Shizuoka

Izu peninsula, tea fields and views of Mt Fuji

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Atami

Atami

Ride the ordinary Tokaido line from Tokyo to its southernmost end, or miss your stop on the shinkansen, and you'll find yourself in the sleepy resort town of Atami. In Japan's boom days, Atami was the weekend vacation of choice, and on holidays you might still see busy streets and happy shopkeepers...

Dining

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..

Seoul in Shimizu

Seoul in Shimizu

Looking for dinner one night in Shimizu after a tiring day exploring Seiken-ji temple and the Satta Toge pass, I didn't want to go far, so I just looked up and down the covered arcade adjoining my hotel. I found a Korean restaurant, liked what I ..

Places to stay

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..

Smile Hotel Shizuoka

Smile Hotel Shizuoka

Every autumn I go to Shizuoka city for the Daidogei Street Performance World Cup, pretty much my favourite event of the year. I like to stay somewhere central, comfortable and affordable, so I can pop in and out during the day, and all those boxes ar..

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Gokoku-jinja Shrine in Shizuoka

Gokoku-jinja Shrine in Shizuoka

Close to the centre of Shizuoka City, Gokoku-jinja is an interesting Shinto shrine in an attractive forest setting. To reach the main part of the grounds, you walk first through some peaceful forest, where you'll find paths lined with lanterns, a..

Togeppo Saioku-ji Temple in Mariko

Togeppo Saioku-ji Temple in Mariko

In the hills of Mariko near Shizuoka City, Togeppo Saioku-ji is a charming small Buddhist temple, established in the early sixteenth century as a residence for Saiokuken Socho, a famous poet of the time. Screened from the road by a grove of tall bamb..

Konpira-san in Fujieda

Konpira-san in Fujieda

Just off the main road heading from Fujieda station to the center of town, Konpira-san is a low hill that's worth making the slight detour for. Covered with lush forest, it has a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere, mainly because of the shrines that a..

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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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