One of the most famous World Heritage Sites in Japan, Mt. Fuji stands on the border of Yamanashi Prefecture, and my home town, Shizuoka. The highest mountain in Japan can be seen from many locations, but Miho no Matsubara is one of the most popular locations to see a clear view of Mt. Fuji. Unfortunately, the forecast was cloudy on the day we visited, and we could not see Mt. Fuji.
So why bother to share?
You’ll see in a minute.
Miho no Matsubara
It is a grove of 30,000 pine trees and a beautiful beach with the view of Mt. Fuji (On clear days…) It is a sacred place where it has been told that it is the God’s path to Mt. Fuji.
The entrance to the grove has a tunnel of pine trees.
Seen enough Pine Trees? Here’s the way to the beach.
Where’s Mt. Fuji?
It’s hiding behind the clouds. But the view is still amazing, isn’t it?
It may be tempting to take your shoes off, but the sand gets pretty hot, and there are a lot of twigs so keep your shoes on!
“Are we in Hawaii?”
The kids asked. It’s a bit of a stretch to say Hawaii, but it definitely didn’t feel like we were in Japan.
It was 91˚F / 33˚C this day, so we had to get out before one of us gets a heatstroke
On our way back, we found a small shrine, and a place to read your birthday fortune. It was extremely hot and humid this day, so we walked right past it.
The Sacred Pine Tree
My wife and I are far from being superstitious, but we do believe in the energy of trees that provide us with air, food, shelter, and life.
Outside the grove, there are old “omiyage” – souvenir stores, and old-style cafes.
There was something very peaceful and relaxing about this place. The locals call it a “power-spot”, meaning it is a sacred spot with spiritual powers. As I said, my wife and I (my wife would have more to say about this) do not believe in spiritual powers, but we both agree that this place has something more than what we see. It was definitely not just a “beach”.
We were here on July 21st 2018, and the heat was a bit too much for us and the little ones, so I recommend visiting in the Spring or Autumn. The best season is in the Winter because the air is clear, and there is a much better chance of seeing Mt. Fuji, but it will be definitely be freezing in the Winter.
I have been here several times before, and I was able to see the view of Mt. Fuji. Next time we will try again on a Sunny Day. Stay tuned!
Name : Miho no Matsubara
Phone # :054-221-1019
Website : No official website in English
Closest Station :
- Shimizu Station – Tokaido Line – 15 mins by car from Shizuoka Station
- Miho no Matsubara Iriguchi (Bus Station) – Shizutetsu Just Line 58
Hours : Open All Day
Closed on : Open All Year Round
General Fees : Free (Free Parking too)
Budget (How much we spent) : ¥0
Diaper Changing Space : None
Nursing Room : None
Stroller Friendly?: 1/5
Baby Friendly?: 2/5
Toddler Friendly?: 2/5
Child Friendly? : 3/5
Family Friendly?: 4/5
Foreign Language Assistance?: Sings are in English
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