Utsunoya was an intermediary stage between the two Old Tokaido Route stations, Mariko in Shizuoka City, and Okabe in Fujieda City.
Even during the Meiji Era travelers had to go through it before climbing up and down steep slopes between the two stations.
Accordingly many visitors stopped overnight in one of the « Shuukuba or Kashiya »/inns.
Such establishments can be seen for the sole pleasure of the eyes and learning the history of the region.
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The access is now very easy!
Just take a bus to Fujieda City from platform 7 in front Shizuoka JR Station and get off at Utsunoya Iriguchi bus stop just before the Fujieda Tunnel.
Cross the large road by using the overhead bridge and start walking up the street!
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You will walk past this beautiful Shizuoka City fire hydrant manhole cover!
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The first houses you will meet are not the inns of Utsunoya but they will prepare you to the further sights!
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These houses have been standing there for a long time and often repaired but you can catch glimpses of old wooden architecture!
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Depending on the season they will make for great photography!
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Just walk at an easy pace as your goal is not that far!
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This sign indicates one of the great soba restaurants in this Prefecture called Kishigami!
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The all-important sign!
Take the left-hand path!
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Getting near! can you see the houses in the distance!
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You have reached Utsunoya which depended on the Mariko Old Tokaido Route Station!
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A little historical reminder: travelers had to climb past Utsunoya Pass before the Meiji Toll Tunnel was opened in 1870!
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Enter Utsunoya!
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On that particular occasion we walked through it on a beautiful winter afternoon, but you ought to imagine the same location in all seasons and weathers!
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Rare blue glazed roof tiles!
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All these former inns had names finishing with « ya/屋 »
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They share all the same wooden architectural design!
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One can still discover stone foundations even older than the houses!
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Antique rain water stone jars!
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A postcard view!
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Now the owners have generally turned to farming!
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I can’t start to imagine the work involved to build those inns atop stone walls on such steep slopes!
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Walk the stairs keeping an eye for interesting details!
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A typical example of the old architectural design of the tiled roofs!
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Try and imagine tired travelers stopping there overnight!
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Looking down on your tracks up the slope!
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How many of these tiles had to be replaced? It is a cold part of Shizuoka City and exposed to the natural elements!
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Even now it is worth visiting for the sole purpose of eating at traditional Japanese restaurants: Udon Restaurant!
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Soba Restaurant! Kishigami, a favorite of mine and many foreign tourists in search of true Shizuoka gastronomy!
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Souvenir Shop and restaurant!
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And don’t forget to visit the Meiji Tunnel only a little distance away!
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