Don Quixote and the Mills, Bernard Buffet, 1988

Art, history, nature and food: A car trip for adults to enjoy the eastside of Shizuoka with all five senses. An overnight trip that starts at Mishima Station and visits Gotemba, Mishima, and Numazu

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You can enjoy the eastside of Shizuoka Prefecture departing from JR Mishima Station. You will first drive to Gotemba and Nagaizumi to visit beautiful architecture, shrines, and museums surrounded by nature, and explore bars in Numazu in the evening.
On the following day, you will take a walking tour of Mishima, the “capital of water,” which includes a visit to Izu's ichinomiya or first shrine, the highest ranked shrine in the Izu Area, a walk around the Genbegawa River, and a lunch featuring eel, a local delicacy. In the afternoon, go to museums and castle ruins by car.

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Day1

JR Mishima Station

32 minutes by car

1

Former Kishi Residence in Higashiyama/Toraya Kobo

6 minutes by car

2

Ninooka Shrine

2 minutes by car

3

Ninooka Ham

30 minutes by car

4

Clematis no Oka (1. Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, 2. Bernard Buffet Museum, 3. Lunch)

25 minutes by car, 11 minutes on foot from Numazu Station

5

“NUMAZU BAR TRIPS” Frank Bar

Stay the night in Numazu

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Day2

25 minutes by car from Numazu to Mishima

7

Mishima Taisha Shrine, Hobutsukan (treasure museum), Fukutaro Chaya/Yamamoto Foods Monzenseseragi (Mishima croquette)

7 minutes on foot

8

Genbegawa River

3 minutes on foot

9

Unagi Sakuraya

6 minutes on foot

10

Sano Art Museum

7 minutes to a parking lot in the city on foot and 25 minutes by car from there

11

Yamanaka Castle Ruins Park

5 minutes by car

12

Mishima Skywalk

25 minutes by car

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JR Mishima Station

Sample route guide

Atomi University Kubo Momoka

It was a fun ladies trip in which I felt spiritually healed by nature and the art improved my sensibilities! The manager at the bar in Numazu gave me advice to make me a more sophisticated woman. It was a fulfilling trip for both my stomach and mind, and I enjoyed the nightlife as well.

Atomi University Nemoto Risa

I visited this tourist area for the first time. Making new discoveries gave me a fresh perspective. I enjoyed a lot of delicious food as well as much culture.

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Day1

JR Mishima Station

32 minutes by car

1Former Kishi Residence in Higashiyama/Toraya Kobo

Japanese garden in which you can be at one

Sanmon Gate with thatched roof

The Former Kishi Residence in Higashiyama was built in 1969 for the then prime minister Nobusuke Kishi to enjoy in his retirement. Isoya Yoshida, who received the Order of Culture, designed the residence. The café connected to the residence, called “Toraya Kobo,” serves sweets that use local and seasonal ingredients.

Address:1082-1 Higashiyama, Gotemba-shi, Shizuoka
Inquiries:0550-83-0747

Cafe with a plate glass front.

Bright terrace seating

Dorayaki made from local ingredients. Enjoy with a bottomless cup of green tea.

6 minutes by car

2Ninooka Shrine

Huge cedar trees on the grounds

Washing hands to cleanse oneself

An old shrine with 600 years of history. Many famous movies, such as “Seven Samurai” and “Zatoichi” directed by Akira Kurosawa and Takeshi Kitano respectively, were shot here. The vast shrine grounds with huge cedar trees produce a mysterious atmosphere.

Address:1939 Higashitanaka, Gotemba-shi, Shizuoka

2 minutes by car

3Ninooka Ham

In-store tasting

Famous Bologna sausages and bacon

A famous ham producer that continues to use the production method passed down from an American missionary couple, the Bouldins, who migrated to Japan before the Second World War. Ninooka uses only domestic pork with no artificial preservatives. The selected spices used by Ninooka brings out an excellent taste.

Address:1729 Higashitanaka, Gotemba-shi, Shizuoka
Inquiries:0550-82-0127

30 minutes by car

4Clematis no Oka (1. Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, 2. Bernard Buffet Museum, 3. Lunch)

Sculptures in the garden

Many fun artworks *Note: You can touch the artworks in the garden only.

Clematis no Oka is a cultural facility with beautiful gardens, restaurants, a café, and shop. Visitors can enjoy some of Japan’s leading artworks at Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum and Bernard Buffet Museum.

Address:347-1 Clematis no Oka, Higashino, Nagaizumi-cho, Shizuoka
Inquiries:055-989-8787

The amalgamation of the characteristic architecture and artwork is a must-see.

Lunch at Pizzeria & Trattoria CIAO CIAO, using fresh vegetables

Bright and open terrace seating

25 minutes by car, 11 minutes on foot from Numazu Station

5“NUMAZU BAR TRIPS” Frank Bar

Frank Bar is a hideaway for adults.

Sicilian Driver (left) and Ikoro (right; means “treasure” in the Ainu language) made from citrus fruit grown in Numazu.

NUMAZU BAR TRIPS is a project to publicize Numazu, a town close to Mt. Fuji and with good seafood, by way of its bars. The long-established Frank Bar offers specialty cocktails blended by a master bartender and dishes with local ingredients.

Address:2-11-17 Otemachi, Numazu-shi, Shizuoka
Inquiries:055-951-6098

Point!

I enjoyed the feeling of being at one with nature at the Former Kishi Residence in Higashiyama and my sensibilities were further refined through the interaction with the art at Clematis no Oka. I also had a pleasant evening at Frank Bar.(Kubo Momoka)

It was wonderful to visit Ninooka Shrine with gorgeous trees and a mysterious atmosphere, and Clematis no Oka that has such a beautiful view. I learned bar manners for the first time in my life at the bar in Numazu in the evening.(Nemoto Risa)

Stay the night in Numazu

Day2

25 minutes by car from Numazu to Mishima

7Mishima Taisha Shrine, Hobutsukan (treasure museum), Fukutaro Chaya/Yamamoto Foods Monzenseseragi (Mishima croquette)

Mishima Taisha Shrine makes your dreams come true for family happiness and successful business.

The Main Shrine with must-see carvings

Mishima is the “capital of water” with clear water running from Mt. Fuji through the city and it was developed a long time ago as the temple town of Mishima Taisha Shrine. There is an anecdotal story that Minamoto no Yoritomo, who was sent away to Izu, prayed for the revival of the Minamoto clan at this shrine and won the Gempei War in the 12th Century. The dance hall and the main shrine, a National Important Cultural Property, are a must-see. You can also enjoy the famous Mishima croquette.

Address:
Mishima Taisha Shrine
2-1-5 Omiyacho, Mishima-shi, Shizuoka
Yamamoto Foods Monzenseseragi
1-28 Taishacho, Mishima-shi, Shizuoka

Inquiries:
1.Mishima Taisha Shrine 055-975-0172(Main)
2.Yamamoto Foods Monzenseseragi 055-983-1108

Hobutsukan (treasure museum)

Relax with fukutaro mochi (sweet rice cakes) at Fukutaro Tea Hall

The well-known 'B-class' cuisine, Mishima croquette

7 minutes on foot

8Genbegawa River

Walking along a stream

Genbegawa River, the symbol of the “capital of water,” Mishima

There are many streams all over Mishima and you can visit famous tourist spots on foot. The water flowing in the Genbegawa River, the symbol of Mishima, is especially clear spring water and visitors can enjoy walking with the sound and scenery of the river.

Address:Shibahoncho, Mishima-shi, Shizuoka
Inquiries:055-971-5000(Mishima City Tourist Association)

3 minutes on foot

9Unagi Sakuraya

You can enjoy eel at tables in the elegant tatami mat room at Sakuraya.

The charcoal-grilled eel melts in your mouth.

The people use a special technique unique to Mishima to let the eels swim in the spring water of Mt. Fuji to eliminate their fishy and muddy smell. At the long-established Unagi Sakuraya restaurant, the regular eel bowl, eel box, and the eel course are all popular.
Note: Displays in the permanent exhibition room change about four times a year.

Address:1-43 Nakatamachi, Mishima-shi, Shizuoka
Inquiries:055-975-4520

6 minutes on foot

10Sano Art Museum

Modern museum shop

Promenade-style Japanese garden

Sano Art Museum opened in 1966 and it holds exhibitions with various themes seven times a year. The museum has a collection of antiques from East Asia, and displays Buddha statues and swords in the permanent exhibition room. The garden, Ryusenen, is a promenade garden where visitors can enjoy a stroll and seasonal nature.
Note: Displays in the permanent exhibition room change about four times a year.

Address:1-43 Nakatamachi, Mishima-shi, Shizuoka
Inquiries:055-975-7278

Exterior of the museum

The museum has brilliant Japanese swords.*Note: Please contact the museum about the exhibits, as they may change.

Permanent exhibition room with powerful Buddha statues

7 minutes to a parking lot in the city on foot and 25 minutes by car from there

11Yamanaka Castle Ruins Park

The Unebori and Shojibori moats were made as defensive traps that do not use stones.

At the shop near the entrance, you can buy a new specialty, called Shojibori Waffles, which look like the Shojibori moat at the castle.

Yamanaka Castle was built by Gohojo in the 1560s to protect Odawara Castle. No stones were used to build the castle, which was built to take advantage of geographical features, and it was conquered in 1590 by the army of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, whose aim was to unite the entire country. Currently, the castle is known as Yamanaka Castle Ruins Park. It has a great view of Mt. Fuji and Suruga Bay, and visitors can see the old moats called Shojibori and Unebori.

Address:Yamanakashinden, Mishima-shi, Shizuoka
Inquiries:055-985-2970(Yamanaka Castle Ruin Information Desk and Shop)

5 minutes by car

12Mishima Skywalk

A photo spot with the suspension bridge in the background

You can see Mt. Fuji from the suspension bridge when the weather is good.

Surrounded by nature, Mishima Skywalk is the longest suspension bridge in Japan at 400 meters in length, and is a popular place to view Mt. Fuji, the tallest mountain in Japan, and Suruga Bay, the deepest bay in Japan. Both adults and children can also enjoy riding on the zip lines and athletic facilities.

Address:313 Sasaharashinden, Mishima-shi, Shizuoka
Inquiries:055-972-0084

The suspension bridge sways, so walking across it is thrilling.

Experiencing the Segway Guided Tour

The soft-serve ice cream has a rich milky taste.

Point!

I enjoyed the Mishima croquette with fluffy potatoes, was spiritually healed by the Genbegawa River, and loved the superb eel at Sakuraya. We took a good photo at Yamanaka Castle Ruins Park holding the waffles! I enjoyed the thrilling walk across Mishima Skywalk.(Kubo Momoka)

I fully enjoyed our Mishima trip, which has a lot of delicious cuisine, and there are so many activities that you can enjoy at Mishima Skywalk. You can have fun all day long in Mishima.(Nemoto Risa)

25 minutes by car

JR Mishima Station

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