2018年08月24日

'Kakitagawa' spring group features the most amount of discharge among the uncountable number of springs at the foot of Mt. Fuji.

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Japan's tallest peak Mt. Fuji is a conical volcano, so the meltwater and rainwater sinking into the mountain gush out on the surroundings after 20-30 years. Kakitagawa spring group is the largest among them, with 100 tons of discharge a day, which is on a world-wide level. The spring water through the huge natural filter boasts of outstanding transparency and is the best drinking water. The temperature of it is stable all the year, 15-18 degrees. This spring water forms Kakitagawa river 1.2 km in length, which is one of the shortest rivers in Japan and joins other river to flow into the Pacific Ocean. An esplanade over the springs is well developed.
The picture shows one of the places where the springs are gushing out. Two circles, big and small, are the traces of water intake pipes for a bygone factory.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 16:01 | Suburbs of Tokyo | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2018年06月02日

'Honjin' means the accommodations developed across the country for the people of high standing in the 'Edo period' in the 17th-19th century.

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Edo/Tokugawa feudal government ordered all the feudal lords in Japan to live in their domains and Edo (Tokyo) alternately in yearly shifts. More than 300 feudal lords periodically went and returned between their domains and Edo with many attendants according to their power, and this system was called 'Sankin-Kotai'. In order to support this system, the accommodations for them were prepared in the major post towns throughout Japan. These honjin accommodations were not for the common people but exclusively for the people of high standing. The private houses of the leading locals were generally used as honjin when they were needed. In the wake of weakening of the feudal government, Sankin-Kotai system was beginning to break down, and finally died at the end of the feudal years. Honjin accommodations were not needed anymore.
The picture shows 'Hino Honjin' in Hino City, Tokyo, which is one of the original honjin buildings still remaining in Japan, most of them are opened to the public.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2017年08月28日

'Shuzenji Onsen' in the north of the Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka Prefecture, is the oldest hot spring resort found in this peninsula abounds in hot springs.

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A direct bus service from Shinjuku takes you to Shuzenji Onsen in 100 minutes. This major hot spring resort is said to be discovered by 'Kobo Daishi', a well known high-ranking priest, in the 8th-9th century. Many hot spring inns as well as restaurants line both sides of the Shuzenji flowing across the central part of the resort. The first picture shows the Shuzenji and 'Tokko-no-Yu' public foot bath in the center. Tokko-no-Yu is the first source of hot springs in this area, which used to be used as a public bath. A promenade runs along this river by way of 'Chikurin-no-Komichi' bamboo path, which attracts many sightseers. The second picture shows 'Shuzenji' Buddhist Temple standing in the heart of the resort, which is the origin of Shuzenji Onsen. This temple is not large-scale though, the certain history for as long as 1,200 years old has passed.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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