Sometimes I need to get out more and spend time in nature. But it’s not easy to take a long vacation to get my life back. That’s why I like hiking inside the city, just a short distance from my place to escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
The City of Shizuoka offers a variety of nature trails for residents and visitors especially in the Nihondaira area. It is 308 meters above sea level and is famous for its views of Mt. Fuji, Shimizu Port and green tea plantations. This scenic plateau has won the first prize in All Japan Tourists Spot Competition in 1980.
There are some nature trails around there. I tried The Museum course to feel the spring breeze the other day. This is a report on the trail leading to the mountaintop. Now, let’s lace up our hiking boots and hit the trail!
Let’s start walking!
First, walking down the hill slowly…
Many sign boards will help you to walk.
Then, found a tiny shrine in the woods.
This shrine might be a Mountain God.
It’s a tiny but a sacred building.
Is that an Acacia tree?
It’s a beautiful peach tree.
Go straight to the Heitaku Temple!
It’s a Japanese rural scene.
The school playground is on your right side.
You will find green tea plantations on your right as well.
Ok, keep going to the temple!
The road slopes gently up to the temple.
There is a sign at the junction of the two streets, right: to the spac, left: to the Heitaku temple.
Pale pink plum tree.
Now, got to the Heitaku Temple.
Can you see the Aoi crest?
Shall we go inside?
No way, it’s a…
A hundred stone steps stairway again!
It’s impressive and venerable.
White plum trees at the garden.
Annual events are held here at the main building.
Well, let’s get back to the trail.
It seemed like a long, straight road…
And it’s getting narrow.
Did you find anything geological?
Watch out your beer tummy! Me? I’m OK!!
Turn left to the peak!
Then turn right, go up the stairs again!
Found the old borderline.
Some residents enjoyed walking with their dogs.
Signs showed we were on the right way.
Finally, we got to the peak!
It’s an early bloomer.
Let’s walk around the park!
Can you see Mt. Fuji?
A beautiful view from the main observatory.
This is a small green tea shop.
You may take a tea ceremony at the garden behind the building.
This is the heart of Shizuoka, my recommendation!