Okuaizu, Japan

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MUGENKYO
Spirit of dignity lives forever

Houses in a ghost village, once prosperous, are still standing in the mountain wrapped in a thick fog.

Photo by Mr. Kenko Hoshi, a local photographer

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It used to be a community called Mifuke. To get to the other communities for commerce or other transactions, people needed to cross the Tadami river by a rowboat. In fact, each household had a rowboat and everybody, even school-aged children, were able to navigate a rowboat. In April 1964, Mifuke community was destroyed by a large landslide. Because the reconstruction of the community was impossible, all residents were relocated to other areas. Since then, Mifuke community became a ghost village.

Photo by Mr. Kenko Hoshi, a local photographer

It used to be a community called Mifuke. To get to the other communities for commerce or other transactions, people needed to cross the Tadami river by a rowboat. In fact, each household had a rowboat and everybody, even school-aged children, were able to navigate a rowboat. In April 1964, Mifuke community was destroyed by a large landslide. Because the reconstruction of the community was impossible, all residents were relocated to other areas. Since then, Mifuke community became a ghost village.

Photo by Mr. Kenko Hoshi, a local photographer

Mugenkyo no Watashi

Since the relocation of residents, river crossing has ceased. Recently, as a revitalization activity of the region, river crossing by a rowboat has restarted, which is attracting many tourists to the region.

Photo by Mr. Kenko Hoshi, a local photographer

Mugenkyo no Watashi

Since the relocation of residents, river crossing has ceased. Recently, as a revitalization activity of the region, river crossing by a rowboat has restarted, which is attracting many tourists to the region.

Photo by Mr. Kenko Hoshi, a local photographer

Mugenkyo Spotlight

Amenuma observation platform
Residents of Mifuke were relocated to Amenuma community. It is on a higher ground of Tadami river valley. From the Amenuma observation platform, Tsuru no Yu at Hayato hot springs and a panorama of Mugenkyo can be seen.
Ghost village / Old Japanese-style house
With huge pillars and calculated design to endure heavy snow, the 300-year-old houses are still standing in the ghost village.
Mugen Jizo
Build in 1944, this Jizo was a witness of many joys and griefs in the community.
Konkon Simizu (spring water)
Originated from Lake Numazawa located in a mountain, this water infiltrates and becomes a ground water. In this community, people call this spring “Konkon Simizu”.
Oyamazumi Shrine
This shrine was build when Mifuke community was established about 300 years ago. Because this shrine was not damaged when a landslide devastated the community in 1964, people has been believing it as their guardian.
Mugenkyo Koyasu Kannon
People in the community used to visit this Koyasu Kannon to pray for fertility and children’s prosperity.
Mugenkyo no Watashi
A rowboat starts pulling the oar from a dock in Hayato to the other side of the river, where there is the lost village.

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Location: About 15 minutes by walk from JR Hayato station.
Address: 888 Yunodaira Hayato, Mishima

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