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I was so ecstatic when I learned that part of the itinerary for the Japanese fellowship program included a three-day stay at Shizuoka prefecture. Apart from being known as the country’s largest green tea  manufacturer, it is home to Nihondaira, an immense land of vast green tea fields and which also offers a magnificent view of Mt. Fuji.

Nihondaira is considered one of Japan’s most scenic spots. Sightseeing here is definitely a must. Not many people are really familiar with this place but when one wants to see a view of Fuji-san, Nihondaira comes to mind.

From Tokyo, our group arrived at Shizuoka by Shinkansen (bullet train) around noon. We immediately boarded a tourist bus and went straight to the Nihondaira Park Center. Even at the parking lot, one can already see an exquisite view of Nihondaira.

the view from the parking lot, this picture shows the Nihondaira digital tower and three TV towers
the exhilarating view from the top
the parking lot
monument at Nihondaira’s peak called “Ginbodai”
a 1986 statue of a mother and child inspired by a children’s song “Akai Kutsu”
some food shops outside

Over a sumptuous bento meal, we had lunch at one of the restaurants that serves Shizuoka specialties while enjoying the scenery. I was only half-listening to our tour guide who was babbling some basic information about this tourist spot. Later on, we voted whether to ride the Nihondaira Ropeway for a chance to see the Kunozan Toshogu Shrine and go back to the observation deck via cable car. Another option is that from the shrine we go down the 1,159 steps to the bottom. Since this is our first time here, we didn’t want to pass the chance to see this place at its fullest. Of course, majority won.

So right after our lunch we proceeded to board the Ropeway.

the Nihondaira Ropeway
view from the Ropeway

It took us approximately five minutes to reach the shrine…

and here we are …
some information about the shrine
entrance to the Kunozan Toshogu Shrine where Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu was reburied by his son Hidetada
a palanquin that is used to transport prince and princesses in ancient Japan
the Torii

climbing up was so exhausting…

ornate designs of the shrine’s roof shows amazing architecture

took a moment for a selfie…Mt.Fuji can’t be seen 😦
preparing to go down…

if going down the 1, 159 steps was arduous, how much more if you’re going up?!

the steps
smile at the camera to combat fatigue
view of the Shizuoka coastline
we’re halfway there…
we made it finally!

After going down the Toshogu shrine, we boarded the bus and went straight to Matsubara Park…

 at Mihono Matsubara

Our tour guide told us of a legendary romantic story of a fisherman who took a plumage owned by a beautiful houri who came down to bathe at the Miho beach. The houri left her plumage at the pine tree and when she came back the fisherman refused to give it back to her. She pleaded she cannot go back to the upper world without it and the fisherman said she would have it only if she dance the dance of heaven for him. She agreed and afterwards she got her plumage back and went to heaven…

the Hagoromo-no Matsu pine-tree
the Hagomoro Matsu
the Miho beach


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