If you are looking for an enjoyable day trip from Tokyo, Miura Peninsula in Kanagawa Prefecture is one place worth a visit. Just 70 minutes from Shinagawa Station, Miura Peninsula features rural landscape and a beautiful shoreline.
*As Kanagawa Prefecture is now under the state of emergency control for CORVID-19, please visit the Miura Peninsula when the emergency control is over.
Misakiguchi Station is the last stop on the Keikyu Line, which is an entrance to Miura City. When you get off the train, you won't have to go far to be find farm fields, natural woods and the sea. You can enjoy cycling, walking though Koajiro Forest, or try some marine sports. BBQ and camping facilities are also available. Shopping at the Urari vegetable and fish market is a delight, too.
Since buses are the only public transportation for getting around Miura, it might be easier to rent a bicycle or a car at the station. Cycling routes provide a good view of farming fields and Mount Fuji.
Kawazu Sakura (Cherry blossoms)
Between Miura Kaigan and Misakiguchi stations, there is Kawazu Sakura road, lined by about 1,000 cherry trees. They are usually in full bloom from mid-February to early March. Kawazu Sakura bloom earlier than Somei Yoshino and their color is pinker. The contrast with yellow rape blossoms is beautiful.
Koajiro Forest is said to be the only natural environment in Kanto where you can find an entire river basin connecting the forest to swamps/mud flats and the sea. Starting with the red-clawed crab living in the forest, many living organisms make up a diverse ecosystem.
As you walk along the path from the forest to the mudflats, you can observe the changes in the natural environment.
*In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the area is presently closed. Please check the following website for information on when it will be reopening, operational information and more.
Jogashima, located at the tip of Miura Peninsula, was featured in the Michelin Green Guide Japon third edition as a two-star scenic spot. There is a splendid view of the Pacific Ocean and a fantastically shaped rock, "Uma no Se Domon" (sea cave) along the southern hiking trail, and a grand view of Mt Fuji across Sagami Bay.
Marine Activities around Jogashima
Marine shops for SUP, snorkeling, diving, and sea kayaking are available in the Jogashima area.
Ocean Academy: http://ocean-academy.net/miura/
PADI Diving Shop: http://jdc-net.jp/
J’s Fishing http://js-fishing.com/
Misaki is not only famous for tuna but all sorts of fresh seafood caught in nearby seas. Miura Peninsula is also noted for the variety of vegetables grown in the area. Urari Marche at Misaki Pier is a great place to shop for fish and vegetables on your way back home.
And don't forget to try BBQ at Seaman's Grill next to the Urari Marche.
Nagai Seaside Park - Soleil Hill (Le Soleil)
Occupying 24.6 hectares, this is an experience-oriented agricultural park with the theme of "Agriculture & Sea Experience Park at Miura Peninsula." Experience harvesting seasonal vegetables cultivated in the park, make bread and crafts. There are children's play areas, BBQ areas, a campsite, restaurants and hot bath facilities.
For more information: https://trip.pref.kanagawa.jp/
Source: Kanagawa Prefectural Government© Japan Today