A taxi tour of Fukuroi’s Enshu Sanzan Temples.Enjoy seeing cultural assets, collecting traditional temple stamps, as well as tasting history-rich gourmet!

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This one-day course takes you through three historic temples, Hattasan, Kasuisai, and Yusanji Temples, considered among the three foremost temples of the Enshu region. At Hattasan, try the special dumplings which are said to ward off evil. Meanwhile, at Kasuisai, you can try traditional Buddhist vegetarian cuisine, as well as a Fukuroi specialty, “Fluffy Eggs,” among other historic dishes. Take a trip through Enshu to view the temples and collect stamps for good luck.

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JR Fukuroi Station

12 minutes by taxi

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Hattasan Son’ei-ji Temple (Yakuyoke Dango dumplings)

20 minutes by taxi

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Akiha Sohonden Kasuisai Temple

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Kasuisai Vegetarian Cuisine

2 minutes on foot

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Kasui Yuri no Sono

6 minutes by taxi

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Yusanji Temple

15 minutes by taxi

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Madore-nuya Round Table (madeleine)

2 minutes on foot

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Fukuroi Toriya Tea House (Fluffy Eggs)

6 minutes on foot

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JR Fukuroi Station

Sample route guide

Risa Kamiya

Enshu’s three main temples allow you to enjoy scenic sights of the four seasons, and the stamps you can collect also change seasonally. Whether you are a first-time visitor or have been here before, there are always unique stamps for you to pick up. If you like food, you must try the “Fluffy Eggs,” a Fukuroi specialty. If you’re looking for pastries, try a fluffy cake as a souvenir. You could also go to the Fukuroi Toriya Tea House for fresh local fish and delicious brews to round out your journey.

Yumi Nanmo

The temples confer various blessings: Hattasan Soneiji Temple is known for warding off evil, Banshozan Kasuisai is known for fire prevention and safety, and Iozen Yusanji Temple is said to help protect the eyes. Lilies of various colors bloom across a vast area in Kasui Yuri no Sono, creating a truly memorable scene. After walking for awhile, close out the day by stopping at a restaurant near Fukuroi Station. “Fluffy Eggs” are a Fukuroi specialty that has been around since the Edo period. Try this and feel as though you’ve traveled back in time! The uniquely fluffy texture and taste of broth unfold in a bouquet of flavor. Enjoyable as a special, relaxing girls’ trip as you tour Fukuroi’s historic sites.

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JR Fukuroi Station

12 minutes by taxi

1Hattasan Son’ei-ji Temple (Yakuyoke Dango dumplings)

This is the main hall of Hattasan Temple. The principal object of worship is a statue of the Avalokitesvara (Kannon) bodhisattva.

Stop by here in summer and you will hear the sound of wind chimes used as a prayer. There are also long, narrow cards hung up which contain the prayers of parishioners.

Hattasan Temple gets many visitors as a historic site where the Kannon deity wards off evil. A temple of the Koyasan Shingon sect of Buddhism, Hattasan Temple got its start when a holy monk, at the decree of Emperor Shomu, consecrated a Kannon statue here. The grounds feature the Niomon Gate, a nationally designated important cultural property that retains the architectural forms of the Momoyama period, five gilt bronze bells (also a nationally designated important cultural property), the Taasobi no Matsuri (an intangible folk culture property), and the Kuromon Gate (a municipally designated cultural property). Beyond a long set of stone steps you will find the main worship hall, a panoramic view almost suggesting a descending phoenix. There you can say a prayer, as well as receive stamps, charms, and traditional protective pouches featuring designs and colors inherited from Japanese aesthetic traditions. There are also special skewered dumplings that were presented to Tokugawa Iesada, the 13th generation shogun of the Tokugawa clan. For 150 years since that time, these dumplings have been served to guests at a teahouse on the grounds as a way of warding off evil.

Address:2777 Toyosawa, Fukuroi City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Inquiries:0538-43-3601

The Niomon Gate is a designated important cultural property. Experience the historic gravitas of this structure

The 30+ charm pouches to choose from are all extremely cute -- you’ll hesitate to pick just one. Don’t forget to get a special stamp during the wind chime festival

The dumpling teahouse serves a traditional sweet dumpling that is said to ward off evil, dating back to the Edo period. The modest sweetness is quite popular!

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Hattasan Temple serves sweet dumplings that are said to ward off evil. You can have a snack at the teahouse, or buy some as a souvenir! Don’t hesitate to try these on your visit. (Risa Kamiya)

20 minutes by taxi

2Akiha Sohonden Kasuisai Temple

The dais at the front of the main worship hall consecrates a statue of the sacred Kannon boddhisatva.

In summer, the paths are lined with colorful wind chimes.

This is a noted temple of the Soto school of Buddhism with a 600-year history. Tokugawa Ieyasu referred to the high monk of this temple as “Monk Kasui,” which led to the name. It is one of the foremost sites for Zen practice in the Tokaido region. Many monks in training are hard at work here, and the site serves as the head temple for the Akiha faith, which worships a deity of fire prevention. The approximately 330,000 square meter grounds contain a main hall, the Zuiryukaku, a nationally designated tangible cultural property, and a restroom in which the only figure of Ucchu?ma in Japan can be found. Other points of interest include a figure of a famous monk of the Akiha faith. Depending on the season, you can enjoy a field of peonies (2,000 plants of 150 types, in bloom from mid-April to early May), a wind chime festival, the Hina (doll) festival, and much more, together with the many temple worshippers. They also serve special vegetarian cuisine by season and offer workshops in the temple lodgings, where you can practice copying sutras by hand or Zen meditation. (Reservation required)

Address:2915-1 Kuno, Fukuroi-shi, Shizuoka Prefecture
Inquiries:0538-42-2121

The restrooms, inscribed as a national tangible cultural property, feature a statue of Ucchu?ma that is referred to as the “God of the Restroom.”

Stamps here feature the name of a famous monk of the Akiha faith, who is consecrated in the worship hall.

Pick up an original stamp booklet featuring motifs like the signature peony flower and mallow crests associated with the Tokugawa clan.

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On our visit to Kasuisai, we found a path lined with wind chimes of various colors, making for a lovely photograph. You can also book in advance for a traditional vegetarian meal. Healthy and great for the body, this fare is quite a hit among female patrons! (Risa Kamiya)

In summer, ascend the steps from the main hall to see an amazing view of Edo-style wind chimes. It’s an Instagram-worthy sight that you’ll want to photograph. Enjoy a unique taste of delicious vegetarian cuisine served in the solemnity of a temple. Kasuisai contains two nationally designated tangible cultural properties (the Zuiryukaku and restroom), and these are open year-round. (Yumi Nanmo)

3Kasuisai Vegetarian Cuisine

One of the pleasures of a proper trip -- enjoying classical vegetarian cuisine in a quiet Japanese interior

A sample order: Sesame tofu, breaded lotus root, wheat gluten, lily bulb in rice, and other dishes are prepared with care to soothe the body and mind.

Kasuisai prepares and practices the traditional Buddhist vegetarian form of cuisine, which involves using locally-sourced ingredients in a healthy way per Zen teachings. The food is very popular among visitors. The vegetarian cuisine is prepared by one of the administrators of the temple. Dishes plated with colorful and fresh food line the table, with each imparting seasonal flavors and aromas. The chef’s specialty is sesame tofu, a carefully-made, rich and finely textured dish. Savoring each dish will soothe your body and mind.

2 minutes on foot

4Kasui Yuri no Sono

A profusion of white, red, and pink lilies blooms on a slope of the vast garden. The scent of lilies envelops the area

There are many rare varieties here, with lilies of differing colors, shape, and sizes.

Kasui Yuri no Sono is adjacent to Kasuisai and contains 150 types of lilies from around the world, blooming in profusion across a nearly 100,000 square meter plot. It is one of the finest lily destinations in the Tokai region. The grounds feature a traditional Japanese garden with a path of red, yellow, orange, white and pink lilies encircling a central pond. The garden is only open from late May to early July, when the plants are at their peak. The grounds feature both Asiatic and Oriental varieties, which reach their peak at differing times, allowing you to enjoy different scenery while the garden is open for the season. On the grounds, you will find rest stops serving sweets and tea, as well as shops where you can eat lily bulb tempura, as well as buy lily seedlings.

Address:2990-1 Kuno, Fukuroi-shi, Shizuoka Prefecture
Inquiries:0538-43-4736

6 minutes by taxi

5Yusanji Temple

Step through the gates and ascend the steps to enter the temple precinct. During fall, lovely foliage lines the path.

The Yamamon Gate is a nationally designated important cultural property. This gate was formerly the central gate at Kakegawa Castle.

In 701, Buddhist priest Gyoki opened this temple of the Shingon sect out of a hope for peace and harmony and safety from illness and disasters for all of humanity. A prayer by Empress Koken, the 46th monarch of Japan, for recovery from poor eyesight led to a full recovery, so the temple drew acclaim as a sacred site for eye health. The name Yusan-ji comes from a tale that oil sprouted from the mountain in ancient times; “yu” refers to the Japanese word for oil. The spacious grounds, enveloped in trees, feature the Yamamon Gate, which was once the central gate of Kakegawa Castle; a three-story pagoda dating to the Azuchi-Momoyama period; and many other cultural edifices, as well as sacred cedar that is believed to bear a connection to the monk Kukai. After viewing the precious temple artifacts in the main hall and seeing the study and other buildings, take a stroll through the mountains as you listen to the murmuring of the Tanigawa River and the chirps of wild songbirds. If you book in advance, you can also take part in a workshop, such as sutra-copying, Zen meditation, or being doused by a waterfall. During the new greenery and foliage seasons, the area is thronged with visitors.

Address:1 Muramatsu, Fukuroi-shi, Shizuoka Prefecture
Inquiries:0538-42-3633

The three-story pagoda was built at the decree of Minamoto no Yoritomo in 1190 as a gesture of thanks for the temple curing his eyesight. Nationally designated important cultural property

View figures of the Four Heavenly Kings and the thirteen boddhisatvas in faint light

Wind chimes made of Nambu cast iron and hanging below the eaves produce a lovely sound. Receive a stamp here to complete your full collection of the Enshu temples of Hattasan, Kasuisai, and Yusan-ji!

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Yusan-ji Temple is enveloped in natural greenery. In summer, you’ll hear the cool and soothing sound of wind chimes, and in fall, you can see the famous colored autumn leaves. A long set of steps leads to the main hall. As you reach the top of the steps, you will see the main hall before you, and to your right, a three-story pagoda. Though the road is steep, there is an amazing view that makes the climb worth it! (Risa Kamiya)

15 minutes by taxi

6Madore-nuya Round Table (madeleine)

“Fluffy Egg Puffs” are sold frozen for you to take home. Allow to thaw in the refrigerator for a fluffy texture.

The charming shop sells a variety of baked goods like madeleines.

“Fluffy Eggs” are Japan’s oldest egg dish, having been served at shogunal banquets of the Tokugawa clan. The environs around Fukuroi Station are home to numerous restaurants serving this local specialty. “Fluffy Eggs” originally appeared in Edo-period documents, and you will find everything from faithful recreations of it to creative modern takes.
Round Table is noted for its madeleines, and they also have a popular souvenir, “Fluffy Egg Puffs,” which are a creative take on the local “Fluffy Egg” specialty. A souffle pastry with the distinctive flavor of eggs is sandwiched around sweet cream for a contrast of crunchiness and fluffiness. You definitely have to try it.

Address:3-27 Takao-cho, Fukuroi-shi
Inquiries:0538-42-0117

2 minutes on foot

7Fukuroi Toriya Tea House (Fluffy Eggs)

“Fluffy Eggs” are a Fukuroi specialty that feature a soft and fluffy texture alongside a flavorful broth.

This noted shop serves delicious food prepared with care by the owner from local ingredients.

Founded eighty years ago, the Fukuroi Toriya Tea House is today run by a third-generation owner who trained at noted culinary destinations. Fukuroi Toriya Tea House sells authentic Edo-style “Fluffy Eggs” that are faithful to the traditional taste. Preparing a broth of high-quality kombu seaweed and bonito flakes by hand, an egg mixture is added and allowed to steam. Not only is this dish fluffy, but it retains the uniquely toothy texture of egg, something the chef pays special attention to keeping. Experience the flavors of Fukui, such as sashimi and other a la carte dishes, local brews of sake, and other items made with natural ingredients of the Enshu region.

Address:15-7 Takao-cho, Fukuroi-shi, Shizuoka Prefecture
Inquiries: 0538-42-2427

6 minutes on foot

JR Fukuroi Station

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