Walk a section of the ancient forest-clad Tokaido Highway that links Tokyo with former capital Kyoto. Experience Amazake Chaya, one of the few remaining of hundreds of teahouses that lined the old Tokaido, Cedar Avenue with towering 400 year-old Japanese cedar patrolling both sides of the trail, Hakone Checkpoint, stunning views of Mt Fuji (weather permitting) from Yamanaka Castle Ruins, Mishima Taisha and more. Mishima is also the setting for James Clavell’s classic novel Shogun. Hakone Hachiri has been declared a Japan Heritage Area. A day-return guided small-group tour from Tokyo/Yokohama.
the territory between the old capitals of Kyoto and Osaka, and the new capital in Edo, played a pivotal role in this part of Japanese history. This is not lost on Clavell, who strategically places his story on the Izu Peninsula
Hiroshige’s Yui (19C ukiyoe or woodblock print). Note the three travellers top left ascending Satta Pass. The two customers, presumably travellers from the big city of Edo (now called Tokyo, with a population of 1 million during the Edo Period, 17C~mid 19C) stand in awe of the stunning vista across Suruga Bay (Japan’s deepest bay) to Mt Fuji (Japan’s highest mountain).
Yamashichi proprieter Yamazaki san handmakes Hiroshige Tokaido scene flasks from Obi material
If Fuji could talk what tales it could share of the big role played by Sunpu in the rise of Japan. Toro Isseki. Sunpu Castle. Fugetsuro