Mishima city

The city of Mishima is an important part of getting to / from the Izu peninsula.  Mishima is also worth a visit in its own right.

Mishima during the summer festival.

The Mishima city tourist association has an English tourism website and a couple of booklets and is located by the train station.   The Mishima city website also has information in English.

Mishima station is a key transportation hub in the area as it on the Tokaido shinkansen line.  There are also regular trains and buses to a different locations in the Izu peninsula and elsewhere. For people travelling from Mishima to the Izu peninsula by train there are two options.  The Izuhakone Tetsudo-Sunzu line runs north / south between Mishima and Shuzenji.  The Tokaido line runs east / west to Atami and travellers can continue south from Atami down the east coast of the peninsula.

Mishima station in 1934.

Mishima was an important stop on the historical Tokaido road during the Edo period.  Utagawa Hiroshige (Wikipedia link) in an ukiyoe print in the  The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō series.

Mishima Taisha Shrine, Rakujuen park and the Genbe river are some of the more famous sights in Mishima.  Shirataki park is small but popular – the water flowing through the park comes from Mt. Fuji.

The Sano art museum is worth a visit and it has an English website.

Ito Yokado Mishima Store is a shopping mall in the downtown area.  There are roughly 45 stores / restaurants in the three-floor building.

There are a number of famous ukiyo-e set in Mishima and the area.

As far as food, it is famous for eel, croquettes, fukutaro (a “lucky” sweet rice cake), seafood, etc. 

Mishima has festivals that are definitely worth a visit.  Check the Mishima tourism website for details (some dates change year to year).  Mishima Summer Festival in August is hugely popular.

Street food at the Mishima summer festival.

Mishima Skywalk is on route #1 between Mishima and Hakone.

There are lots of food options in Mishima.  It is famous for eel although that tends to be more popular with Japanese than foreign visitors.  There are lots of options and in addition to the ones listed below.

Unagi Sakuraya – hugely popular eel restaurant.

Jitto / Jeet (Indian)

Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant

Ameya sushi

Tsukiji Nihonkai Mishima station branch (seafood)

Akakara Mishima (Izakaya)

Dilettante cafe

Tanakatei (meat dishes)

There is a Wendy’s in Mishima but this particular location doesn’t have shakes.

Slider House Repubrew Mishima (brewpub / restaurant)

Konas Coffee Mishima

Iwase-coffee

Gokurakuyu Public Bath is a day hot spring chain.  There are a number of different indoor and outdoor baths as well as a restaurant.

South of Mishima is Tamagoya – a café that specializes in egg-based food (pancakes, omellettes, etc).

Shimizu

The town of Shimizu is right next door to Mishima.

SUN TO MOON Kakitagawa is a large shopping mall.  The mall is spread out over three different connected buildings.  The mall has a Swen – an outdoor chain.  This particular location focuses on camping, hiking, and biking but does have some kayaking equipment as well.  The Kisegawa location of Spopia Shiratori is not that far away and has a large selection of sporting goods – golf, hiking, camping, sports, waterports, etc. but no bicycles / gear.

Just south of the shopping malls is Kakita river River Park

Numazu

The city of Numazu is one train stop (Numazu station Google maps link) away from Mishima.  The north-west part of the Izu peninsula actually falls within Numazu city limits.

Numazu has a long history and was the 12th station on the old Tokaido highway and was captured in this ukioye by Utagawa Hiroshige。

There are other prints set in the Numazu area such as this one:

Numazu Port has a large number of seafood and other restaurants.  It is quite busy during weekends / holidays. Numazu is well-known for its dried fish and this is captured in this ukiyoe.

Senbonhama Park features odd tree formations along Suruga bay.  There is a long promenade along the bay.

Numazu Imperial Villa Memorial Park is the location of a former summer residence of the Japanese royal family.  There is an English website.

Awashima Marine Park is located South of Numazu city.  The English page of the website has some basic information 

Not that far away in Uchiura Bay is Izu Mito Sea Paradise. The website is in Japanese.

If you feel the need for a large shopping mall the recently-opened LaLaport Numazu fits the bill.  There are a large number of stores and restaurants and a movie theater with IMAX.

Just past Lalaport (heading west is the small town of Hara) which is the setting for this amazing Ukiyoe by Utagawa Hiroshige.  This was the 13th station on the old Tokaido highway.

Surugadaira Natural Park is in the nearby town of Nagaizumi and the park also has a restaurant / café and a museum.  Another Nagaizumi destination is Clematis no Oka which has information in English on its website.

Kuchino is south west of Mishima and is listed on the Izu Geopark website. Some or all it seems to be closed at times though, perhaps due to the danger of falling rocks.

Sawayaka is a hugely popular regional chain restaurant which specializes in hamburg steak.  There is one location not far from Mishima and another in Numazu.  Try to visit outside of peak hours as it is busy.

Ichigo plaza sells a large number of strawberry related (and other) products.

The Oratche Dairy farm is in the area – there is a petting zoo, fresh dairy products, etc.

Kannami

If you travelling between Mishima and Atami you will pass through the town of Kannami. Kannami is home to the following spots:

Kannami Buddha Statues Museum and it has a website in English.

Yu~topia Kannami is a town-run facility.  It has a day hot spring, a swimming pool, a restaurant, and a few other amenities.  The website does not have English.  The hot spring has a few different indoor pools, a few saunas, and outdoor pools as well.

The Tanna fault is located between Mishima and Atami.  It is listed on the Izu Geopark website.

Mentai Park Kannami attracts quite a few visitors.  It combines a cod-roe processing factory with a kid’s playland, souvenirs, a café, etc.

Kashiya Park is fairly open and wide if you want to stretch out, have a picnic etc.

Between Kannami and Atami you can find Jukkoku Pass Observation Deck.  There is a funicular railcar to the nearby Jukkoku Noboriguchi Station.