Mishima (三島) is a city in Shizuoka in Japan.


Mt. Fuji as seen from Mishima.

Mishima city is locally called the “City of Water” due to its enviable position of being at the base of a peninsula, surrounded by the sea and also being directly south of Mt Fuji, hitorically collecting much of its annual meltwater runoff. In line with this claim, water features feature proiminantly around the station front area to symbolise it. However, the harsh reality is that throughout the modernisation of the country, more and more industrial facilities have been placed upstream and their insatiable need for water has resulted in less and less actually reaching Mishima. Today, Mishima's prized park with its beautiful landscaped lake, Rakujuen (楽寿園), is little more than a sad, dry bed of craggy basalt. Water does still flow throughout certain parts of town, but not without heavy application of the hand of mankind.

Get in

Mishima is located both on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen and Tōkaidō Main Line. All Kodama and some Hikari services from Tokyo stop at Mishima, taking about 60 and 45 minutes, respectively. Both cost ¥4,200 for a reserved seat or ¥3,890 for an unreserved seat. Local train services on the Tōkaidō Main Line require a transfer at Atami and take two hours, but only cost ¥2,210.

All services mentioned above are fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass.

Get around

The Izu-Hakone Sunzu Line travels further into the Izu Peninsula to Shuzenji, with several local stops in Mishima.


Mishima is near Suruga Bay, with Numazu as a nearby port city. Being close to Mt. Fuji, the view of it can be very good, depending on the weather.


Many people visit Mishima Shrine on New Year's Day for hatsumōde (初詣), the first shrine visit of the new year.





Go next

Mishima is located at the intersection between the Tokaido line and a private line running down the guts of the Izu Peninsula and thus acts as the natural gateway to the Izu interior and Shuzenji via train and western Izu regions via road.

Other locations:

Routes through Mishima

Nagoya Shin-Fuji  W  E  Atami Tokyo
Shizuoka Numazu  W  E  Atami Tokyo

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