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Sesshoseki Rocks

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Yumoto, Nasu-machi, Nasu-gun 325-0301 Tochigi Prefecture
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While it is a countryside surrounded by rocky hills, the area was once once 180km away from Tokyo, you will find a farming village with over 1,000 years of history at the edge of Japan's largest alluvial fan at the base of the Nasu mountain range. In this tour, you will enjoy a slow, relaxing ride through this beautiful village area. Follow our guide who knows the area outside You will be a part of the unspoiled scenery of Japan featuring a neighbourhood of the old, traditional farmhouses. What you see along the way will become more more interesting if you listen to the other local history. The highlight of the tour is a vegetable harvesting experience by a farmer, followed by a full-course lunch featuring fresh vegetables from the farm. You can take home the vegetables you harvested as a souvenir.
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Peter Choy wrote a review Jul 2019
Hong Kong, China3,749 contributions174 helpful votes
We checked out from Sanraku and proceeded to our first stop of today: Sesshoseki 殺生石. Very close to the ryokan, the folklore told of a nine-tailed fox taking the form of a woman, which came to the Nasu district and had been abducting young women and girls in the area. The Imperial Court sent in an army to fight her and cornered her here before a soldier shot her with an arrow. The fox then had turned into a giant rock and emitted strong poisonous gas, killing all living things nearby. Finally, a priest decided to fight the rock. After purifying himself with the hotspring a fierce battle ensued. In the end a white string of smoke dissipated from the rock and it broke into three pieces, with two flying away and one remaining, from which it is still emanating toxic gas nowadays. In the area there is also a field with 1000 Jizo 地藏, a collection of statues spread across. The story told of a boy who came here but was caught by a lava flow and died. Because of his evil deeds in life, he was destined for hell and later people brought jizo here to comfort him in the afterlife. The sulphur smell was detectable when we walked up the footpath, but when we arrived at the stone it was surprisingly less intense. The place is quite eerie with the patch of slope all rocky and barren around that big piece of rock, with no vegetation as from the folklore.
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Date of experience: June 2019