It takes a good hour by car to reach this spot in Umegashima, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, along and above the Abe River at 1,000 meters at the very end of the road where you are greeted by a minuscule Shinto Shrine.


The sign says « 1,000 meters, the highest tea fields in Japan! »


The red color is arguably the most used color for Shinto Shrines which are found in far more places than Budhist Temples especially in rural Japan!


This « Torii/鳥居/Bird Gate », for all its small size is remarkable for the fact that the top beam was made with the bottom part of a tree to show a pointed horn at its tip! Very rare actually! The whole portal was created by with logs sawed by the small log company just a few meters away!


For the people interested with such facts, the name of the shrine is called « Inari Dai Myoujin/稲荷大明神 »!
« Inari » is also the name of a sushi. Can you guess why? « Ina » means « rice » and it was offered inside rice straw balls at such shrines to pray for bountiful crops whose shape has been copied to make inari sushi!


This very spot is heavens for photography buffs!

SN3O4806take a zoom with you to catch to the different grey hues of the mountain reminding you of a Chinese ink painting!


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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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