Both the mountains and the sea are close to people’s livelihood in Suruga. Feel at one with nature in a tea field over a cup of tea.
Traditional houses with wooden floors built on masonry retaining walls and the surrounding nature are in perfect harmony with the historic Hanazawa No Sato (Hanazawa Small Town). Its historical landscape is well maintained, and 30 households of local people have protected their livelihoods and their traditional Japanese houses here since the Edo era (1603-1868). As you go by a café run in one of the traditional Japanese houses, you'll find Hokkeji Temple, a symbol of this small town. Walking a bit further from the temple, you'll find the starting point of a hiking trail to the 470-meter high Mankanho Hill, the mountain ridge of which stretches out towards Suruga Bay. As you ascend the hill, you'll notice that the hiking trail used to be a farm road for tea farmers. At the summit, you can see Mt. Fuji, Nihondaira Hill, Kuno Beach (famous for strawberry greenhouses), and the Izu Peninsula beyond Suruga Bay, the deepest bay in Japan. The landscape has remained unchanged over the years.