2019年04月13日

'Oshino-Hakkai' is a spring water group in Oshino Village, Yamanashi Prefecture, located on the skirts of Mt. Fuji.

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Among many spring water groups on the skirts of Mt. Fuji, Oshino-Hakkai is outstanding because it possesses traditional surroundings against the back ground of excellent distant view of Mt. Fuji. Meltwater from Mt. Fuji has filtered through the soil under Mt. Fuji, and is finally gushing out here 25 years later. Eight small ponds, filled with exceptionally clean water, are formed here. This area originally was a deserted small village dotted with tiny ponds though, they began to changed it to a sightseeing spot around 1960. Thus it's always packed with many sightseers in all seasons now. Oshino-Hakkai is one of the components forming 'Mt. Fuji World Heritage Site'.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki

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posted by masahisa at 10:11 | Hakone | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2013年12月09日

Mt.Fuji widely known as a symbol of Japan has long been the subject matter of artworks or the object of worship.

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Mt.Fuji independently rises to 3,776 meters high, being located about 100km to the west of Tokyo, and is Japan's highest peak. The entire view with snowcap of the typical conical volcano is very well known throughout the world.
On the other hand, contrary to the beauty, the fact of the frequent eruption involving serious damage is not known so widely.
This mountain has long been the subject matter of the large variety of arts, such as 'ukiyo-e' woodblock prints and 'tanka' Japanese poems, thanks to the location between Kyoto and Tokyo where many people came and went. In addition, Mt.Fuji is regarded as a sacred mountain, on the top of which the Holy Spirit dwells.
Backed by these cultural values, Mt.Fuji is on the list of World Heritage by UNESCO.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.
通訳案内士 高木聖久

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posted by masahisa at 16:58 | Hakone | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2010年06月14日

The Hakone-no-seki, the barrier station in Hakone, was established by the Tokugawa government to clamp down upon suspicious travelers in the early 17th century.

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The Tokugawa government established fifty-three barrier stations along main routes led to Edo from Kyoto for the purpose of protecting the Shogun's capital from covertly opposing powerful Daimyo feudal lords. Government officials stationed themself here and checked every traveler if he or she brought weapons into Edo or carried vital information away from the virtual capital. The barrier station in the picture, well known as the Hakone-no-seki, was the largest one of this kind, which was faithfully rebuilt in recent years. Travellers who sidestepped this station was to be executed without exception.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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posted by masahisa at 06:42 | Hakone | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする