Odawara Plum Festival (Soga Bessho Plum Festival)

Odawara Plum Festival Soga Bairin
 

Pleasant scent of plum

Every February, the Odawara Plum Festival is held in February. (From 2, 2020/2 (Sat.) to 1/3 (Sun.))

The Odawara Ume Festival has Odawara Castle Ruins Park and Soga Bairin, but here at Soga Bessho Bairin, you can enjoy the scenery of Fuji and the fragrance of 35,000 white plums.

Odawara Plum Festival Yabusame
Odawara Plum Festival Yabusame

Located in Soga no Sato, Soga Bairin consists of three districts: Bessho, Nakagawara and Hara, and is operated mainly by farmers in each district. In particular, the Bessho venue has the most facilities such as the Bairin, souvenir shops, food and drink, and parking lots.

Odawara Plum Festival Soga Bairin
Odawara Plum Festival Soga Bairin

In Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, more than 600 years ago, many plum trees were planted under the castle in order to use plum nuts as weapons in the time of Hojo. In the Edo period, the cultivation of plums was encouraged by the Odawara feudal lord Okubo, and it grew rapidly. In addition, as a post town over Hakone, Umeboshi was handy as a necessity for travelers (preserving lunches, healing thirst, and health food).

About 40 years ago, a local farmer formed an executive committee at Soga Bairin in Odawara, where they wanted to produce edible plums and enjoy the beauty, cuteness, and nobility of the flowers. Has been held.

Odawara Plum Festival Soga Bairin
Odawara Plum Festival Soga Bairin

Soga Bairin consists of Nakagawara, Hara, and Bessho (local) plum forests, and about XNUMX white plums are planted. For the purpose of producing edible plums, most of them are white plums with white flowers.

Bessho Bairin admission time
You can freely enter the plum forest field (private land) during the holding period, but from 7:00 to 17:00

If you come by car. Because it is a public road, you can enter it at any time, but the places where you can park are limited (see venue guide map). In addition, traffic restrictions will be applied between 9:00 and 16:00.

Odawara Plum Festival Soga Bairin
Odawara Plum Festival Soga Bairin

If the flowers are at their best and the weather is fine, the area around Bairin is crowded even on weekdays. Especially on Saturdays and Sundays, the prefectural road Route 72 may be congested. The parking lot is also full in the morning, free of charge and full, and we are waiting for availability.

In the Bairin, there are mainly Juro plum (for dried plums), Shirakaga (for processing plum juice, plum extract, plum wine, etc.), Nanko (for dried plums, also used for processing), and weeping plums (for ornamental use).
It blooms in the order of Juro → Minamitaka / Weeping → Shirakaga.

Plum blossoms have good flower life and can be enjoyed for about a month. In addition, here in Bessho Bairin, you can enjoy plum blossoms for a long period of time because you cultivate many varieties such as Juro, a special product, Shirakaga, Minamitaka, Sugita, weeping plum, etc. Please enjoy the 1 plum blossoms at Soga no Sato.

Soga no Sato and Yabusame]
 Here in the Soga no Sato area, the Soga Taro Yunobu clan was set up as a gokenin of the Shogunate during the Kamakura period.It was Mr. Mitsue, the mother of "Goro / Juro", who is famous for Soga Monogatari, who married this Yunobu.Here in Soga no Sato, there are many archaeological sites related to Soga Monogatari. According to "Azuma Kagami," his brother-in-law, Yunobu, is a master of archery and has been rewarded by Minamoto no Yoritomo for his high achievements during "Fuji no Makigari."

[Origin of Yabusame]
 Among the techniques of archery, Yabusame, Inuoumono, and Kasagake are called <three things of horse riding>, and unlike the practice competition of archery, Yabusame has been handed down as a Shinto ritual to pray for "Tenka Taihei, five grain abundance" in ancient times. It was said to be a horse.During the reign of Emperor Kinmei (XNUMX-XNUMX), conflicts arose at home and abroad, so when Empress Jingu and Emperor Ojin were worried about the turbulent world, they were celebrated at the current Usa Hachimangu Shrine (Oita Prefecture) and prayed for Taihei Tenka. It is said that it started with three targets.

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Yamakita Tsuburano Park

Yamakita Tsuburano Park Sakurayama Observation Square
 

A secret park where you can enjoy the superb view of Mt.Fuji

Yamakita Tsuburano Park
Yamakita Tsuburano Park

Kanagawa Prefectural Yamakita Tsuburano Park is a super-secret park where children, adults and dogs can enjoy.

Yamakita Tsuburano Park is a large-area park with 17.9 hectares that opened on March XNUMX, XNUMX.

It is a little-known park, but Mt. Fuji seen from here is a superb view.

Yamakita Tsuburano Park View from Sakurayama Observation Square
Yamakita Tsuburano Park View from Sakurayama Observation Square

It would be great if you sit down on the bench at Mt.

Yamakita Tsuburano Park Azalea Mountain Observation Square
Yamakita Tsuburano Park Azalea Mountain Observation Square

This park is worth a look as it has the following highlights:

・ Sakurayama Observation Square Altitude 429m
 Flowering trees such as various cherry blossoms and Japanese kerria are planted.

・ Sato no Hiroba 398m above sea level
 There is a symbol tree, Mamezakura, on the lawn square.

・ Azalea Mountain Observation Square Altitude 432m
 You can overlook the Ashigara Plain and Sagami Bay.

・ Autumn path
 Acer palmatum is planted on both sides of the wood chip garden road.・

・ East view
 You can see the former Kyowa Elementary School in the east.

・ Tea garden
 We will manage it so that we can pick tea in the future.

・ Roller slide 30m
 We rent out slide mats free of charge.

・ 4 athletic play equipment
 There are Tarzan ropes and so on.

・ Natural walking path
 You can take a walk like a hike.

Yamakita Tsuburano Park
Yamakita Tsuburano Park

・ Onoyama
 Onoyama, which can be seen in front of the north, is a popular mountain for families and can be climbed in about an hour from the park.There is also a ranch on the summit, so you can enjoy sightseeing at the same time as climbing.

・ Kanegazuka Fort Ruins
 It is believed that it was on the summit of Mt.You can see the ruins of Kawamura Castle, a historic site designated by the prefecture, in the southeast.

Yamakita Tsuburano Park View from Mt.
Yamakita Tsuburano Park View from Mt.

Closed Mondays (if Monday is a national holiday, the next day)

From 8:30 to 17:XNUMX
Parking number: 65 passenger cars, 5 medium-sized cars, 2 barrier-free

Yamakita Tsuburano Park
Yamakita Tsuburano Park
Access to here

In case of train
60 minutes on foot from JR Gotemba Line `` Yae Station ''
70 minutes on foot from JR Gotemba Line `` Yamakita Station ''

In the case of a car
20 minutes by car from Tomei Expressway "Oi Matsuda IC"

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Yabusame of Murou Shrine

Yabusame of Murou Shrine
 

Two horses running in a residential area

Every year on November 11 (Culture Day), an annual festival is held at Murou Shrine in Yamakita.  

The most notable feature is the Yabusame, where two horses, the leader (the leading horse) and the archer (the rear horse), run through.

It is designated as an intangible folk cultural property designated by Kanagawa Prefecture, and many people come to see it every year.

Yabusame of Murou Shrine
Yabusame of Murou Shrine

When the leading horse approaches the target, the two-headed Yabusame lifts the army fan and removes it, and then the horse's archer runs through the track while shooting three targets in order.

If you fire three times, the leading horse and the rear horse take turns, and a total of five firings are performed.

This Yabusame is handed down to Murou Shrine, located in Miyaji, Yamakita, Yamakita town. It is said that Yoshihide Kawamura was exiled from the practice of Yabusame performed at Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura and was able to return to the old territory ("New edition Sagami country climate report" "Azuma Kan"). You.

It is said that Yoshihide thanked God for his return to the former territory and thanked God for the shrine festival and began to offer Yabusame.

Yabusame of Murou Shrine
Yabusame of Murou Shrine

According to the fact that the Yabusame was held in Kamakura in the first year of Kenkyu (1190), it is more than 800 years, considering that the Yabusame of Murou Shrine began after Yoshihide returned to the old territory. It is a historical ritual.

At one time, it was inherited by farmers, and was once used as a ritual to divulge rice cultivation the following year with a hit arrow.

The three targets represent Waseda, the second one is Central Rice, the third one is Late Rice, and it is said that the next year, if many hits, a good harvest will be made.

Today, it is an unusual Yabusame born and raised in Yamakita Town, and a resident who is still a resident is a rider.

Riders have been practicing the rituals and rituals that have been handed down since ancient times.

The Baba where the Yabusame is held is the approach to Murou Shrine and is about 340 meters long, but it is usually a paved road, so the day before the actual production, the residents' association cooperated and spread the sand for one day, and when it was over, remove the sand It seems to be.

It was a very impressive event, combining the sense of incongruity in a residential area with the power of seeing from just beside the approach to the approach!

Access to here

In case of train
・ XNUMX minutes walk from Yamakita Station on the JR Gotemba Line
・ Get off at Odakyu Line “Shin-Matsuda Station” and get off at Fujikyu Shonan Bus “Yamakita Station” or “Kishi Entrance” bus stop.
* IC cards such as "watermelon" and "Pasmo" cannot be used on the JR Gotemba Line. Buy a ticket at the departure station.
* There is no parking at Murou Shrine. Please use the public transportation.

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Kawamura Castle Festival

 

Gather Kawamura from all over the country!

This is a festival dedicated to Mr. Kawamura's succession, which has been derived nationwide from here in Yamakita, and is held every Sunday on the middle of 9 (2019 year in 29)

Kawamura Castle Festival Kawamura Castle

The local Kawamura Castle Preservation Society cooperated with the Yamakita Town Hall and Yamakita Town Tourism Association in order to spread the family clan clan party's memorial festival, which had been run for many years at the Bodoji Temple of Hanmura, to Kawamura. It seems that he started a castle festival.

<Kawamura Castle>
It is said that Kawamura Castle was built by Hidetaka Kawamura, who followed the flow of Hidehara Fujiwara at the end of the Heian period.

In the new era of Kenmu's new politics, the north-north dynasty, Mr. Kawamura is said to have cooperated with Mr. Nitta and confronted Mr. Takashi Ashikaga. From 1352 to 2 years, Hidekuni Kawamura and Hidenobu Kawamura and others stood in this castle, It is said that it surpasses the attack of Mr. Takashi Ashikaga. However, in the battle of Namwon, it was defeated and many of the Kawamura clan were allegedly dead.

In the Warring States period, he came under the control of Mr. Gohojo. 1570 (first year of Kame) – 1573 (first year of Tensho), it was reinforced during the invasion of Shingen Takeda, and it is said that there was a battle between Mr. Gohojo and Mr. Takeda along with the surrounding castles. ..

The castle was destroyed by the defeat of Odawara by Hideyoshi Toyotomi in 1590 (Tensho 18).

From Wikipedia

It was a very unique event in which the descendants of Mr. Kawamura who lived nationwide participated. In 2019, Mr. Tetsuo Kawamura, former Secretary of the House of Representatives of the Liberal Democratic Party, and Takashi Kawamura, Mayor of Nagoya City, also participated.

Former Secretary General Kawamura, who spoke on behalf of the family, said, “I want to support Yamakita Town in the future so that Mr. Kawamura's summit where Mr. Kawamura gathers from all over the country can be held.”

Kawamura Castle Festival Muryu Shrine's fluent horse demonstration

2019 year event content

10: 00 ceremony / legal

11: 00 Muroo Shrine fluent horse demonstration

11: 30 Yamakita Junior High School brass band performance & slowdown

12: Performance by 00 Kawamura Reiko Yamakita Preservation Society

One push for this event is the fluent horse that can be seen at close range.

Every November 11,Yabusame event performed at the Muro Shrine annual festivalIn the form of a demonstration.

Kawamura Castle Festival Muryu Shrine's fluent horse demonstration

This demonstration began at the Kawamura Castle Festival in 2018.

Murou Shrine's fluency horse is different from general fluency horses in that it shoots with the head of dew-off and two archers. I don't think the power of 2 heading can be seen elsewhere.

Kawamura Castle Festival Muryu Shrine's fluent horse demonstration

In addition, the “uplifting” of the armored soldiers will be performed in cooperation with two nearby venues, reproducing that time.
① Fortress of Kanegatsuka (in front of Tofuno Jizou) ⇒ ② Ruins of Kawamura Castle ⇒ ③ Near Iwahara Castle Ruins (Minamiashigara City)

Visitors have a free pork soup service, which will satisfy their small stomach.

Access to here

In case of train
① About 30 minute walk from Yamakita Station on Gotemba Line

* The local parking lot is not very large, but this year (2019) it was almost parking. The most reliable way is to stop at the parking lot around Yamakita Station and come on foot, but it takes about 30 minutes from Yamakita Station, so be careful.

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Kaiseicho Awaodori

Kaiseicho Awaodori
 

The most exciting night of the year

In Kaisei-cho, “Karisei-cho Awaodori” is held every Saturday in the middle of 9.

In 2019, the 32 event has been held, and the number of spectators (the number of stalls) is increasing every year. (2019 year was held on Saturday, 9 month, about 14 people)

Kaiseicho Awaodori
Kaiseicho Awaodori

Awa dance(Awaodori) is a Bon Dance that originated in Awakuni (currently Tokushima Prefecture).
Accompanied by 2 time signatures such as the shamisen, taiko, samurai, and shinobueRenA group of dancers called dance. mainlyYatsusa YatsusaThe shout is often used.

Free encyclopedia "Wikipedia"
Kaiseicho Awaodori Award for Excellence
Kaiseicho Awaodori Award for Excellence

In addition to the neighborhood associations in the town and the town reams of the business establishments, Korenji and Yamato reunions also participate, and more than 20 reams, about 1 000 dancers, walk around the road around the government office.

Kaiseicho Awaodori Furairen
Kaiseicho Awaodori Furairen

“Dance on the street”, where each group walks through the seven dance halls around the Kaisei town hall, runs from 17 to 20. Finally, the “Total Dance” continues until half past 20.

When you see many dancers walking on prefectural and town roads where vehicles are closed, and listening to the sounds of drums and drums, you will feel better naturally.

Kaiseicho Awa Odori
Kaiseicho Awa Odori
Kaiseicho Awa Odori
Kaiseicho Awa Odori

I think that the small children also practiced a lot, but it was very much the same.

Kaiseicho Awaodori Furairen
Kaiseicho Awaodori Furairen

In a contest where you can compete with Awaodori techniques,CommunicatingWon!
■ Best award:Pure(East forest)
■ Excellence Award:Higashibayashiren(East forest)
■ Encouragement Award:Ueshima Shikiren(Opening)

The final “Total Dance” was a great excitement with the audience!

Kaiseicho Awaodori Kanaijima Ukiyoren
Kaiseicho Awaodori Kanaijima Ukiyoren
Kaiseicho Awaodori Dance
Kaiseicho Awaodori Dance
Access to here

In case of train
① Odakyu Odawara Line Shin-Matsuda Station ⇒ “Four Corners” (Hakone Tozan Bus Sekimoto Line

(2) Temporary shuttle bus (free) Odakyu Odawara Line Kaisei Station 会場 Venue * About 1 round trip in 1 time (15-21)

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Hakone Gora Summer Festival

Hakone Gora Summer Festival Capital Letters and Fireworks
 

Ignition timing is fantastic

Every year on the night of 8 month 16, the word “Large” appears near the summit of Mt.

Hakone Gora Summer Festival
Hakone Gora Summer Festival

Hakone Gora Summer FestivalKosui matsuri(Lake Water festival),Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu(Daimyo procession)Is one of the three major festivals in Hakone.

An event that began in Taisho 10 as a fire of Urabon, and for the comfort of tourists and summer tourists, will celebrate the 2021 anniversary in 100.

In ancient Japanese customs, in order to avoid losing the spirit of the ancestors returning to the evening of 8 month 13 on the Bon Festival, the fire is lit as a landmark, and the Bon Festival is held on the evening of 8 month 16. Sending out the spirits of the ancestors who spent together during this period is called “fire”.

Hakone Gora Summer Festival Capital Letters and Fireworks
Hakone Gora Summer Festival Capital Letters and Fireworks

When it comes to capital letter ware, Kyoto's “Mt.

At the event venue, there were Yosakoi dance and live band performances, and many people listened to it.

But for some reason, the weather was bad every year, and in this year's 2019 year, it was raining heavily, and I watched capital letters and fireworks while holding an umbrella.

It is said that this capital lettering is performed from generation to ignition and tidying on the day, inherited by members of the Miyagi Youth Association for generations.

Every year from the month of 6, we go to the mountains and repeat preparations by cutting and drying on the hillside under the hot sun.

Make 3 bundles of 30m dry bamboo, which is about 250m in dry length, and double it along the outline of the “Large” shape, and set it about 1.5 meters apart.

The word “one” of “Large” is 108 meters in length and 7.5 meters in thickness.

Hakone Gora Summer Festival
Hakone Gora Summer Festival

If you think that you are working hard on the steep slope in the dark, with the ability to withstand the flames of rain and scoring, there is nothing but gratitude.

By the way, if you go to a bright time before sunset, you can take a photo with "Goran"!

Hakone Gora Summer Festival capital letter grilled gouran (Yuzu Chara of Hakone Gora Onsen)
Hakone Gora Summer Festival capital letter grilled gouran (Yuzu Chara of Hakone Gora Onsen)

Hakone Gora Onsen's mascot “Gouran” is the most popular character in the vote from the 2013 plan drawn by local junior high school students in the summer of 195, with the motif of Mt. ing. The main idea was Reina Kajima who was a student at Hakodate Shirayuri Junior High School.

Town News Hakone / Yugawara / Manazuru Edition  Issued: 2014 year 5 month 23 day issue
Access to here

<In case of train>
From Odawara Station, change to the Hakone Tozan Railway, and take XNUM minutes to Hakone Yumoto Station.
From Hakone Yumoto Station to Gora Station, usually 40 minutes.
The event venue is a 1 minute walk from Gora Station.

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Kifune Festival

Kifune Festival Kobaya (Kimimiyamaru)
 

Japan's three major ship festivals

The Kibune Festival is one of the “Japan's Three Major Funa Festivals” along with the “Shiona Minato Festival” in Miyagi Prefecture and the “Tsuyu Festival at Itsukushima Shrine” in Hiroshima Prefecture. Held annually from 7 to 27 on the 28 month.

Kibune Festival Manazuru Port
Kibune Festival Manazuru Port

The Kibune Festival, designated as a national intangible folk cultural property, is a Manazuru traditional sea festival that prays for good fishing and diseaselessness.

Since ancient times, the Kibune Festival has been said to be a “Return Festival”. It is a festival that gives deep appreciation for the great protection of daily life and safety, as well as prayers for fishing and safety in the fishing, shipping and stone industries.

Kifune Festival Kobaya (Tomeimaru)
Kifune Festival Kobaya (Tomeimaru)

The general flow of the festival is
7 month 27 day: Mizufu (launching ceremony), pick-up at Kifune Shrine, Kashima dance dedication, Mikoshi Hatsukasai festival, Umi Watari, Rin, Temporary festival, Hanayama car (Hanadashi) arrival Payment

7 Month 28 Day: Spring Festival, Kashima Ren / Hanayama Car / Kamisu Ren, Touring Choshi Town, Sending / Maritime Passing, Returning to Kifune Shrine, Kashima Dance Dedication to Tsushima Shrine

At the seaside, from the top, Tsudendenma (East and West 2 ships) ⇒ Kobaya ship (East: Tomeimaru, West: Kimiyamaru) ⇒ Shinto ship, and a total of 2 ships sailing on both sides of the lion ship (East and West 7 ships) The

The rower Xenma 2 ships tow the subsequent Kobaya and Shinto boats, so the rower seems to need considerable power. Moreover, competitions are also held from the middle of the navigation.

Unfortunately, the festival itself was canceled due to the typhoon in 2018, and the maritime passing was canceled due to the wind in 2019.

Kifune Festival Kobaya Ship and Lion Ship
Kifune Festival Kobaya Ship and Lion Ship

Unfortunately, I couldn't see Umikami, but this year I was able to see the powerful Shinto shrine festival.

Kifune Festival Mikoshi Hatsuyosai
Kifune Festival Mikoshi Hatsuyosai

At the Kamisu Shrine Festival, there is a very spectacular scene where many bearers and shrines descend down the steep stairs of the 108 steps of Kifune Shrine.

Kifune Festival Mikoshi Hatsuyosai
Kifune Festival Mikoshi Hatsuyosai

I walked this 108-step staircase in advance, but it was so hard that I couldn't imagine going up and down with a shrine.

Kashima Dance is a dance that prays for the elimination of epidemics and great fishing and maritime safety with 3 colored belts and uniform armor decorations on yukata.

It seems that there is always a meaning of purifying the road before the shrine passes, as Kashima dances and Hanayama cars pass before the path of the shrine.

Kifune Festival Kashima Dance
Kifune Festival Kashima Dance

Before coming here, I did not know why the festival held by Kifune Shrine, which is not a large shrine, was designated as a national intangible folk cultural property. When I looked at it, I was able to feel and understand the deep feeling that many Manazuru people took over this festival since the Edo period.

Access to here

<In case of train>
JR Tokaido Line (ordinary) Odawara Station ⇒ Manazuru Station (for 13), walk from Manazuru Station for 15 minutes> JR Tokaido Line (ordinary) Odawara Station ⇒ Manazuru Station (for 13) 240 Yen, walk from Manazuru Station for 15 minutes . OrIzu Hakone Bus Cape Manazuru LineGet off at the fish market bus stop (for 4) 170 yen

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Ashinoko Skyline

Ashinoko Skyline entrance
 

Shinto road where Mt. Fuji approaches

A toll tourist road with a total length of 10.75 km connecting the Hakone Pass and the Kojiri Pass.
(Unfortunately, I can not go by train or regular bus)

It is a popular driving route as a spot where you can overlook the lake, mountain, and sea by winding road that traverses the outer ring mountain on the west side of Lake Ashinoko!
I thought that this exhilarating feeling could be transmitted even a little, I tried to make a picture while driving ↓

箱 Hakone 峠 峠 Kojiri Akira mini cars & ordinary cars: 620, motorcycles: 260
Business hours 7: 00 to 19: 00 (Closed outside business hours)

Even if the area around Hakone Yumoto Station is clear, there are many cases of rain and fog on this Ashinoko Skyline, so I think you are very lucky if you can drive on a sunny day.

As there are various tourist attractions in the middle of Ashinoko Skyline, it is just a shame to run as a toll road! We recommend a way out!

The main spots are listed in order from the Hakone Pass side.

(1) Helicopter sightseeing flight ・ ・ ・ rest Lake Fuji Lake Helioport adjacent to the view, you can enjoy the experience of boarding a sightseeing helicopter during Golden Week and summer vacation.
For more information,This way

2 Rest House Fuji view ... View point of Mt. Fuji and Suruga Bay. From the inside of the store, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Suruga Bay. As there is a large free parking area, people who are not good at parking can easily park.

Suruga Bay as seen from the observation deck at Resthouse Lake View Oku
Suruga Bay as seen from the observation deck at Resthouse Lake View Oku

The popular menu is "Kunsuke Udon" which has a secret original soup and "Ashinoko curry" which imitates Ashinoko. Snacks and cafes are also available.

3 Rest House Lake View
... You can see Mount Fuji, Lake Ashinoko, and Suruga Bay by climbing the observation deck next to the store. Plateau soft cream of local milk is delicious. You can touch the goat's "Cookie-Chan" with food.

(4) Shishiku (Shakushi-toge) ··· A sight spot at an altitude of 1,030m, which is located at the middle of the Ashinoko lake skyline. If you want to see the view of Mt. Fuji, the view from here is the best.

Lake Ashi Skyline
Lake Ashi Skyline

(5) The fountain of life (Itomi no Izumi) · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · "The fountain of life".
※ However, please be careful as it says "Because we can not drink spring water as it is, so please do boiling processing by all means" at present.

6 Three Kingdoms ・ ・ ・ It is an observation deck located at an altitude of 1,070 meters, and you can see beautifully the panorama of the foot of Mt. Fuji.

Ashinoko Skyline Mikunien
Ashinoko Skyline Mikunien

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Night Hydrangea

Night of the hydrangea near Ohiradai Station
 

From the window of Hakone at night

A large adult bites a car window into the car window so much that I think that it was since I was a child that I looked out of the train and looked at the scenery like this.

Extraordinary home of night hydrangea Hakone Yumoto Station
Extraordinary home of night hydrangea Hakone Yumoto Station

The Hakone Tozan Railway is temporarily operating the All-night Reservation System "Haji-Ajisai-go" (between Hakone-Yumoto Station and Gora Station, approximately 50 one-way) according to the best season of Ajisai.
(During 2019 year, 6 month 15 day (Saturday) to 7 month 2 day (Tue))

Due to the special service of 1 day 1 to 2 round trip, you can not get in if you do not make a reservation on the Hakone Tozan Railway Internet reservation site in advance.
(The reservation period for 2019 was from 6 month 3 day (Monday) to 6 month 29 day (Saturday), but it was almost sold out within 2 weeks of reservation start)

Fees are for adults 310 and children 160 (one way)
In addition to the above-mentioned seat rates, fares (one-way: Hakone Yumoto Station-Gora Station Adult XNUM X yen, Children XNUM X yen) will be required separately.

The railway company in the city thinks that it is unthinkable, but with the Ajisaigo at night, you can take photos of fantastic Ajisai on the side of the track from the car window as you move slowly while repeating slowing and stopping.

Night of the hydrangea near Ohiradai Station
Night of the hydrangea near Ohiradai Station

The car I just got on (Komuha 1000 type) had a structure where the window could be opened in half, so I opened the window and held the camera all the time.

Along the route XNUM (1 near Hakone Yumoto Station, 2 Daidaidai Station, 3 old Hot Spring Kindergarten (between Miyanoshita Station and Kosugaya Station), 4 Shodani Station and 5 car river (between Kosudani Station and Sculptural Forest Station), 6) There is a light up point at the Sculptural Forest Museum), where all the lights in the car are turned off and there is a special train effect.

The light-up period along the line 2019 is from 18:30 to 22:00 on June 14 (Fri) to July 7 (Sun), and light-up is also possible from regular regular trains. You can see.

Shooting from the car window at night is difficult because the image is blurred or dark, but it will stop for a while at the light-up area, so you can shoot well.

There are a lot of hydrangea view points along the road, but there is an easy-to-see side in the ratio of 7: 3 in the right and left seats of the vehicle due to the positional relationship of the blooming places.

The seat can not be specified in advance, but in case of Hakone Yumoto Station 羅 Gora Station, when leaving Hakone Yumoto Station, on the right side of the traveling direction last vehicle, in case of Gora Station 箱 Hakone Yumoto Station, when leaving Gora Station, proceed When you sit in the seat on the right side of the heading vehicle, you will be able to enjoy the many sights of hydrangea.

Night Hydrangea Tonosawa Station Home
Night Hydrangea Tonosawa Station Home

At Miyanoshita Station (Gorra Line) or Tonozawa Station (Hakone Yumoto Line), you can get off at home for about 10 minutes, so it's a great shooting time.

There were a lot of people taking a photo with a plaza of the hydrangea train and a hat of the clerk in front of the hydrangea, since the conductor and the clerk would be happy to press the camera shutter.

The in-car announcement of the humorous conductor who you can not hear elsewhere doubles the fun.

Night Hydrangea Tonosawa Station Home
Night Hydrangea Tonosawa Station Home

The heart of the staff's hospitality was transmitted, and the heart was relaxed.
It's been a long time since I felt the pleasure of getting on the train.

There is also a small souvenir of goods, very satisfied! I would like to get in again next year!

Access to here

<In case of train>
From Odawara Station, change to the Hakone Tozan Railway, and take XNUM minutes to Hakone Yumoto Station.
From Hakone Yumoto Station to Gora Station, usually 40 minutes.

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Kaiseicho Ajisa Festival

Kaiseicho Ajisa Festival
 

Ajisai (hydrangea) bordering the paddy field

"Kaseicho Ajisa Amagusuri" is the country's modern town known as "Ajisai no Sato", the largest event of Kaiseicho.

Kaiseicho Ajisa Festival
Kaiseicho Ajisa Festival
Kaiseicho Ajisa Festival
Kaiseicho Ajisa Festival

In this Kaisei-cho, in 1977 year (Showa 52 year) June, it was established as a flower of the hydrangea town.

Kaiseicho Ajisa Festival
Kaiseicho Ajisa Festival

And, because there are many people who visit to see the hydrangea unexpectedly in 1988 (Showa 63), "Kaseicho Ajisa Amagusari" with Ajisai no Sato as the venue is held for the first time, and then it is held every year in early 6. It came to be done.

The hydrangea of ​​3.6 shares is planted in a large paddy field area equivalent to about 5,000 Tokyo Dome.

The planting area is 17ha, and the planting extension is 10.6km.

Kaiseicho Ajisa Festival
Kaiseicho Ajisa Festival

Kaiseicho Ajisa Matsuri is limited to 6 days from the first Saturday of 9 to the next Sunday, but after the festival, this hydrangea can be enjoyed until the end of 6.

Ajisai Park, the main venue of the Ajisa Festival, is the busiest place, with many events taking place especially on the weekends and a large number of shops.

Kaiseicho Ajisa Festival
Kaiseicho Ajisa Festival

The color of "Ajisai Manju" found in the store was as beautiful as Japanese sweets.
The contents were soft and delicious.

In addition, Kaisei Town was at the center, and a new breed of hydrangea, Kaisei Blue, was developed in 2017.
In 2019 year, it was the exhibition only of 2 pot at the special site of the village, but it seems to be planning to plant in the village from 2022 year.

Kaiseicho Ajisa Festival
Kaiseicho Ajisa Festival
Access to here

<In case of train>
1 Festival period: Get off at Odakyu Odawara Line Kaisei Station, shuttle bus for 10 (200 yen)

Outside the 2 festival period:
・ Get off at Odakyu Odawara Line Shin Matsuda Station.Hakone mountain climbing bus (Sekimoto line (1 board))About 8 "Yoshida-jinja entrance" get off, walk 1
・ Get off at Odakyu Odawara Line Kaisei Station, walk XNUM minutes. Or Opening station's rental cycle(4 time: 500 yen ※ credit card required)

<For cars>
Paying temporary parking lot around Ajisai no Sato. (Normal car XNUM times 1 yen)

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