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07/02/2010 [Fri]

Notice about the current condition of “Mt. Fuji Trails” [Information]

Notice about the current condition of “Mt. Fuji Trails” – as of July 1st, 2010

Due to much snow left on the trails, the Top station of Mt. Fuji has not yet been accessible through any of the 3 routs of Shizuoka side, as of July 1st, 2010,

Information about deregulation will be updated as soon as informed or noticed from the Mt. Fuji patrol institute.

Current Condition

Fujinomiya Route New Fifth – 8th station Accessible/8th station – Top Station Closed
Gotemba Route New Fifth – 6th station Accessible/6th station – Top station Closed
Subashiri Route 5th station – Top station Closed

As for Yoshida Route of Yamanashi side, please inquire to The Road Management Division of Yamanashi Prefectural Government.


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07/01/2010 [Thu]

Mt. Fuji has finally opened her arms ! [Information]

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Today is the special day for climbers. The upper part of trails from the fifth station of Mt. Fuji has opened at last!!
Now, to brush up your knowledge about Mt. Fuji, I summarize information as below :
Remember 3 trails from the side of Shizuoka !^^

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For Fujinomiya Route (105KB)

Fujinomiya Trail
Bus departs from : JR Shin-Fuji Station, Mishima Station, Fujinomiya Station
Time table as attached.


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For Gotemba Route (50KB)

Gotemba Trail
Bus departs from : JR Gotemba Station
Time table as attached.


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For Subashiri Route (73KB)

Subashiri Trail
Bus departs from : JR Gotemba Station
Time table as attached.

Do not bother to drop at the Information Center near the station. Each Information Center is in or around the station. Go find it after you get out of the ticket gate !
Please refer to the websites below:

JR Shin-Fuji Station : Fujisan Tourism & Communication Bureau
JR Mishima Station : Mishima Tourist Association
JR Fujinomiya Station : Fujinomiya Tourist Association
JR Gotemba Station : Gotemba City Tourist Association

There are several free guidebooks about Mt. Fuji climbing. Mostly written both in Japanese and English. Be sure to check the weather before climbing ! People dies or get injured by some accident every year. Mind you can’t tell what will happen to you !

Take really good care and have a good sight !

“Shizuoka Guide” is our official English website for sightseeing, always with you ! ^^



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06/29/2010 [Tue]

The Sweetfish, “Ayu” [Izu City]

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Summer wouldn’t be summer without Ayu. It might be too exaggerated but it is as sure as I am here that Ayu is one of our signatures and features in summer !
“Ayu”, the sweetfish lives in immaculate water and is one of the most popular targets among fishermen for its beauty and taste. Here in Shizuoka, we have many rivers abundant in Ayu ! Just to remember the primary rivers, I can tell Tenryu River, Abe River, Warashina River, Fuji River, Okitsu River and Kano River, and branches of each river. Quite a few people come from outside Shizuoka every year to become obsessed about the beautiful queens.


Not all Ayu is not wild-growing. Fishing Guilds, to attract as many fishermen as possible, hatch eggs or catch baby fish and foster them until just before the fishing season begins. Accordingly, fishing Ayu is not free. Don’t catch them without License ! The fee of fishing license differs depending on rivers. One-day Pass or Annual Pass is available……No more chat about fishing ? Ok, let’s see how it looks like and how it is cooked.^^

The most simplified but trendy way of cooking is called “Sumibi-yaki”, char-grilled, very slowly, salted much, good with Japanese Sake, and this is the very one I found in Niji-no-Sato. Shuzenji has Kano River which is one of the most popular rivers in Shizuoka among fishermen.

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Very easy to take off bones of grilled Ayu. The salt on the skin makes the sweet meat sweeter. With the scent of charcoal and crispy fin rays, it creates extraordinarily impressive taste ! Even the innards is good. A little bit bitter at first, and sweetness comes next. They served me bone-based soup which tasted rich and flavored. Remember our elemental rule against lives. You can’t waste any part of it and this is exactly what our traditional style tells.

Ayu can be cooked in other ways. Fried, sweet-boiled “Kanro-ni”, and even in the raw ! You will see many signboards along primary rivers saying Ayu, in Japanese “鮎” or ”アユ” or ”あゆ”. It’s only in summertime.
They lay eggs in winter at the lower part of the river and the fries drift into the sea to grow up with plankton until they become able to eat moss on the rocks in rivers.
I may sound like I’m repeating myself but you can’t catch Ayu without license and you must follow rules and regulations of its administration.

As the most beautiful queen in the river, Ayu swims proudly and gracefully still attracting us today.

Enjoy your summer days !

“Shizuoka Guide” is our official English website for sightseeing, always with you ! ^^



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06/23/2010 [Wed]

Villages with gardens in Shuzenji “Niji no Sato” - 2 [Izu City]

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Today, I’ll start the second report about Niji-no-Sato continuously from “Japanese Garden”.
Passing through the walkway of iris garden, I strolled along the large pond. You know what ? Japanese Garden is, I guess, the most expansive area that has 2 iris gardens, Rhododendron Wood, Hydrangea garden, The tunnel of Wisteria and Daffodil Garden. Natural flowers in or between gardens are also cute ! Scent of them, in the invigorating breeze may make you crazy for lunch.^^ You can have a decent lunch in a restaurant in Japanese Garden but if you want to enjoy some of local foods, why don’t you go on to the next area, “Izu Village” that is exactly what I did.^^v

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Izu Village is something that makes me feel Japanese old-style. It’s too many to introduce every shop here but to put it in short, you can enjoy Japanese noodle, “Soba” or “Udon”, rice dumplings, Japanese tea, coffee and even our traditional sweets of old-good-days, “Dagashi”. I happened to find a lovely shop. Roasted Ayu, the sweetfish ! This is supposed to be our conventional fish and cooking. I could show you the picture here but let me introduce it exclusively in the next report.
You can also buy local specialties such as Shiitake Mushroom, homemade food, artworks and things like that.
Now, full enough ?

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After having had too much, you need to take a brief walk, right ? Following the path in the Maple Forest leads you to the “Takumi Village”. You will get startled at the sight of houses there. All thatched, just as if you were lost in the village of Ninja in the movie!
Believe it or not, these houses are as real as you are in this world. The guide-board says, they accepted these houses of 150 - 300 years ago to preserve them before the small village was about to disappear for the construction of the Dum.
Now what can you do in this village ? You can see our old housewares and toys, or you can go through Japanese traditional crafts such as Japanese papers, wood-works and Yuzen printings. I stepped into “Yubokumin” and talked with a craft-worker. She told me we could make doorplates as in the picture in about 10 minutes. She also told me how to color them. Surprisingly easy and quick !! Give it a try !

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Doorplates in Yubokumin

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Japanese Paper


Back again through the path in the “Maple Forest”, I went up the stairs in Izu Village, finally to get to the first point, “British Village”. Visiting UK was one of my dreams in my school days but I don’t have to now……no, no way, that is a different story, isn’t it ? I’d love to, for all that. ^^;

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For your general information, it takes about 2 hours for walking around in “Niji no Sato”. Lunch and drink can be brought in. In summer, kids can play in the Water Park in Canadian Village. Better to take towels. For the visitors who don’t want to walk much, Romney Railway & Romney Bus are available. See the route in the brochure, please. The fare, as of June, 2010, is as follows:
Romney Railway : ¥400 for adults/¥200 for children under 12
Romney Bus : ¥200 - ¥400 for adults/¥100 - ¥200 for children under 12
For more information, please see the official website !^^
Next time, I’ll talk about Ayu !

Good days ^^

Niji no Sato
Access From JR Mishima Station ⇒ By Izu-Hakone Railway to “Shuzenji”
⇒ From Bus Terminal #6 bound for “Niji no Sato”
Admission : ¥1000 for adults/¥500 for children under 12
Closed : On Tuesdays, mid-Dec, Late Jan
Opening hours :
April – September 9:00-17:00
October – March 9:00-16:00

“Shizuoka Guide” is our official English website for sightseeing, always with you ! ^^


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06/22/2010 [Tue]

Villages with gardens in Shuzenji “Niji no Sato” - 1 [Izu City]

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Today, I’ll show you one of my favorite places in Shizuoka.
Changing trains at JR Mishima Station to Izu-Hakone Railway, as far as the last station, for about 30 minute boarding, and you will be there in “Shuzenji” !! Now guess where I am going ? UK and Canada ! I’m not lying.><
From Shuzenji Station, I took a bus from #6, not an airplane.^^; Surprisingly Mt. Fuji welcomed me after 20 minute boarding. In the fresh air it is standing surrounded by mountains. You can at least feel the air of UK or Canada in this park “Niji no Sato”, literally means “Home of Rainbow”. So rainbow of what ? Flowers of various colors, I felt intuitively at first and finally found it may include cultures and peoples as well.

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After the short interview with a staff there, I stepped in Niji-no-Sato to take pictures. Oh, I’ve got to inform you of the brochures. He offered me guidebooks with an easy-to-read map perfectly written in English, with the supplemental remarks that they had also guidebooks in Chinese and Korean. Though some staff members seem to speak English, I’m sure you won’t get lost with these guidebooks.

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Anyway, I went through the main gate of “Niji no Sato” to take a look around. First thing I saw was a picturesque British mansion, that is one of the very images of Rainbow. Though I wanted to stroll around the British Village, I took the locomotive “Romney Railway” that had just arrived at the station not to waste another extra minutes. This locomotive is the real model that runs in GB. It goes back and forth between British Village and Canadian Village.

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I got it off at Canadian Village and was very impressed to see the Totem Pole. I studied English mostly in Vancouver. Happy days with dreams and hopes, very lucky now to have been able to make the best of it.^^ In Canadian Village, you can find a food stand, a restaurant, souvenir shops and the Kaleidoscope Museum by the lake, where you can try and enjoy various kinds of kaleidoscopes in hand. If you are with kids, please don’t miss the occasion to try Indian Fort in the woods. This is an athletic field with a slide of 150m long !

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Walking through the village, I got to “Fairy Garden”. The roses in “Royal Rose Garden” which includes about 100 kinds of roses were almost in full bloom and I got captivated by the sign board in front of the Café saying “Rose Ice-cream”. How could I pass it up ? Faint pink-colored ice-cream with the scent of roses. One bite made me feel as if I had been in a Rose Garden……Oh, yeah, actually I was……^^;

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After the lovely ice-cream fell into a deep sleep in my stomach, I walked down “The alley of a fairy” to Iris Garden in “Japanese Garden”. Best season for irises now. The Hydrangea was also supposed to be with many flowers, but it seemed to have been late this year.
Dog-tired I had been by the time I got into the Japanese Garden, I looked for the place to take a rest. No wonder, regarding the fact that Niji-no-Sato is ten times as large as Tokyo Dome. There are still many spots to see left here.
I sat on a bench, and maybe good time to have coffee now.

Next time, I’ll start from “Japanese Garden”.

Have a good day !^^

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Niji no Sato

Access From JR Mishima Station ⇒ By Izu-Hakone Railway to “Shuzenji”
⇒ From Bus Terminal #6 bound for “Niji no Sato”
Admission : ¥1000 for adults/¥500 for children under 12
Closed : On Tuesdays, mid-Dec, Late Jan
Opening hours :
April – September 9:00-17:00
October – March 9:00-16:00

“Shizuoka Guide” is our official English website for sightseeing, always with you ! ^^


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