Expanded Shizuoka Touring Tips
"Mountains and Hills of Shizuoka"
Mountains Area of Shizuoka has a lot of popular hiking destinations. Abe river area has a lot of fine mountains 1000-2000 m in elevation and most of them are one-day trip hikes from Shizuoka town. Also at the northen part of Shizuoka lies Minami Alps mountain peaks about 2500 to 3189 m in elevation. It may have the greatest number of hiking trails a single city has.
True Hakone has many but not hundreds, Kita Alps regions in Nagano has many but mostly for highest peak areas. The point is Shizuoka has the most hiking trails for one-day hikes. You can choose the trail according to your skills from beginners and experienced. Even low-altitude mountains have their own challenges.
Hills between Shizuoka, Okabe and Yaizu
The low mountain area with mountains ranging from 300-500m in elevation had been a major obstacle for anicient travelers. First official highway passing this hill area is Nihonzaka Trail passing Nihonzaka pass about 300 meters in elevation. It had been the highway used since the foundation period of Imperial Court around 4th or 5th century. In Heian Period (8th to 12th century) Utsunoya Pass Trail was developed and replaced Nihonzaka Trail. During 16th century Tokaido Highway trail with wider and milder path was developed and Tokaido 53 station highway uses this trail. Currently the hill area is popular as hiking destinations such as Mt. Takakusa, Mt. Hanazawa and Mt. Mankanho.
"Former Shimizu and Yui, Kambara Area"
This area has lots of tourist attractions including Mihono-Matsubara Coast, Seikenji temple and Sattatoge Route.
"Original Shizuoka Area"
Recently Shizuoka engulfed former Shimizu area as well as Yui, Kambara areas. It is confusing development and Shizuoka expanded a great deal.
On my Shizuoka page I will divide this into three parts. 1 Original Shizuoka Area 2 Former Shimizu, Yui, Kambara area. 3 Mountain regions. By combining the former Shimizu, Yui and Kambara area this city now has 1,411.00 square kilometers in area, the fifth largest in Japan and about two third of Tokyo Metropolitan area.
Shizuoka town area has a lot of nice places to visit. Including Toshogu Shrine, Sengen Shrine, Toro Ruins, Nihondaira Plateau, Sumpu castle ruin and Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art having a huge park area.