City of Water
Spend a day wandering through the garden city of Mishima, dip your toes in the Mt Fuji filtered streams that flow through the city and enjoy the local delicacy of smoked eel.
A CITY BUILT ON THE LAVA FLOW OF MT FUJI
LUSH GREEN PARKS, WATERWAYS & BEAUTIFUL TEMPLES
The small city of Mishima, just one hour from Tokyo Station on the Tokaido Bullet Train, is an oasis town blessed by Mt Fuji.
Much of the current city has been built on lahar and mud flow from when Mt Fuji erupted more than 2,300 years ago.
As a result the soil is rich in nutrients and there is an endless supply of fresh filtered water that flows through like a natural irrigation system.
Mishima could be referred to as a Garden City with waterways running alongside many of the residential streets and a number of parks that Spring to life in April.
Like most of the Shizuoka cities that have stations along the Tokaido Bullet Train line there a number of attractions within walking distance that make a stop at Mishima station worthwhile even if you just have half a day to spare.
Why rush to your destination when you can enjoy the journey along the way?
A RIVER RUNS THROUGH –
The Genbe River is the centerpiece of Mishima City – a lovely slow flowing river that winds through the city and brings with it filtered snow melt from Mt Fuji.
From the information center at the station’s South Exit you can get maps on walking paths – or CLICK HERE…
A TOWN FOR FOODIES –
Mishima is famous for its charbroiled eel that is prepared and washed in the filtered Mt Fuji water which is said to give it a fresh and clean taste.
People have been coming to Mishima from all around Japan for centuries just for the eel and the town’s most famous restaurant, Sakuraya, has been serving this dish since 1850.
If eel is not to your taste but you are looking for Mishima has plenty of other options. Read more…
In the area around Mishima Station there are an array of classic Japanese food options that cater to the crowd returning home from work and the restaurants, yakitori and Izakaya in this area are buzzing at night.
If you are looking for a Western option the number of Italian restaurants and cafes have increased in recent years and there are a number of options.
One of the local favorites is Dillente Cafe – an Italian fusion cafe right on the edge of the river.
For more food options (including where to buy the best Croquette) – Click Here
HOW TO GET THERE & AROUND
The best thing about Mishima is that it is easy to get to – On the Tokaido Bullet Train from Tokyo Station you can get to Mishima Station in just 42 minutes.
Then once you are at Mishima Station most of the main attractions are easy walking distance from the South Exit.
Free bicycle rental is also available from station Tourist Information Center.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
From the end of March, when cherry blossoms start to bloom, through to the start of the rainy season in mid June is an excellent time to visit Mishima.
From late May fireflies can be seen along the banks of the Genbe River and as the rainy season approaches the hydrangea are in full bloom.
Wading through the fresh Mt Fuji water flowing through Mishima is a great way to cool down on the hot Summer days.
If you want to improve your chances of seeing Mt Fuji visit Mishima in the cooler months – although cold the weather is stable and the mountain contrasts against the clear blue skies. Read more…