Follow the Tokaido Highway 

Kakegawa Post Station  

Highlights of the Area 

KAKEGAWA CASTLE, NINOMARU TEA HOUSE & PALACE GROUNDS 

INTRODUCTION –  

The town that grew around the Kakegawa Post Station was one of the most important on the Ancient Tokaido Highway.

In the early 17th century when the Old Tokaido Highway was firmly established as the main thoroughfare for travelers between the new capital of Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto.    

Kakegawa Castle had been built in the 1470’s and had helped establish the town as an important stop on the “Shio no Michi” (Salt Road) used to transport salt from the ocean up into the Nagano region.

The Old Tokaido Road crossed through the eastern section of the original castle grounds and those walking the route would have to cross a moat, enter the castle grounds and then exit again. 

Today a replica of Kakegawa Castle built in 1994 stands in place of the original.

It is notable as one of the only replica Japanese castles to have been reconstructed in wood using traditional building techniques.

During the peak of travel on the Ancient Tokaido Highway Kakegawa was a bustling town and an important stop for merchants trading in salt and green tea. The town grew around this bustling trade.

Although not much remains of the original Kakegawa post town in Kakegawa exists today if you spend a day in this charming castle town there are a few ways that you can catch a glimpse of what life may have been like 400 years ago.

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

MORNING

Upon arriving at Kakegawa Train Station in the morning be sure to pick up a Kakegawa Experience Passport at the South Exit Visitor Center and then take a walk up to the castle (about 10 mins from the station).

Start your morning with a traditional green tea ceremony experience at the Ninomaru Tea House. 

Then spend the rest of the morning exploring the Castle and Ninomaru Palace where you will be able to see displays of Samurai armor, weaponry and other exhibitions that provide a glimpse into what life was like traveling on the Tokaido Road. 

AFTERNOON 

After Lunch at one of the restaurants close to the castle pop into the Samurai outfitters shop across from the castle and get your photo taken wearing one of the replica samurai helmets.

Be sure to visit the Kakegawa Ninomaru Museum, Take-No-Maru residence and Stained Glass museum while you are there to complete the experience.  

Finally a trip to Kakegawa is not complete without trying some of the local Japanese sweets or buying some Kakegawa Green Tea from one of the local stores.

If you are still in the city in the evening make sure to visit the Honjin Dori food alley in the evening to experience local street food and meet some of the friendly locals.  

Check our Kakegawa Castle Town Day Trip Model Course for more information 

For a detailed map of Kakegawa and Tokaido Related attractions in English check www.shizuoka.biz

Kakegawa Station

Kakegawa Station is the 5th Bullet Train Station in Shizuoka along the Tokaido Line.

The city is famous as a castle town with a significant Samurai history and the surrounding area is one of the biggest producers of green tea in the World.

EXPERIENCE

If you enjoy green tea and want to understand more about the history, culture and complexities of this drink and why it is so important to the Japanese people.

Explore Samurai Castles, Ancient Zen Temples and beautiful Japanese gardens that give you a glimpse of life 300 years ago.

EXPLORE

From Kakegawa Station there are a number of Off The Beaten Track destinations to explore.

Ride a Steam Locomotive up into the deep valleys of the Japanese Southern Alps or rent a car bring your bike and spend a couple of days to explore endless green tea plantations and long stretches of coastline and beach culture.

FAMILY

An easy walk from Kakegawa Station there are a number of great attractions suitable for all ages.

Pick up a Kakegawa Day Passport and spend a day visiting Kakegawa Castle and the surrounding grounds and thrill the kids with a trip to the Bird Park to meet some colorful characters.

CHECK MT FUJI TRAVEL FOR EXPERIENCES AND ACTIVITIES EASILY ACCESSIBLE FROM KAKEGAWA STATION

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