Miho no Matsubara – A World Heritage Site with a view of Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji

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.

 

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Seen enough Pine Trees? Here’s the way to the beach.

 

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Where’s Mt. Fuji?

It’s hiding behind the clouds. But the view is still amazing, isn’t it?

 

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Careful!

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!

 

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“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.

 

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It was 91˚F / 33˚C this day, so we had to get out before one of us gets a heatstroke

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Outside the grove, there are old “omiyage” – souvenir stores, and old-style cafes.

 

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Comments

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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!

 

General Information

Name : Miho no Matsubara

Address : 1338 Miho, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka-Shi, Shizuoka Prefecture 414-0901

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

 

*This post was NOT sponsored by Miho no Matsubara

*Please leave a comment if you have questions, comments, or updates.

 

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3 Comments
  1. Laura Crillo says:

    Wonderful site that you create here, pictures and description are very lovely I do have a question for you hope you can help but if not is totally okay I will try to do my research on my own too,
    Well my question is if by any chance is there an affordable place to stay for a night or two like a small hotel or maybe an ARBN I would like to go but I don’t enjoy driving at night time and i don’t want to worry about time.
    You’re answer is greatly appreciate thank you in advance 💙

    • Hey! Thank you for your comment! This is Erika, (wife of the author of this post). And thanks for your question too! Please give me a bit of time so that I can find out (if you’re not in a rush). I’m curious myself, and I’d love to help! On the day of this post, we stayed at a hotel in Shimizu, Shizuoka, which is about a 20 minute car ride. I hope I can find a place closer!

    • Hi again! So I did a quick research and I think the Mihoen Hotel is the closest and least expensive hotel option! I think it was 9,900 JPY per night, and by the images on Google, it doesn’t seem great. Another option is Shimizu Grand Hotel which is 7,000 JPY per night, and looks better than Mihoen, but located a bit far from the site. I also went to the airbnb site, but there are no airbnbs in the area. There are some airbnbs near Shizuoka Station, but it’s pretty far from Miho. I hope this helps!

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