the Torii Stone gate its a long zig-zag flight of 1159 stone-steps which will lead you to the main structure of this shrine....It will take a good 20 minutes walk up at a good space....there is lots of resting log chairs on the way up.....

    ..........and only 5 minutes down..:).....

    The view on the way up is great if its a nice sunny day, like the day I went.....you are able to see the strawberries farms and even Izu peninsula.....

    Fee
    adult 650 yen, to see the shrine...& museum.
    child , 6 and up...250 yen.

    Open
    April 1-Sept. 30 8:30-5:30...
    Oct. 1-March 31 from 9:00-16:00
    OPEN ALL YEAR LONG

    THERE is a festival held here every April 17th

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