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4 Must-See Places in Misaki, A Fishing Town Near Tokyo

4 Must-See Places in Misaki, A Fishing Town Near Tokyo

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This article features some of the most beautiful sightseeing places in Misaki, a fishers' town which can be reached within an hour from Tokyo. The Keikyu Aburatsubo Marine Park and Kainan Shrine are two of the destinations mentioned here.

Translated by Verity Lane

Written by Mikako Utsunomiya

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Located to the south of the Miura-hantō peninsula, Kanagawa prefecture, is an area called Misaki 三崎 in Miura city 三浦市. It is a fishing village that prides itself on its high quality tuna landings.

Not only can you enjoy fresh seafood delights, but you can also admire the beautiful scenery as the area is close to the ocean. In recent years, this place has grown in popularity as a tourist destination. The old cityscape still remains intact, but you can also enjoy going to modern cafes and general stores.

Here is a list of 4 must-see places that showcase the charm of Misaki.

Getting from Tokyo to Misaki by Train

Before we go over these must-see places, we should perhaps explain the access route from Tokyo to Misaki.
If you are coming from Tokyo, it is best to travel from Shinagawa Station 品川駅, From the Keihin Express Railway Shinagawa Station 京浜急行品川駅 you can take the Super Express (特急) . This train will take you straight to Misaki in about an hour and 10 minutes. Get off at Misakiguchi Station 三崎口駅, which is also the last stop on the train.

A regular train ticket costs 930 yen. After you arrive, you need to purchase the Miura-hantō 1DAY Ticket, which allows you unlimited bus rides throughout the course of the day. A set which includes a tuna dish food coupon and permission to use the leisure facilities called Misaki Maguro kippu (Misaki Tuna Ticket) can also be purchased, so please choose freely.

1. Araihama Beach: A Sea with Clear Waters in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area

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First of all, it's highly recommended that you go to Araihama beach (Araihama kaisui yokujō 荒井浜海水浴場). Known for its crystal clear waters, Araihama beach was selected to be in a list of Japan's top 88 beaches.

In summer, the beach is brimming with visitors, and it is also fairly common to see tourists taking leisurely walks along the seafront outside of the summer season. As the water is so clear, you can see the fish swimming in the ocean from the land.

As there are a lot of rocky areas, you can also see various sea creatures such as hermit crabs, small shrimps and crabs. On days with good weather it's also possible to see Mt. Fuji across the ocean.

2. Keikyū Aburatsubo Marine Park: An Aquarium where you can get up and personal with various sea creatures

Keikyū Aburatsubo Marine Park 京急油壷マリンパーク is an aquarium that allows you to take your pets in with you.
It's built on elevated ground, so you can look out across the ocean. The park is very big and offers various facilities.

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There is a huge stuffed megamouth shark on exhibit at the entrance of the aquarium, as well as water tanks filled with sea cucumbers, starfish and Japanese bullhead sharks. The sea creatures within these tanks can be touched, making them a big hit with kids.

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Courtesy of Keikyu Aburatsubo Marine Park

One of the facilities at the aquarium is a large tank that can be viewed from all sides.
You will be completely fascinated by the various kinds of fish swimming within the tank. There are many beautiful fish, but the 3 meter long sand tiger shark, bull shark, sawfish and various other large fish swimming leisurely around make for a spectacular view.

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Courtesy of Keikyu Aburatsubo Marine Park

The oriental small clawed otter can be viewed up close in the otter forest かわうその森. Here, you get to appreciate the otter family moving around lively within their surroundings. The area includes a man-made waterside, cave and 15 other areas where various rare species also reside.

3. Kainan Shrine: the Shrine of the Guardian Deity of Misaki and of the God of Food

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Close by to the port of Misaki is Kainan Shrine (Kainan jinja 海南神社). This shrine boasts more than 1000 years of history and is also the place where Fujiwara no Sukemitsu 藤原資盈, the local hero who protected the citizens of Misaki from pirates, is enshrined.

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There is also an 800 year old large ginko tree growing on the grounds of the shrine, which makes you aware of how steeped in history this shrine is. On January 15th every year, girls of all ages up to elementary school sixth grade, perform a dance in brightly colored kimonos for the opening of the Kyakkirako festival. Kyakkirako is a traditional Japanese culture that is now a UNESCO intangible world heritage.

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The god of food, known as Iwaka mutsukari no mikoto in Japanese, is also enshrined here, and a large picture of this god hangs within the precinct. This is definitely a place where all food lovers and chefs should visit.
Read also: How to Worship at a Shrine

4. The Fish Restaurants of this Fishing Town: Eat fish and seafood dishes that use freshly caught fish

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The local speciality of Misaki is tuna. There are many restaurants that offer sushi and maguro-don マグロ丼 (a bowl of rice with tuna topping), but there are also other delicious fish-based meals on the menu. As the bay is close by, you can eat sashimi which is prepared with fish provided by local fishermen. The variety of fish changes depending on the season, so you can always enjoy the local taste of Misaki.

Tuna rāmen is also a local Misaki delicacy. Ingredients such as thinly sliced tuna, spring onion and a soup with extracts of tuna stock (dashi) give this rāmen dish a unique, rich flavor and its characteristic fresh after taste.

Each restaurant offers its own original take on this dish, so have fun searching your favorite one.

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Read also: "Enjoying the Fresh Morning Market in Misaki, the Town of Tuna" (MATCHA article, Japanese)

Please enjoy Misaki, a Japanese fishing town where you can eat delicious food and enjoy a laid back and relaxing time.

Information

Araihama Beach 荒井浜海水浴場

Address: Kanagawa Prefecture, Miura City, Koajiro 1036
Nearest Station: Misakiguchi Station 三崎口駅, Keihin Express Railways
Access: Take the bus No. 1 from Misakiguchi Station and get off at Aburatsubo-iriguchi 油壷入り口. It is a 10 minute walk from there.
Homepage: Miura City/Kaisui yokujō

Keikyū Aburatsubo Marine Park 京急油壷マリンパーク

Address: Kanagawa Prefecture, Miura City, Koajiro 1082
Opening Times: 9:00 - 17:00 (Subject to change during the peak season)
Closed: The second Monday in January, for 4 consecutive days.
Wi-Fi: -
Credit Cards: No.
Language Support: -
Menus Provided in other Languages: -
Nearest Station: Misakiguchi Station 三崎口駅, Keihin Express Railways
Access: Take bus No. 1 from Misakiguchi Station, and get off at Aburatsubo-iriguchi 油壷入り口 (last stop). It is a 5 minute walk from there.
Price: 1700 yen for Adults (high school students and above), 1300 yen for Junior High School Students, 850 yen for Elementary School Students, 450 yen for infants (above 3 years old)
Telephone: +81-046-880-0152
Homepage: Keikyu Aburatsubo Marine Park

Kainan Shrine 海南神社

Address: Kanagawa Prefecture, Miura City, Misaki 4-12-11
Nearest Station: Misakiguchi Station 三崎口駅, Keihin Express Railways
Access: Take bus No. 2 at Misakiguchi Station and get off at Misakikō 三崎港. It is a 5 minute walk from there.
Religion: Shintō
Telephone: +81-046-881-3038
Homepage: Kainan Shrine (Japanese)

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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