Introduction to Mishima
Just 50 minutes from Tokyo on the Tokaido Bullet train line between Tokyo and Osaka, Mishima is an easy and convenient one day / overnight stop with plenty to see and do.
An ancient city that grew around the famous Mishima Taisha Shrine, Mishima is known locally as the ‘City of Water’ because it is built on lava flow from Mt. Fuji and fresh unfiltered water flows through the streets.
Highlights of Mishima
Mishima has a number of great restaurants and cafes around the town – but it is the broiled eel that is raised in the fresh Mt Fuji water that Mishima is most famous for.
Walking through the town you can enjoy Rakujuen Park, the serene Genbei River, and the premiere ‘power spot’ of Izu, Taisha Shrine.
Must-see attractions include the Mishima Skywalk Suspension Bridge and Yamanaka castle ruins that offer views of Mt. Fuji and Suruga Bay.
Close to Mishima
Things to do & See
SUMMER ( June - August - 15 - 35 degrees)
During the Summer many of the locals flock to Genbei River to escape the heat - thanks to the constant flow of fresh Mt Fuji Springwater the area is relatively cool
Summer evenings and nights are a great time to wander through this compact city and enjoy the vibrant restaurant scene and enjoy the 3-day Mishima Summer Festival in mid-August.
AUTUMN ( September - November - 10 - 25 degrees)
During the Autumn fall leaves season the expansive Rakujuen Park and Mishima Taisha Shrine are ablaze in Autumn colors - visit the Chrysanthemum Festival in November.
Mishima was an important Post Station town on the Old Tokaido Highway and in early November there is a festival around Mishima Taisha Shrine that celebrates this history.
WINTER ( December - February - 5 - 20 degrees)
Winter in Mishima is a time for comfort foods such as Broiled Eel, Japanese Hot Pot, and the local favorite potato croquette.
This is a great time of the year to choose from the many Japanese and Western restaurants and bars and indulge.
SPRING (March - May - 10 - 25 degrees)
The Spring months bring cherry blossoms throughout Mishima in addition to many other blossoms.
The Yamanaka Castle Ruins and Mishima Skywalk just North of the city are both popular destinations at this time of year to enjoy the Spring blossoms and views of Mt Fuji.
Located on the Tokaido Bullet Train Line between Tokyo and Osaka, Mishima is easily accessible.
The Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Kodama from Tokyo Station to Mishima Station takes under 50 minutes and stops at Shinagawa, Shin-Yokohama, Odawara & Atami Stations on the way.
Due to the easy accessibility of Mishima and its surrounding attractions, a car is not necessary.
If you are driving to Mishima take the Tomei Expressway to Nagaizumi-Numazu Interchange and follow the signs for about 10 minutes (depending on traffic) to the station.
Mishima City is a great place to walk with many of the attractions easily accessible from the Station on foot.
Walkthrough Rakujuen Park and then follow the Genbei River until you get to the Old Tokaido Road and then on to Mishima Taisha Shrine.
The Tokai bus between Mishima and Hakone stops at places like Mishima Skywalk and Yamanaka Castle Ruins leaving from Mishima Station - check Tokai Bus Mishimaru Kippu for more details.
But Mishima has a proud history of accommodating weary travelers on the Old Tokaido Road but unfortunately there are not many of these traditional accommodations remaining.
HOTELS & RESORT HOTELS
Due to its position as on the JR Tokaido Bullet Train Line there are many people that travel through and stop in Mishima on business and there are a number of hotels close to the station, ranging from 2 to 4 stars, that are comfortable and great value for money.
MINSHUKU & GUESTHOUSES
There are currently no Minshuku or Guesthouses around Mishima Station.
CAMPGROUNDS & CAMPING CAR OPTIONS
There are also no campgrounds or camping car options in the Mishima area.
Check Mount Fuji Travel to find and book activities in Mishima.