"Shimada and Oi River" Shimada by taigaa001

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Shimada Obi Festival Day #2

At Shimada Obi Festival, grand festival once every three years, small children aged between four to six perform dance based on Nagauta music on Yatai stage. They are really adorable and elegant. Monday, tomorrow is the last day of the event.

Shimada Obi Festival Day #1

Chibasan Chimanji Temple and Ten Large Cedar Trees

Chimanji is a 1240-year-old Buddhist temple about 10 kilometers north of downtown Shimada. This temple is best known by its Main Hall with thatched roof and 10 huge cedar trees about 800 to 1200 years old.

#3 photo is called Yoritomo Sugi, which is the easiest to find among Ten Tall Cedar Trees of Chimanji. This one is located close to Yakushido building. It is said that the cedar tree was planted by Minamotono Yoritomo. The name Chibasan came from the fact that the temple was refurbished during late 12th century by Chiba Tsunetane, known as the lord of Chiba by the order of Yoritomo. The research by the Environment Ministry, however, confirmed the tree is at least 300 years old and some say Yoritomo Sugi we now see is the second generation.

Most of the buildings of Chimanji temple are said to have been rebuilt by the order of Iyeyasu Tokugawa. Thatched-roof houses represent Japanese artistic beauty of "Wabi and Sabi".

The summit of Mt. Chiba, 496 meters in elevation, where the most of the tall cedar trees are located is about 15 minutes walk from the temple's main hall. Mt. Chiba area is also rich in wildlife and its vicinity areas are set aside as Wildlife Preserve where unauthorized hunting of wild animals is prohibited. When I went to the temple on 9th of July this year, Main Hall has been being reroofed. It will be finished around next February. Although the summit area is a bit cooler than the city area summertime climbing may not be a great idea unless you are a birdwatcher. Best season for Mt. Chiba hike is from October though April.
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Shimada is also a base for the Oi river trip. Oigawa Line running along the Oi river is known by the operation of Locomotive trains and secondhand train cars originally from the railline elsewhere in Japan. Oigawa line area is also popular among suspension bridge fans. Dozens of suspension bridges each of which has appeal of its own right.

  • Last visit to Shimada: Oct 2013
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Rabbityama's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2011 at 5:32 AM

    It is cool to see the sites where Hiroshige's paintings came from! The bridge is so long in you video. It looks like a good place to relax!

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