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Visiting Daigahara-shuku, known for its white quartz sand and excellent natural water that retain the atmosphere of the olden days
Daigahara-shuku is located near the upstream of the point where the Kamanashi River and the Ojira River merge. It is an alluvial fan formed by accumulated white quartz sand carried by the Ojira River from Mount Kai-Komagatake. The land around the alluvial fan was formed into river terraces through erosion by the Kamanashi and Ojira Rivers. Water flowing from Mount Kai-Komagatake and purified by the bed of granite is suitable for rice and sake production. In addition to the Araotanaka-jinja Shrine and Tanaka-jinja Shrine, which were stopping-off points for processions from Kyoto bringing Uji tea that had been ordered each year by the Edo shogunate (ocha-tsubo dochu), and the Kitahara Family Residence, which served as Emperor Meiji’s accommodations (anzai-sho) when he visited Koshu, there are many town houses, storehouses, and other structures along the road that evoke the atmosphere of the olden days.
6.5km / 3.5h / walk