Practical guide “Miho-no-Matsubara beach”

1)Access information
First take the Tokaido Main Line to Shimizu JR Station. Next
take the Miho Yamanote Line bus from platform 3 at west exit. (Bus #55, 57, 58) And then get off at “Miho-no-Matsubara-Iriguchi” bus stop. (¥360/25 min.) The beach is about a 15-min walk away from the bus stop.


2)Sightseeing Spots
•Miho-no-Matsubara beach
With 30,699 trees along a 7 kilometer stretch of shoreline, this is one of the three largest pine groves in Japan. The view of Mt. Fuji from the ocean’s edge is exceptional. On the 22nd of June 2013, the Miho Pine Grove was awarded the distinction of becoming a World Cultural Heritage Site.


•The Hagoromo Pine
The Hagoromo Pine represent the feather robes of a celestial maiden. This famous legend is also set there.


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.


•The Miho Shrine
This ancient shrine was recorded in a book dating back to the Heian era(794-1192). In Japanese mythology, Yamato Takeru, a member of the Imperial court united Japan after praying at this ancient shrine. It therefore became known as a place where “the Path of the Gods” of the land was to be found. Also 220 cherry trees of 22 varieties can be found here. They can be seen in their full glory in Spring. The Miho Shrine is a popular destination for couples desiring a harmonious relationship -or for matchmaking- as it is considered to be a “power spot”.



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