Ogasayama Nature and Sports Park Stadium ECOPA
This athletic park was built with the theme of "health, sports, and nature", and is set amidst the rich natural settings of Ogasayama.
Inside the park you can find "ECOPA Stadium", a 2019 Rugby World Cup venues where sports, concerts, and other events are held.
Fukuroi-juku, in the middle of the 53 Stations of the Tokaido Road
Fukuroi-juku was the 27th station on the 53 Stations of the Tokaido Road, located midway between Edo and Kyoto.
In the Edo Period, it was a bustling town, half way between Western and Eastern Japanese culture, with 3 strongholds and 50 inns.
In the present day, there is a tea house known as "Tokaido Domannaka Chaya" at the eastern entrance to Fukuroi-juku, where it serves a rest area for local residents and travelers alike, and serves Fukuroi Tea and tourism information.
Pine trees and earthen walls still line the streets, as traces left of a time gone by.
Fukuroi is blessed with a warm climate and rich natural settings, where you can enjoy flowers everywhere year round, including cherry blossoms, peony, lily, cosmos, and sunflower.
Every year from late May to early July Kasui-yurinosono opens, and you can see nearly 2 million lilies of 150 different varieties bloom on this nearly 10 hectare park.
This ancient temple is one of the three greatest temples of the Enshu Region, along with Kasuisai Temple and Yusan-ji Temple, and is known for the Yakuyoke Kannon buddha.
The specialty dish "Yakuyoke Dango" dumplings are also popular as souvenirs.
There are many different events held throughout the year, including the Cherry Festival, the Firefly Festival, Mantousai Festival, and Stargazing.
Akiba Main Hall, Kasuisai Temple
Kasuisai is an ancient temple with 600 years of history and deep ties to the Tokugawa Dynasty, and the foremost Zen Buddhism training dojo on the Tokaido Road.
It is famous for its peony flowers, which are best seen from mid to late April.
At the Kasuisai Doll Festival, one of the largest such doll festivals held in Japan, you can see an overwhelming display of 1200 dolls on 32 shelves.
With a reservation, you can also experience Zazen (seated meditation), Shakyo (sutra reading), and Shojin-ryori (vegetarian cuisine).
Known as the sacred temple of the eye, it answers prayers to protect ones' eyes and treat eye diseases.
The temple was opened in the Nara Period, and it is a famous spot for the three tier pagoda on its grounds, the many important architectural structures,
the natural treasure that is the spirit cedar, Ruri Falls, and autumn foliage. Long ago, it was given the name "Yusan-ji" (The Oil Temple) for the oil that welled up in the area.