Shizuoka Things to Do

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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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    Strawberry Picking

    by cheesecake17 Updated Nov 22, 2005

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    Instead of heading back to the city the way you came, walk down the 1159 steps which lead off from the shrine to the coast below.

    The strawberry farms at the bottom are only open december to march but anyone in need of more refreshment should head for the shops at the foot of the steps, which sell everything from locally-produced strawberry juice to ice cream.

    In Ishigaki (stone wall) Strawberry Farm along the coast of Kuno-zan Beach facing Suruga Bay, you can enjoy strawberry picking.

    The strawberries in the green houses grow fast in the earth stuffed between stone bricks so that they are exposed to a lot of sunshine beside some extra heat from the stones.

    Therefore they are just ripe and ready for nibbling on the spot.

    Strawberry picking season is between January and May.

    and generally cost 1500 yen for all you can eat

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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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    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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    Tokiwa Park

    by cheesecake17 Written May 11, 2005

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    Its not actually a park just an area downtown more like a boulevard...At the far end of the Aoba Symbol Road, there is a central fountain which is illuminated at night and play a water dance along with the music.

    Special Show starts at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m., and 10 p.m.
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    Between October and March, it starts at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9 p.m.

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    SHIZUOKA FESTIVAL

    by cheesecake17 Written May 11, 2005

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    Shizuoka Festival (early April)
    It features a Cherry Blossom Big Parade.

    It remembers the cherry blossom viewing, conducted by Tokugawa Ieyasu (a founder of the edo Shogunate Government) in the early 17th century.

    Also a number of local residents participate in the event to enjoy the Night Cherry Blossom Dancing.

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    Princess Parade in Hosoe

    by cheesecake17 Written May 11, 2005

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    Shizuoka Festival is held on the 1st weekend of April for 3 days....And on the first Saturday and Sunday of April.

    The parade, which features a noble woman accompanied by about a hundred retainers, provides a glimpse of what life was like in the Edo period.

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    The big street dance

    by cheesecake17 Written May 11, 2005

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    The big event of the shizuoka festival is the big PARADE DANCE...

    Part of the main street downtown is close off for traffic and different groups dance for 3 hours....

    The parade usually start around 2pm and the dance around 5pm until 8pm...

    There are many activities in the SUNPU Castle area, where there is lots of food stand.

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    Kunozan is dedicated...

    by cheesecake17 Updated Jan 6, 2006

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    .....to the deified spirit of Tokugawa Ieyasu...., the greatest SHOGUN in Japanese history...

    It was built in 1617 by the second shogun , HIDETADA, the 3rd son of Ieyasu, here in Kuno-zan hill.....

    IN HISTORY

    KUNOZAN was built at the time of the 6th century Emperor Suiko. Takeda Shingen, a legendary military commander during the Warring States Period, recognized the strong strategic position of this mountain and built a fortress here. Captured by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the castle was destroyed.
    Later the Toshogu shrine was built, as Ieyasu had requested in his will, to hold his remains.

    There are 13 structures within the sacred grounds...All of them are the ORIGINAL STRUCTURES and have been designated as IMPORTANT CULTURAL PROPERTIES by the Ministry of Education...

    The 1st gate , situated at the spot where the stone steps run uphill come to an end...This is of a CASTLE -GATESTYLE and the roof is gabled and copperplated..
    As you enter the gate you will find a very run down little structure , this is the GATE KEEPER HOUSE...This was used once by the gate keeper...and the roof is made of tiles.....

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    Autographed by the 108th emperor....

    by cheesecake17 Updated Dec 11, 2005

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    After you pay the fee of 300 yen, the beautiful gate you see in the shadow is the ROMON TWO-STORIED GATE.....The shrine is under remodeling for a few years now, so this gate has not been repainted but its just has beautiful.....

    Take a close look and the tablet Tosho-Daigongen is autographed by the 108th Emperor GOMIZUNOO...

    ROMON also mean IMPERIAL TABLET GATE.....

    Inside close rooms are 2 ZUISHINS (attendants) who sits on either side of the gate front part....and on the back are 2 KOMA-INUS (lion dogs )..... which are placed here in order to keep away the evil......

    The story of Koma-Inu

    Koma-Inu are a pair of guardian dogs. They are placed to guard the shrine against all kinds of evil. Usually, the right-hand (facing the gate) statue is a lion with his mouth open and the left-hand statue is a dog, with his mouth closed.

    The dog’s features (open/close) originated from “a-hum” in Sanskrit, the literary language of ancient India. Most of their looks are ferocious to threaten an evil sprit, but some of them are lovely.

    There are four kinds of shapes, such as sitting down, bending forepaw down to rise his haunches, holding a ball under his foot, and having a baby at his feet.

    Koma-Inu is an ancient Egyptian lion originally. An image of a lion went over to India, and became Buddha’s protection beast. Then, it was introduced into Japan from the Korean Peninsula via China through the Silk Road.


    It was easier to photograph the back of the gate, the shadow of the big trees in the front made it very dark to photograph....

    Look out for the STABLE AND WOODEN CARVED HORSE The stable was built in 1617..The roof is gabled and tile-roofed..The horse sculpture is copied from
    Ieyasu's favorite horse.

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    Separation of the two religion........

    by cheesecake17 Written Dec 7, 2005

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    KUNO-ZAN TOSHOGU was ORIGINALLY built in the mixed style of SHINTOISM and BUDDHISM...

    But after the Shogunate government came to its end, the NEW government led by the EMPEROR, ordered the separations of the 2 religions and some Buddhist style structures were removed or remodeled...

    The remants of the BUDDHIST STYLE can still be seen in various locations.....

    For example, The THE DRUM TOWER... This was formerly a BELL-TOWER, but as a result of the prohibition of both workship between BUDDHISM and SHINTOISM, the bell was replaced by a DRUM....

    Also.....you can see the vacant lot of what used to be A 5 STORIED PADOGA, which was build on order from the 3rd Shogun Iemitsu(Tokugawa Ieyasu's grandson). At that time, the pagoda was 30m in height but it was pulled down in 1873 for the same reason.....

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    Shall we dance.....

    by cheesecake17 Updated Dec 7, 2005

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    The building next to the DRUM HALL is the SACRED DANCE HALL,In the Edo era, many feudal lords painted on Ema(a picture which is painted on wooden board) ..You can see inside a very big EMA......

    This building was repainted the colors are so vivid.....

    Nearby is also the JAPANESE APRICOT tree which Ieyasu planted himself.....

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    Karamon Gate.....

    by cheesecake17 Updated Dec 7, 2005

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    The KARAMON GATE CHINESE -STYLE GATE, was the most impressive work of art....the carving on this door was super.....and it colours just freshly painted ......so much detail.....

    The black color is japanese lacquer, and the gold is real gold.....the sun was shinning on this door my pictures got to exposed.......best to take pictures early morning or on an overcast day...

    Picture #2 , shows the closest you can get to the front of this gate......my 1st picture is taken from the back....still the details from either side is great....

    The 2nd pic..shows a lantern called KARADO=TORO CHINESE -STYLE COPPER GARDEN LANTER which is an IMPORTANT CULTURAL PROPERTY.....and again all the structures here are CULTURAL PROPERTIES..

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    The main shrine of KUNO ZAN

    by cheesecake17 Updated Dec 7, 2005

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    This magnificent main shrine was built in GONGEN STYLE, the structure was recently repainted and you can see such vivid colors.

    Kunouzan-Toshogu is the origin of the other many toshogu. The same fundamental architectural style was copied by the NIKKO TOSHOGU which was built by the 3rd SHOGUN in 1636..

    The interior of the front doors is the sanctuary.....the place down the stairs is caled ISHI NO MA....or stone hall(pic#5).

    How KUNOZAN TOSHOGU SHRINE got its name

    The shrine was built in 1617 in honour of the 1st Shogun TOKUGAWA IEYASU(1542-1616) He was born in OKAZAKI-castle in 1542 in the age of the civil war in Japan...

    With unceasing efforts, he succeeded in bringing the whole country under his sway and made great contributions to peace and culture of Japan today...

    In his last days after he retired from Shogunate, he lived in SUMPU castle ...He died in 1616 and was buried at KUNOZAN HILL...according to his will...

    The 2nd Shogun TOKUGAWA HIDETADA built the shrine for his father in 1617 in this place...

    The sacred tittle TOSHO-DAIGONGEN was granted to Ieyasu by the Imperial court...so the shrine is called KUNOZAN TOSHOGU..

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    Museum of Kuno-zan Tosho-gu shrine

    by cheesecake17 Updated Dec 7, 2005

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    Don't miss the small museum tucked away behind the main shrine..

    This little museum owns about 2,000 of Tokugawa Ieyasu treasures , glittering swords, exquisite hanging scrolls , some of the finest examples of samurai armour....and Ieyasu's daily necessities....like his eye glasses, tea cups, slippers, even a pair of socks..:)..

    These daily necessities were used by Ieyasu in Sumpu Castle...They have been passed down for many generations in KUNO-ZAN TOSHO-GU SHRINE......

    No pictures were allowed, but I sneak some.....The gold suit of armor is an original and was used by Ieyasu himself..its consider an IMPORTANT CULTURAL PROPERTY...

    other important artifacts are a TABLE CLOCK this was giving to him from spain in 1581...its also an IMPORTANT CULTURAL PROPERTY...

    A scroll of Tokugawa Ieyasu painted on it..... a SWORD made by SANETUNE its a NATIONAL TREASURE....

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