Follow the Tokaido Highway
Highlights of the Area
THOUSAND PINE PARK, NUMAZU FISHMARKET, EMPERIAL RESIDENCE
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 12th Post Town of Numazu was the Eastern most Post Station where the Suruga and Izu regions met – which are both now part of Shizuoka Prefecture.
Numazu Juku was a large Post station with close to 1,200 buildings and it was an important strategic military location for the Tokugawa Shogunate during their reign.
Modernization has meant that there is not much left of the Numazu of 250 years ago and most of the Old Tokaido Highway is unrecognizable amongst the urban sprawl.
There is still enough in Numazu however to make a one day visit worthwhile – especially for history buffs and lovers of fresh seafood.
If you have a full day to explore Numazu jump in a taxi (10 mins) or rent a bike and head to the Imperial Residence Memorial Park.
The Residence and its grounds are an interesting step back in time and a glimpse of how the Japanese Imperial Family spent their holidays in years gone by – don’t miss the duck-meatball soba for lunch.
After the Imperial Residence head back to the Numazu Fish Market area & continue on through Senbonhama Park, follow the coast all the way up to the next Tokaido Post Town of Hara Juku.
From Hara Station train back to Numazu Station or continue on along the Tokaido.
For a detailed map of Numazu Juku and Tokaido related attractions in English check www.shizuoka-tokaido.biz