About Kuno-san Toshogu Shrine
Kunouzan Toshogu Shrine in Shizuoka is a shrine built by Tokugawa Hidetada, the son of Tokugawa Ieyasu, for his late father, and it is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Oda Nobunaga, and Tokugawa Ieyasu is buried here. The shrine is built on the top of Mount Kuno, and the natural scenery is very good. It is a beautiful Japanese architecture, and the gold decoration here is different from other shrines, showing the majesty of the royal family. There is also a museum where armor and weapons are displayed. There is a charge for this place, 800 yen for a combined ticket for the shrine and museum, and 500 yen for the shrine alone.
How to get there
From JR Shizuoka Station, take the Shizutetsu bus towards Kunoyama and get off at the end of the line in about 35 minutes, and then walk for 20 minutes;
Or take Shizutetsu bus towards Nihondaira for about 45 minutes, get off and take Nihondaira Ropeway for 5 minutes, get off at Kunoyama Station and walk to the destination.
At the southern foot of Mount Aridu is Mount Kuno, 270 meters above sea level, which has been designated as an important cultural property. Mount Kuno is connected to Nihondaira by a 1,065-meter-long ropeway. While listening to the history and geography of the surrounding area, you can enjoy the view of the wall below you, the screen rocks and Suruga Bay, which look like they have been cut. The Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art and the Nihondaira Museum of Art, which houses the renamed works of Manet and Takashi, are also located in the vicinity.
Note that the last bus from Kuno-no-miya leaves at 17:15, but the last bus back to Shizuoka Station is at 16:01! So we had to walk down the hill and wait for the bus.
We chose the Shizuoka Century Hotel, so we could go to the nearby attractions, and the Kounozan Toshogu Shrine is not too far away, so we could go to see it easily.