Mishima & North Izu

Mishima, one-hour shinkansen ride from Tokyo, is known for its epicurean food, heavenly landscape, limpid streams and spring water from Mt. Fuji, and history to have been one of the 53 post stations on Tokaido Highway connecting Edo (now Tokyo) with Kyoto in the feudal age.​   The local railway, Izu-Hakone Line, connects Mishima and Shuzenji in Mid-Izu.

Highlights

The 400-meter suspension bridge, longest pedestrian bridge in Japan.  If the weather permits, you can enjoy 360 degree panoramique view of Mt. Fuji and Suruga Bay.  Also available are various activities including the 300m Zip Slides, Segway,  and athletic adventures in the forest, as well as the local food and sweets at the shops in the main building.  

​Access: By bus at ¥850 from JR Mishima Station

​*Entree fee: ¥1,000/person

Try UNAGI!

As soon as you step into the downtown area of Mishima, you will notice a savoury smell of "kabayaki" source for grilled eel (Unagi), which is one of the specialities of Mishima blessed with pure water from Mt. Fuji.   Steamed and grilled, the meat is unbelievably tender.   There are a number of Unagi specialized restaurants here, and you cannot go home without tasting it!

Farmers' Market

Fresh fruits & vegetables, variety of fish, green tea, tofu, eggs, wasabi, mushrooms, locally processed foods, etc. all from Izu Peninsula are sold at this market.  You can find ultra-fresh fruits and vegetables in season. This visit can be included in our cooking class held in north Izu area.

Numazu Fish Market

The largest landing port of Izu Peninsula.  A rich variety caught in Izu and the coastal waters is lively auctioned from Sunday to Friday.  The auctioned fish is not only consumed locally but also shipped to the metropolitan markets including Toyosu and Tsukiji, which means the fish is fresher and less expensive here. 

*The tour starts at 6:00 a.m.

​SUSHI

Never go home without trying Sushi once you come to Izu.  Izu Peninsula, facing Sagami Bay in the east, Suruga Bay in the west, offers a wide variety of fish.  

Strawberry Picking 

North Izu has almost 100-year-old history of cultivating strawberries.  Visitors can taste a new variety of cultivars including Benihoppe, Akihime, and Kirapika.  How are they different?  Come and taste!  

Entry fee: ¥1,200/person (season end) - ¥1,800/person

​*Available from January, 2020

Tealeaves Picking

Izu Peninsula is part of Shizuoka Prefecture, green tea capital of Japan.  If you love drinking or are interested in green tea, why don't you pick leaves for yourself in traditional outfit?  

 

Entry fee: ¥1,500/person - ¥1,600/person

*Available in spring (20 April - 30 June, 2019) and autumn (14 September-27 October, 2019)

Nirayama  Reveberatory Furnace -- World Heritage Site

An iron smelting facility built in 1857, representing the start of modern iron production in Japan.  Well preserved, the furnace was designated as one of the components of the World Heritage Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution.

 

Entry fee: ¥500/person - 

Egawa Residence -- National Important Cultural Property

Egawa Family were hereditary governors in Edo period (1603-1868) ruling over this area, then under the direct control of the shogun government.  The old buildings, designated as a national important cultural property, and the articles on display show how the family of a high ranked officer's of the feudal age lived. Hidetatsu Egawa, 36th family head, known as a brilliant politician and scientist, was in charge of establishing the defense of Edo Bay against Western invasions in mid-18th century, and built the reverberatory furnace to produce cannons. He's also known as Father of Bread in Japan.                 Entry fee: ¥500/person - 

Mishima is known as the "City of Water" having a number of clear streams running all over the city thanks to the spring water sourced from Mt. Fuji.  Enjoy such a refreshing walk along the streams which have been treasured and protected by the people in the city. 

Highest ranked shrine of former Izu Province. It's gateway was depicted in Hiroshige's woodblock print ("ukiyoe") as "Mishima - Foggy Morning."  The main building with a 

three-bay style dating from1866, has been registered as National Important Cultural Property.  The shrine is also famous for its treasure museum and a fragrant orange osmanthus flowers, named as National Natural Treasure of Japan.

A former Villa of Prince Komatsu built in 1890 with a Japanese-style garden built around Kohama Pond in which the natural spring brings in water from Mt. Fuji. Now designated as a place of scenic beauty and a National Natural Treasure, this is where the local residents come to relax surrounded by the beauty of nature.

​*Entree fee: ¥300/person

Famous for its collections of Japanese swords, Buddhist statures, Noh masks, and paintings including a National Treasure, an Important Cultural Property, and an Important Art Object. 

*Entree fee: 1,000/person (vary on exhibitions)

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