Genbegawa, World Heritage Water Area in Mishima

This delightful river walk is easilly accessed from Mishima Station’s South Exit.

Genbegawa, World Heritage Water Area, Mishima
Genbegawa, World Heritage Water Area, Mishima

Snow melt from Mt Fuji seeps down through porous volcanic rock to resurface here as crystal clear springwater, feeding the river. Except, during Japan’s rapid post-War industrialisation, this area became rich with factories and the water became poluted. Work from the 1990s has restored this beautiful stream to its original pristine condition.

Mishima is a setting in James Clavell’s epic novel Shogun, and also famous for its Taisha, place of worhship for Japan’s first Shogun Minamoto Yoritomo. Walk Hakone Hachiri strolls along the Genbegawa World Heritage Water Area at the tour‘s conclusion just before Mishima Station.

 

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