A few minutes walk to Michino Eki Road Station. I found an interesting short poem written on the wooden board. Probably like that. "Climbing down the trail, smiling, asked where she had come from, ""From Tokyo"" came the reply".
There are a number of ways to cross Utsunoya Pass. Cars cross the newly built tunnels while hikers enjoy Meiji trail passing Meiji Tunnel, Tokaido Trail passing a pass 170 meters in elevation and Tsutano Hosomichi which was uncovered by a school teacher in 1967. It is the ancient highway used around 8th to 16th century. To get to the start of the trail, I went along the agri-road beside the creek.
Sakashita is only a few minutes walk from the former site of Rakeiki Monument, written by Hakura Kando, a magistrate and a confucian scholar in Sunpu(Shizuoka) in 1830. He lamented that former Utsunoya trail called Tsutano Hosomichi had been ruined. Tsutano Hosomichi was refurbished in 1960s by a school teacher in Shizuoka, 130 years after the monument was erected.
After a short walk from Utsunoya Pass there is a folk dividing the route to the Okabe(left) and to the Meiji Tunnel(right). Turning right and down the road about a couple of minutes you will see a Daimoku Monument with cursive lotus sutra mantra of Nichiren Buddhist.
Utsunoya area has four tunnels, Meiji, Taisho, Showa and Heisei. Meiji Tunnel and Taisho Tunnel is only about five minutes away. First get down the road extending from Meiji Tunnel and you will see Prefectural Road. Go up the Prefectural Road about three minutes and you will find a tunnel. Taisho Tunnel was actually completed in 1930, the fifth year of Showa. Taisho tunnel is still widely used particularly during morning to avoid the traffic jam.
Only a short walk from the pass joining the wide road, you will soon see a folk. Tokaido is the left downhill trail. Before going to Tokaido Road, let's turn right and find a Meiji Tunnel. It's only a couple of minutes walk.
You can experience the life of Toro village about 2,000 years ago inside the Toro Museum in Shizuoka. The activities include making clay potteries, threshing rice in mortar, planting rice and walking with ancient clog called Tageta.
Tageta Sandals is the oldest footwear in Japan which dates back as far as 2,000 years ago and was used for walking around the rice paddies. It had been used until around 1950s when the agriculture was mechanized. My first attempt was a failure because I didn't wear the left sandal properly. This is the second try.