Route: Miura Peninsula

Submitted by peter.consalvi on Fri, 03/25/2022 - 02:21am
Kanagawa, JP
100.5 mi
Vertical Gain
1,700 m
Description This is the Wikipedia page that covers several features of the peninsula.

The route starts and ends at Nojimainari Shrine at the north east corner of the Miura peninsula.

-For the duration of the route there are fantastic views of the Miura Alps, a series of small mountains running through the interior of the peninsula. 

-The Miura peninsula is an iconic location to see the Black Kite Hawk, a large bird of prey known as “Tombi” in Japanese. They can be seen throughout this route and are usually close to the shore. 

-The route covers a trail through Kannonzaki Park which features seasonal flowers, sweeping views of the Chiba peninsula across Tokyo Bay, and the historic Kannonzaki Lighthouse-  a significant navigation aid for countless mariners transiting Tokyo Bay since 1869. An outstanding sunrise can be seen in the early morning from Kannonzaki Park. 

-Yokosuka Naval Base, home to Japanese and US Naval assets, resides on the Miura peninsula and has served an important role in maintaining maritime security for Japan, Korea, and across the Pacific since it’s establishment in 1860. 

-Countless picturesque beaches are enjoyed on this route around the peninsula to include Kurihama beach, Kannonzaki beach, and the Miura kaigan coast on the east coast of the peninsula, and Nagahama beach, Zushi beach, Issiki beach, and Hayama beach on the west coast of the peninsula. A remarkable sunset over Mt Fuji can be seen from the west coast beaches of Miura.

-Jogashima Island located at the southern tip of the peninsula and is the halfway point of the route has several stunning features which attract thousands of tourists annually. Jogashimatodai park’s jagged coastlines and stone beaches offer excellent views of Mt Fuji, Japan’s tallest point, across the Sagami Bay. This route runs through a delightful shopping plaza showcasing the strength of Miura’s fishing industry which is located here on Jogashima Island. 

-The route circles the Koajiro Forest, known as the only untouched ecosystem in the greater Tokyo area. Home to over two thousand species of flora and fauna, the park connects forests to swamps, mudflats, and to the sea. As you run by be on the lookout for the park’s unofficial mascot, the red clawed crab.