"Mishima, Yamanaka castle, Susono and Kannami" Mishima by taigaa001

Mishima Travel Guide: 37 reviews and 107 photos

Mishima Lava Flow

When Mount Fuji erupted about 10,000 years ago, the lava flow reached as far as Mishima. In Mishima you can find some of the remnants of Mishima Flow. Near the east gate of Rakujuen Garden you can find a mound created by the Mishima Lava Flow. Mishama Lava Flow is one of the reason why Mishama is called the town of springs.

Yamanaka Castle

Yamanaka Castle, also referred to as Fort Yamanaka, is more like a manicured garden than a fortress. This castle has no keeps nor yaguras. Networks of shojibori structure, work of dry-moat art, captivate even visitors who are not particularly fans of Japanese castles. In short there are no castles like this one in Japan and anywhere around the world.

Yamanaka Castle Ruins is a lot larger than you imagine. It takes about two hours to see every parts of the fort. The well-known shoji bori, or sliding-shoji-door styled dry moat structure is located at the upper hill part of the castle ruins. The lower-hill part of the castle is a fortress with amazing dry-moat structure. Tokaido highway runs across the castle dividing upper and lower parts of the fort.

Webpages about Yamanaka Castle(Fort)
Castlefan's Photo Library--Yamanaka Castle

Mishima...Gateway To Izu Peninsula

Hop in to Izu Hakone Sunzu line from Mishima. Shuzenji Onsen, a popular spa resort, is only 30 minutes away.

Youtube on Izu Hakone Sunzu Line
Traincar views between Izunagaoka and Ohito(Japanese clip)

Tokaido Hike From Mishima To Yamanaka Castle

Today I tried one of the most difficult segment of Tokaido Trail, a part of "Hakone 32-kilometer-trail". After reaching Mishima station I soon changed trains to Izu-Hakone Sunzu Line, a railway line connecting Mishima and Shuzenji. I took off at Mishimahirokoji Station only the next station. But 130 yen train fee paid off because this station is located at the current Tokaido street named "Hirokoji Street". After about three hours walk from the station I could reach Today's destination Yamanaka Castle.

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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Water Town with nice places for strolls
  • Cons:Very local town
  • In a nutshell:Nice local town with clean water
  • Last visit to Mishima: Mar 2013
  • Intro Updated Mar 18, 2013
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