Penal Colony of Minamoto no Yoritomo
After defeated in the Heiji Rebellion, Minamoto no Yoritomo was exiled to Hirugakojima, a small island of Izu. From 1160 when he was 14 to 1180 when he turned 34, he spent 20 years in this island. However he was held in a relatively loose custody, it is said that he dated Princess Yaehime, daughter of Ito Sukechika, and married to Hojo Masako. He also had the freedom to visit Hkone, Izuyama Mountain, Paid worship visit to shrines in Mishima and engaged in other activities.
It is believed that Hirugashima Island was located in the sandbank of Karino River or Tajima hill with a high altitude. Since the island he lived is the smallest one, people start to called the island Hirukojima later.
To commemorate Akiyama wealth South wrote the topography in the Izu ‘beans in 1 paper at the end of the Edo era by historical evidence exile Yoritomo and this place ‘ leech Island monument Chronicles ‘ (town designated cultural asset) is standing. Bronze statue stands in parks around the 3/18/2004, towards Fuji alongside Minamoto no Yoritomo and Masako “leech Island couple (two)” was unveiled.
|Address||13 Hirugashima, Yokka-machi, Izunokuni, Shizuoka|
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