If you are traveling along the Tokaido Bullet Train and looking for a way to fill in a day Kakegawa is a great option that has something for the whole family.
Small castle Town with a big heart
KAKEGAWA IS A CHARMING CASTLE TOWN HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT
GREEN TEA, CASTLE, BIRD PARK & GREAT FOOD
Step off the Tokaido Bullet Train and you are in Kakegawa City one of the more important Post Stations on the Ancient Tokaido Road due to its strategic positioning, its well-established castle, and its importance as a trading post for salt, a valuable commodity at the time, being transported up to Nagano from the Pacific Ocean.
Today the most important commodity for this small castle town is not salt but green tea – for which it has become World famous.
Shizuoka Prefecture grows 40% of all green tea produced in Japan and many of the green tea fields in the Prefecture are in close proximity to Kakegawa City.
If you enjoy green tea there is no better place to go on your journey through Japan.
If you are interested in learning more about how green tea is grown, harvested, and processed there are a number of experiences in and around the station.
If you are just interested in purchasing or drinking locally grown green tea there are a number of stores and cafes close to the station that sell green tea and related products.
CASTLE GROUNDS –
Kakegawa Castle was originally built in the 15th century and was a strategic fortified region for centuries and during the Edo Period, the castle helped manage travelers on the Ancient Tokaido Highway as they made their way between Kyoto and the Capital of Edo (Tokyo).
Unfortunately, the original castle was destroyed by the Ansei Tokai earthquake in 1854.
Kakegawa Castle as it is today was rebuilt in 1994 and is one of the only Japanese castles restored using traditional Japanese carpentry.
Today you are able to visit Castle and it is free to stroll through the castle grounds.
An opportunity to immerse yourself in a time of samurai and gain a better understanding of what life may have been like for people in that time.
Check our Kakegawa Castle Town Day Trip Model Course for options.
Pick up a Kakegawa Experience – Day Passport to get discounts on the Castle, Museums, and other attractions in the area.
KAKEGAWA BIRD PARK –
Kakegawa Bird Park (Kachoen) is a large flower and bird park just South of the Bullet Train Station that houses a large number of different birds including flamingoes, emu, penguins, colorful toucans, and other exotic birds.
Many of the birds are flying free through the indoor greenhouse which also houses a large lily pond and many of the birds are happy to perch on your arm and be feed with food for sale.
With a buffet restaurant on-site and two daily bird shows in which staff demonstrate the owls and other birds of prey (in a controlled environment).
The park is a fun half-day especially for young ones and families and a nice diversion from shrines and temples.
HOW TO GET THERE –
Kakegawa Castle, the castle grounds, and Ninomaru Tea House are all a short walk from the Bullet Train Station North Exit.
Kakegawa Bird Park is a 3-minute taxi ride from Kakegawa Station South Exit or a 15-minute walk.
A great way to get around is to rent a free bicycle.
There are a number of different stores in Kakegawa City -including Japanese sweets, crafts, sake, and souvenirs – LINK
If you are looking for local restaurants and cafes – LINK
Download the City Walking Map – HERE
LINK TO KAKEGAWA CASTLE Explore Shizuoka page
Link to Explore Shizuoka MODEL COURSE
LINK TO KAKEGAWA CITY ENGLISH PAGE
For more info on Kakegawa Bird Park check InHamamatsu.com