Walking on the Minobu Line|Discovering a ceiling river in Ichikawa Misato Town! | Higashi-Hanawa - Hadakajima



I started my walk from Higashi-Hanawa Station on the JR Minobu Line, heading towards Shizuoka.


Chrysanthemum flowers?

As the name East Hanawa (wreathe) suggests, we encountered a magnificent mass of flowers as soon as we started walking. Chrysanthemums? Is it?

Ear of rice

Ear of rice

The ears of rice are producing beautifully. It’s almost time to harvest. It looks like we will be able to eat delicious new rice again this year.


Ears of silver grass photographed with backlighting

When I see silver grass, I tend to take pictures with backlighting. Even if you are an amateur, the picture looks pretty good.

Kai Ueno


View from Torin Bridge

I crossed the Fuefuki River at the Torin Bridge. This area is the southern end of the Kofu Basin. There are many rice paddies, and I don’t think there are many peach trees. The name “Suiden (paddy field) Bridge” seems to match the scenery of the area better than “Torin (peach grove) Bridge”.

In front of us, a mountain is approaching. Go all the way to the right in front of the mountain, and when you reach the Fuji River, walk along the river, staying close to it.


Ripple at the bottom of the Fuefuki River

Since the bottom of the Fuefuki River is shallow and the water is clear, ripples can be seen clearly on the sandy bottom. When these ripples harden into rocks, they are called ripple marks, and the direction of the flow can be estimated.

Ashikawa, Ichikawa Honmachi


Crossing of the Minobu Line

Cross the railroad crossing between Ashigawa Station and Ichikawa Honmachi Station.

There are many fireworks shops in this area. It is said that they originated from the Takeda clan’s military fireworks. In Yamanashi, whatever it is, whether it is flood control or gold mining, Lord Takeda Shingen is credited with a great success. All-around genius? An inventor king?

Ichikawa Daimon


Takada Tunnel passes through the Ingawa River, a river with a ceiling

I passed through a tunnel near Chosei-ji Temple in Ichikawa Misato Town.

I looked at the map and saw that there was a river flowing above the tunnel. It is what we call a ceiling river! When I was walking along the Tokaido Highway, I passed through a tunnel under a ceiling river twice near Ishibe-juku, and I thought it was a strange place, but there is a ceiling river in the suburbs of Tokyo.

Kajikazawaguchi, Ochii


Flowerbed-shaped construction

I passed Kajikazawaguchi Station. I left the Fujikawa River for a while. Just before the Minobu Line entered the tunnel, I found a flowerbed-shaped construction on the slope. I had never seen such a shape before. Is it simply a construction to stop the earth?



Hishiushi, a specialty of Fujikawa

Near Kai-Iwama Station, I approached the Fuji River again, so I walked along the riverbank.
I found a specialty of the Fuji River near the Kyonan Bridge. It was a hishi-ushi.

The Fuji River is one of the three largest rapids in Japan, along with the Mogami River and the Kuma River. It is said that Shingen used Hijiri-ushi or Hishi-ushi to prevent river banks from collapsing and to control water flow. The fact that they have been handed down from the Warring States period to the present day suggests that they are very effective. In the photo, it is not immersed in the water, but it must be very powerful when the water rises.


We leave the Fujikawa River again. After passing Kunado Station and leaving Prefectural Road 405, I was in the mountains. There was a sign in the direction of Ichinose that said I could not pass through due to construction, there were no houses at all, and the bears might not have hibernated yet. I hope I won’t have to come back.

Road construction was definitely underway. The workers looked at me like, “Are you sure you’re okay to come here on foot?  However, they let me through, saying it was okay for pedestrians.



Ichinose Station

I was relieved when I saw Ichinose Station.

As I passed Ichinose Station, houses began to appear here and there. However, as with the mountain roads, there were no people walking around. Then, suddenly, a magnificent building appeared.


Shimobe-cho Ichinose Indoor Gate Ball Field

What is it? Hmmm, indoor gateball field! I’ve never seen it before. I guess it’s an important place of communication for the townspeople.

Kai Tokiwa


The road leading along the Tokiwa River (the river is not visible)

Soon, I reach the Tokiwa River. The road continues along the river. It is a very beautiful river, but somehow I forgot to take a picture of it.

Shimobe Hot Spring


Branch to Shimobe Hot Spring

I saw the sign for Shimobe Onsen.

I had been to Shimobe Onsen about 15 years ago, and the water was lukewarm at that time. This hot spring was also associated with Lord Shingen, and was said to be good for (sword) wounds. I heard that a high-temperature spring has been gushing out recently. I want to go there again.

Yes, the gold dust collecting experience at the Kai Koganemura Yunooku Gold Mine Museum is also fun, so I recommend it.

It was still a little after 14:00, and I was in good spirits, so I decided to go to the next station.


Station name sign at Hadakajima

The next station was Hadakajima.

According to the signboard about the origin of the name, the name was changed from “field island” to “Hadakajima” because it was difficult to cultivate paddy fields due to river flooding.

Looking at the timetable, I had two hours to wait for the train.
However, I had already walked 29 km and had less than 5 km to the next station, so I decided to be patient and wait.

Then a local couple showed up at the station in a car. They told me that they had finished working in the fields and came to the station to buy some juice from the vending machine and take a rest.
They told me that Hadakajima, which is now an unmanned station, used to have a station attendant and more trains, and that they had moved to another land because their house was on the Trans-Central Expressway under construction.

So I asked the question. What do the people around here do for a living? I asked. She replied, “That’s the kind of question everyone asks me. I think many of them are in the civil engineering and construction business.

I usually go for walks without talking to many people, but it is good to have a conversation.

Walking data

Course:JR Minobu line Higashihanawa -> JR Minobu line Hadakajima
Distance: 29.4km
Time required: 7h38m