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Miho pine grove

Miho pine groveMiho pine grove ("Miho-no-Matsubara" in Japanese) is located along the eastern beach on small Miho Peninsula at the east part of Shizuoka city.
The beach faces Suruga Bay, and has a nice view of Mount Fuji and Izu Peninsula.
About 54 thousand pine trees are along 7-kilometer beach.

There is an old legend of Hagoromo (Feather Mantle) on this beach.

Once, a fisherman was walking along this beach, and he found a beautiful cloth hanging on a branch of a pine tree.
When he was taking it to his home, a celestial lady appeared in front of him.
She said to him, "It is my Hagoromo (feather mantel) to fly. Please return me." (She was bathing nearby.)
But he didn't return it to her, so she began to sob because she wasn't able to go back to heaven.
Then he demanded showing him her celestial dance in exchange for return.
She agreed delightedly, so he returned the Hagoromo to her.
She wore the Hagoromo and danced with grace for him. Then she had acended to heaven.

There is an pine tree about 650 years old in the grove, and it is known to the pine on which Hagoromo was hanging.
And it is said that Miho Shrine near the grove keeps a piece of the feather mantle.

How to get to here

By railroad and route bus

  1. From Shizuoka station to Shimizu station, about 11 minutes by local train on JR Tokaido Line.
  2. From Shimizu station, get off Miho-no-Matsubara iriguchi stop by route bus to Miho-Shakomae or Miho-suizokukan. About 24 minutes.

By car

About 17 km from central Shizuoka city.

A way to beach in the pine tree
Photo by Railstation.net
Miho-no-Matsubara near beach
Photo by Railstation.net
Mount Fuji from the beach near Miho-no-Matsubara
The pine tree of Hagoromo
Photo by Nihon-rettou okinijiman
New year's first sunrise at Miho-no-Matsubara

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