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Top 7 must see sightseeing spots
Manyo Park is certified as one of "The 100 Best Historical Parks in Japan," reasons for which include its symbolization of Yugawara, and the fact that many writers, artists, and other people of cultural merit have visited it.
The "Living National Treasures" Museum
The works of people designated as important intangible cultural assets, “living national treasures” as they are called, are exhibited here. As well, there is a permanent display in a designated room that features the recent works of ceramic artist Mr. Morihiro Hosokawa.
At the powerful Fudo Waterfall, which has a height of 15 meters, you can refresh yourself by bathing in plenty of negative ions. On the way to the falls from the nearby bus stop or parking lot, there is a teahouse that serves amazake (sweet, low-alcohol sake) and other refreshments, and you can soothe your fatigue with a footbath as the cascading falls calm your nerves and your spirits.
Enshrined on the right side of the waterfall is Shusse Daikokuson, and on the left side is Migawari Fudoson, to which you can pray for success and for protection from misfortune respectively.
After Minamoto no Yoritomo lost the Battle of Ishibashiyama, local clan leader Sanehira Jiro Doi gained renown for protecting him from Kagechika Oba’s army. Joganji Temple is the family temple of the Doi clan.
Makuyama Park (Yugawara Ume Grove)
From mid-February to early March, the red and white blossoms of about 4,000 ume (Japanese plum) trees bloom spectacularly, like a “carpet of ume” all over the hills of Makuyama Park, an area of nine hectares. The whole park becomes enveloped in their delicate fragrance.
The Bust of Great Buddha at Fukusenji
Originally, this ceramic image of the Buddha was enshrined in Nagoya Castle, but after World War II it was dedicated to Fukusenji Temple.
In 1180, Minamoto no Yoritomo, who later established the Kamakura Shogunate as its first shogun, raised an army to destroy the Taira family and revive the Minamoto family. However, when he lost the Battle of Ishibashiyama, he was led by powerful local clan leader Sanehira Jiro Doi to hide in a cave called “Shitodo no Iwaya” (Shitodo Cave).