Coming soon. Walk a section of the ancient forest-clad Tokaido Highway that links Tokyo with former capital Kyoto. Experience Odawara Castle, 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 Genbegawa World Heritage Water Area. Mishima is also the gateway to Izu Peninsula, 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.
Snow melt from Mt Fuji seeps down through porous volcanic rock to resurface here as crystal clear springwater, feeding the river.
Hodogaya was established in 1601 as the 4th stop westward of Edo (now called Tokyo) for weary Tokaido walkers to rest for the night
Hojo’s territories falling into Toyotomi’s hands also completes the unification of Japan under one ruler for the first time in centuries, ending the Warring States Period
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