Stone Steles at an Ichiri-matsu Mound (Mound of a Pine Tree(s) Used as a Distance Marker)(Ichiri-matsu-no Sekihi)


Four stone steles that bear traces of a long history

Located about 5 minutes away from Sodo-ji Temple is a place called the Ichiri-matsu Mound Remains. In olden times around this region, pine trees (matsu) were planted on mounds along a kaido (road in old Japan) as distance markers, each mound indicating a distance of ichiri (approx. 4 km); these mounds were called ichiri-matsu mounds. A large pine tree (or a set of large pine trees) that served as a distance marker here has withered and died, and today there are no traces of it remaining. Yet, near that site, you can find four stone steles that were built after the beginning of the Edo Era (1603 – 1868).


Tonda, Shirahama Town
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40 minutes’ walk from JR Kii-Tonda Station

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