"OKITSU" Okitsu by cheesecake17

Okitsu Travel Guide: 23 reviews and 83 photos

In my quest to cover all 53 STATION of the OLD TOKAIDO ROAD, this is number 18.


After passing through the Satta pass, you can see the Okitsu river. It is the only river where you can fish ayu, or sweetfish in eastern Japan.

The water level is not that high, and travelers were able to cross the river free of charge from October through March; however, they had to pay the crossing fee to laborers regardless of the water level from April through September.

In Okitsu, there is a famous temple, Seiken-ji, where it is said that Tokugawa Ieyasu studied when he was a hostage of Imagawa. The temple has a long history and there are many worthseeing rooms and objects.

There used to be many summer houses of VIPs in the government, such as Inoue Kaoru from the Meiji era (1868-1912) through early Showa era (1926-1989).

Distance from Nihonbashi: 160 km


View near the mouth of the Okitsu River, looking out to sea, and two sumo wrestlers being carried upstream, one on a packhorse and the other in a kago.

This flat area was noted for its beautiful view of the pine grove
"Mihonomatsubara"highlighted by the pretty seascape backdrop

  • Last visit to Okitsu: Aug 2005
  • Intro Updated Jan 9, 2006
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  • taigaa001's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2011 at 3:59 AM

    I went to Seikenji. Really a great place. Thanks to your page I could locate the afterlife wheel.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2006 at 4:52 AM

    This is pure harmony !! And I also love the wooden bell tower :-)

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