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Hamamatsu: Vegetarian Cuisine and Calligraphy at Okayama Houkouji Temple

Sponsored by the Shizuoka Prefecture Tourism Association Located in Hamamatsu (near Inasachō Okuyama, Kita-ku), Okuyama Houkoujito is the head temple of the Houkouji Buddhist Zen sect. This temple offers a taste of Shoujin ryouri cuisine (fine vegetarian cooking of Zen Buddhism) and lessons of Shakyo (transcription of a sutra). While I…
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Shizuoka: Shrines Dedicated to Fujisan and a Lava Cave to the East of Mount Fuji

Sponsored by the Shizuoka Prefecture Tourism Association   To the east of Mount Fuji (Shizuoka Prefecture) there are three must-see places to visit if you have the opportunity: first Fuji Sengen-jinja and Suyama Sengen-jinja, two shrines dedicated to Princess Konohanasakuya, the Shintō divinity associated with Mount Fuji, and…
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Soba, Dango and Visit of the Okuni Jinja Shrine, the “Little Kyoto” of Enshu

Sponsored by Shizuoka Prefectural Tourism Association   While I was traveling in the western part of Shizuoka Prefecture (also known asTōtōmi-no-kuni 遠江国 or Enshū 遠州), I went to visit the Okuni Jinja (小国神社), one of the four main shinto shrines in Shizuoka Prefecture, known for its large path lined with…
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Hamamatsu: Making Your Very Own Bottle of Soy Sauce at Meijiya Soy Factory

Sponsored by Shizuoka Prefectural Tourism Association Meijiya Shoyu While I was visiting Shizuoka prefecture, I visited Meijiya Shoyu, a traditional soy factory which produces organic soy sauce. This family-run company was established in the 8th year of the Meiji era around 1875 (hence its name) and…
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Izu Peninsula: My Night in a Ryokan of Kumomi Onsen, a Fishing Village

Sponsored by Shizuoka Prefectural Tourism Association Kumomi Onsen Kumomi Onsen (雲見温泉) is located on the west coast of the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture. It is a very little town, know for its excellent hot springs (hence the word “onsen,” which means “hot spring,” in its name),…
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Shizuoka: Shiraito Falls and Tanuki Lake to the West of Mount Fuji

Sponsored by Shizuoka Prefectural Tourism Association   Located in Shizuoka prefecture to the west of Mount Fuji, Tanuki Lake and Shiraito Falls are two stunning places you should go to see! The Fuji 4 main routes Fujinomiya—alongside Yoshida, Subashiri and Gotenba—is one of the four main…