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  Yoshiwara Station


      
     
Yoshiwara Station

 The start of the Gakunan line and junction station with the JR Tokaido line (JR Yoshiwara Station) South-East of Mt.Fuji and at the west end of JR Yoshiwara. A single carriage train with windows in the front and rear bulkheads as well, allowing excellent viewing through the drivers compartment. Still using the nostalgic-stiff paper tickets with ticket collection by the driver or station staff.

All aboard for a laid back rata-tatat journey through some of the villages and towns of Fuji City.





Fuji to minato no mieru Park / Fuji, Port and Mountain View Park.
 【富士と港の見える公園】

 Views to the Western mountain range and the Shirasu Fishing port, and an elevated view of the large vessel port and industrial belt to the north. The park is home to a stand of tall Pine trees as well as Cherry blossom and various deciduous species. There is also a Busshari Buddhist monument, Historical Plaques and toilet facilities.

 




Fujinokuni Tagonoura Port Park 【ふじのくに田子の浦みなと公園】

 The Port Entrance-South head land, a large, elevated, park with good facilities for children. Capturing panoramic views and 60kms of coastline from the Izu Peninsula to the Shizuoka Headland in the west. The Park has a number of monuments recognising Nara period Poet, Yamabe no Akahito and one Tall ship replica of an early Russian manned Tall ship that came to grief seeking shelter in a Typhoon-battered Bay. Access to the grey gravel beach possible. Good Toilet facilities and sheltered seating.






Fujizuka Mound 【富士塚】

 

A simple but an important monument. The Spiritual leaders from many centuries ago regarded Mt. Fuji as a sacred place. During difficult times back then in their wisdom they turned to the Mountain as a source of strength and enlightenment to assist them in leading the people out of poverty and despair. Before attempting the assent of the Mountain the Spiritual leaders and those that would pass on this spiritual enrichment obtained from the journey would begin with a cleansing ceremony at the Ocean's edge. Then collecting some stones and laying them at the Fujizuka Mound would pray for the strength and safety to ascend and descend the Mountain. Fujizuka Mounds would appear at various places around the country offering a place to reach out for such enlightenment, and a connection to a Mountain that stands alone and taller than any other.

    













  

Jatco-mae Station


        
     



 

Jatco-mae Station

The name of the station comes from the line’s historical beginnings as an industrial railway founded by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. established in 1929, opened the station on the Gakunan Railway line. JATCO Corporation a Nissan subsidiary later took charge of re-naming the station to Jatco-mae station on April 1, 2005. Get off here and go to a place known as Hidarifuji, the location of the famous 19th century wood block print “Hidari Fuji”, Hidari meaning left side.

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Hidarifuji 【左富士】


 Print number 14 in the series “53 stations of the Tokaido”, Hidarifuji in the 1830s, as depicted by the legendary artist Hiroshige Utagawa is a unique place. A large pine tree depicted by Hiroshige is still in good shape even today. The word Hidari meaning left. The Tokaido route changed course here following two inland re-locations of the postal town due to Tsunami devastation dating back to the mid16th and late16th century. A point where the road moved away from the coast and the sacred Mountain was for the first time viewed from the left hand side for a brief period.













  

Yoshiwara-honcho Station.


        
     

Yoshiwara-honcho Station.

Chosuke Ikariya, one of Japan's best-known actors, comedian and leader of the comedy group The Drifters.

Cho san (his nickname) had lived in the town after his parents, fleeing Tokyo sought safety there during the second war. He would find a mesmerising joy as a young boy watching trains making their way to and fro along the single line.





Gakunan Shopping Street. 【岳南商店街】
 
 Get off at Yoshiwara Honcho Station, you'll find the Gakunann shopping street on your right. It’s a community custom to visit the three shrines and Jizo, (Stone statue) local God and protector of children. The statues are recognisable as they are draped in a red robe and head covering. The locals visit on the months and corresponding dates that include the number two.




Ten-Jinja ShrineGion 【天神社・祇園祭り】

 
 Ten-Jinja Shrine  located in a place known as a Kimon area, and lies north east of the old postal town “Yoshiwara-syuku”. The name Kimon is given to areas or geographical points that are considered open to evil. Kimon which literally means devil gate, is the reason the shrine was built there to head off such evil. Despite this, the old postal town still had to be re-located, twice, following tsunami destruction from the south.

Sugawara no Michizane was a scholar, poet, and politician of the Heian Period, his body laid to rest in the shrine. History suggest that Minamoto no Yoritomo the first shogun of the Kamakura Shogunate visited the grounds.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi a pre-eminent daimyo, warrior, general, samurai, and politician of the Sengoku period and prominent in the siege of Odawara, visited the shrine. Yoshiwara Gion Matsuri, the festival of the shrine, is the most famous festival in the Tokai region, and celebrated every June.  The street festival fills the streets as the locals embrace the parade. A recommended see for all in June.




Adonisu Restaurant 【アドニス】
 
 The restaurant “Adonisu” The presenter of the tasty dish "Tsuke-Naporitan" noodles and a thick sauce served separately in different bowls. The noodles are dipped into the sauce whilst eating the meal. Some variations on an Italian classic. Worth a try.

Hours10:00-20:00

ClosedTuesday

Location and Access
 8 minutes walk from Yoshiwara-Honcho
 station








Tokaido Omote-Fuji Shop 【東海道 表富士】


 The Tokaido Omote-Fuji shop carrying a large selection of Mt. Fuji themed goods and souvenirs. The shop is owned by a passionate Mountain Guide and his family.

Hours9:30-20:00

ClosedTuesday

Location and Access
 3 minutes walk from Yoshiwara-Honcho
 station





Hoshina-Shokudo Restaurant 【保志奈食堂】 
 
 Not only the Naporitan resturaunt in the Yoshiwara-Honcho area. The Chef here serves up a generous serving of fried rice with meat and considered a tasty treat.

Hours10:30-14:00  16:00-20:30

ClosedSunday
Location and Access
 1minute walk from Yoshiwara-Honcho
  station

 2minutes walk from Hon-Yoshiwara station

 





Fujirokusho Sengen Jinja Shrine 【富知六所浅間神社】 

The Fujirokusho Sengen Jinja is also commonly called the Mikkaichi Sengen Jinja.

It is the Rokushogu of the former Suruga province and is the head shrine of the five Sengen shrines.

The grand old camphor tree that stands in the grounds and designated a natural monument in the Shizuoka prefecture is said to be 1200 years old. The grounds of the shrine also home to a group of ponds, blossom trees and a very functional community activity centre.











  Hon- Yoshiwara station

        
     

Hon- Yoshiwara station

Location of the head office, with many trading stores in the back streets that have traded for many decades.

A walking promenade has been installed along the Tajuku-gawa river taking advantage of one of the many rivulets and streams that make their way to Suruga Bay.





Nitto Bakery 【日東ベーカリー】 


 One of the old stores that has serviced the locals for generations, grinding the ingredients used in the Koppepan bun using an old German stone first used back in 1931.





Kanseido Bakery 【甘清堂】 
 
 Locomotive shaped cookies and treats made daily as they have for many years.

Great for a treat and tie over between meals.


 



Tajuku-gawa River 【田宿川遊歩道】     

 The walking track is 1.5 kms long and offers a good look at the crystal-clear water, captured and released by the mountain.




Statue of Heikegoe 【平家超えの碑】 


 
The legendary historical battle field of the “Genpei Fuji kawa no tatakai”.

The battle of the Genpei war in the Heian period reflects one-uncharacteristic recount of the battle. When the Heike troops, mistaking the sound of a departing flock of birds from within the marshes as an advancement of the opposition. Where by the hastily retreated without once engaging in battle.








Gakunan-Harada Station.

 
     

Gakunan-Harada Station.

A food counter housed within the station. Get off here for the “Izumi no Sato”, the location of a water spring in the Village. Just follow the Takigawa river, which is toward the left and you’ll see Harada park with an open space to relax and a playground for children.





Men Taro Restaurant 【めん太郎】 


 
Men Taro Restaurant in the Gakunan-Harada station yard, their service is quick, their prices are reasonable and the food is great. The chicken tempura is especially popular. A Japanese version of fast food.

Hours9:00-18:00

ClosedSunday, Holiday

Location and Access
 In front of Gakunan-Harada station





Kanazawa Tofu Shop 【金沢豆腐店】 


 The tofu shop makes a local food known as Ganmo, a deep-fried tofu mixed with thinly sliced vegetables tinged with a sweet flavour. This recipe has been around for more than 100 years. Their own Ganmo sandwich
adds a unique twist to the recipe.

Hours9:00-18:00

ClosedSunday

Location and Access
10 minutes walk   from Gakunan-Harada
station

 





 



Yomeiji Temple 【永明寺】 
 
 A beautiful garden with the water from a spring out of the Tokai region, the azaleas in the garden are a wonderful sight. There is also a Takifudo area commonly called “Ibogami-san” to the immediate east. The folk story of a young girl with an infestation of body warts of which she was cured after bathing in the healing waters from the spring. A nice folk tale handed down through the years.  Also, “Mimitouwami-san” an ear-shaped stone monument stands at the entrance and said to also have the power to relieve the pain of ear aches, another old tale that originated in this place.





Yoroigafuchi Water Park 【鎧ヶ渕親水公園】 

 
 
It has been said that at this place The first Shogun of the Kamakura Shogunate, “Minamoto no Yoritomo”  took of his  armour and cleansed his body by bathing in the crystal clean water following the Battle of Fujikawa, a battle of the Genpei war during the Heian period.




Takifudo Shrine at Kagamiishi Park 【滝不動・鏡石公園】 


 Jizo statues (Stone statue, local God and protector of children) of the Takifudo Shrine are affectionately referred to as "Ibo tori Jizo" and stand in the gardens of the Shrine. In the Kagamiishi Park, you can see clear- pure water and Wasabi (horse-radish) growing along with the trees and plants that have been tendered to for centuries. Note, Wasabi plants require clean- untainted water replenishing the pond to grow successfully. 
 


  Takifudo Shrine        Kagamiishi Park




Harada Park  【原田公園】   


 
There is in the eastern part of the park a large activity playground with equipment that the children will love, you may also be able to see fireflies around the water from spring.







 

Hina Station.

 
     

Hina Station.

 This town is the home of the legendary folk tale “The Princess Kaguya”. There are large factories in the areas around Hina station, however, if you walk up the hill you can see a row of cherry trees and Taketori Park.





Taketori Park  【竹採公園】
 
 
Taketori Park is considered the birthplace of the folk tale “The tale of the Bamboo Cutter”. As other locations claim a similar distinction, a reliable source to confirm this claim was to connect the name of the place, using information taken from the “Wamyosho” (a dictionary compiled in the Heian period). Also the Town’s name “Himenago” meaning, Town of Princess a name given during the old times. Park closed on Thursday.




Myouzenji Temple / Gakunan Chureibyo 【妙善寺】【岳南忠霊


 
The prime cherry blossom viewing spot in Fuji city. There are as many as three hundred cherry trees in grounds of the temple.

Myouzenji Temple      Gakunan Chureibyo
 



Takigawa-jinja Shrine 【滝川神社】  

 Historic Takigawa-jinja shrine is one of the 5 sengen shrines on the Mt. Fuji worship trail. Taketori-no-Okina The old man in the Tale of the Bamboo Cutter was laid to rest in the grounds of the Takigawa-jinja Shrine. 



Fuji Dream Studio 501 【スタジオ501  

 There is shop with a large selection of goods inside the station. It is the only shop with a model rail road in the Fuji area. See the website for opening times that are subject to change.

Location and Access Inside Hina station




HINACAFE  
 
 There is an isolated Cafe in the industrial area. It's easy to lose track of time when you are at the Hina cafe. The Indian curry and Chai tea are on the recommended menu, 5minutes walk from Hina station.

【Hours】11:00-22:00   last order 21:30

【Closed】Tuesday

【Location and Access 】
 5 minutes walk from Hina station





 

 

Gakunan- Fujioka Station

 
     

Gakunan- Fujioka Station

The grounds also house the siding yard for the carriages and home for the inspection and maintenance crew. There are some old electric and diesel locomotives, including “Akagaeru” “Aogaeru” “ED291” (nickname of train) all lined up just like a Thomas the Tank Engine episode.





Gakunan railway garage 【岳南電車 電車の車庫】 

 Gakunan-Fujioka garage of the Gakunan railway, you can usually see the carriages and locomotives that stand outside the garage there.



Ioji Temple 【医王寺】 

 
 
There stands a monument of “Yamamoto Kansuke” a military strategist in the Sengoku period (the period of warring states) and the grave of “Yoshino Sadahisa” the grandfather of “Kansuke” his grave is by the edge of the spring pond.  The Shrine also is home to Mokuzo Yakushi-nyorai-mikozo (wooden statue of the healing buddha, Yakushi Nyorai) enshrined in the hall.




Yusui Park 【湧水公園】 

 There are carp in the spring fed pond, same as in front of Ioji temple and square. A relaxing place within a peaceful atmosphere, sitting on a bench and listening to the whisper of the bamboo grass as the water from the spring wells up and flows away.

    



Tsujiya store 【つじや】 


 There is a little candy store by the water selling “Karinto” (deep- fried cookies) handmade and very tasty.

Hours14:00-17:00

ClosedMonday

Location and Access
 10 minutes walk from Gakunan-Fujioka station





Curry house, Ichiban-kan Restaurant 【カレーハウス一番館】

 You can order a bowl of rice from 200g up to 1500 g. Original Curry that has attractive prices and is delicious.

【Hours】11:00-20:00

【Closed】the second and fourth Sundays

【Location and Access 】
 3 minutes walk from Gakunan-Fujioka station




   






 Sudo Station

 

Sudo Station

 This was the central area of the Sudo village in the old days. The Mt. Fuji worship of Fujiko assembly gathered at this historic site. The established shops can be seen along Negata road that service this old village.




Ohdana no Taki waterfall  【大棚の滝】


 Hiking from Sudo Station, you can hike the
Sudogawa Valley and “Odana no taki” waterfall in two hours. It is said that the Sudo river valley is the most beautiful valley in the Mt.Ashitaka range and looks amazing showing the new greenery of spring and the warm-red leaves of autumn. You may also see some of the wild life that roams cautiously through the connected nature strips.




Ohdana no Taki Hiking Trail 【大棚の滝ハイキングコース】 

 Suggest an early start in the morning from Sudo Station to Ohdana-no-taki (Ohdana waterfall) for a pleasant hike. Leaving the station and walking through the village and up the hill past the tea farms and citrus orchards. Following the river on the parallel running road that heads up to the water fall and camping grounds. There is also a large elevated concrete span bridge, a further twenty five minute walk from the water fall car park.   If you are strong enough for climbing, you can enjoy the beautiful valley and sweeping Taganora Bay views while hiking to the Yama-jinja. There is also a chance of seeing monkeys roaming as they inhabit the forest along with other wild life.












Kamiya Station


 

Kamiya Station

 Seven hundred meters from Kamiya station there is an elevated mound that represents a burial site and was constructed in earlier times, you can feel a sense of that history around Kamiya station. A remnant connection in the old town from ancient times to the present.




Fuji-shi Hana-no-kai 【富士市花の会】 


 
Hana-no-kai (the flower club members) grow and impressively arrange beautiful flowers that are on show in gardens and pots from the Sudogawa Valley to Kamiya station.







Gakunan-Eno Station

 

Gakunan-Eno Station

Gakunan-Eno station is the terminal station of the Gakunan Line and a quiet town.




Eno Park 【江尾公園】  


 
The Eno Park is on the left hand side of the rail road line. The fireflies have returned to the pond.  Japanese iris and hydrangea can be seen during the blooming season creating a pleasant atmosphere. There are seating and toilet facilities in the park.



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