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The Beauty of the Trees, the Legend of the Dancer

Miho-no Matsubara is one of the three key pine tree forests in Japan, with 54,000 pine trees spread across about 7 kilometers of sea shore. The view of Mt. Fuji from the beach is truly breathtaking. The area is so scenic that it was selected as one of the Three Places of Scenic Beauty in Japan in 1916.

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Hagoromo-no Matsu
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Miho-no Matsubara
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Hagoromo-no-Matsu

羽衣の松

Beyond the pilgrimage path that leads south from Miho Shrine, nicknamed “Kami-no Michi (Path of the Gods),” is the site of the legend of the celestial dancer called “Hagoromo-no Matsu (The Pine of Hagoromo).” Crowds gather in the morning on New Year’s Day to see the sun rise over the mountains of the Izu Peninsula.

Access A 10-minute walk from the Miho Matsubara Iriguchi bus stop, taking the bus headed toward Tokai Daigaku Miho Suizokukan from JR Shimizu Station and riding for 24 minutes. (9 km)

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Legend of the Dancer:Hagoromo

画像The legend of Hagoromo, which has spread across Japan and part of Asia, has a similar story in Europe as well. The legend of Hagoromo of Miho is as follows: “Long, long ago, in the village of Miho there lived a fisherman named Hakuryo. One day, Hakuryo found a beautiful robe hanging in the branches of a pine tree and decided to take it home. At that moment, a celestial woman appeared and said, ‘That is a heverly robe. Please give it back.’ However, Hakuryo was so happy that he showed no sign of wanting to return the robe. Then the woman started to cry saying, ‘I cannot return to Heaven unless you return the robe!’ Hakuryo said he would give it back on the condition that she danced in the sky for him. The woman gladly obliged, dancing in the spring sky of Miho. Finally, she was able to ascend to Heaven. It is said that she danced in the beautiful early evening moonlight on the night of a full moon.”

Tokai University Marine Science Museum
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Tokai University Marine Science Museum

東海大学海洋科学博物館

This is a marine museum that explains oceanography in terms that are easy to understand. The first floor is an aquarium where 20,000 fish of 400 varieties swim around.

Admission ¥1,500 for adults, ¥750 for children

Tokai University Natural History Museum
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Tokai University Natural History Museum

東海大学自然史博物館

This is the largest museum with dinosaur fossils in Japan. The models of the gigantic dinosaurs, such as the diplodocus, are amazing.

Access A two-minute walk from the Tokai Daigaku Miho Suizokukan bus stop, taking the bus headed toward Miho Land from JR Shimizu Station and riding for 30 minutes. (10 km)
Tel. 054-334-2385
Admission 1,000 for adults, 500 for children
Common Pass for two facilities 
1,800 for adults, 900 for children.
Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays and during the year-end/New Year holidays. Excludes July, August, Spring vacation, from end of April to beginning of May.

Monument to Elene
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Monument to Elene

エレーヌの碑

This monument is dedicated to the French ballerina, Elene Giuglaris, who loved the Noh play “Hagoromo” and dreamed of Miho-no-Matsubara, but died before visiting here. A lock of Elene´s hair is buried beneath the monument.

Access A 10-minute walk from the Miho Matsubara Iriguchi bus stop, taking the bus headed toward Tokai Daigaku Miho Suizokukan from JR Shimizu Station and riding for 24 minutes. (9 km)

Miho Lighthouse
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Miho Lighthouse

三保灯台

Built in 1912, this was the first reinforced concrete lighthouse in Japan.

Access A one-minute walk from the Miho Todai Shita bus stop, taking the bus headed toward Tokai Daigaku Miho Suizokukan from JR Shimizu Station and riding for 30 minutes. (10 km)

Shimizu S-Pulse Training Field
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Shimizu S-Pulse Training Field

清水エスパルス練習場

The Shimizu S-Pulse soccer practice field is next to the J-League team’s clubhouse.

Access A two-minute walk from the Tokai Daigaku Miho Suizokukan bus stop, taking the bus headed toward Miho Land from JR Shimizu Station and riding for 30 minutes. (10 km)
Tel. 054-336-6301
Admission There is no charge for watching the team practice.

Miho Uchihama Kaisuiyokujo
三保内浜海水浴場
Miho-Uchihama Beach
Miho-uchihama Beach

Miho Masaki Kaisuiyokujo
三保真崎海水浴場
Miho-Masaki Beach
Miho-masaki Beach


Kanko-jibiki Ami
観光地引網
Sightseeing & Net-Pulling

Everyone pulls the fishing net together with Mt. Fuji. standing in the backround.

[Shobei-Maru] Tel: 054-334-0538
[Kitakata-Maru] Tel: 054-334-3301
●Season: March through November (near Miho Beach)
●Admission: From ¥50,000 for one net


Boadseringu
ボートセーリング
Sailing

The Uchihama Beach area is a center for sailing. Bustling with surfers year-round, it is a popular place for everyone from beginners to the more advanced.


三保海釣り “Miho umizuri”
Miho Sea Fishing

There are many fishing spots off the shores of the Miho Peninsula. Anglers will enjoy fishing for snapper, yellowtail, “kisu” sillaginoid fish, black sea bream, halfbeak, “kampachi” horse mackerel, flatfish and bonito.