Hakone Hachiri is the name given to the stretch of old Tokaido between Odawara and Mishima, via Hakone. Much of the old Tokaido route has been replaced by modern roading. But the Hakone Hachiri stretch has a reasonable proportion still intact, and so has just been declared a Japan Heritage Area.
Kunozan Toshogu is one of the many shrines in Japan that is dedicated to the late shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. It is because of the many accomplishments of Ieyasu that many people visit Kunozan Toshogu to pray for the safety of their family, academic success, health and protection against danger.
Most people don’t know that you can enjoy hanami (flower viewing) in late February to early March if you visit the Izu Peninsula.
I was told almost anyone could do this trail, and it was beginner friendly. All I can say is that I must have a very different idea of beginner!
In Shizuoka, Fukuroi City Hanabi is known to cater one of the best fireworks festivals in the whole prefecture attended by thousands of people every year.
Ryugashi-Do is an hour’s bus ride from Hamamatsu. It was opened to the public in 1983, after explorers widened the cracks in the limestone to allow access and cleared away rubble. The length of the cave is about 1000 metres but only around 400 metres are developed and accessible to tourists. The stalagmites and stalactites at Ryugashido have been given whimsical names and are artfully lit so they appear resemble real things.
There are 19 sites registered as a World Heritage throughout Japan as of May 2016, with some Meiji Industrial Revolution sites recently registered in 2015 including the Nirayama Hansharo reverberatory furnace. Nirayama Hansharo is one of the Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining registered by UNESCO, together with the sites in Kyushu, Yamaguchi and Iwate.
After moving to Tokyo and experiencing the hustle and bustle of Akihabara, Shinjuku, and Harajuku I was searching for a place to escape the crowded and fast-paced streets. I wanted to see a different side of Japan. A more quiet and peaceful part of the country. When I asked a Japanese friend, he suggested going to Niijima, a small island off of the coast of Izu.