Some stations, even larger ones, are better left alone, but one should give at least one chance to any you venture to get off as there is always a chance that such a station and its vicinity contain enough helpful information, especially in a touristic spot.
Yui is such a station along the Tokaido Railway Line about 20 minutes from Shizuoka JR Station in the east direction and found between Okitsu and Kambara Stations.
After all Yui has always been an important stage along the various routes coursing Japan between Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto as superbly described in many ukiyo-e/woodblock prints.
So, although the railway station is tiny, keep your eyes open (and don’t forget you can espy Mount Fuji from the overhead tracks bridge!)!
I know a lot of stations which don’t bother, but you will find a window display of the local products typical of Yui.
Bear in mind that Yui was a city of its own before being recently merged with Shizuoka City and Shimizu Ku!
Ogura Co. specializes in processed sakura ebi/cherry shrimps and fish!
Yui Cannery Co. is famous all over Japan for its “White Ship” olive oil tuna cans!
Inaba Co is another big tuna cannery!
Kakusa Co specializes in processed fish products, especially dry and liquid fish dashi/soup stock!
The Yui Cake (Japanese cakes) Association is also featuring their products!
With all that fish around Yui is home to high end brand of dog and cat food producers!
Yui is also home of famous kamaboko/steamed fish paste and kuro hanpen/black sardine fish paste cakes, the latter found only in Shizuoka Prefecture as demonstrated by the Yui Kamaboko Makers Association!
Next time you visit Yui buy some in the many shops along Sakura Ebi Street as an unusual souvenir! Great with sake or beer!
The small but renown Hiroshige Museum hang their posters inside to inform all-comers of their events!
A must visit in Yui!
Yui might be small but you will gratified to discover that most signs are bi-lingual (sometimes with funny renditions!)!
A must take picture: the Sakura Ebi Portal at the the entrance of Sakura Ebi Street!
The contraption was only moved there recently!
You will find the double Yui Emblem of Sakura Ebi and Mount Fuji everywhere, so keep your eyes open for some interesting shots!
You will find big signs hung by local establishments but like in any touristic spots big signs do not always guarantee the best of quality. To take with a pinch of salt! After all there is plenty around!
Past the exit on your right you will find this first map board. Have a look at it even if you do not understand Japanese as more bilingual boards are near!
It will give you a first idea of what to look for!
Tokai Nature Trail bilingual board! Take your time to consult it!
Take good note!
You must take a look at Village Head Koike’s Mansion on Tokaido (meaning “Village Head/Chief’s Mansion along the Tokaido route. Free entrance) that I will talk about in an article soon to be posted and the Museum of Light, one of the only three lighting (candles and so on) museums in Japan! (entry 500 yen including coffee and an oral and manual demonstration!)!
The Yui Edo Period Lodging Stations Guide Board!
Take your time and read it!
And don’t forget the sakura ebi & Mount Fuji emblems, they are everywhere, even on manhole covers!
FOR MORE REPORTS ON YUI AND SAKURA EBI do consult the following reports:
–Sakura Ebi/Cherry Shrimps: Catching Season Opened in Yui!
–Sakura Ebi/Cherry Shrimps Catching in Yui. Still Hard Work!”
–Japanese Crustacean Species 7: Sakura Shrimp-Sakura Ebi-桜海老
–O Taiko Festival at Toyosumi Shrine in Yui, Shizuoka City on the New Year!
–Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 14: Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!
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