A Guided Tour Through Historical Sites in Western Part of Fuchu and Red Spider Lily Fields
On 19th September 2018 we gathered in front of Nishifu Station for another guided tour.
We started our guided tour from Mitake Zuka burial mound which was built in the Kofun period.
On the mound, there is a little stone shrine of Mitakedaigongen with its inscription, which is a subject of Mitake mountain faith.
The mound and shrine are valuable and so Fuchu City designated the place as a historic site.
Directions: 1-60 Nishifu-cho, Fuchu, Tokyo 183-0031
Next, we went pass by the welling of the spring water.
It is cool and clear abundant spring water which goes down from the steep cliff of a local hill.
Directions: 1-43 Nishifu-cho, Fuchu, Tokyo 183-0031
From there, we went in the direction of NEC Corporation.
We needed a special permission to enter the grounds of NEC Inc.
We saw the ruins of the Ichirizuka Ato - an old milestone for travelers on the Koshu-Kaido road, which was one of the five famous roads that radiated from Tokyo during the Edo period.
Each Ichirizuka was made as a mark for each Ichiri - about 4 km - after Ieyasu Tokugawa continued spreading roads in Japan.
This Ichirizuka is 8th from Edo Nihonbashi.
Directions: 1-10 Nisshin-cho, Fuchu, Tokyo 183-0036
Next on our schedule was Ichinomiya Ono-Jinja Shrine.
The main guardian of the shrine is Amenoshitaharuno Mikoto, and there are two more deities: Seoritsuhimeno Mikoto and Ukanomitamano mikoto.
Another Ichinomiya Ono-Jinja Shrine is located in Tama City across the Tama river, and it has been argued since ancient times which is the original Ichinomiya Ono-Jinja Shrine.
The relationship between the two shrines is intriguing.
There is no definite answer, there is only a theory that it broke up into two shrines as a result of flooding in the Tama River.
All that is certain is that both shrines are deeply connected and once they were one same shrine.
Directions: 3-19-22 Sumiyoshi-cho, Fuchu, Tokyo 183-0034
Continuing our tour, we came to rice paddies to be pleasantly surprised by a stunning view of deep red flowers growing alongside the bright yellow rice fields in harvest.
They were so densely covered with these bizarrely shaped crimson flowers glistening in the autumn sun.
The flowers are called Higanbana, which translates as the "flower of autumn equinox".
In English, they are known as the Red Spider Lily, Lycoris or Cluster Amaryllis.
Directions: Yotsuya, Fuchu, Tokyo 183-0035
After finishing the tour, we knew one thing for sure, summer has transitioned to autumn here in Fuchu.
However, it didn’t bring our spirit down as we were already looking forward to another guided tour!