Monday, May 4, 2015

2015 Japan Cherry Blossom Trip 06: Time Travel back to Hei'an Period and Turn into Hei'an Noble

We arrived at Daimonzaka carpark after 20 mins from Kii-katsuura bus station.

Daimonzaka is located at north-west of Kii-katsuura

It was drizzling when we arrived, but the weather could not stop us to explore this heritage.

Entrance of Daimonzaka

Sekisho site of Shingu Domain, sekisho is the checkpoint for tax collection and transit check established at major road by domains in ancient time.
Stone-made torii and cherry blossom

This vermeil bridge is called as Hurikase-bashi. It is also known as a bridge linked between Nachi sacred area and mortal world.

Daimonzaka Chaya (chaya means tea house) could be seen a few steps ahead. Visitors could wear Hei'an period's clothes in this tea house. Two of us took the chance and turned into Heián nobles.

Meoto-sugi, which is 800 years old already.

Walked at the stone pathway of Daimonzaka

The clothes that we wore is called as noshi, the daily dress wore by male noble during Hei'an Period (A.D 794 - 12th century). Colours could be chosen freely before wearing. 

The whole set of noshi comprises noshi (robe), sashinuki (trousers) and hitoe (the white internal layer). Other than that, there is a belt tied around waist, together with a black hat, socks and a paper fan. The socks look like gloves, which big toe is separated from others. Without this design, it would be difficult for us to wear the slippers.

(Source from internet)

The clothes for female is called as tsubosyozoku, the robe (also known as kei) is mainly in red and instead of male's black hat, girls wear a straw hat called ichimegasa. 

This model course costs 2000 yen for 1 hour. We are allowed to walk and take photo between Daimonzaka torii and meoto-sugi. If you wish to walk to Nachi mountain with Hei'an clothes, then the price is 3000 yen. For more information, please refer to the okamisan's diary (written in japanese) at

Meoto-sugi (left one)

Tulip and sakura

Kami'ishi (Mirror stone) beside tea house. This stone is treated as praying stone.

We were invited to have a hot green tea after taking off the noshi. Even though my japanese was not so fluent, we were still able to chat with the staff. 

After that, we continued our trip to explore the sacredness of this thousand-year ancient path.


Pilgrimage Path Surrounded by Tall Firs

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