Hadasu is said to be the place where the illustrious Royal Doctor Jofuku came from China in search the elixir of life by order of Qin, the first emperor of China. The village is spotted with terraced rice paddies and houses hugging the slope, and with the many legends and historical spots here, you can really feel the timelessness of this small hamlet. A species of tree that Jofuku found to have medical properties now grows at Hadasu and Jofuku Shrines.
The oldest paving stones on the Iseji Route are from the Kamakura period (1185‒1333).
The stones use to pave paths in those days were much larger than those used in later
periods, making it easy to distinguish from roads paved in the Edo period (1603‒1868) .
2200 years ago, Emperor Qin's doctor, Jofuku came seeking the elixir of life and
brought with him knowledge of the advanced civilization of China.
The locals learned new techniques for farming, pottery, medicine and so on.
Even when Japan went to war in China 100 years ago, the locals' reverence
for Jofuku never wavered.
The famous Buddhist monk, Kobodaishi (founder of Koya-san) is said to have passed
this way. He left a footprint in the stone here where this hole is, and magically,
holy water sprang forth. They say this divine water will cure anything that ails you.
There is a big rock in front of the house of a lord that ruled here long ago. A couple
who the lord had wronged before settling here had sought him out to seek revenge,
but the lord's retainers cut them down when they attacked. The lord reflected on this
tragedy and had these characters carved on this rock. Kin - diligence,
Shin - prudence/moderation and Nin - patiently endure one humiliation after another.
|Distance||Approx. 4Kｍ from Atashika Station to Hadasu Station|
|Walking time||1hr. and 30mins.|
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