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Iwata Tourist Federation
12 days ago
This is the Iwata Tourism Association. Nice to meet you all!! Iwata City, Shizuoka Prefecture, is a city in the western part of Shizuoka Prefecture, located about halfway between Tokyo and Osaka. It is also known as a "sports town" and is also the home of professional sports such as the Jubilo Iwata of the J.League, the Shizuoka SSU Bonita of the Japan Women's Soccer Nadeshiko League, and the Shizuoka Blue Revs of Japan Rugby League One, where "sports Town planning" and "health promotion through sports" are promoted. ◆What is Iwata City, Shizuoka Prefecture? ◆ The population is about 160,000. There are interchanges of the Tomei Expressway and the Second Tomei Expressway in the city, and it is about 3 hours by car from Tokyo and about 1 hour and 15 minutes from Nagoya. The gateway on the Shinkansen is Hamamatsu Station or Kakegawa Station. Transfer to the Tokaido Line and go to three stations in Iwata City (Iwata Station, Toyotacho Station, Mikuriya Station) for 10~15 minutes. Since ancient times, it has developed as the center of "Toei Province (Land of Toomi)" with Toei Province branch temples and Toei Kokubu. More than 900 Kofun Tumulus from the Kofun period still exist, and it is a "town" where history is told. In the Edo period, it flourished as the "Mitsuke inn" of the 53rd order of the Tokaido Highway. In recent years, in addition to the textile industry, which is a local products industry, it has become an industrial city for metals, automobiles, musical instruments, etc., and is also one of the prefecture's leading agricultural outputs, Famous for greenhouse melons, tea, white onions, shrimp-shaped potatoes, Chinese vegetables, and Shirasu, a marine product. It is an area where urban and rural areas are developing in a balanced manner. ◆Introduction to sightseeing spots in Iwata City, Shizuoka Prefecture◆ 【Mitsuke inn】 It is a Shukuba-machi town located almost in the center of the 53rd order of the Tokaido Road (the 28th Shukuba), and there are still several alleys that enter Yokomachi along the Along the road, and there are many shrines and temples scattered around, and you can feel the faces of that time and the atmosphere of the Shukuba. Other, the area is dotted with attractions such as the Former Mitsuke School, the oldest existing wooden Pseudo-Western style elementary school building in Japan, the Iwata Bunko (each national historic site), the Mitsuke Tenjin Naked Festival, the Mitsuke Tenjin Yanahiru Shrine, where the legend of Shippei Taro's spiritual experience remains, and the former Akamatsu Family Memorial Hall, which is a designated cultural property of the prefecture and city. In 2022, Former Mitsuke School and Iwata Bunko were certified as "Shizuoka Heritage" along with "Mitsuke Inn" and "Mitsuke Tenjin Yanahiru Shrine" as "the crystallization of Shizuoka people who are passionate about modern education". 【Ryuyo Marine Park】 It is a seaside park with a marine center with sports facilities and a multipurpose plaza. There are tennis courts, baseball fields, playground equipment, roller slides, auto camp grounds, etc. on the vast site, making it a Spot that you can enjoy with children. At the auto camp site, you can buy local products, and "Shiosai Ryuyo", which also has a restaurant, BBQ facilities, and bathing facilities, is adjacent and has been well received. The Ocean Center also offers experience menus such as standup paddleboarding. 【Nagisa Exchange Center, Fukuda Fishing Port Area】 "Nagisa Exchange Hall" is located in the Fukuda Fishing Port harbor overlooking the magnificent Enshu Nada. It is a food court where you can enjoy raw Shirasu rice bowls and kamaage Shirasu bowls while looking at the sea. Other, there is a "Sandbox for Everyone" where you can enjoy beach soccer and beach volleyball, and an "Event Plaza" where you can hold outdoor events. There is a fishing spot where you can enjoy fishing in front of you, and the Toyohama Coast just to the east is a surfing spot with good waves that hold a national surfing tournament. On the other hand, in addition to the Famous "Shirasu Fishing" at Fukuda Fishing Port, the recreational fishing boat industry is also thriving, and it is also a base for offshore fishing in Enshu Nada by fishing boats. 1~2 minutes from the fishing port, there are many "Shirasu Processing Plants", and customers come from far away to buy Shirasu. 【Shishigahana Park】 This park, which has the legend of the opening of the mountain by Kobo Daishi, has a promenade and Athletic Maintenance, and you can enjoy the nature of the four seasons, such as cherry blossoms and azaleas in Spring, forest bathing and bird watching in the New Green in early summer, and autumn leaves in autumn, making it ideal for hiking and walking. From the Observation decks, you can see Enshu Nada in the distance, and it is a First sunrise Spot on New Year's Day. 【Yamaha Stadium】 [Yamaha Motor Communication Plaza] It is the home stadium of Jubilo Iwata for soccer and Shizuoka Blue Revs for rugby. It is about a 15-minute walk from the north exit of JR Mikuriya Station. Visit many fans from Japan and abroad on match days. In addition, there is a corporate museum called "Communication Plaza" right next door to Yamaha Motor Headquarters, which is an attractive place for industrial tourism where you can experience Yamaha Motor's products and history. 【Ruins of Toe Kokubunji Temple】 Excavations began in 1951, and the following year it was declared a National Special Historic Site. Kokubunji Temple had a seven-storied pagoda, an auditorium, a middle gate, and a cloister centered on the Kondo. In addition, the ruins of the seven-storied pagoda and other major temples have been discovered, and they have been designated as National Special Historic Site in the 1952 (Showa 27). In the Maintenance Project for the 2022 (Reiwa 4) Degree, the Auditorium and the Wooden base platform of the monk's cell located on the north side of the Ruins of Toe Kokubunji Temple were Maintenance, and in the 5th year of Reiwa, the Wooden base platform of the Kondo Hall, the central building of the temple, was Maintenance. In the Kondo hall, the foundation stone that supports the pillars of the building and the stone staircase installed in front of the Front of Kindan are also planned to be restored. It is a valuable historical heritage that tells us that Iwata was the center of this area. ◆Specialty products of Iwata City, Shizuoka Prefecture◆ Iwata City's specialty products include shrimp-shaped taro, Iwata tea, Aroma melon, white onion, and Koro-kaki (persimmon), all of which directly feel the blessings of nature. Locally grown ingredients are known for their freshness and taste. Seafood such as Shirasu, natural Tiger puffer fish and grilled grilled eel are also popular, and Shirasu in particular is a gastronomical delicacies that swims in the fast currents of the nearby sea. These specialty products are also popular as souvenirs and thank-you gifts for Furusato Nozei. ◆Festivals and events in Iwata City, Shizuoka Prefecture◆ 【Fufu Hachimangu Festival】 It is held every year on the first Saturday and Sunday of October in the Nakaizumi area. Elaborately decorated festival floats are towed around in each town. It is a festivals full of emotion with the sound of drums and flutes, and dashing shouts. 【Mitsuke Tenjin Naked Festival】 It is a major festival of Mitsuke Tenjin Yanahiru Shrine (Yanahimejinja) and is now designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset. It is held every year on the Saturday and Sunday just before the 10th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar. The highlight of the festival is the time from 9 p.m. to midnight on Saturday night, when the naked parade and the passing of the Mikoshi (portable shrine) are held, and from 1 a.m. the next day. Naked men parade through the area of the old Tokaidō and Mitsuki in four groups called ladders, and then head to the worship hall of Yanahiru Shrine. In the worship hall, the enthusiasm increases with each new group, and a fierce parade (demon dance) continues. At midnight, all the lights in the area are extinguished, and the climax is reached when the Mikoshi (portable shrine) crosses through the pitch black darkness. ◆ Disseminating the Information of Shizuoka Prefecture Iwata City ◆ In Iwata City, you can feel the history and culture that has been nurtured over a long period of time. In 2022, Iwata City's "Teratani Water" was registered as a World Irrigation Facility Heritage Site, adding another historical story that Iwata City is proud of. In 2023, it will return to first place in Japan in the ranking of cities and towns that come to mind as a "sports town", and its brand image as a "sports town" has become established. Even so, the charm and power that cannot be fully described in this posted are still alive in the history and culture of Iwata, the nature of the sea and mountains, industry, and people's lifestyles. Best regards will continue to send out Recommendations on COOL JAPAN VIDEOS!
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Fujiidera Tourism Association
Jun. 8, 2023
How do you do! It is a town full of history "Fujiidera City, Osaka Prefecture". Fujiidera City is located about 15 km southeast of Osaka City, and can be reached from Kansai Airport in about 1 hour and 10 minutes by train or 50 minutes by car. The origin of the city's name is derived from the "Fujiidera" that exists in the city. Katsurui-dera Temple was built in the latter half of the 7th century and is worshipped as the fifth temple of the 33 Kannon Sacred Sites in Nishikoku, and the main statue of the National Treasure Inui Urushi Senju Kannon is actually a thousand-armed Kannon statue with 1,041 hands, and is opened on the 18th of every month. In spring, beautiful purple wisteria flowers bloom on the wisteria trellis of the precincts. In addition, Dōmyōji Tenmangu Shrine is a shrine located in Dōmyōji in Fujiidera City that gathers worship as a god of learning, and there are about 800 plum trees of 80 species in the precincts, and it is known as a famous place for plum blossoms. The treasure hall in the precincts has a collection of national treasures and many valuable cultural properties, so please take a look. In addition, Fujiidera City is famous for its Furuichi Kofun Cluster, a group of burial mounds built from the late 4th century to the middle of the 6th century. The Furuichi Kofun Cluster consists of more than 130 burial mounds, including seven huge anterior and posterior burial mounds with a length of more than 200 meters, and together with the Mozu burial mounds in Sakai City Furuichi Kofun Cluster, it was registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site for the first time in Osaka Prefecture in the first year of Reiwa. The shape of the burial mounds also varies. ◎ Keyhole-shaped "front and rear circle burial mound" ◎ A type of anterior-posterior burial mound with a shortened front part "Scallop-shaped burial mound" ◎ Rectangular "square tomb" ◎ The most common circular burial mound in Japan Here are some of the burial mounds in Furuichi Kofun Cluster! ◎ Tsudoshiro Yamakofun It is said to be the first huge burial mound built in Furuichi Kofun Cluster. The length of the mound is 210 m, and in the Muromachi period, Oyama Castle was built using the topography of the burial mound. At the nearby historical museum "Mahorashiroyama", excavated haniwa and earthenware are on display, so you can learn about the history of the burial mounds. ◎ Mausoleum of Emperor Chuai Located about a 15-minute walk from Fujiidera Station, this huge burial mound is 245 meters long. Many cylindrical haniwa and figurative haniwa have been excavated from the mounds and hollows. The burial mound is now covered with rich trees, and waterfowl gather in the surrounding moat, making it a spot where you can feel a relaxing time. If you want to see the excavated items, we recommend IJsselschla Hall. As an archaeological and history museum facility, the history exhibition room and the ancient archives room display many cultural properties, including the "Mizutorigata Haniwa", which is an important cultural property of Japan. The exterior design of the building is based on the motif of a ship-shaped haniwa and shura excavated from Fujiidera City, and is characterized by the image of a ship that inherits history and sets sail into the future. A recommended sightseeing plan for those who want to enjoy these burial mounds and shrines and temples together is the "Furuichi Kofun Cluster and Rokusha-ji Tour" held as a commemoration of Furuichi Kofun Cluster's registration as a World Cultural Heritage Site. It is a collection of the mausoleum seals of the World Heritage "Furuichi Kofun Cluster" and the red seals of the venerable shrines and temples scattered throughout Fujiidera City and Habikino City, so you can enjoy sightseeing at Fujiidera Temple while feeling the history firsthand. Please try to collect all the red seals. In this post, we mainly introduced the historical spots of Fujiidera City, but it is still only a small part of the tourist information of Fujiidera City. We will continue to send out plenty of recommended information, gourmet information, event and festival information, so thank you!
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Justin Schultz
Apr. 4, 2022
Decided to go back to Gyoda again this weekend. We had such a good time last time we went we decided we wanted to check out the cherry blossoms this spring. Managed to visit some really nice places. We originally wanted to use the rental bicycles that they have in front of the station but we got there past noon and all of them were taken unfortunately. Fortunately for us, it ended up getting a bit colder later on so it actually worked out. We got lucky as there was a really convenient sightseeing bus that rolled through the station to all of the major places in the city every 45 minutes or so. We checked out the cherry blossoms at Gyoda Castle and they had the Hanachozu (花手水, pots of flowers floating in water). We were able to see a few of these throughout the city which was nice. They also had traditional umbrellas on display in a few areas around the castle which was really pretty. After Gyoda Castle we visited the Sakitama Burial Mounds which had some really beautiful views of the cherry blossoms. There was also a flock of herons flying around the area but I wasn't able to get a very good photo of any of them. Luckily we got some great photos of the cherry blossoms and the main mound and had a really enjoyable time. We also stopped by Suijo Park and there were some food stalls in the area, but we got there when everything was just about closed so we only got to see a few of the vendors. We managed to get a really tasty lemonade and a latte though. Both tasted really good. Surprisingly there were a lot of cosplayers at the park. We probably saw like 20-30 people cosplaying using the bridges and cherry blossoms in the area. On the way back to the station we managed saw this river during the bus ride and so we backtracked a little bit after getting to the station (about 5 minutes walking) and got to enjoy some really phenomenal views of the cherry blossoms along the river. There were hardly any people there as well, surprisingly. Overall it was a really awesome time!
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