"Kanaya, Shimada and Old Tokaido Trail" Kanaya by taigaa001

Kanaya Travel Guide: 23 reviews and 69 photos

From Kanaya to Kakegawa...Tokaido Trails

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Tokaido Trails between Kanaya and Kakegawa is one of the most popular Tokaido hike routes because the trail is far from current route one and you can enjoy rather quiet hike. It is, however, one of the toughest one. You have to climb hills about 200 meters above sea level twice. Kanaya slope may be not that difficult but second tough climb to Sayo-no-Nakayama will be heartbreaking. It takes about four to five hours from Kanaya to Kakegawa for even experienced hikers and there's not so much places to dine. So start the hike as early as you can so that you can have time for main places of interests.

A Fine Winter Day In Kanaya

Mt. Fuji view from the Makinohara Park last July was a bit of letdown. I tried another chance for Mt. Fuji view in January by going on a hike in Kanaya, Shimada. From Information Station at Kanaya station I could get some fliers on hiking courses from Kanaya station. There are four trails ranging from easy (Shoshinsha) to hard (Kenkyaku). I took the easiest trail called "Ochazukushi Course" maybe in English, Green Tea Trail. Until the green tea field near the Ocha No Sato Mt. Fuji looked great but after being at Makinohara Park, Top part of Mt. Fuji was covered by the cloud. Sob. Fortunately I had some Mt. Fuji pictures on the way.

Kanaya, now a western part of Shimada city, is best known as the one of the Tokaido lodging stations. It was not until Meiji period(1867-1912) when the bridge was crossed to Oigawa river. Until then, Tokaido travelers had to cross the river with the help of river-crossing transporters.

In Kanaya there are some of the great lookouts such as Makinohara Park, and eastern edge of Suwahara castle but clear view of Mt. Fuji is hard to get even on a clear day. When I went to the Makinohara park on July 17th, I could dimly recognized the top of Mt. Fuji. Considering it was still in rainy season it was good, though not perfect.

Kanaya is also a place where Oigawa Line which is known as some of the lines with locomotive train service, starts.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Old Tokaido Trail nearly intact
  • Cons:Weather is often bad. Unknown to Non-Japanese
  • Last visit to Kanaya: Feb 2011
  • Intro Updated Mar 18, 2013
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