Spring Water of the River Kakitagawa
The Kakitagawa is said to be one of the Three Great Clearwater Rivers of Japan along with the Shimanto in Shikoku and Nagara River in Gifu. Though it is a mere 1.2km (or 3/4 of a mile) in length, its astonishing transparency and the ecosystem that is to be found in its plane make it worth a visit.
The river is fed by rainwater and melted snow from around Mt. Fuji which travels through lava beds from eruptions millennia ago. This journey through volcanic rock gives the river water its striking clarity.
Numazu Goyotei – A Former Imperial Villa
This historically significant mansion was a residence for three successive Japanese Emperors and their families when they visited Numazu. Construction began on the Goyotei Imperial Villa at Numazu in the nineteenth century and was used by the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa Emperors. It was still in use as late as the 1960s. In 1970, it was opened to the public as part of the Numazu Imperial Villa Memorial Park.
Its views out on the splendid garden, Suruga Bay and on clear days, Mt. Fuji, make it a must see location in this area.
Historical Shinto Shrine of Mishima Taisha
One of the most important shrines in Shizuoka Prefecture, this site has associations with several Shinto kami including one of the Seven Lucky Gods, Ebisu. Ebisu is associated with wealth, agriculture, prosperity, and rice. The pavilions of the shrine are made of zelkova wood.