The Ichirizuka at Hatajuku
(as seen on September 14th, 2001,
on the Old Tokaido stage of the Aki
Hatajuku is on the ascent from Odawara to
Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture. These are Stations #9 and 10
respectively (from Tokyo) on the
Old Tokaido Highway. You can read about my visit to Hatajuku in my
Logbook. You may also choose to start reading about
journey at the beginning, or start at the top of my Aki
|These are the best ichirizuka I've seen to
date. What's an ichirizuka? They're first mentioned
in the Logbook for September
7th, which reads in part:
The Tokaido was measured in ri--about
four kilometers, the distance a man (apparently except me) can walk in
an hour....Each ri along the highway was marked on either side
by mounds of earth planted with trees. These were called ichi-ri-zuka--"one-ri-mounds."
||This is the
approach from Hatajuku, which is a mere 30 meters downhill.
Note the especially rough ishidatami (cobble-stone paving.
|This view is from the left mound
toward the right, from slightly downhill. The sideroad I'm
standing on leads into a park.
||The other way, looking from right to
left. I'm now slightly uphill from the mounds.
|The photo on this plaque shows how
the mounds looked before restoration.