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    Mount Hanazawa

    by taigaa001 Updated Nov 15, 2014

    Mount Hanazawa is one of the hiking destionations for both Yaizu and Shizuoka residents located between Yaizu and Shizuoka. It is 450 meters above sea level. There are several hiking trails to the summit. The closest to the station is from Mochimune Station in Shizuoka. It is also about thirty five minutes climb from Nihonzaka Pass.

    There are a number of trails to get to the summit of Mount Hanazawa but the easiest way is from Nihonzawa Pass. Here is how I climbed the summit on October 25, 2014.

    Hokkkeji Temple...35 minutes...Nihonzaka Pass...35 minutes...Mount Hanazawa...20 minutes...Nihonzaka Pass...20 minutes...Hokkeji Temple. Duration of the climb from Hokkeji Temple is 1 hour and fifty minutes.

    At the summit you will see giant radio reflectors(if you haven't seen these reflectors you have not yet reached the summit). You are easily tricked by some minor peaks which look like a summit but they are not. The trig point showing the elevation of 449.5 meters above sea level is right beside the ruins of aeronautic light beacon. Today only four base stones remain.

    Major Routes to the Mount Hanazawa Summit
    1 From MOCHIMUNE STATION
    Part of the Mount Hanazawa's popularity hinges on the fact you can hike right from the train station. Recently the route from the Mochimune station is tidied up since it became a part of Tokai Nature Trail By-Pass Course. Most of the hikers are not satisfied only by this mountain peak and they extend their hike to Mount Mankanho.

    Recommended route: MOCHIMUNE STATION...Mount Hanazawa...Nihonzaka Pass...Mount Mankanho...Utsunoya Town...Meiji Tunnel...Sakashita area and go back to Shizuoka by bus.

    I will report on the route from Mochimune station later.

    One of the Popular Hiking Destinations from Yaizu Trail to Mount Hanazawa from Nihonzaka Pass Viewpoint of Mount Fuji and Shizuoka City Giant Radio Reflectors At the Summit Base Stones of former aerial light beacon
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    Hamatome Beach

    by taigaa001 Updated Nov 5, 2014

    Hamatome Beach in Yaizu is where long and uninterrupted sandy beach extending from Atsumi Peninsula comes to an end meeting the rocky rough seashore. The beach however is not fully natural protected by tetrapot breakers. Without them the sand beach might easily be washed away by high waves by Typhoons. During summer it becomes a bathing beach. The area is also popular place for sea fishing. Yellow rock may contain sulfur the sign that it once had volcanic activity about 15 million years ago. (No worries. It has long been extinct). Its pendicular crag about 50 meters in height is used for the rock-climbing training. It is also one of the places to view Mount Fuji in Yaizu.

    It Is Where Sandy Beach Comes to an End Sulfuric Rock
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    Yaizu (Honkyoku) Post Office

    by taigaa001 Written Nov 2, 2014

    If you tour around Yaizu and would like to go to the Post Office this office is really convenient. It is the largest post office in Yaizu (even larger than that of Fujieda). This huge post office is often referred to as Honkyoku(regional head office). There are more than 1,000 Honkyoku offices in Japan meaning most of the major municipalities have one. The biggest advantage to go to Honkyoku Office is extended time service. Yaizu Honkyoku Office for instance its YUYU MADOGUCHI is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. That's especially a boon for very busy business people.

    It is also a major landmark of Yaizu
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    Ekimae-dori Street

    by taigaa001 Written Nov 2, 2014

    Ekimae-dori street is the shopping street of Yaizu extending southwest from Yaizu Station. It will reach to the Shinko(New port) area. The shopping street is filled with old, local product shops or retailing daily necessities. To get to Yaizu Municipal Hall go along this road about ten minutes on foot.

    Busy Shopping Street of Yaizu
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    Ichodori Street

    by taigaa001 Updated Nov 2, 2014

    Other names: Ichodori Avenue
    Ichodori Street is the main street of Yaizu City extending south from Yaizu Station to the downtown area of the city. Along or close to the street has some places of historical interests such as Yaizu Shrine, and major shopping complexes, restaurants and even Yaizu Post Office. To navigate around the central part of this city this street is a must for you to remember.

    Major landmarks along the Ichodori Street
    Yaizu Post Office
    Yaizu Shrine
    Kumano Shrine

    Main Street Extending South from The Yaizu Station
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    Nihonzaka Pass 2014

    by taigaa001 Updated Oct 25, 2014

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    I previously introduced Nihonzaka Pass in 2011 before huge Typhoon completely changed the view around the pass. I went to the pass on October 25, 2014 again to see what had changed since then. The largest difference is that trees around the pass have fallen down and the pass area became lighter. Compare the same place in 2014 and 2011 to see the difference. Major changes are:

    1. Trees around the pass are gone and the pass area became much lighter.
    2. Jizo Statues near the pass became more conspicuous and easier to find.
    3. Mount Fuji can still be viewable from the place near the Jizo Statues.

    See Nihonzaka Pass Trail to see how the landscape has been changed.
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    Nihonzaka Pass 2014 Gone Are The Trees Around the Pass Jizo Statues Near the Pass Became More Conspicuous You May Still See Mount Fuji
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    From Nihonzaka Pass to Mount Hanazawa

    by taigaa001 Updated Oct 25, 2014

    When you go up to Nihondaira Pass from Hanazawa area of Yaizu through Hokkeji Temple, you will have three options: A) Go straight ahead to Osaka area of Shizuoka B) Turn right to get to Mount Hanazawa and C) Turn left to get to Mount Mankanho. On October 25, 2014 I took the option B and went up to Mount Hanazawa. The board says it is about 35 minutes climb from the pass. I started the pass around half past 11. At first you will face steep climb then the slope became milder and goes down a little then another climb comes and passes three minor peaks which might fool you that it is a summit. Actually you have to climb more. At one of the minor peaks about 400 meters in elevation, you can have a nice view of Mount Fuji and Shizuoka City. Another steep climb and you will get to the northwestern peak of the mountain which is about the same altitude as the trig point peak where radio reflectors are located. After climb down a bit from northwest peak you will climb up again and you will see the huge radio reflectors which can be seen from the Yaizu city. Trig point is about two minutes walk from the reflectors. My watch told me it was five past 12. Near the trig point there are two sets of bench for you to rest and base stones of former aeronautic light beacon. You can have a view of Mount Fuji near the north reflector.

    Climbing Steep Path to the Summit Mount Fuji Zoomed Viewing Mount Fuji and Shizuoka City One of the Large Radio Reflectors The Board Near the Trig Point
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    From Hokkeji Temple to Nihonzaka Pass

    by taigaa001 Updated Oct 25, 2014

    Hokkeji Temple in Hanazawa area is a nice place to start a hike. Official hiking trail for Nihonzaka Pass parts away soon after entering the temple(route A). But you can still join the trail after passing the Niomon gate(route B). After passing the Niomon gate turn right toward the graveyard. After climbing narrow path for about ten minutes you will meet the agriroad. There is a narrow path in concrete with direction boards. After climbing the steep path you will get to the minor ridge merged with deserted path. (There is a place for you to rest). Then the trail's slope becomes mild until you start to climb unstable path. Just when you thought you finally climbed up to pass you will find out that it is still a ridge and you will see Koshin stone monument and a nice lookout with a resting place. From the Koshin Monument the pass is not that far apart. Nihonzaka Pass is one of the major landmarks of Ancient Old Tokaido which had been used about 1,200 to 1,300 years ago.

    You Can Still Join The Trail From the Temple Climb From There Going Up Steep and Unsteady Path This Koshin Monument Shows The Pass is Up Close Nihonzaka Pass of Ancient Tokaido Road
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    Kokuzosan

    by taigaa001 Updated Oct 20, 2014

    Kokuzosan is a small hill only 126 meters above sea level. But seen from the distance, this hill shaped like a head of mini-Totoro is a major landmark. The hill area is owned by Koshuji Temple which is said to be founded by Kukai (Kobodaishi) during early 9th century. The temple is best known by Daruma Fair which is usually held on February 23.

    Seen From the Port Area
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    Hokkeji Temple

    by taigaa001 Written Oct 18, 2014

    Hokkeji temple in Hanazawa area of Yaizu is located at the start of Nihonzaka Pass Trail right at the divide between Nihonzaka Pass and Kurakake Pass leading to Utsunoya Pass in Okabe(currently Fujieda City). Legend has it that it started as Kokubunniji (Provincial Temple for Nuns) during the era between 729-748 A.D. Nyukannon is said to be the remnant of Kokubunniji Temple. Current Hokkeji Temple, however, was refounded after the massive attack by Takeda Clan in 1570. The Niomon Gate was built in 1703 showing it might have been much greater in scale than it is now. Today Hokkeji Temple is rather recognized as the start of the hiking either to Mount Mankanho or to Nihonzaka Pass.

    Niomon Gate Built in 1703 The divide to Nihonzaka Pass or Utsunoya Pass Nyukannon Six Jizo Statues Jizo Statues At the Entrance
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    Kurakake Pass

    by taigaa001 Updated Oct 18, 2014

    Other names: Kurakake Toge
    Kurakake Pass is located between Old Tokaido Road established in early 17th century and Ancient Old Tokaido which had been used between 7th to 9th century. Today the pass is the crossroad for the hiking routes around the area. It is 285 meters (935 ft) above sea level.

    How to Get There?
    From Mount Mankanho: About Fifty Minutes Downhill Walk
    From Mount Takakusa: About One Hour Downslope Walk
    From Hokkeji Temple: About Thirty Minutes Upslope Walk
    From Nihonzaka Pass About Thirty to Forty Minutes
    Where to Go from there?
    To Mount Mankanho About One Hour Upslope Walk
    To Mount Takakusa About One Hour Upslope Walk
    To Hokkeji Temple About Twenty Minutes Downslope Walk
    To Nihonzaka Pass About Thirty Minutes Ridge Walk

    I will put the more detailed report on Sports Page.

    Kurakake Pass, The Crossroads of Hiking Trails The Trai To Mount Takakusa The Trail To Mount Takakusa 2 The Trail to Mount Mankanho The Narrow Path Leading to Nihonzaka Pass
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    Nihonzaka Pass Trail

    by taigaa001 Updated Oct 16, 2014

    Nihonzaka Pass (elevation: 302m) is located between Mochimune area of Shizuoka and Hanazawa Area of Yaizu atop the tunnels for Shinkansen Super Express JR Tokaido Line and Tomei Expressway. According to the ancient history chronicles, Yamatotakeru, legendary prince of 5th century crossed this pass to attack the enemies in Eastern Japan. In mid 7th century this trail was designated as an official highway by the Imperial court. Today Nihonzaka Pass is a major landmark for hikers who climb to Mt. Hanazawa or Mt. Manganho, popular hikers' destination.

    Note: The photos were taken in January 2011 before many trees around the area fell down.

    From: JR Mochimune Station
    To: JR Yaizu Station
    Length: About 9 kilometers
    Duration: Four and an half hours
    Level: D+ Manageable for Novice hikers accompanied by a seasoned hiker.
    Features: Osaka Area, Crossroads of various hiking routes, Hanazawa Area. Jizos and Koshin Towers
    Ideal Hiking Season: January-May October-December
    Season to Avoid: Rainy Seasons, From June-September. After Heavy Rain.
    Caution: Poorly directed. Map reading and local info required. Some unstable and collapsible parts.

    Wikiloc Map: Nihonzaka Pass Trail(Ancient Tokaido)

    **The landscape of the Nihonzaka Pass has much changed since Typhoon attack in 2011 according to post -2012 blog reports, it became much easier to view Mount Fuji than ever before.

    Nihonzaka Pass The Cave Yamato Takerunomikoto Hid From Enemies Mt. Fuji Viewed From The Trail Near Nihonzaka Pass Right Ahead The Trail To Hanazawa Mt. Hanazawa, Left, Mt. Mankanho, Right
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    Yaizu Fish Market

    by taigaa001 Updated Oct 15, 2014

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    Other names: Yaizu Fish Center, Yaizu Sakana Center. It is a huge shopping complex of marine products, fish, and local souvenir goods. It is one of the most popular shopping places for tourists who come to Yaizu. Many of those are led to this place without realizing this is Yaizu at all. One of the most popular shopping spaces in Shizuoka Prefecture as well.

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    Yagusu Park: Adjacent To Yaizu Fish Market

    by taigaa001 Written May 3, 2014

    Yagusu Park close to Yaizu Fish Market is a popular place for children. It has a lawn space as well as a nice children's playground with elephant shaped playground chute and a pirate ship playset. This park is a great place for family visitors to Yaizu Fish Market who also want somewhere for the small children to play.

    Children's Playground My Nephew love this Elephant chute.
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    Yaizu Grand Fireworks

    by cheesecake17 Updated Oct 14, 2013

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    ON AUGUST 14, AFTER 2 DAYS OF WALKING THE STREETS AND VISITING THE SHRINE ...THE FESTIVAL HAS A GRAND FINALE WITH A BEAUTIFUL DISPLAY OF FIRE WORKS..

    Fireworks starts 7:30pm until 8:30pm..

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