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Shizuoka

Izu peninsula, tea fields and views of Mt Fuji

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Hamamatsu Yukata festival

Hamamatsu Yukata festival

Go to a firework display or summer festival in Japan and you're bound to see many locals wearing a yukata. This garment is a light cotton summer kimono worn both by men and women. Hamamatsu is famous as one of Japan's leading producers of the patter..

Bentenjima Fireworks Festival

Bentenjima Fireworks Festival

Bentenjima is a large island in Lake Hama, a few stops away from Hamamatsu. It holds one of the bigger, free, firework festivals in the area, usually on the first weekend of July (This one is heavily advertised so look out for it). If you arrive via..

Enshu Hamakita Flying Dragon Festival

Enshu Hamakita Flying Dragon Festival

Beginning in Nagano prefecture and meeting the sea at the coast of Shizuoka, the Tenryu river is the ninth longest in Japan. On the first weekend of June, the Enshu Hamakita Flying Dragon Festival is held in honor of Ryujin (Dragon God), god of the T..

Areas

Izu City

Izu City

Izu City is a relatively warm city that lies along the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture. Famous for its hot springs and the Shuzenji Temple, Izu is ideal for travellers looking for a mixture of land and sea experiences. The Kano River runs through the city, culminating in the Joren Falls, a wate..

Kakegawa

Kakegawa

Kakegawa is a city in western Shizuoka known for its green tea production and is surrounded by green tea fields. There, visitors may see Kakegawa Castle, a reconstructed Edo castle that is the city's biggest landmark. Bird-lovers will also find a large variety of birds such as penguins and hor..

Shizuoka City

Shizuoka City

Shizuoka City in central Shizuoka Prefecture is perfect for outdoor lovers as it is surrounded by numerous mountains, lakes, and rivers. Like many other cities in the prefecture, Shizuoka City produces a lot of green tea and strawberries. Many historic shrines and roads line Shizuoka City that can b..

Dining

Atari Cafe in Shizuoka

Atari Cafe in Shizuoka

Looking for lunch one day in the middle of Shizuoka City, I headed up to the dining floor of the Cenova shopping center, hoping to find something tasty, filling and inexpensive. My eye was caught by the display outside Atari Cafe, advertising their a..

Jun Restaurant in Mishima

Jun Restaurant in Mishima

An absolute Mishima institution, Jun has been serving up hearty, affordable 'Japanese Western' comfort food to the locals since 1955. Just round the corner from Sanshin Zen Gallery a few minutes' walk from the JR station, it's a good ..

The Green Tea Fields of Shizuoka

The Green Tea Fields of Shizuoka

Green tea is one of Japan's most representative products-and one of its most delicious. Green tea used to be such a prized commodity that it was used as a form of taxation in the late 1700s. One of the most prominent tea regions is Shizuo..

Places to stay

Hotel Century Shizuoka

Hotel Century Shizuoka

While visiting Japan, you start searching hotels to book. Often hotels located at the station are simple and well designed business hotels. However, Hotel Century takes it one step father and gives you convenience, luxury, style, and comfort. Hotel C..

My Hotel Ryugu in Shizuoka

My Hotel Ryugu in Shizuoka

Every autumn I go to Shizuoka for the Daidogei street performance world cup, a very fun event that takes over the city for four days. In order to be close to everything I try to stay as centrally as possible, and it would be hard to find somewhere mo..

K’s House Hostel in Ito

K’s House Hostel in Ito

K's House of Ito is located in a 100 year-old Registered Tangible Cultural Property. It is located within a 7-minute walk from JR Ito Train Station and a 4-minutes walk from the beach. The hostel offers hot-spring baths, free Wi-Fi, and three l..

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The East Coast of Izu

The East Coast of Izu

Izu peninsula is famous for its wonderful coastal landscape with the views from the train is the best known attraction. They are so promoted that, on the train windows facing the ocean, you can find a sticker with the "silhouette guide" of ..

Kawazu Nanadaru Seven Waterfalls

Kawazu Nanadaru Seven Waterfalls

The east coast of Izu peninsula is rich with amazing natural sites and, while the trip along it is definitely worth travelling, the inland sites are just as good. Among the many sites, Kawazu Nanadaru Park is absolutely a must-see. If you are travell..

Mishima: Water, History & Mt. Fuji

Mishima: Water, History & Mt. Fuji

Located at the entrance of Fuji Hakone Izu National Park, Mishima is a city of clean spring water. It offers several natural beauty spots related to water that flows near Mt. Fuji. There are also historical sites such as Mishima Taisha Shrine, partly..

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About shizuoka

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionChubu
IslandHonshu
CapitalShizuoka
Population3,765,007
Area7778.70 sq. km

Located just an hour or two away (depending on your mode of transportation) from Tokyo, Shizuoka is one of Japan’s most visited prefectures for many reasons.

Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain and one of the country's most iconic symbols, is located on the prefecture's northern border; also in the area is the Fuji-san Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, the Shiraito Falls, and the beautiful Miho no Matsubara, among others. The scenic Izu Peninsula and Atami are renowned for their hot springs, while southern Shizuoka also sports wonderful beaches. And if you want to do some shopping, the Gotemba Premium Outlets contain over 200 stores.

There’s no shortage of good food in Shizuoka, as some of Japan’s best seafood can be found there.

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