See the mysteries of the sea on the breaking waves. With gorgeous views, beaches tinged with legend, marine sport facilities and a natural science museum, the Miho Peninsula is dotted with sites that will pique your curiosity. Miho peninsula elongating into Suruga Bay is famous as the swimming beach looking at Mt. Fuji. Various activities such as yacht, board sailing, fishing and dragnet fishing by watching the ships in the port.
The Hagoromo Pine
“The pine of the angel’s feather robes” is famed as the setting for a legend of a celestial maiden. The tree stands at the end of the Path of the Gods, a walkway lined with giant pines running south from the entrance of an ancient Shinto shrine. On the morning of New Year’s Day every year a large number of people gathered to worship the first sunrise of Fuji mountains of the Izu Peninsula.
Bon-fire Noh Play
The profoundly mysterious Noh play “Hagoromo” is performed by bonfire in front of the Hagoromo Pine on the second Saturday and Sunday nights of October, during the annual Hagoromo Festival. There is also Monument to Elene which 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.
Tokai University Social Education Center (Natural History Museum and Marine Science Museum)
The center includes an Oceanography Museum with various exhibits and a Natural History Museum with a gallery of dinosaur fossils. There are a wide varietx of special events and interactive exhibits. Tokai University Marine Science Museum explains oceanography in terms that are easy to understand. The first floor is an aquarium where 20,000 fish of 400 varieties swim around.
Contact- Tokai University Social Education Center 2389 Miho, Shizuoka City (Shizuoka-shi), Shimizu Ward (Shimizu-ku), Shizuoka Prefecture (Shizuoka-ken) 424-8620, Japan Tel: 054-334-2385 Fax: 054-335-7095
Natural History Museum Website: http://www.sizen.muse-tokai.jp/
Marine Science Museum Website: http://www.umi.muse-tokai.jp/
Japan’s first lighthouse of reinforced concrete construction, erected in 1912, is officially named the Shimizu Lighthouse.
Shimizu Marine Activities Center [SEAMAC MIHO]
Against the backdrop of Mt. Fuji, the center holds classes in canoeing, yachting, fishing and other marine activities.
Contact – Shimizu Marine Activity Center [SEAMAC MIHO] 2383 Miho, Shizuoka City (Shizuoka-shi), Shimizu Ward (Shimizu-ku), Shizuoka Prefecture 424-0901 Japan Tel: 054-335-7906
Miho no Matsubara (Miho Pine Grove)
With 50,000 trees along a 7 kilometer stretch of shoreline this is one of the three largest pine groves in Japan. The views of Mt. Fuji from the ocean’s edge is exceptional. Miho-no Matsubara has a great scenic view of Mount Fuji and the Izu Peninsula across Suruga Bay. The area is so scenic that it was selected as one of the Three Places of Scenic Beauty in Japan in 1916.
Address and Contact:
Miho Peninsula Area,
Miho no Matsubara (Miho Pine Grove) Miho, Shizuoka, Shimizu Ward, Shizuoka Prefecture 424-0901, Japan [Latitude and Longitude: 34.995454,138.524707] Tel: 054-354-2352 (Promotion Division of Culture), 054-251-5880, 054-221-1105, 054-354-2422 – 2424 (Shizuoka Convention & Visitors Association) Fax: 054-354-2149