Shizuoka Prefecture being located between Tokyo and Nagoya had always been crossed by very busy routes forcing the Meiji Government to dig out many tunnels for faster and easier access and transport.
The Meiji Tunnel in Utsunoya, Suruga Ku, Shizuoka City is not only one of them but had the distinction to be first toll tunnel in Japan!
One easy way to visit this piece of engineering history is to take a bus bound to Fujieda from Shizuoka JR Station North exit platform N0′ and to get off at Utusnoya bus stop just before the Fujieda Tunnel. Cross the road to the right hand side and walk along the well paved street. Walk across Utsunoya and turn left when you find the sign above!
You will also find this wooden sign board indicating the Old Tokaido Route/Track through the mountains.
Of course you can walk/climb along the old route through mountains, passes and forests but you will nee a backpack!
There are plenty of indications to keep you on the right track!
You are on the right path!
Take your time as it is not a long way away and depending on the seasons there are plenty of pictures to take of the environment!
You’d better have a good look at this map!
You will discover that for many reasons there are more than one tunnel in the area!
On the map above the Meiji Tunnel is the second one from the bottom in yellow.
The second tunnel was dug out in the Tasho Era, the one at the very bottom.
A third tunnel was dug during the Showa Era, the third from the bottom.
The latest tunnel was dug out in the Heisei Era, The fourth from the bottom.
The last two are very busy thoroughfares.
There is small space before the entry of the tunnel equipped with a public washroom, but also with a great relief map!
Take the time to check it and realize the scope of the work invovled in digging out these tunnels!
You will notice that only pedestrians (and cyclists?) are allowed through these days!
It is the oldest toll tunnel in Japan! According to the records, it was first opened as a wooden tunnel in 1876. Unfortunately, a fire destroyed it in 1896. It was reopened in 1904 as a brick tunnel!
Don’t worry! There are no ghosts there! It is lit 24 hours a day!
Actually many lovers walk through it! LOL
It is actually relatively dry and cool inside!
Within the space of this tunnel yo walk out of Suruga Ku, Shizuoka City directly into Okabe, Fujieda City!
The mMiji Tunnel is registered as an intangible Culture Asset!
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