Mishima has such beautiful waterfront scenery that it is said that “the whole city has streams running through it”.
The presence of fireflies in early summer is also proof of the pure water.
There is especially a great amount of spring water in the summer, and children enjoy playing in the water all around town.
The air clears in the winter, making for perfect conditions to see Mt. Fuji.
Come and feel the four seasons blessed with nature, as only possible at the foot of Mt. Fuji.
Mishima City in the Spring
Mishima has many famous spots for seeing cherry blossoms, including Mishima Taisha Shrine, Kamiiwasaki Park, Nagabuse Park, and the area along the Genbei River.
The National Institute of Genetics has a particularly beautiful cherry grove, where they have planted over 300 specimens of approximately 200 species of cherry trees collected from across Japan in order to learn the origins of Yoshino cherry trees,
and this grove is open to the public once per year in time with the cherry blossoms (on the first Saturday of April).
Genbei River, a pure stream which represents Mishima, is a good place to find fireflies from early to mid May.
Peach Festival at Mishima Taisha Shrine (March 3rd)
Spring Greenery Festival at Nagabuse Park (1st Saturday and Sunday of April), Flower Staunching Festival (Chinka Festival) at Mishima Taisha Shrine (April 9th)
Spring Main Street Shopping District Festival (May 5th)
Mishima City in the Summer
“Mishima Baikamo”, a water plant unique to Mishima that was first discovered in the Kobama Pond of Rakujuen, blooms with small flowers that resemble those of the plum.
It can only survive in environments that have good sunlight, with cold clear water that flows constantly, and activities to preserve the plant are underway at “Mishima Baikamo no Sato”.
It is best seen between May and September, and you are sure to be soothed by its lovely figure swaying in the pure water.
At Mishima’s largest event, the “Mishima Summer Festival”, participants dance to Nohei-bushi, a traditional folk song.
Summer Purification Rites at Mishima Taisha Shrine (June 30th)
Floating Lantern Festival on the Sakura River (July 16th)
Mishima Summer Festival (August 15th to 17th) Annual Festival at Mishima Taisha Shrine (August 16th)
Mishima City in the Autumn
The gingko trees lining the streets of Bunkyo-cho in Mishima were planted there to commemorate the completion of a road in the Taisho Era,
and there are 117 gingko trees planted in 9 meter intervals along the Prefectural Route Mishima Susono Road from Mishima Station North Exit towards Nihon University.
Gingko is the city tree of Mishima, and the local mascot character “Mishimaru-kun” is a gingko fairy.
The view of the gingko trees, which all turn yellow at once in the middle of November, won the grand prize (Shizuoka Prefecture Governor’s Prize) at the “4th Annual Shizuoka Prefecture Scenery Competition” in 2011.
Peak viewing time for sweet olive at Mishima Taisha Shrine (early to mid September, late September to early October)
Chrysanthemum Festival at Rakujuen Park (October 30th – November 30th)
Main Street Shukuba Festival (November 3rd), Mishima Sweet Potato Festival (early November)
Mishima City in the Winter
Winter is a wonderful season, with clear air that allows you to clearly see Mt. Fuji draped in snow. You can even see the beautiful image of Mt. Fuji reflected upside down in the Nakazato Hot Water Pond.
Hakone Seiroku is one of the greatest daikon (Japanese radish) production regions in Shizuoka Prefecture, and the sight of farmers drying daikon in order to make pickled daikon with Mt. Fuji in the background is a typical scene of Mishima in the winter.
The “Otauchi Shinji” (paddy field tilling ritual) held at Mishima Taisha Shrine on January 7th has been designated as an intangible folk culture property of Shizuoka Prefecture.
December Purification Ritual at Mishima Taisha Shrine (December 31st)
Good Fortune Prayer Festival at Mishima Taisha Shrine (January 1st), Coldest Winter Days Eel Festival (late January)
Setsubun Festival at Mishima Taisha Shrine (February 3rd), Square Lantern Festival at Mishima-juku (early February)