Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The Musashi Mausoleum is interesting in that it doesn't seem to have generated all that much interest. That is, it's a very large, open area filled with Zelkova trees, and contains the burial mounds for both the Taisho and Showa emperors and their wives (Empress Teimei and Empress Kojun). Yet, there were very few visitors whenever I swung by, and there's almost no information on it online in English.
(Entrance from parking lot.)
The mausoleum is a little tricky to get to. The best approach is to exit the JR Takao train station and go down the street one short block to the 7-11. There's a map board on the corner showing the directions. It's about 1-2 miles from here. My path was to turn right at this corner and take 20 to the first signal light. Turn left and go down the hill to the river. Follow the river to the right about 1 block, to the entrance of a large local park. Go where the little path sign is pointing over the little bridge and then go straight and up the hill. Stay to the left, going about 2 blocks left then 1 to the right. The entrance to the mausoleum is to the left, near the police box. Car parking is to the side on the left. There's no real place for locking up bikes, but they discourage bringing the bike into the mausoleum grounds proper because it's disrespectful, so I just locked my bike to a tree neat the car lot.
There are a couple of manned security guard houses scattered around the grounds, but it looks to be a lonely job, since there's one person per guard house, and almost no visitors swinging by to ask questions.
While the Tokyo Tourism info site lists four people interred on the grounds, there are 6 burial mounds. Apparently I only took photos of the name markers for the 4 principal people, so I'm going to have to go back later and find out who I missed). Here's the full album.