"Yaizu, Fishing Port Town" Yaizu by taigaa001
Yaizu Travel Guide: 90 reviews and 226 photos
Yaizu has two fishing ports, one is Yaizu port internationally acclaimed fishing ports in Japan, the other is KOGAWA port lesser known port but its history dates farther back than Yaizu port. There is a festival in Kogawa Port called SABA MATSURI one of the major fishing port events in Yaizu.
I went to Nihonzaka Pass again on October 25th, 2014. Three years has passed since last visit but because of strong typhoon in September 2011 the landscape around the pass has seen some change. That day I tried another climb to Mount Hanazawa, 450 meters above sea level from the pass. It is the first time since 1982 when I was still in high school student I could see the nice view of Mount Fuji from the minor peak close to the summit of Mount Hanazawa.
Nihonzaka Pass Trail is one of the oldest established highways in Japan. This trail is used by ancient Imperial rulers to defend and subdue the eastern territories of Japan. The name came from Yamato Takerunomikoto from the legend that he hid his body from his enemies in the narrow cave near the pass. Yamato is the old name for Nihon, or Nippon. Today Nihonzaka Pass is merely a restplace for hikers who head for either Mt. Hanazawa(449m) or Mt. Mankanho(470m), popular mountains for both Yaizu and Shizuoka residents.
Mount Takakusa, 501 meters above sea level is one of the symbols and landmarks of Yaizu. From the summit you can have a nice view of Yaizu port, Mount Fuji if the weather is fine, Nihondaira Highlands, Izu Peninsula and Suruga Bay. On October 21, I climbed the mountain from Miya Shrine in Okabe, Fujieda. Also see my Okabe page. The most popular route to Mount Takakusa is Sakamoto route starting from Rinsoin temple. The mountain is one of the most popular hiking destinations for school children in Shizuoka prefecture as well.
Fujieda has no coastlines so the closest beach from my house may be Wadahama and Tajiri Beaches lying between Port areas and the river mouth of Oigawa river. The beaches have constantly been cleaned and are nearly free of litters. But you can never fool ecologists. Breakwater structures on the beaches have adverse effects on coastal ecosystems. It made it easier for terrestial plants to encroach the beach areas. And seaside plants are having hard time maintaining their space on the beaches. Loggerhead turtles were last seen on this coast in 1999. When they come back, will this place be a suitable place to lay eggs?
**Recent Loggerhead Sea Turtles Landings in Yaizu
1999 Tajiri Beach(close to Discovery Park)
2003 Isshiki Beach
2005 Hamatome Beach(close to Okuzure Coast)]
2008 Oigawa River Mouth area
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