The history of Shonan-Oiso and the birthplace of beachgoing in Japan

The history of Shonan-Oiso and the birthplace of beachgoing in Japan

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shimazaki tōson old house

shimazaki tōson old house

A 5 minutes walk along the Tokaido Line from Oiso Station. Also known as Machiya-en (traditional townhouse), the former residence of Tōson was a three-roomed single story traditional house, with cedar bark used for the outer walls, and Taisho glass (rare nowadays) for the sliding doors. There is also a small garden with a simple Kabuki-mon (gate with a crossbar) surrounded by a bamboo fence.

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Former Tokaido Pine trees (Oiso)

Former Tokaido Pine trees (Oiso)

The pine trees along the Tokaido road, established in the Edo Period, was a rest stop for the travelers in the past, leaving traces of the Edo Period even now.

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Koyorogi no Hama

Koyorogi no Hama

From olden days, this place was known as “Yorogi (Yurugi, Koyurugi, Koyorogi) Beach” and has appeared in many poems, including the following anthologies: Man’yoshu, Kokin Wakashū and Shin Kokin Wakashū. After the Meiji period, this place has become a place of relaxation with many financial giants and great writers building their villas here.

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Shigitatsuan

Shigitatsuan

Despite being located next to a national highway, it has a very peaceful Japanese atmosphere. This dojo has been here since a very long time as a training place for Haiku.

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Terugasaki Coast

Terugasaki Coast

Terugasaki Coast is designated as one of Kanagawa Prefecture’s natural monument as the “Landing Spot of Oiso Terugasaki’s White-bellied Green Pigeons”. When the Oiso hill is covered in greenery, you will be able to see Mount Koma (Komayama) and Shonandaira hills.

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