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FUCHU JUKU

Highlights of the Area 

SUMPU CASTLE GROUNDS, SENGEN TAISHA SHRINE, FUGETSURO – SHOGUN RESIDENCE, KUNOZAN – TOMB OF TOKUGAWA IEYASU

INTRODUCTION –  

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

The 19th Post Town of Fuchu is located in what is known today as Shizuoka City with the Old Tokaido Road cutting through the center of the present-day city’s shopping district between Shizuoka Station and Sumpu Castle.

Shizuoka City is dominated by the legacy of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the man who unified Japan and established the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for 250 years from the early 1600s – Learn More.

Shizuoka City and Fujieda City, recognized for their importance to the story of the Old Tokaido Highway were recently declared Japan Heritage Areas – Learn More.

Ieyasu lived in Shizuoka during 3 stages of his life – as a hostage during his youth, at his prime in his 40s, and then finally in his twilight years where it is said that he ruled from behind the scenes from Sumpu Castle – Learn More.

Today Shizuoka City is a metropolitan city that mixes both modern and traditional Japan easily accessible from Shizuoka Station – Shizuoka City is a great place to spend a day and experience a little bit of what life was like in the age of Ieyasu and the Tokugawa descendants.

For visitors interested in the Old Tokaido Highway there are 3 attractions within Shizuoka City that should be visited – Sumpu Castle Park, Fugetsuro Japanese manor, and Shizuoka Sengen Shrine.

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

MORNING

After arriving at Shizuoka Station head out of the North Exit and after a quick selfie with the statue of Ieyasu at the station stroll through Shizuoka shopping district to Sumpu Castle Park.

After spending some time at the park walk a little further to Shizuoka Sengen Shrine and marvel at the intricate detail of the shrine.

At the back of Sengen Shrine is an open tomb that can be viewed of a local 6th-century ruler whose exact identity is shrouded in mystery.

For lunch head back toward the Station and stop in at Fugetsuro for a delicately prepared Japanese lunch with views of the Japanese gardens.

AFTERNOON 

Catch a bus or taxi to Nippondaira Yume Terrace and enjoy views of Mt Fuji (note – as the weather in Japan heats up Mt Fuji will often be covered in clouds so the winter season or early mornings are the best chance of seeing this iconic mountain in all its glory).

After spending some time with Mt Fuji jump on the Nippondaira Ropeway and visit the last resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu at Kunozan Toshogu Shrine located at the top of Mt Kuno.

When processions of local daimyo passed through Shizuoka city on their way to Edo they would make a diversion to pay their respects to Ieyasu using the old Kuno Salt road that was used to transport salt extracted from the ocean up into the mountains of Nagano.

For a detailed map of Shizuoka Post Station and Tokaido related attractions in English check www.shizuoka-tokaido.biz

SHIZUOKA STATION

Shizuoka Station is the perfect stop for lovers of fresh seafood, green tea enthusiasts and samurai period Japanese history buffs.

EXPERIENCE

Shizuoka City played an important role in the history of Japan as a city of influence particularly in the Tokugawa reign. Wander through the Sumpu Castle grounds or visit the Japanese garden in Fugetsuro to experience what life may have been like at times that bookend the 300 years of Tokugawa influence.

FOOD & DRINK

Shizuoka City in recent years has seen many cafes and new craft beer bars open and the city has a cosmopolitan feel. Green tea features heavily in Shizuoka City - just 5 minutes from the station you can pop into one of the local cafes for a matcha latte, green tea espresso, or even some green tea ice cream.

EXPLORE

From Shizuoka Station there are plenty of areas to explore off the beaten track. Head North toward the Japanese Southern Alps and you will discover streams filled with wasabi that was planted at the behest of Tokugawa Ieyasu himself. Head a little deeper into the hills and find some great hiking trails that offer spectacular views of Mt Fuji.

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