This lava mound near the east gate of Rakujuen Garden was formed by the Mishima Lava flow from the eruption of Mount Fuji about 10,000 to 14,000 years ago. This lava mound is also a part of once-huge Buddhist temple Aizenin which was affiliated with Mishima Shrine. Aizenin, however, was abolished when Meiji Government made an orders to seperate...more
Three-hour Tokaido hike from Mishima to Yamanaka Castle is the least favorite part of 32-kilometer-long Hakone Trail of Tokaido. Several reasons might be...1) Elevation difference: Yamanaka Castle is about 580 meters in elevation but it may be tough for ordinary highway hikers. 2) Difficulty in tracing the route. I guess it is the main reason...more
Also known as Fort Yamanaka or Yamanaka Fort. Mountain fortress located between Mishima and Hakone is one of the most popular mountain forts in Japan because of its beautifully designed dry moat structure reminiscent of sliding shoji door. Sliding shoji door styled moats are located in upper part of the fort and the lower part of the fort is more...more
Mishima Taisha shrine, known as the most popular new-year-visit site in Shizuoka prefecture used to be the western start of 32-kilometer-long Hakone trail of Tokaido. The shrine has a lot of historical monuments and artifacts. It is also known for horseback archery, yabusame, during summer festival.more
Some locals I was lucky to stay with took me to the Hanna Onsen. This Onsen was more like a palace with several soaking baths, steam rooms, cafeteria, movie room, library, Internet and nap room. The price is ¥500 after 7 pm. After paying, store your shoes in lockers and switch to slippers. Be sure to shower before entering any pools or steam areas....more
Byobu Iwa is located at Susono, northern neighbor of Mishima. The rock is in the Kise river about three kilometers north from JR Susono station. It is the formation known as columnar joint the most popular of which is Tojinbo Cliff in Fukui-ken. It is just like Shiraito falls devoid of falls. Or just shaped like Opera house with grand organ. There...more
Built nearly 800 years ago, this lovely Shinto shrine is located near the centre of the city, and is the site of many festivities throughout the year. It consists of the main building, the hall of worship, and the inner shrine. Around both the inner shrine and hall of worship exquisite engravings can be seen.There is a parking fee of 200 yen...But...more
Vacationing in Japan my first time only gave me a miniscule taste of what Mishima had to offer touristically. Being that it was Yuki's hometown in years past we yearned for surroundings new to the couple, not just my eyes. Shortly after moving to Japan I was able to pick through Mishima like a school nurse looking for lice in a toddlers hair. The...more
Surreal.....just a bit. All families throughout the community are given a fully decorated paper fold out latern from their local shrine. The hexagonal latern has a metal landing in the center to mount a candle. Obon is a holiday that lasts for three days in which the spirits of deceased family members come back for a visit. Obon calendar...more
Just walking around the quiet downtown district of Mishima City will reward you with many scenes intermixing old and new. Facades falling into decay highlighted with newly painted exteriors help the colorful street life of Mishima. If in town make it a point to stroll around aimlessly to catch your own little scene to remenisce about later.more
If your looking to not see other english speakers and see rich culture get to this four day sumer festival. Usually falls in mid August. Get to see girls wearing the most colorful yukatas while walking around in crazy chaotic scenery. It takes place in the center of town and at the shrine. The shrine is beautiful in unto itself being that it is a...more
If you ever wondered what the explosion of Fuji left behind here it is. This is the hole in the top. I would look like a speck of sand in there, so this thing is huge. If you look closely you will see a little building on the far left on top that hill there. There was this group of scientist hanging out there that I gues was from there. It was...more
Climb Mt. FujiIt took me about 4-5 hours up and about 6 down a different route. I hear to climb before sunset to get to the top and watch the sunrise. It is said that the Japanese flag is actually the view of the rising sun as viewed from the peak of Fuji. The Gotemba route is the least tiring (steep) but ends up being alot longer. I climbed the...more
12-21 Ichiban-cho, Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture, 411-0036, Japan
Good for: Families
1-5-7 Bunkyo-cho, Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture, 411-0033, Japan
Good for: Families
4-6 Chuocho, Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture, 411-0858, Japan
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The Mishima Matsuri ran for three days. One night Yukijohn was at a bar filling ourselves with alcoholic liquids. Stumbling onto the street we were overcome by drumming and cheers. Was I halucinating. With a pilgramage to the noise like mecca, we hobbled forth. On the way to the ruckus we bump into Gori, a past Hitchhiking Pick Up friend, he also...more
Most nights are spent do one of two things if you go out. Drinking was usually at Wara Wara (sp) which is a chain Izakaya, I know there is a few in Tokyo as well. A Izakaya is a eating and drinking place where you sit with your own group in private stalls or tables. I was used to the NY bar scene where you stand shoulder to shoulder in a room with...more
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Izu Hakone Sunzu Line is a private railway line between Mishima and Shuzenji in central Izu Peninsula. In Ohito there is a formidable crag as if stolen away from Gui Lin. South face of Joyama is a popular training ground for rock climbers. Shuzenji is a popular onsen known by some of the Japanese literature works. Nijino Sato is a popular theme...more
Before heading to Japan for a while I read a book about hitchhiking through Japan. The decision was made then and there, I will use this form of transport to my advantage. In America hitchiking is not such a great idea if you like to remain in one piece. Stories abound of people Hitch hiking and getting hacked apart by a Jeffery Dahmer. In Japan...more
The Yukata truly envokes warm tinglies throughout my skin cover. The robesque clothing brings thoughts of roaming around a Japanese summer festival, the women seeming to glide across the spectrum. I find this garb sexy, not just for the fact of a Geisha wrapped in this manner, just the feeling and colors shake up my raw materials.
During the Hakone hike you may encounter two venomous snakes, mamushi and tiger keelback. Mamushis are commonly seen venomous snakes in Japan and lurk mainly in shrubs or grassy area. Tiger keelbacks or yagakashis rarely attack human but occasional biting has been reported. Yamagakashis were brought to attention when they were found deadly for...more
Luggage and bags:
Most Tokaido trip can be well segmented enough for a day trip. No camping gear is necessary. But dining can be a problem. So prepare your lunch.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hakone hike can either be unexpectedly chilly or unusually warm. Clothes that can adapt to either situation is ideal. Hakone hike overall has shade but when joining at the turnpikes you may feel a bit too hot. Raining gear is necessary particularly from Spring to mid Autumn when the weather is changeable.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: UV care is a must. Medical kit can be helpful in case for snake bites or bee attacks.
Miscellaneous: Tokaido Maps: 01 and 02. You can find them at the top page of my Mishima page.
The Temple/Shrine complex in the center of Mishima City is sprawling. Make sure to go all around not just the main buildings. If you go to the outskirts there is some homes and businesses that predate America as a whole.
In local areas of Japan, it may be difficult to get English Language paper on the station stand. The Japan Times is not the only English newspaper in Japan but in Mishima it is the only one available. Newstand price is 180 yen per issue. You may, however, not be able to find even Japan Times with the exception of larger cities such as Shizuoka and...more
Tourist Information office is at the south exit side of Mishima station. They have brochures written in English, Chinese and Korean. But as far as I have seen there's no English language brochure or map of Yamanaka Castle(fort). So ask the maps of YAMANAKAJO and TOKAIDO MAP to the office staff.more
I try to envision this scene minus the hand of humans involved and I come to no conclusion. At some point, maybe a couple thousand years prior to me laying eyes here, this river created a velvet blanket covering Fujis discharges. I might have been wider, it might have been narrower. The shorelines have a definate straight line when in its early...more