Mt. Omuro is an old volcano, about 4,000 years old, located about 130 kilometers southwest of Shibuya, Tokyo, on the Izu Peninsula of Shizuoka prefecture. The mountain, some 580m tall, has an incredible view of the sea and Mt. Fuji on clear days. Despite the strong winds at the top, visitors come to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and fresh air. For 500 yen, visitors can purchase round-trip lift tickets to the top of the mountain. At...Read More
Izu-Kougen Station, located on the Izu Peninsula of Shizuoka prefecture, is about 130 km from Tokyo, making it an easy weekend getaway for city dwellers. Known for its hot springs and ocean views, among other highlights, Izu Peninsula is a favorite mini-getaway of nearby prefectures. Upon leaving the station on the weekend of March 22-23, visitors were welcomed by a large craft market and blossoming pink trees. Those enticed by an...Read More
“Miho-no-matsubara”, which literally means Miho pine grove, in Shizuoka Prefecture is a well known scenic spot as the setting for “hagoromo-densetsu” an old tale of the celestial robe of an angel.
There are fifty-seven thousand pine trees in “Miho-no-matsubara”. The distant view of Mt.Fuji seen from here particularly in Winter is stunning, and Utagawa Hiroshige the great “ukiyo-e” woodblock print artist from the 18th to 19th century depicted this scenery. This place is the setting for an old tale of the celestial robe of an angel and the six-hundred year old pine tree as shown in the first picture...Read More
“Tokugawa Ieyasu”, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate which lasted in peace for 250 years, was buried on the top of “Kunosan” in Shizuoka.
“Tokugawa Ieyasu”, de facto ruler of Japan early in the 17th century, was pulling the strings behind the scenes in Sunpu Castle in Shizuoka City after handing over the reigns of power to his son “Hidetada”, the second shogun. He passed away in 1616 and was buried immediately on the top of a hill called “Kunosan” in accordance with his dying wish. The first picture shows his grave there. After that,...Read More
Japanese tea is divided broadly into two categories, “sencha” and “matcha”, most of them are ‘ryokucha” green tea without fermentation.
Speaking of Japanese tea, many non-Japanese people think of ‘matcha” for tea ceremony. This green tea is produced by grinding tea leaves with a hand mill and the tea leaves are elaborately grown under sunshades. Japanese people don’t usually drink this kind of tea, in that it is likely to be expensive. “Sencha” green tea, whilst, is widely drunk in Japan. “Sencha” is classified broadly into...Read More
The ruins of “Toro” in Shizuoka City dates back to the latter Yayoi period from the 1st to 3rd century.
This ruins happened to be discovered during the construction work of war plants in the midst of the second World War in 1943. Twelve pit houses, two raised granaries, a well and rice paddy were excavated right after the end of the war and it became clear that this site was part of hamlet, as shown in the first picture. Based on recent research, the implements for hunting, fishing, making fire and religious service were discovered as...Read More