Hakone Hachiri has just been declared a Japan Heritage Area. Hachiri literally means 8 Li, a distance of approximately 30 kilometers. It refers to the stretch of the old Tokaido between Odawara (Tokaido Sation #9) and Mishima (Station #11), via Hakone (Station #10). During the Edo Period this stretch was a two day walk … Continue reading Hakone Hachiri, now a Japan Heritage Area
Unassuming Mishima town lies on a plain between Tokyo and Shizuoka. Mishima is nestled between the imposing frame of Mt Fuji to the west, and Izu Peninsula to the east. Japan’s first Shogun, Minamoto Yoritomo was a regular worshipper at Mishima in the 12th century.