The Mochifune-Jo Castle Trail!

It’s really fun walking along the trails with someone, pretty much the same thing as life itself. However, in some cases, there is no other way but go forward all by yourself.

I remember that a special friend of mine who lives on the other side of the galaxy, told me that there was a small shrine behind Mochimune JR Station. I decided to go there on a sunny winter day and luckily enough, found a nice short walking trail. This is my report on this adventure!

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Once you get off at Mochimune JR Station, take a good look at the sign boards.

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Are there ruins of a Mochifune Castle? I was so excited! I know “Mochifune” is a former name of “Mochimune.”

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It shows a path leading to the ruins from the shrine!

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Well, shall we start walking?

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Go this way toward Mt. Fuji!

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Found a fire hydrant manhole cover!
It’s a classical font in Kanji!

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Here is another one!
It’s new to me, so simple!

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What can you see?

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I could see Mt. Fuji from everywhere on that day!

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Within 10 minutes, I arrived at the shrine!
Double Torii gates? Interesting!

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A decayed tree!

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It looks like a funny face.

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A guardian lion with Gyoku/a sacred ball!

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The other with Ja/an evel!

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Look at the root!

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You look so old.

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Does it hurt?

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I found five shrines,
The first one was Sengen Shrine.

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The second one was Tsushima Shrine.

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The third one was Sui Shrine.

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The fourth and fifth were under the same roof,
Kumano Shrine and Hachiman Shrine!

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There are three more money offering boxes for Suiten-gu, Sagu-shisha and Shiroyama Kannon!!

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I found another gate, a new red one!

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Mythical Gods must live peacefully together.

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Shall we walk up?

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Go along the street!

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What does it look like today?

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This is the starting point actually!

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Let’s walk up the stairs!

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Unfortunately, I couldn’t meet any spirits.

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Keep walking along the trail!

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Now I arrived the peak!
It took another 10 minutes from the shrine! It’s easy to get to this statue.

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A small river flows into Mochimune Port!

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Mt. Fuji and Shizuoka city!

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Look at the grand view!

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The Suruga Bay looks calm!

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The sign says we can see ten varieties of wild birds around here!

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How many species of butterflies are there?

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Take your time to learn the history!
The castle must have been a great base in this area!

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