It took us nearly 3 hours by automobile from the Kugenuma/Sagami coast on a Sunday afternoon. We were left with about one hour for the visit to the museum and to walk through the forest and along the waterway (aqueduct) that runs around the perimenter of the temple ruins. There was a cool breeze all afternoon with adequate shade that made the 25+ temperatures more than bearable.
It cost just 100 yen to visit the museum, which had many shards of pottery and roof tiles made centuries ago that resemble Japanese wares of today. Most of the excavation took approximately 10 years during the 1950s and 1960s. Many visitors and (I assume) locals visited the grounds to collect water in 2 litre bottles to take home. At the nearly the highest elevation of these grounds, a tiny shinto shrine sits overlooking the beginnings of the aqueduct flow. Apparently, all of the temple buildings were detroyed, including a seven-tiered pagoda during the war of 1333. There is a one-tenth scale replica of the pagoda at one corner of the property now.
The municipal history park is well kept with bamboo forests and many flowering plants and shrubs that add a delightful aroma to the tour. Photos in the museum show that the trees will be beautiful and that a fall trip in November may be the best time to visit for cool breezes and beautiful color.
Although it feels like a country park, there are excellent modern bathrooms and a couple of small but clean coffee shops at the perimeter of the park. There is a small Times parking lot and another lot for visiting by car and of course it is accessible by the bun 100 yen bus and the Tokyo Chuo line.
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