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From Shizuoka Station (bus stop 19), it takes 35 min. by bus to Nihondaira. The bus comes to this Nihondaira Park Center. From here, you can easily walk to the points of interest.547 views
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Shimizu Bank's relief of Kazutoyo and Chiyo380 views
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Stairs to Kakegawa Castle tower372 views
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JR Atami Station312 views
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Kakegawa, Shizuoka304 views
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Shimada Mage Matsuri video.302 views
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Daidogei World Cup in Shizuoka at Sumpu Park267 views
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Yaji in front of Sumpu Castle in Shizuoka city. 「東海道中膝栗毛」十返捨一九261 views
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Shizuoka manhole243 views
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Public phone240 views
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Sumpu Castle's Higashi Gomon Gate and bridge 東御門239 views
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Also visible from the station is Granship, the Shizuoka Convention & Arts Center.237 views
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Parking area for people going to Nihondaira via the steps up the mountain. Near here is the bus stop for Shizuoka Station.235 views
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Mt. Fuji as seen from Nihondaira's Ginbodai. Even sunny days can be hazy, but at least Mt. Fuji was visible when I went in mid-March. It was too hazy to see the Izu Peninsula.229 views
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Shimizu Bank220 views
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Mt. Fuji as seen from Nihondaira.219 views
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Statue of Yajirobe'e ("Yaji") on the left and Kitahachi ("Kita") from the story "Tokaido-chu Hizakurige" by Juppensha Ikku (1765-1839) a comic playwright who was born in Shizuoka city.202 views
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Torii with Kunozan in the background.201 views
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Life-size spaceship.195 views
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JR Shimada Station on the Tokaido Line. It's about 30 min. east of JR Shizuoka Station. On the right is the small plaza where they danced.194 views
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Sunpu Castle's Tatsumi Yagura Turret and Higashi Gomon Gate.190 views
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Stone torii 山下石鳥居183 views
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Fake castle in Atami, but a landmark nevertheless.179 views
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Sumpu Castle moat. The buildings are the Shizuoka Prefectural capital.175 views
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As you can see, there are variations in the hairstyle and adornments of Shimada-ryu.172 views
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Kakegawa Castle as seen from the train171 views
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Daidogei World Cup in Shizuoka at Sumpu Park170 views
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Shimada Mage Matsuri in Shimada, Shizuoka. Her real hair in Shimada-ryu style.170 views
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Shimada-ryu hairstyle at Shimada Mage Matsuri, Shizuoka.168 views
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Kita in front of Sumpu Castle in Shizuoka city. 「東海道中膝栗毛」十返捨一九162 views
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Map of Kunozan Toshogu Shrine. It's not as big as it looks. The shrine is one of Nihondaira's main attractions. It was the original burial site of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. The shrine was built by his son Hidetada.162 views
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Shimada Mage Matsuri poster for 2010.162 views
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I had never seen so many women wearing Shimada-ryu with their real hair, so I was very impressed.161 views
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Shimada Mage Matsuri in Shimada, Shizuoka. Her real hair in Shimada-ryu style.158 views
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Atami has a few hot spring public baths where you can enjoy the waters without having to stay at a hotel. It costs around 500 yen to 1000 yen.155 views
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Inside Castle tower154 views
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He turns his head back.154 views
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Inside Castle tower153 views
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In memory of this haristyle, a group of beauticians and hairdressers in Shimada hold this annual festival where they don the Shimada-ryu hairstyle (usually with their real hair) and dance in yukata.152 views
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Higashi-Shizuoka Station is close to the Shizuoka Hobby Fair held from July 24, 2010 to March 27, 2011.151 views
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Mishima Taisha Shrine in Shizuoka Pref. This is the main torii. Townsend Harris, US consul to Japan, visited here when he was on his way to Tokyo from Shimoda.149 views
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Castle tower148 views
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Higashi Shizuoka Station.148 views
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Honden Hall of Kunozan Toshogu Shrine at Nihondaira, Shizuoka. The shrine's focal point and most magnificent building. Important Cultural Property.143 views
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Gundam models142 views
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The shrine looks spanking new and the colors are very impressive. It cost 1,300,000,000 yen to restore the lacquer and paint.140 views
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View of Kakegawa city toward the station (shinkansen)139 views
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Inside Castle tower139 views
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Rakujuen Garden as viewed from the veranda of Rakujukan villa, Mishima, Shizuoka. Photography was not allowed inside the spacious villa.139 views
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Shopping street138 views
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Folk dancer sculpture on mail box at Mishima Station.138 views
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Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine's second torii has a fine view of Mt. Fuji.136 views
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Rakujuen Garden and Rakujukan villa, Mishima, Shizuoka.133 views
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Steps to the castle tower132 views
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Hiroshige's woodblock print of Miho no Matsubara Beach and Mt. Fuji from his "Famous Views of the 60 Provinces" series.132 views
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Top floor of Castle tower131 views
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One main attraction of Nihondaira is views of Mt. Fuji and Miho no Matsubara on sunny days. If it's really sunny, you can also see the Izu Peninsula.131 views
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Tokugawa Ieyasu's tomb at Kunozan Toshogu131 views
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Rakujuen Garden, Mishima, Shizuoka. This is Kohama Pond whose water is supplied by natural springs. However, the pond always lacks water. 小浜池131 views
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At Sengen Taisha Shrine in Fujinomiya.131 views
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Nihondaira is a plateau 308 meters high. It affords great views almost all around. There are a few lookout points on Nihondaira and this is one of them on Nihondaira's peak. Called Ginbodai.130 views
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Final gate to Castle tower127 views
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Kakegawa Station, south entrance127 views
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Unfortunately, he couldn't walk or fly.127 views
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Castle tower123 views
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Kunozan Toshogu Shrine was built 19 years before the famous Nikko Toshogu Shrine (Tochigi Prefecture) which is where Ieyasu was reburied. According to his will, Ieyasu wanted to be buried on Kunozan. Before the shrine, there was a temple and a castle here122 views
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Shopping street118 views
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Mishima Taisha Shrine Honden is an Important Cultural Property.118 views
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Mishima Taisha Shrine roof118 views
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Mt. Fuji as seen from the Eastern Lookout Deck. This is one place where you would want to visit on a clear day. Otherwise, you won't see Mt. Fuji.117 views
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Shimizu Bank116 views
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Room inside the palace115 views
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Kakegawa Station, north entrance115 views
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Inside the palace114 views
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Castle tower balcony113 views
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View of Mt. Fuji from Nihondaira113 views
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She's wearing a wig.113 views
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JR Mishima Station on the Tokaido Line. The station building is designed after Mt. Fuji.113 views
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Yotsuashi-mon Gate111 viewsMain gate to enter the castle grounds. A reconstruction.

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View of Honmaru from Castle tower111 views
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Stairs down from Castle tower111 views
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Admission to Kunozan Toshogu Shrine is 500 yen (or 800 yen if you also want to see the museum). It's worth it. After paying admission, you see this Romon Gate which is an Important Cultural Property. 楼門111 views
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Otemon Gate109 views大手門
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Monument on the peak of Nihondaira. It says "Ginbodai." 吟望台108 views
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It's pretty easy to tell if it's a wig, with thicker hair strands and bulkier hair. Real hair are pretty thin in comparison. Although Japanese women's hair might've been thicker in the old days.108 views
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View of Honmaru107 views
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Castle tower107 views
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Inside the palace107 views
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Castle palace reconstructed in 1861107 viewsThe palace served as the castle lord's residence as well as a place for official meetings and ceremonies.

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Ishiyama-dera Tahoto pagoda model.107 views
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Castle tower as seen from the palace106 views
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Castle tower and Taiko Turret106 views太鼓櫓
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Main street in front of station106 views
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View of castle palace105 views
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Rock garden inside the palace105 views
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Off of Shimizu Port is Miho no Matsubara, a pine-clad, slither of land jutting into the ocean. 105 views
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Map of Nihondaira. It's not as spread out as it looks. Everything is within easy walking distance. If you visit in Feb., see the ume plum trees in bloom.105 views
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They danced to recorded music.105 views
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Rock garden inside the palace104 views
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Bridge over the first moat.104 views
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Shimada Mage Matsuri dancers in front of Shimada Station, one of several locations in the city where they danced on Sept. 19, 2010.104 views
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When you see geishain Kyoto, etc., they usually wear a wig. But at this festival, you can see most women using their real hair in the Shimada-ryu style.104 views
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Castle tower101 views
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Another lookout deck is this Higashi Tenbodai or Eastern Lookout Deck. 東展望台101 views
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Another lookout deck on top of a souvenir shop. Free admission. Go up to the 4th floor.101 views
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Carving on Romon Gate. If you've been to Nikko Toshogu Shrine, many architectural and artistic elements here at Kunozan will look familiar.101 views
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They now proceed to Oi Shrine to dance there. The festival also has a thanksgiving prayer at the shrine in honor of the Shimada-ryu hairstyle. Unfortunately, I had to leave Shimada and could not see it.101 views
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Mt. Fuji and torii pillar.101 views
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Mt. Fuji from the bus on the way to Shiraito Falls.101 views
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Plum garden marker100 views
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Hot spring foot bath next to Atami Station.100 views
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Tokugawa Ieyasu's hot spring.100 views
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Guard house next to Otemon Gate99 views大手門番所
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Sumpu Castle is a short walk from JR Shizuoka Station. You'll find mainly moats, a large park, and some government buildings.99 views
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Nihondaira was designated as a National Scenic Site in 1963 by the Japanese government. This high and flat plateau was recognized for its grand views all around, especially of Mt. Fuji. It also includes Mt. Kunozan, home of Toshogu Shrine.99 views
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Not much inside the Tea Hall which sells some tea.99 views
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The fans state the name of the hairstyle they are wearing.98 views
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Plum trees97 views
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I wonder how much it costs to make your this way in a beauty salon in Shimada. That is, if your hair were long enough.97 views
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People pray for Good health, good job, prosperity, good school, good marriage partner (even though fewer people are getting married in Japan), etc.97 views
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Tatsumi Yagura Turret (Reconstructed in 1992)96 views
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Statue of Yajirobe'e ("Yaji") on the left and Kitahachi ("Kita") from the story "Tokaido-chu Hizakurige" by Juppensha Ikku (1765-1839) a comic playwright who was born in Shizuoka city. In front of Sumpu Castle.96 views
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The annual Daidogei (street performance) World Cup in Shizuoka is held in Sumpu Park in autumn.96 views
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Handprint of Tokugawa Ieyasu displayed behind Romon Gate.96 views
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Tacky bridges leading to the sleazy side of town.96 views
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Second torii also has a fine view of Mt. Fuji.96 views
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About Sumpu Castle95 views
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Otemon Gate94 views大手門
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Eastern torii of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine has a great view of Mt. Fuji.94 views
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Eastern torii of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine has a great view of Mt. Fuji.94 views
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Tea Hall (Cha Kaikan) 茶会館93 views
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Giant Gundam with eyes aglow at Shizuoka Hobby Fair 2010-2011.93 views
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If you go to Kyoto and see geisha, their hairstyle is usually the Shimada-ryu style. One leading theory says that Shimada-ryu originated here in Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture.92 views
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Hamamatsu Castle 92 views
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Kakegawa Castle marker91 views
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Otemon Gate91 views
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Statue of a mother and child. Based on the famous children's song called "Akai Kutsu" (Red Shoes). The song was modeled after a little girl who was from Shimizu, Shizuoka. The sculpture was made in 1986.91 views
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Yet another Nihondaira stone marker.91 views
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Nihondaira Ropeway costs 550 yen one way (1000 yen round trip). If you go to Nihondaira by bus, you can take a bus back from Kunozan instead of going back to the Nihondaira bus stop.91 views
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By coincidence, a newly married couple disembarked from the ropeway after their wedding held at Kunozan Toshogu Shrine. We clapped for them.91 views
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Nihondaira Ropeway operates from 9:10 am to 5:15 pm (till 4:15 pm in winter months).91 views
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Another hairstyle variation.91 views
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Castle tower as seen from neighboring high school90 views
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When Tokugawa Ieyasu retired as shogun, he lived here at Sumpu Castle. He also died here at age 72 in 1616. On the day of his death, his body was taken to Mt. Kunozan at Nihondaira for burial.90 views
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Nihondaira marker90 views
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Shimizu Port and Miho no Matsubara beyond it. Miho Peninsula is also home of one of Japan's swan maiden legends. There's even a shrine dedicated to the swan maiden.90 views
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I wonder if 7-year-old girls in Shimada have their hair done in Shimada-ryu for shichi-go-san.90 views
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Megumi-no-te water fountain at Shirataki Park90 views
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The shrine has a varied and scenic landscape with a river, lawn, and natural spring pond.90 views
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Otemon Gate89 views
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Torii89 views
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Hamamatsu Castle 89 views
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Sunpu Castle has only two castle buildings, both reconstructed. This is one of them, the Tatsumi Yagura Turret. 巽櫓88 views
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Back at the Nihondaira Park Center (next to the bus stop), there are souvenir shops and a ropeway station to go to Kunozan Toshogu Shrine.88 views
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Next to Rakujuen is a small park called Shirataki Park. 白滝公園88 views
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Hamamatsu Castle is within a wooded park.88 views
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Realistic sculpture of Tokugawa Ieyasu around age 30 in Hamamatsu Castle. Created for Ieyasu's 400th anniversary.88 views
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Kakegawa Castle marker87 views
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Castle tower87 views
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Nihondaira monument in the parking lot.87 views
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Nihondaira Ropeway to Kunozan. The ropeway ride is only only 5 min. It runs quite often.87 views
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Mt. Kunozan probably got its name from Kunoji temple built by Kuno Tadahito in 600. The temple suffered a fire in 1225. In 1568, Takeda Shingen moved the temple to Shimizu and built a castle on Kunozan. 87 views
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Purification water fountain is an Important Cultural Property.87 views
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Gift shops next to Atami Station. The architecture doesn't match the station at all.87 views
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Entrance to shopping arcade.87 views
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Sakaki tree whose leaves and branches are used in Shinto ceremonies.87 views
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Otemon Gate rear86 views
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Nihondaira monument and Mt. Fuji.86 views
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View of Nihondaira's parking lot and Mt. Fuji.86 views
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Lock your heart.86 views
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Lion dog painting on the Hionden Hall.86 views
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Lookout deck86 views
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Even little girls don the Shimada-ryu style with their real hair and dance.86 views
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On the left is the Hamamatsu Castle's main castle tower, and the Castle Gate is on the right. You can enter the Castle Gate.86 views
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View from the Eastern Lookout Deck on Nihondaira. 85 views
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Dancing again.85 views
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Red Mt. Fuji at sunset in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka.85 views
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Castle tower84 views
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Pine tree and castle tower84 views
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Otemon Gate84 views
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Lots of antenna atop Nihondaira.84 views
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About Kunozan Toshogu Shrine in English.84 views
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Mt. Fuji as seen from Yui.84 views
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