Follow the Tokaido Highway 

MARIKO JUKU

Highlights of the Area 

Chojiya Restaurant, Sunp Craft Village, Utsunoya Pass, Hanazono Sato Village

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 20th Post Town of Mariko is a small village on the outskirts of Shizuoka City that is working hard to protect what remains of the Old Tokaido Highway and preserve the town’s heritage.

The town of Mariko is perhaps most famous for the iconic Chojiya Restaurant, established in 1596, that was immortalized in Hiroshige’s woodblock print image of the restaurant and its patrons.

Close to Chojiya Restaurant is the Takumi Shuku Traditional Hand Craft Arts Center which preserves local handicraft traditions such as Suruga Bamboo Ware.

For visitors with limited time it is possible to do a half day tour to both Chojiya and the Sunpu Craft Village, get a great insight into life during the time of the Tokaido Highway, learn a new craft, and enjoy a new culinary experience.

For the more energetic visitors to Shizuoka that would like to stretch their legs and gain a deeper experience into what life would have been like on the Tokaido Highway 400 years ago take a day to explore.

SUGGESTED  ITINERARY

Although the Sumpu Takumi Craft Center is within walking distance of Abekawa Station on the Tokaido Main Line it is recommended to take a taxi from Shizuoka Station.

The Center opens at 10am and it is worth allocating at least a couple of hours to try some of the craft experiences on offer and grab a coffee at the cafe.

From the craft village the Chojiya Restaurant is within walking distance and it is a great place to enjoy the traditional Wild Yam meal and view the small Tokaido themed gallery.

For visitors that are interested in stretching their legs and exploring more of the Old Tokaido Highway, after enjoying a meal at Chojiya it is time to follow in the footsteps of past travelers and head to the infamous Utsunoya-toge Pass.

It’s a 3.5km walk to the Utsunoyatoge Rest Area from the Craft Village – it is a relatively uneventful walk so taking a taxi ride will save your legs for the rest of the trail and save some time.

Before you realize the residential area gives way to mountains and nature and it becomes easier to get a picture of what traveling in this area would have been like during the peak of the Tokaido Highway.

A short walk from the Rest Area and you arrive at the Utsunoya Pass.

For more information on Tokaido related attractions in English check www.shizuoka-tokaido.biz

Check Mariko Juku Area PDF
Check Utsunoya Pass Area PDF

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.

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

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