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Tuna, art, and power spots! Exhilarating winter drive around Misaki

マグロも! アートも! パワースポットも! 三崎をめぐる冬の爽快ドライブ

Think the sea is for summer?
It is true that the sea in summer is the best, but I feel that the sea in winter has a more mature glow than in summer. There is no congestion like in the sea bathing season, and on sunny days when the air is clear, you can see a superb view of Mt. Fuji.
Therefore.
I searched for a comfortable driving route that runs around the southern tip of the Miura Peninsula, centering on Misaki, which is popular for tuna. Why don't you enjoy an exhilarating drive while praying for good luck at cultural spots and gourmet spots, as well as power spots?
*All prices shown in this article include tax.

《Here is the route for this trip (car & bicycle)》

Yokohama Yokosuka Road Maborikaigan IC→(Prefectural Route 209)→《Verny's Water》→《Hashirimizu Shrine》→《Yokosuka Museum of Art/Aquamare》→《Kannonzaki Nature Museum/Godzilla's footprints》→(Prefectural Route 208)→Uraga Ferry → (Prefectural Route 210) → (National Route 134) → Miura Kaigan → (Prefectural Route 215) → Ena Bay → Misaki Fishing Port 《Fish Market Restaurant》 → <Miura Rental Cycle Urari Port (Rental)> → 《Kainan Shrine 》→《Chakkirako・Misaki Showa Museum》→Jogashima Ohashi Bridge→《Hakushu Memorial Museum》→《Misaki Donuts》→<Miura Rent-a-Cycle Urari Port (return)>→(Prefectural Route 26)→《Kaze Kobo》→(National Route 134 No.) → 《Soleil Hill》

Today's drive starts from the end of <Yokohama Yokosuka Road> <Mahori Kaigan IC>. It's the beginning of an exhilarating seaside drive!

Between the coastline and the prefectural road, there is a promenade that runs from JR Yokosuka Station to Kannonzaki, so even if you are driving on the highway, you will feel refreshed!
By the way, the storm surge countermeasure wall in the Mabori Kaigan area (about 700m) is used as an art gallery "Umikaze Gallery".

Once the two-lane road becomes one-lane, you will see the parking lot of Verny's Water, so let's stop by.

Hashirimizu is Yokosuka City's only self-sourced water source, with approximately 2,000 tons of groundwater per day available throughout the year. This spring was discovered during the time of François Léonce Verny, a Frenchman who was invited to Yokosuka Shipyards as a naval architect at the end of the Edo period. It is said that this water carried on ships did not rot even after crossing the equator.
*Currently, the water at the water source is purified by filtration equipment and disinfected with chlorine based on the Water Supply Law.

《Verny Water》
[Address] 1-2-1 Hashirimizu, Yokosuka City
[Regular holiday] Open all year round (Except for maintenance inspections, etc.)
*You can see the official website here .

After passing the entrance to Hashirimizu Municipal Elementary School, you will soon see the entrance to Hashirimizu Shrine. The road to the shrine is narrow, so drive slowly so you don't miss it.

The enshrined deities of Hashirimizu Shrine are Yamato Takeru no Mikoto and his wife, Ototachibanahime no Mikoto.
Let's take a look at the legend surrounding the founding of the shrine.
Yamato Takeru no Mikoto, who was ordered to expedition to the east, came to this place with Ototachibanahime no Mikoto, but was prevented from crossing to Boso due to a heavy rainstorm. It is said that Ototachibanahime-no-mikoto, who saw this, plunged herself into the water to appease the wrath of the sea god and ensure the safety of the voyage.
Based on the legend of Ototachibana Hime no Mikoto, who is full of affection, in recent years, it is said that Hashirimizu Shrine has the benefit of improving women's power.

Climb the stone steps, visit the main shrine, and look back to see the deep blue sea! Unlike the legend, it is a very quiet and beautiful scenery.

Pay attention to the "Osagura" next to the chozuya!
The sand stored here was brought by small boat from the east coast of Goshogasaki, where Ototachibana Hime no Mikoto was once located, and is said to bring good luck in marriage. It seems that you can take a little bit of it home, and you can share the exclusive sand bag at the shrine office.

《Hashirimizu Shrine》
[Address] 2-12-5 Hashirimizu, Yokosuka City
[TEL]046-844-4122
*You can see the official website here .

Furthermore, if you run along the coastal road, you will see the Yokosuka Museum of Art.
Surrounded by the rich greenery of Kannonzaki Prefectural Park, the perfect location where the sea spreads out in front of you. The inside of the building is also an open space where you can feel the natural environment.
This day was for a drive, so I decided to appreciate the art again.

《Yokosuka Museum of Art》
[Opening hours] 10:00-18:00
[Closed] Wednesdays and Thursdays
[Admission fee] Permanent exhibition/general: 310 yen, high school/university students/over 65 years old: 210 yen, junior high school students and under: free
[Address] 4-1 Kamoi, Yokosuka City
[TEL]046-845-1211
*You can see the official website here .

The restaurant “Aquamare” attached to the museum is an authentic restaurant produced by Yoshimi Hidaka, the chef of the Italian restaurant “Aquapazza”. You can also use the cafe, so we had a collaboration menu limited to the exhibition at the terrace seat.
“Soda no Yume” (650 yen) is associated with “Taniuchi Rokuro <Weekly Shincho Cover Art> Exhibition Showa Treasures” which is being held until December 15, 2019 (Sun). A refreshing non-alcoholic cocktail perfect for the weather of the day. The original coaster was so nice that I didn't use it.

《Aquamare》
[Business hours] 10:00-20:00 / Lunch 11:00-15:00 (LO) / Dinner 17:00-20:00 (LO)
[Regular holiday] First Monday of every month (open if Monday is a holiday)
[Address] 4-1 Kamoi, Yokosuka City Yokosuka Museum of Art
[TEL]046-845-1260
*You can see the official website here .

After leaving the Yokosuka Museum of Art, turn left at the next traffic light and you will see the Kannonzaki Nature Museum. Surrounded by a rich evergreen forest and the only rocky shoreline in Tokyo Bay, Kannonzaki is a treasure trove of nature where you can truly feel its diversity. While researching and breeding rare creatures, the museum also holds many nature observation sessions and events for children.

《Kannonzaki Nature Museum》
[Opening hours] 9:00-17:00 (admission until 16:30)
[Closed] Mondays (the next day if Monday is a public holiday)
[Admission fee] Adults (16 years old and over): 400 yen / High school students: 300 yen / Elementary and junior high school students: 200 yen / Infants (4 years old and over): 100 yen *Free for children under 3 years old
[Address] 4-1120 Kamoi, Yokosuka City
[TEL]046-841-1533
*You can see the official website here .

Godzilla first landed in Shibaura, Tokyo. However, it seems that there is a scene in the movie where it is announced that ``In the sea 15 miles northeast of Kannonzaki, Godzilla is found moving northwest!'' Rumor has it that
That's why there is a 1/10 scale footprint of the original Godzilla next to the bus terminal behind the museum.

Kannonzaki Park, which is rich in nature, is perfect for enjoying a leisurely stroll while watching the ships coming and going on the sea.
And the gently curving coastal road is a comfortable drive!

After driving on a road away from the sea for a while, turn left at the traffic light for "Uraga Station". When I ran by the Uraga dog, I saw a small ferry. This is Uraga no Ferry, which is said to be the symbol of Uraga!
It has a long history of being started around 1725 as a way to travel between the towns of Uraga, which is separated by a port. There is no timetable, and when the ferry is on the opposite shore, you can press the call button and it will come to pick you up.

《Uraga Ferry》
[Business hours] From around 7:00 to around 18:00
[Regular holiday] December 31st to January 3rd *Cancelled during stormy weather or ship inspection
[Price] Adults: 200 yen, elementary and junior high school students: 100 yen, under 1 year old: free, bicycles, etc.: 50 yen
[Address] East Ferry Terminal: 2-19-10 Higashiuraga, Yokosuka City West Ferry Terminal: 1-2-19 Nishiuraga, Yokosuka City
*You can see the official website here .

After exiting from JR Kurihama Station onto National Route 134, you will finally arrive at Miura Beach.
In the summer, the sea is bustling as a beach, but in the winter, the quiet and long sandy beach is pleasant!
And something strange... what is that?

Yes, this is Miura Kaigan's winter tradition, "dried radish."
Daikon radishes are dried in order to make takuwan, a specialty of Miura City.
Daikon radishes dried in the sun on the beach are said to have a delicious takwan with a deep umami flavor.

I want to run a little more along the coastline, so turn left at the traffic light of "Miura Kaigan" and go to Prefectural Route 215.

From here onwards, the scenery of the open Miura coast will change completely, and you will run on a road with many ups and downs, alternating between hills and shores with small fishing ports. Basically, the road is one lane on each side with a center line, but there are many narrow roads, so please be careful when driving.

It seems that there are three tidal flats on the Miura Peninsula, and one of them, "Ena Bay's tidal flats," came into view.
The reed colonies formed on both sides of the three small rivers are a treasure trove of creatures inhabited by crabs. Migratory birds also come flying from autumn to winter.

When you get to the top of the hill, the view opens up, and you can see Mt. Fuji beyond the spacious fields!
yeah? Because it tends to be hazy, it may be a little difficult to see in the image...
but it's okay. As the weather gets colder from now on, the air will become clearer, so the chances of seeing Mt. Fuji will definitely increase. The Mt.Fuji you see in Miura looks surprisingly big, so don't be surprised when it suddenly appears!

The vastness of the sky is one of the attractions of the scenery of the southern tip of the Miura Peninsula.
This is near the Tsurugizaki bus stop. Beyond the endless fields of radishes, you can even see the Boso Peninsula across Tokyo Bay on a clear day.

If you go down the steep slope that passes under the Jogashima Ohashi Bridge, Misaki Fishing Port is just around the corner.

When you arrive at Misaki fishing port, first have a meal.
Misaki boasts one of the largest catches of tuna in Japan, so there are many restaurants where you can enjoy delicious tuna dishes. As a result of worrying about this and that, I went to "Fish Market Cafeteria" in the Misaki Seafood Regional Wholesale Market in Miura City.

The restaurant is located on the second floor of the wholesale market, so it's a place where you can taste freshly purchased and cut fish. Of course, you can also have fresh seafood other than tuna, but...
First of all, the classic “Tuna lean pickled bowl” (1,430 yen). It's a happy meal with plenty of lean tuna marinated in a special aged sauce and crab miso soup.

If you're feeling a little greedy, we recommend the Daily Sashimi and Grilled Fish Set (1,650 yen). The grilled fish of the day was salt-grilled tuna. It's hearty and filling!

《Misaki Fish Market Restaurant》
[Business hours] Weekdays 6:00-15:00 (14:30 LO), Saturdays and holidays 6:00-16:00 (15:30 LO), Sundays 5:00-16:00 (15:30 LO) *Preparation Closed from 10:00 to 11:00 due to
[regular holiday] Wednesday
[Address] 5-245-7 Misaki, Miura City Misaki Seafood Regional Wholesale Market 2F
[TEL]046-876-6022

From here on, I parked my car in a public parking lot and took a walk around Misaki.
It is possible to walk around slowly, but with the ambition of "I want to cross the Jogashima Bridge", I decided to rent a bicycle. The reception is on the port side of Urari Marche next to the public parking lot.

In addition to Urari Marche, Miura Rent-a-Cycle also has ports at Misakiguchi Station, Miurakaigan Station, Jogashima, and Aburatsubo. Because it is an electric assist bicycle, you can easily climb slopes.
*Advance reservations are recommended on holidays.

《Miura Rent-a-Cycle/Urari Port》
[Business hours] 9:00-17:00
[Regular holiday] Open all year round
[Address] Urari Marche, 5-3-1 Misaki, Miura City
[Phone number] 046-881-6721
[Fee] 1 day use: 1,600 yen, 3 hours use: 900 yen, extension fee: 300 yen (per hour), drop-off fee: 500 yen
*You can see the official website here .

First of all, say hello to "Kainan Shrine". It is a historic shrine that is said to have been built in the early Heian period, and on the grounds is an 800-year-old ginkgo tree that is said to have been hand-planted by Minamoto no Yoritomo.
It is said that there is a legend that "Hainan" means "escape", and many people visit here hoping to pray for academic achievement and passing exams.

Discover "Misaki Tuna Mikuji" in front of the main shrine!
The idea is to use a toy fishing rod to catch tuna, and the firstfruits fee is 300 yen. The tuna papier-mâché is perfect for souvenirs.
By the way, the omikuji I caught was "Daikichi".

《Kainan Shrine》
[Address] 4-12-11 Misaki, Miura City
[TEL]046-881-3038
*You can see the official website here .

After visiting the shrine, I stopped by “Chakkirako Misaki Showakan” in the downtown area.

Utilizing the storehouse-style merchant house that has continued since the end of the Edo period, the materials of Misaki's traditional performing art "Chakkirako" and the scenery of the nostalgic life of the Showa period are exhibited.
The contents of the exhibition change with the seasons, but there are many things that are nostalgic for a certain generation, such as CRT TVs and dining tables, and fresh daily necessities for young people.

《Chakkirako・Misaki Showa Museum》
[Opening hours] 10:00-16:00
[Closed] Wednesdays and Thursdays
[Fee] Free
[Address] 2-11-3 Misaki, Miura City
[TEL]046-882-3156
*You can see the official website here .

After a leisurely run through the downtown area of Misaki, head up the steep slope to Jogashima.
There is a toll for cars on the Jogashima Bridge that crosses over to Jogashima, but bicycles and pedestrians are free. Moreover, it comes with a bonus that you can slowly enjoy the superb view from the top of the bridge!

It was a bit hazy at this time too, so unfortunately I can't see it in the image, but I could see Mt. Fuji beyond the Misaki Wholesale Market.
After crossing the bridge, go down the slope at once and visit the Hakushu Memorial Hall at the foot of the bridge.

Hakushu Kitahara, a poet known for writing lyrics such as "Machiboke", moved to Misaki at the age of 27. It seems that the period of stay was about 10 months, but it seems that the climate of Misaki warmly permeated Hakushu's heart.
Hakushu's own handwriting is engraved on the monument that stands under the Hakushu Memorial Museum, with a passage from "Jogashima no Ame". There are said to be more than 60 inscriptions of Hakushu's poems all over the country, but it is said that Hakushu permitted the construction of monuments during his lifetime and wrote the epitaphs himself in only two places: here and at Mito-ji Temple (Shiroishi-cho, Miura City). .

《Hakushu Memorial Museum》
[Opening hours] 10:00-16:00
[Closed] Mondays (the following day if Monday is a holiday), year-end and New Year holidays, and other days set by the Miura City Board of Education
[Fee] Free
[Address] 374 Jogashima, Miura City
[TEL]046-881-6414
*You can see the official website here .

If you get a little tired from the round trip to Jogashima Ohashi Bridge, take a break at Misaki Donuts on Misaki Ginza-dori Shopping Street.

Today, it is a popular store with branches in Zushi, Kamakura, and Hayama, but the main store is, of course, Misaki.

In the showcase, there are more than 20 kinds of donuts, including daily specials and seasonal limited products! The dough made by adding soy milk to wheat flour and eggs, and the filling inside are all handmade. The soft and fluffy texture made with bread-making techniques fills you with happiness with every bite.

The 80-year-old renovated old house is a very relaxing space. There are large table seats on the second floor, so it is recommended for a relaxing cafe time.

《Misaki Donuts Misaki Main Store》
[Business hours] Weekdays 11:00-17:00 / Weekends and holidays 10:00-18:00
[Regular holiday] Wednesdays *Excluding busy seasons such as spring vacation, Golden Week, summer vacation, and year-end and New Year holidays
[Address] 3-3-4 Misaki, Miura City
[TEL]046-895-2410
*You can see the official website here .

Return the rental bicycle and head to your next destination, Aburatsubo.
Speaking of Aburatsubo, Marine Park is famous, but this time, Aburatsubo Keikyu Marina in front of it is a landmark.
Next to the marina where stylish yachts are lined up, I wondered, "Is this Japan?"

A resort-like lawn, tropical trees, and exotic buildings. Kaze Kobo is a resort craft facility where you can experience a variety of "manufacturing" such as pottery, glass crafts, and plant dyeing.
The factory is basically free to visit. On weekends, each classroom holds a one-day hands-on course, so why not find a craft that interests you and go out?
The high-ceilinged main building is a gallery exhibiting various works produced by Kaze Kobo.
This season is all about Christmas. Works can also be purchased.
This is the glass workshop. In the one-day experience, you can experience blowing glass, sandblasting, dragonfly balls, etc. (reservation required)


At the pottery workshop, you can experience both potter's wheel and hand forming. (reservation required)

On the day I visited, the teacher was kneading the soil. It takes a lot of strength, so in the one-day hands-on course, the teacher prepares clay that he kneaded in advance.

《Kaze Koubou》
[Business hours] 10:00-17:00
[Closed] Tuesdays and Wednesdays (open if it falls on a holiday)
[Address] 1893 Misakicho, Miura City
[TEL]046-874-5617
*You can see the official website here .

The sun is about to set, so let's hurry to the next spot.

The last place I visited on this day was Nagai Umide Park “Soleil Hill”.
In the vast grounds, there are various attractions such as go-karts and a Ferris wheel, events using a water stage, craft experience classes, etc., as well as facilities such as a farm where you can experience harvesting, a barbecue area, an auto campground, and a restaurant. is fulfilling. From children to adults, families, couples, and groups, it's a place where you can enjoy yourself to your heart's content.

There is so much to see in the park that you can't enjoy it all in one day, but it's almost dusk on this day. The sun is about to set behind the vast hills. Still, I wanted to visit because Soleil Hill has a superb view point at sunset!

The point is "Hoshimi Hill" next to the auto campsite. It is today's most scenic spot where you can see Izu Oshima and Mt. Fuji over the magnificent sea. Mt.Fuji was so hazy that I couldn't see it clearly, but the silhouette of the evening scenery looks beautiful.

And the bright red sun sets beside Izu Oshima.
From here it is about 4 km and 10 minutes to the <Hayashi IC> on the <Miura Jukan Expressway>. I thought again that it was close to Yokohama and convenient. …But the smell of barbecue wafted from the campsite right next to it, so I decided to stay overnight.
By the way, there are also bungalows and hot bath facilities, so even those who are not very good at outdoor activities can rest assured!
*The campground will be closed for the winter season from December 2019 to February 2020, but will be open during certain periods. Please check the website for details.

《Soleil Hill》
[Business hours] (March-November) 9:00-18:00 / (December-February) 9:30-17:00 Admission time 20:30)
[Regular holiday] Open all year round
[Entrance fee] Free *Parking fee (1,000 yen for ordinary vehicles)
[Address] 4 Nagai, Yokosuka City
[TEL]046-857-2500
*You can see the official website here .

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