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Address: Chita hanto
Mihama-cho is located on the south west coast of the Chita Peninsula in Aichi Prefecture. Facing Mikawa bay (三河湾) to the east and Ise bay(伊勢湾) to the West, it covers some 46 sq km and has a population of 26,000.
Mihama-cho is a nice place to visit, with a mild climate, surrounded by the Mikawa Bay National Park (三河湾国定公園). You will find white sand beaches, golf courses, leisure spots (a well-known one is sea life park named, “Minami-Chita Beach Land”(南知多ビーチランド) , and some historical spots. It is a popular tourist spot year round.
Some of the main sights and attractions.
Noma-daibo Temple (野間大坊寺)-resting place of Yoshitomo Minamoto
This temple was build at the behest of *Emperor Shirakawa. In the temple precinct, you will find the graves of historic heroes such as *Yoshitomo Minamoto and *Yasuyori Taira. This special precinct includes a hondo (main hall), the kyakuden (reception hall) of a prefecturally designated cultural property, and a bonsho (temple bell) designated as an important national cultural asset.
Personal name SADAHITO (1053-1129). 72nd emperor of Japan who abdicated the throne and then established a cloister government (insei) through which he maintained his power unburdened by the exacting ceremonial and family duties required of the legitimate Japanese sovereign. He thus established a precedent that allowed the Japanese emperor to abdicate and, once away from the court, to assume the real power of government.
<The New Encyclopedia Britannica, vil.8 10th edition, 2003>
MINAMOTO YOSHITOMO (1123-1160), Japanese warrior whose support of Taira Kiyomori, the leader of the Taira clan, in the Hogen Disturbance (1156) was decisive in a Taira victory over the Minamoto clan, headed by Yoshitomo’s own father, Minamoto Tameyoshi. After Kiyomori’s victory, Yoshitomo was ordered to kill his father. He refused but another Minamoto officer, saying it would be a disgrace to allow a Taira to execute Tameyoshi, performed the deed. Dissatisfied with his share of the spoils, Yoshitomo in 1159 took advantage of Taira Kiyomori’s absence from the capital to attempt a coup d’etat. In the resulting Heiji Disturbance (1159), one of the most colorful episodes in Japanese history, Kiyomori rallied his forces and defeated Yoshimoto. Yoshitomo escaped, only to be killed while seeking refuge in eastern Japan. Two of his sons survived, however, and one, Yoritomo, later defeated Kiyomori and established Minamoto dominance over all of Japan. <The New Encyclopedia Britannica, vil.8 15th edition, 2003>
Warrior of the later Heian to Kamakura period. Yasuyori was allied with the circle of retired Emperor Goshirakawa(1155-1158) who plotted against Taira no Kiyomori's (1118-81) rule at the Shishigatani villa in 1177. Yasuyori, along with co-conspirators Shunkan, a Shingon priest and Fujiwara no Naritsune were exiled to Kikaigashima, south of Kyushu. According to The Tale of The Heike (Heike Monogatari), a year after banishment, an amnesty was declared and Yasuyori and Naritsune were pardoned.
Tokishi Kannon（時志観音）in Yogenji Temple（影現寺）
The kannon-do (hall for the Merciful Goddess), contains a statue of Junimen-kannonn-bosatsu (twelve-headed Merciful Goddess) in the Yogenji temple grounds. The families of the 'Owari Domain once visited the temple to pray for safety during labour. The temple is the first stop on a pilgrims journey when walking around Minamichita-sanjusan-kannon-reijo (Minamichita’s 33 hallowed places of the Merciful Goddess). There is also a great six-meter high 25-ton granite statue of kannon the Merciful Goddess. A view of the Mikawa Bay can be seen from the temple grounds.
OWARI DOMAIN (Owari han)
Edo-period (1600-1868) domain that extended over Owari province and parts of mino province and Shinano Province; parts of present-day Aichi, Gifu, and Nagano prefectures. Also known as the Nagoya domain, its administrative center was Nagoya castle. It was granted in 1616 to Tokugawa Yoshinao (1600-1650), who, as a son of Tokugawa Ieyasu, received the status of shimpan (collateral vassal). Yoshinao’s line became the leader among the three cadet houses of the Tokugawa family (go-sanke). The sixth lord, Tokugawa Muneharu (1696-1764), adopted fiscal policies that made Nagoya a flourishing commercial centre.
“Koinomizu” literally meaning “water of love”, was named after a romantic legend. A long time ago, Princess Sakura-hime visited this place looking for miracle water to cure the disease of her lover, Aomachi. She died, however, without ever finding the water. Nowadays, many young lovers visit the shrine to pray for a happy marriage.
This festival is held at various shrines including the Noma-jinja, Tsushima-jinja and Tenjin-sha shrines, in certain districts of the town: Kaminoma (上野間), Futto（布土） and Kowa（河和）. It features large floats, matsuri-bayashi (festival music) and karakuri-ningyo (mechanical puppets). This spring festival is held amidst the falling petals of the cherry blossom trees, creating a fantastic and unforgettable scene.
This ceremonial New Year event is held to celebrate the start of the year. In the early hours of January 1, men who are in their yakutoko (for men bad luck ages are 24 and 42) purify their body with sea water. They then visit the seven shrines or temples in the district and sing Ise-ondo（伊勢音音頭）chants around a bonfire at Noma-jinja（野間神社） shrine until dawn.
Access to Mihama Town
Take “Nagoya high way（名古屋高速道路）” to “Odaka(大高) “ Interchange
⇨ Chita-hanto Doro（知多半島道路）
⇨ Take exit at “Mihama（美浜）” Interchange
*Approximately 1 hour from center of Nagoya city
<By train-Meitetsu Line>
Take a train from “Kanayama（金山）” station to “Kowa（河和）” or “Kowa-guchi(河和口)” or “Futto（布土）” station.
*Approximately 40 minutes from Kanayama station
Mihama Town Sightseeing Association (in Mihama Town Office)
TEL: 0569-82-1111(ext. 264)