Mishima is the city of water. Its everywhere, passing through the streets above and below. Canals line some thoroughfares and can be followed to a pond, park or to a river rushing with madness to the ocean. Houses set on the other side from the street have driveway crossings above and over the canal forming series of bridges. Picturesque..........? Yes, why indeed. I remember little old woman scraping these canals clean with turn of the century rakes.
MISHIMA in spring
"12th STATION on the OLD TOKAIDO ROAD"
Mishima is located at the entrance of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, in the east of Shizuoka Prefecture, 100km south of Tokyo.
Two-thirds of the city is hilly, with the most prominent feature Mount Fuji.
Mishima is on the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) rail network, less than an hour from Tokyo.
Local products include: white radish, Chinese cabbage, and potatoes. Mishima is famous for its spring water, which comes from the snow of Mt Fuji.
People have lived in the Mishima area for around 5000 years. From 1185 to 1333 the Grand Shrine was built and Mishima became the public office of Izu County.
From 1399-1568 the power of the shogun declined, and their eventual defeat lead to 300 hundred years of peace and relative isolation. In 1941, Mishima was incorporated as a city.
HOW TO GET TO MISHIMA
To Mishima from TOKYO ....JR Tokaido Shinkansen Kodama and some Hikari .....43min - 1hr 5 minutes
JR Tokaido Line (local train) 2 hrs 4min-2hrs 25min
To Mishima from KYOTO... JR Tokaido Shinkansen Kodama and some Hikari....... 2hrs 11min - 3 hours
Nishi-Yaizu to Mishima(march31,2007) regular train JR tokaido line, 1 1/2 hours..1260yen
In my quest to see all 53 STATIONS of the OLD TOKAIDO ROAD, this is number 12.
When passing through the Hakone Pass, there was a next station, Mishima-shuku (station).
Mishima shuku has been famous for Mishima Taisha or Mishima shrine in which Minamoto-no-Yoritomo (who established the 1st feudal administration, Kamakura bakufu in 1192) prayed for "genji saikoo" or reconstruction of his family, genji in the Heian period (794-1192).
In old days, there were lots of visitors to the shrine and Mishima inns were very busy.
Distance from Nihonbashi: 112.4 km
"MISHIMA by Hiroshige"
The GRAND SHRINE OF MISHIMA stands at a fork on the TOKAIDO HIGHWAY from which the Shimoda Highway branches off...
Travelers leave early in the cold morning from the front of the torii gate...A traveler riding in a palanquin and a man on horseback in the center are delineated minutely in fine detail while the torii and the stone lantern, groves , houses and a pilgrim with a staff in the background are painted in silhouette by using the gradation technique unique to woodblock printing...so things are shown in various densities of shading according to distance...