Follow the Tokaido Highway
Highlights of the Area
SUMPU CASTLE GROUNDS, SENGEN TAISHA SHRINE, FUGETSURO – SHOGUN RESIDENCE, KUNOZAN – TOMB OF TOKUGAWA IEYASU
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.
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.
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).
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
Here are some other ways you can experience the Tokaido in Shizuoka.
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The 13th-15th ‘Juku’ on the Old Tokaido Highway could best be described as the Mt Fuji Post Stations.
Follow the Old Tokaido Highway to Hamamatsu Juku – the 29th post station on the road from Tokyo to Kyoto.
Follow the Old Tokaido Highway to Fukuroi Juku – the 27th post station on the road from Tokyo to Kyoto.