Miho Travel Guide

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    Marine Science Museum Also Celebrates...
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Miho Things to Do

  • Miho Overview

    Alternate names: Miho-no-Matsubara, Miho Beach, Miho Seacoast, Miho Pine Grove(s), Miho Peninsula, Miho Sand Spit or just Miho.Miho-no-Matsubara, recently designated as a part of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage is a sand spit renowned for the beautiful beach with black pines. It has been one of the most popular places to view Mount Fuji since the...

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  • Restaurant Sun Beach

    Restaurant Sun Beach is one of the few remaining restaurants and souvenir shops around Marine Science Museum. During summertime this shop is a popular place to buy some ice creams and shaved ice(Kakigori). It is also popular among Uchihama Beach Sailboarders because there aren't so many places to buy things around there.

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  • Tokaidaigaku Maru Nisei(No.2)

    When you are entering into the museums in Masaki from tour buses the first thing you may see is this former training and marine research vessel Tokaidaigaku Maru No.2. This ship was built in 1967 and served as the training ship for Tokai University School of Marine Science and Technology between 1968-1993. This ship is by far the most popular...

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  • The Replica Statue of Little Mermaid

    A half-size replica mermaid statue in front of Marine Science Museum was donated to Tokai University by the mayor of Copenhagen in 1971. The statue is the replica of the Statue of the Little Mermaid in Langelinie based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen and was sculpted by Eline Eriksen in 1913. The model of the statue was Ellen Price the...

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  • Natural History Museum

    Natural History Museum often nicknamed as KYORYU-NO-HAKUBUTSUKAN(Dinosaur Museum) in Masaki area of Miho-no-Matsubara is not as popular as neighboring Marine Science Museum which is one of the most popular of its kind in Japan. The reason seems to be that there are lots of great Natural History museums in Japan and more will be coming because of...

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  • Sailboarding in Uchihama Beach

    Uchihama is the beach located close to Masaki facing Shimizu shipyards. During summer this area is used as a sea bathing resort and during off-season this beach is used for Sailboarders. The beach at the west coast of the sand spit is calm with little waves. The sandbar area of Masaki is often used as a pier.

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  • Masaki

    Status: A part of UNESCO World Heritage Component Site Miho Pine Grove under Mount Fuji: Object of Worship Wellspring of Art and CultureMasaki is the northernmost tip of the Miho Sandspit shaped like a huge wrench. Western tip is a small sandbar serving as a natural pier for sailboats. Eastern tip has a small lighthouse extended by artificial...

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  • Walking Around Masaki

    Although Masaki is a part of World Heritage people visiting this place may seem unaware of this. They enjoy weekend leisure activities such as walking, fishing and viewing various kinds of vessels coming in and out of the Shimizu Port. From Masaki you can see the red lighthouse at the other side of the port area. The official name of the red...

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  • Plants in Miho Pine Grove

    Miho Pine Grove is rich in wild plants, particularly along the Miho Nature Trail. 1. HITOTSUBA (Pyrrosia lingua)One-leafed fern around or on the pine tree trunk is Pyrrosia lingua also seen in residential gardens. Pyrrosia lingua is also a medicinal herb for urination problems.2. KOBANSO (Briza Maxima)Briza maxima is not native to Japan. Originated...

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  • Miho Airfield

    Miho airfiled is a small airfield merely 500 meters long. Unfortunately this airport is used only for emergency and medical supply purpose and only copters and crafts assigned to red-cross relief efforts can land, take off and train. Since Shizuoka Airport was opened in 2009 this airfield has been used less and less. It now looks like an abandoned...

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  • Miho Lighthouse

    Miho Lighthouse, located near the 500-meter-long airport, is the common name for Shimizu Lighthouse, 17.7 meters in height. This 100-year-old lighthouse is the first lighthouse in Japan constructed with reinforced concrete.

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  • Seaside Plants in Miho Coast

    The plants that can be seen in the seashore include Calystegia soldanella, or seashore false bindweed flowering in May and June. And in July and August you can see the flowers of Vitex Rotundifolia and Oenothera laciniata. Close to the false bindweed colonies you can find Carex Kobomugi. I am not sure if there's crinum asiaticum, or giant crinum...

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  • Miho Nature Trail

    Compared to Kamagasaki Path, this nature trail starting from Madame Helen's Monument, is really quaint, signs of few human souls. Then you can see the nearly untainted wild habitat of plants. At the southen end of the trail a bike road will lead to the southern part of the Miho Coast.

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  • Kagamasaki Path

    Kagagasaki is known as a scenic spot in Miho Peninsula. This loop trail about 30 minutes a round will make a nice stroll and the pine grove gives us nice shade in sunny days. From the Kamagasaki beach there's a bike road about 1.5 kilometers in length leading to Miho Lighthouse.

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  • Parasite Plants

    Cuscuta is the major parasite plant of Vitex Rotundifolia. And whenever there's Vitex Rotundifolia there's cuscuta. I wonder how they peacefully coexist.

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Miho Restaurants

  • Ramen, Oden, Noodles, and Ice Cream

    Matsumiya is one of the two dining, shopping places in Miho Seacoast. As its neighbor Amatsuen, they also cater to ice creams, noodles and oden as well as souvenir goods.

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  • Noodles, Ice Creams, Oden(Hotch Potch)

    Around Hagoromo Pine area there are two noodle restaurants. One of them is Amatsuen, a noodle restaurant, a oden shop, or an ice cream stand as well as a souvenir shop.

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    You wont go hungry, there are 2 restaurant side by side...They sell most ramen or soba...there is also some little gifts item you can pick up like keychain, flags..etc..

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Miho Transportation

  • Chari-Sampo Go, For Car-free tour of...

    Japanese tourists often get to tour destinations by their private cars or join bus tours. Such automobile-dependent style of tours may hurt black pines in Miho. Chari-Sampo Go departing from Ejiri Port about five minutes from Shimizu Station was introduced so that eco-friendly way to travel around Miho by bicycle can be enhanced. It is run three...

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  • Getting To Miho (Masaki)

    To get to Miho, you must first get to SHIMIZU STATION where the buses for Miho depart. You can also take Waterbus line linking to Masaki area of Miho from EJIRI PORT about five minutes walk from the south exit (MINATO-GUCHI) of Shimizu Station.1 From Tokyo to ShimizuTake Shinkansen (Bullet Train) Kodama Express bound for Shin-Osaka and get off at...

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Miho Shopping

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    by cheesecake17 Written May 9, 2005

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    Just at the entrance of the hagomoro there are a few shops selling little gifts, nd also candy...

    These tasted great, and was only 100 yen

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Miho Local Customs

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    by taigaa001 Updated Jun 23, 2013

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    Most of the pines planted in Japan are either Kuromatsu(Japanese Black Pine) or Akamatsu(Japanese Red Pine). Japanese red pines often grow in the wild just as you see in Shizuoka Prefectural Forest Park in Hamamatsu. On the other hand most of Japanese Black Pines are planted as ornamental plants in parks or gardens, or low of avenues for shade in Old Tokaido Road. You can find black pines mostly along the Pacific coast areas of Japan while northern parts of Japan often have red pines because black pines are weak in sub-zero temperature. Major scenic places such as Nijino Matsubara in Karatsu, Saga, or Ama-no-Hashidate in Kyoto are filled with black pines. The bark of Japanese black pines are blacker than red pines. Pine needles of black pines are dark-green while those of red pines are lighter-green. Spring shoots of black pine have creamy color while those of red pines have redder color. Miho Pine Groves represent what Japanese people call HAKUSASEISHO or "white sands black pines" coast.

    Miho Coast is filled with black pines Black Pines have dark-green needles
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Miho Warnings and Dangers

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    by taigaa001 Updated May 17, 2011

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    Coreopsis flowers, popular gardening plants in Europe are one of the common flowers in Japan that can be seen in riverbanks, roadside and even sea coast in Miho. Since the law to contain the spread of invasive alien plants endangering the native plants passed in 2006, some of coreopsis flowers, particularly, Coreopsis lanceolata or lance-leaved coreopsis have been forbidden to plant for horticulturing and gardening and those flowering in the wild are destined to be exterminated. NEVER plant coreopsis lanceolata in Japan or you will face fine or worse might go to jail.

    Coreopsis lanceolata waiting to be exterminated
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Miho Sports & Outdoors

  • Fishing In Miho

    The shore close to the airfield is one of the most popular fishing spots in Miho Peninsula. (Photo #1). Around Masaki, the north tip of the Miho sand spit , is also popular among marine fishers.

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  • Pacific Coast Bicycle Route

    A 15.6-kilometer-long bike road between Abe riverside to Miho Coast is not only for bike riders, but for joggers and walkers as well as casual tourists who enjoy the stroll. When I went there I saw more joggers than bikers and I tried jogging myself on my return from Miho Lighthouse to Kamagasaki beach. It was a bit headwind but the wind was cool...

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    by taigaa001 Updated Jun 30, 2013

    Favorite thing: Okitsu, best known as the seventeenth post station of Old Tokaido Road is only three kilometer away from Masaki area of Miho-no-Matsubara. The easiest thing to find from there is 1,300-year-old Buddhist temple, Seikenji. On a clear day you can find the old buildings of the temple behind the Okitsu port area. In ancient time Miho and Okitsu was connected by the ferry. Today, however, there are no ferries to Okitsu from Miho. To find out more about Seikenji Temple see Okitsu travel page.

    You can find an Old temple in Okitsu
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