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Is It Price Visiting The Japanese Fishing Village Which Was The Setting For The TV Sequence Shogun?

While watching the current Disney+ TV present ‘Shōgun‘ I used to be stunned to listen to the identify of a well-recognized fishing village talked about all through the ten-part collection. It’s situated a brief distance north of our vacation residence on the east coast of the Izu Peninsula however regardless of making dozens and dozens of visits to this area of Shizuoka Prefecture over time we have now by no means executed something greater than cross by it with out ever even pondering of going there. That modified on our most up-to-date vacation however is it truly price a go to?

The aforementioned TV collection is the critically acclaimed adaptation of James Clavell’s epnoymous 1975 novel which was set within the advanced interval main as much as the flip of the seventeenth century. This historical-fiction is instructed by the attitude of English navigator John Blackthorne (Cosmo Jarvis) after he’s shipwrecked off the coast of a humble  Japanese fishing village referred to as Ajiro. This made a great setting for ‘Shōgun‘ because it was situated midway between Osaka and Edo-Tokyo.

Sadly not one of the collection was filmed in Ajiro itself because it was shot fully in Vancouver (Canada) with units and costumes designed in collaboration with historians and Japanese consultants to assist make it as traditionally correct as potential. The story of ‘Shōgun‘ could also be historic fiction however the characters are all based mostly on actual figures from a time when Christian missionaries, European explorers and samurai lords have been throughout which made for an thrilling period of political intrigue.

In the meantime, within the current the combo was perhaps not so enthralling because it was simply this British man, a Japanese girl and a Mexican breed of canine! It was a really early begin for us all one morning as we took the quick journey to Ajiro which is sandwiched between extra distinguished north-eastern seaside areas like Izu-Taga and Usami. It wasn’t even 7:30 am by the point we exited the aethetically-pleasing brown and white facade of Ajiro station and headed north.


The primary sight I’d marked down as being maybe worthy of a glance was simply ten minutes on foot. Ajiro is nestled within the mountains and dense forests of Izu province, and so they could possibly be seen in all their glory as we wandered to our vacation spot passing a couple of different little issues of observe.


On an exquisite, sunny morning the blue sea fringed by lush inexperienced mountains was fairly the view with a clear, extensive and spacious tiled promenade for us to stroll together with the canine.

Ajiro is a part of Atami and the final time I used to be on this space was again in January once I went to discover the higher village of this peaceable space within the identify of discovering a few sights together with one among Japan’s most mysterious and controversial heritage museums. They’re each situated up within the mountains, and might nearly be seen if you happen to zoom in to the photographs beneath!


Oyama Seaside Park (541-12 Shimotaga, Atami, Shizuoka-ken) was our first port of name and we quickly got here throughout what appeared like a quite pointless suspension bridge that simply crossed over a few small grassy mounds!


Our Chihuahua is often apprehensive of crossing bridges however not right here as he went backwards and forwards on his personal quite a few instances.

The close by Marine Tower resembled a dalek from the British sci-fi TV collection ‘Physician Who‘ and we climbed as much as the remark deck

The large Minamiatami Marine Corridor buiding sadly restricts a lot of the imaginative and prescient from the highest and the shot beneath was the perfect I may do!

The highest of the tower additionally related to a bridge crossing a street and resulting in an  remark wooden. It was a pleasant, little stroll amidst nature however the views have been nothing particular.


Ajiro Onsen Seashore was subsequent and sounded intriguing. Photographs of an exquisite sandy bay with heat sea water to go paddling in have been sadly not realised and this place was in the end a disappointing one.

This was truly Japan’s first synthetic seaside and it’s protected by a small breakwater. The water was freezing chilly although and under no circumstances tempting to go in!


A brief distance additional around the coast was Benten Shrine (621-2 Ajiro, Atami, Shizuoka-ken) which I had earmarked only for the picturesque steps ascending to it.

A abandoned inexperienced mossy garden within the foreground of a stunning wood altar was what greeted us on the prime. It was in all probability higher than what I imagined, and nearly price taking all these steps for. To be sincere, it didn’t actually matter what was on the prime as this was all about these Rocky-style coaching steps!

We must always actually have left it there as we wished to get again residence for breakfast however we have been each tempted by the sight of a waterfall I’d come throughout on Google Maps. That app stated it was only a 20 minute stroll alongside Route 135; the principle street taking place the east coast of Izu Peninsula. What we didn’t know was that we needed to stroll for 525 metres by Shin Ajiro Tunnel which actually was not very good in any respect.


There was then one other shorter tunnel, and in spite of everything that the waterfall couldn’t even be situated because it was beneath the principle street with no entry level for getting right down to it. As a substitute, we determined to take a look at somewhat temple over the street situated behind an deserted constructing.

Ajiro Hase-ji Kannon temple was an enormous, open space of pure magnificence with bamboo timber apenty.


There have been a few monuments imcluding one devoted to a well-known Japanese poem, and what was a pleasant little shock for me have been the 33 kannon statues lined as much as the aspect of the trail resulting in the temple.

Now I ought to add that we have been in Ajiro very early within the morning so many locations weren’t  even open. We left Ajiro simply earlier than 10:00 am, and the one store I seen was one which  was promoting big octopus rice crackers. Perhaps the world comes alive mid-morning!!

Will we ever return to Ajiro? We gained’t be speeding again I assume! Was it a pleasant, pleasant-enough place to walk round with our canine? For certain. Would I like to recommend disembarking at Ajiro en-route to extra common locations additional south? In all probability not! Most different stations down the east coast supply extra attention-grabbing views and sights. Nevertheless, within the extremely unlikely scenario that your ship does encounter hassle within the bay close by then don’t be afraid to return ashore and take a look at this quiet fishing village.

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