The celestial maiden of the Hagoromo Legend will guide you through the area within Miho no Matsubara World Heritage Site.
From the bus stop to Miho Shrine
Welcome to Miho no Matsubara, a World Heritage Site. I am who they call in Miho the Celestial maiden of the Hagoromo legend.
Let us proceed along the tree-lined path called "Kami no michi." When the gods make their descent to Miho, Kami no michi is the path they take in order to go to Miho shrine.
Bus stop (Miho Matsubara entrance)
When you get off the bus, turn left to the east on Miho Kaido Road with your back to Mt. Fuji.
As you get closer to Miho shrine, a cobbled street path appears in front of the gate.
Kami no Michi (Miho no Matsubara scenic spot monument)
Miho shrine is the place where everyone begins their walk on the Kami no michi. A notable point about this shrine is that people can make offerings to Shinme, a white horse statue and a special ladle called a "Hishaku" that can answer your prayers for an easy birth. Another name for this shrine is “Koyasu, meaning the "Easy childbirth" shrine. It is worth noting that the donated "Easy childbirth" "Hishaku" ladle was interestingly crafted, so when visiting the shrine, you should take a closer look.
Also, within the Miho shrine is stored a fragment of my clothing, the celestial maiden. I should point out here that there is an audio guide for the telling of the Hagoromo legend. You most certainly should listen to that as well.
Distance between Miho no Matsubara and Mt. Fuji
By the way, would you happen to know exactly where Miho no Matsubara is?
Spreading out along the eastern coastline of the Miho peninsula jutting out into the Suruga Bay of Shizuoka City's Shimizu ward, it is nearly the exact center of Japan.
Although 45 kilometers separate it from Mt. Fuji, it is nevertheless a World Heritage asset. This area also has other places worth recommending.
One can enjoy The Tokai University Marine Science Museum and Social Education Center, which includes exhibits on the marine creatures that inhabit Japan's deepest sea, the Suruga Bay, and also has Japan's first "Clownfish Aquarium."
Enjoy a visit at the Tokai University Natural History Museum to see breathtaking full-size dinosaur skeletons and learn about nature in Shizuoka prefecture.
Preparations are being made for other audio guides for places such as the seaside park, the Shimizu lighthouse, and the Miho landing strip. I urge you to visit those places when you can.
The path the gods take to Miho no Matsubara
[ MUSIC by Tomoo Nagai ]
Welcome to the World Heritage site, Miho no Matsubara. I am the celestial maiden of the Hagoromo legend in Miho no Matsubara. Let's walk along the Kami no michi.
Walking this path to the ocean there are many highlights such as the "Hagoromo no Matsu" which is where I hung my feather robe.
The Kami no michi is the path the gods take when they go to Miho shrine.Miho shrine is visible from behind.
Every year on the night of February 14th at Miho shrine, a ritual is held called the "Tsutsu ga yu no shinji," which leads the gods to Miho shrine.
"Kayu" or rice porridge in English, boiled in an iron pot is put in a bamboo pipe. Judging by the weight of the rice porridge in the pipe, fortunes can be told on whether agricultural harvests and fish catches will be bountiful. Locals continue to pray for prosperous business as an important event, as passed down from their ancestors.
Marriage ceremonies can be held at Kami no michi. The bride and groom and ceremony attendees form a lantern procession that moves from Miho shrine to Hagoromo no Matsu. As they walk along the path with great solemnity, tourists give their blessings. Lovely, don't you think?
Ryu no matsu
Let us return to the natural environs. There are many pine trees running along the Kami no michi that are more than 200 years old. To protect the precious roots of these pines, wood planks made of natural eucalyptus were constructed. Right about the midway point of this path, there is a big tree stump on the right. A long time ago at this place, there was a pine tree with a coiled up trunk aptly called "Ryu no Matsu" or dragon pine, because it had the appearance of a dragon. It was a pine that many grew fond of.
Sadly, in 2013, the trunk cracked and so with many tears, it was felled. Through ring analysis, we now know that it lived about 260 years. View the details at the 2nd floor exhibit in Miho Shirube.
So now, let's continue down "Kami no michi" surrounded in Pine trees. For your information, there is a drama audio guide about the "Hagoromo legend", of which I, the celestial maiden, am a part of. Please enjoy listening to that.
Other audio guides about recommended places are being prepared. If you find other QR codes, have a listen.