Walk on the wobbly side to get a whole new view of Mount Fuji.
While some climb Mount Fuji at least once in their lifetimes, others only dream about doing so. If you’re not much of a hiker but still want to see Japan’s beloved mountain up close, make a beeline for Mishima Skywalk — the perfect day trip from the hustle and flow of Tokyo.
Located in Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture, Mishima Skywalk is 400 meters long, making it Japan’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge. It’s really a sight to see from afar, but you can do more than just view it. Conquer your fear of heights in a big way while taking in the 70.6-meter drop of the forest, Mount Fuji, and Suruga Bay (Japan’s deepest bay).
Something for everyone
Shutterbugs, the best time to visit is during the cooler months when the air is crisp and the visibility of Mount Fuji excellent. Romantics, if you’re after glorious sunsets, visit at least a half an hour before closing time. Dog lovers, rest easy. Pooches are also welcome to enjoy the dizzying views from the safety of dog carts you can rent on site.
Tree huggers, you can do a flower drop – dropping a wooden oval containing a flower and seed from the bridge and hoping it’ll sprout in the future. You can make the event even more special by writing messages on the oval before making the drop. If you’re more comfortable on two wheels, try the guided Segway course.
Beyond the bridge
If you’ve walked the bridge and you’re still itching for more, at the north end, there’s a newly opened forest adventure park.
Try the 300-meter zipline under the bridge and let the wind whip your face while your legs dangle over the trees. Even if you’ve never ziplined before, try with a friend on the two parallel zip lines.
Daredevils can also attempt the 10-meter rock-climbing wall. There are also a couple of hiking trails in the area to keep nature seekers happy. At the end of your adventures, relax on the observation deck, enjoy the flowers, and pick up omiyage (souvenirs) in Sky Garden on the south end of the bridge.