5 Magical Spots
Spare a couple of days on your journey through Japan to Explore Mishima City and its Surrounds.
5 Things to do in Mishima
5 REASONS WHY STOPPING AT MISHIMA STATION & TAKING TIME TO LOOK AROUND IS WORTH YOUR WHILE
KAJOUEN PARK, MISHIMA TAISHA SHRINE, MISHIMA SKYWALK & CLEMATIS SCULPTURE GARDEN
If you are using the Tokaido Bullet Train to travel through Japan Mishima Station is one of the best places to stop along the way.
Take a day to explore the things to do in this magical town or take advantage of free shuttle services out to some of the other attractions close to the city.
Check the Explore Izu Website for more information on things to do in the Mishima area.
1. MISHIMA TAISHA SHRINE
With a history dating as far back as the Nara period nearly 1200 years ago, Mishima Taisha Shrine is one of the most revered Shinto shrines in Japan.
The shrine has been patronized by some of the most famous Japanese rulers over the years.
When Hiroshige created his masterpiece woodblock prints of the 53 Stations of the Tokaido Highway he depicted a scene near the Torii Gate of Mishima Taisha Shrine which still stands today.
2. RAKUJUEN PARK –
A easy 2 minute walk from Mishima Station South Exit is Rakujuen Park.
Once the second home and grounds for Prince Akihito of Komatsu in 1890 the park is now open to the public for a small fee.
The expansive grounds of the Park are a great way to spend a couple of hours enjoying the Japanese gardens.
If you have kids the park also has a small amusement park and zoo that is home to a ver popular red panda and other cheeky critters.
3. GENBE RIVER
The Rakujuen Park is the source of the Genbe river which flows for about 1.5 kms through the city of Mishima.
A clear walking path has been created that follows the river through the town to Mishima Taisha Shrine with stepping stones placed in the river to allow you to almost walk on water.
Fireflies have recently started to return to the river and can be seen on warm May nights making for a magical experience.
4. CLEMATIS GARDEN (Clematis no Oka) –
Clematis no Oka promotes itself as “A multi-cultural facility with ‘Flowers, Art Museums, Slow Food’ as its theme” – with a mission to “Pass on the wonderful art and culture to the next generation”.
As these statements suggest the area provides solace to individuals and families that want to relax and appreciate nature, art, and enjoy fine food.
A free shuttle bus from the North Exit of Mishima Station every hour from 9:40 am (not operating on Wednesdays) makes it is easy to get to and makes a great diversion for travelers on the Tokaido Bullet train that only have half a day to spare.
5. MISHIMA SKYWALK
A relatively new attraction in Mishima is the Mishima Skywalk Bridge.
One of the longest suspension bridges in Japan Mishima Skywalk offers awe-inspiring views of Mt Fuji and with sky garden, cafes, restaurants, Segway tours, dog run, zip line, and adventure park also part of the facilities there is something for everyone.