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Shizuoka Station 

[Utsunoya Pass]

Ancient, medieval, early-modern and contemporary paths, all co-existing in the same nexus

A famous place which features in "The Tales of Ise" and other classics, depicted in scenes full of sorrow by virtue of its being such a steep, gloomy and treacherous place to journey through. You can see the different changes the path has undergone from era to era. There is "Tsuta-no-Hosomichi", or "Ivy Path", which struck such a chord with people in the Heian, Kamakura and Muromachi periods. Then there is the "Tokaido", for an enjoyable stroll which will take you through the village of Utsunoya with its beautiful townscape. And then there is "Utsunoya Pass", where a sturdy brick tunnel was constructed in the Meiji period, and with the technological progress of the Taisho, Showa and Heisei periods, an even safer and quicker route was made. This is a precious place in which the traces of each period can still be felt.
Posted photos Main Meiji tunnel (nationally registered Tangible Cultural Property)
Two photos Upper Utsunoya village, lower Autumn leaves at the entrance to Utsunoya Pass
 
Address Utsunoya, Suruga-ku, Shizuoka-shi Shizuoka
Phone +81-54-251-5880 (Shizuoka Convention and Visitors Bureau) (Japanese only)
Access Take the Chubu Kokudo line of Sizutetsu Justline from "Shizuoka Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 30 minutes, alight at "Utsunoya Iriguchi" and walk for approx. 10 minutes.

updated on Oct 23, 2015

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