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    SHIZUOKA MUNICIPAL NIHONDAIRA ZOO

    by cheesecake17 Updated Apr 1, 2006

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    The nihondaira zoo is located on the base of Mt UDO between shizuoka and shimizu city..Its a public zoo...so elememtary kids and smaller are not charged....

    There are about 195 species of 700 animals, pretty good size zoo to spend 2 or 3 hours....

    Besides the usual animals like lions, tigers, and polar bears, the most loved one is the lesser pandas...

    There is a peting section..where the kids can ride a pony, learn to handle little chicks and hamters...

    The zoo also has a night animal collection house for small monkeys ..and other noctunal animals...

    COST: 500 yen for adult, kids up to elementary school is free...

    CLOSE: MONDAY (or the next day when Mon is holiday), also Dec 29 - Jan 1

    OPEN FROM 9am-430pm

    There is a fee for parking .....is 400 yen..this you pay from the little vending machine by the parking lot...

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    Spulse plaza

    by cheesecake17 Updated Apr 1, 2006

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    SPULSE Plaza is in Shimizu . A city just before Shizuoka city..You can spend a few hours here...

    A few things available at the PLAZA..
    1.- Shimizu Sushi museum (the first sushi museum of Japan)
    -single ticket adult 400 yen
    -child 200 yen,

    2.-"Teruhisa Kitahara Toy Museum"
    single ticket adult 500 yen,
    child 300 yen

    3.- "Chibi-Maruko-chan Land" , she is a comic strip on TV...
    single ticket adult 300 yen,
    child 200 yen..

    4.-"Shimizu Succor Museum" (a unique museum in the city of football, Shimizu city)
    single ticket adult 300 yen,
    child 200 yen

    also movie theaters, amusement corner, large seafood market "Shimizu Port Market" and shopping mall.

    You can buy a common pass which covers 4 places;
    (Shimizu Sushi Museum, Shimizu Toy Museum, Shimizu Succor Museum and Chibi-Maruko-chan Land):
    adult 1,200 yen, child 700 yen.

    or for 3 (Shimizu Toy Museum, Shimizu Succor Museum and Chibi-Maruko-chan Land): adult 900 yen, child 600 yen.

    Its open all year from 10am to 8pm

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    Ride the chair lift

    by cheesecake17 Updated Apr 1, 2006

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    There is also a reptile house with alligators. snakes etc......

    chair lift is 100 yen for adult, ONE WAY and 50 for kids over 4 years old....

    You can take the chair lift up for that price and then come down by roller slider....which was more fun.....but there is a charge of 200 yen for adult and 100 for kids over 4....

    these you pay just before you get on the chair..there is a little vending machine on both end......

    the roller slide its on the left in the pic...

    The only good thing about taking the chair lift is the VIEW from the top, on a very sunny , clear day its beautiful..you are able to see shizuoka city, suruga bay and the japanese alps...

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    NIHONDAIRA PLATEU

    by cheesecake17 Updated May 5, 2008

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    The peak of Mt. Udo, and "Nihondaira" was named after the old story that Yamato-Takeru-no-Mikoto" looked down the field from here when he was on the way of battles to the East.

    This is the best place to view the Port of Shimizu and Miho Pine Trees, as well as the mountains of Izu, Shizuoka city, the South Alps and as far as Cape Omaezaki.

    The most famous view is that of Mt. Fuji., but its got to be on a very good day to be able to see MT fuji...

    From here you can also take an aerial cableway to the peak to see Kunozan Toshogu Shrine*
    (click), where you can see gorgeous buildings and a museum displaying the articles related to Tokugawa-Ieyasu.

    The cablecar will cost,Adults 550 yen ONE WAY TICKET
    Open from 9:10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    but from
    OCTOBER TO END OF MARCH 9:10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    When you get to the shrine walk down the other side facing the sea where there are many strawberry picking farms along the coast under the mountain, and you can pick and eat strawberries from January to May.
    Prices vary from farmer to farmer....but basically its 1500 yen , all you can eat..

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    Shimizu Overview

    by taigaa001 Updated Mar 18, 2014

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    Mount Fuji From Shimizu Port

    Shimizu is best known as one of the international ports of call in Japan. It is currently a part of Shizuoka city and former Shimizu area is designated as a ward, SHIMIZU-KU. Most popular tourist site in Shimizu is Miho Seacoast, also known as Miho-no-Matsubara with more than *50,000 black pine trees and a divine pine, HAGOROMO-NO-MATSU, known for the setting of Hagoromo (Goddess Robe) Legend. Some of the Miho area has been designated as one of the components for UNESCO WORLD CULTURAL HERITAGE as a cultural landscape. Other popular tourist sites include NIHONDAIRA PLATEAU and KUNOZAN TOSHOGU. In Shimizu ward there are some Tokaido stations such as EJIRI, OKITSU, YUI and KAMBARA. Although EJIRI has few traces of Old Tokaido, OKITSU, YUI, and KAMBARA still retain some old houses.

    *Recent reserch by local students found out the total number of black pine trees are about 30, 000, a lot less than previously introduced.

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    7th century port....

    by cheesecake17 Updated May 5, 2008

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    From nihondaria plateu there is a great view of Shimizu port and miho area...The port been around since the 7th century...But only until the 16-18 century that the famous Shogunate came to view it as an important strategic site and a trading center....

    .... The modern harbor begins as an open port on August 4, 1899. The opening coincided with the arrival of the steam engine and industrial modernization. Starting with the export of green tea, the port began handling products of Shizuoka and neighboring areas, such as motorcycles and musical instruments,

    The port responded swiftly to the opening of the container era to become one of the leading exporters in the country, and also supports the economy of Shizuoka and central Japan with imports of raw materials such as timber, soy beans and bauxite, and came to play an important role in the era of high economic growth in Japan.

    From shimizu Spulse plaza you can view the port area ..

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    Ryugeji Temple

    by taigaa001 Written Jul 3, 2010
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    Founded in 1670 as a Nichiren Buddhism sect temple, this temple is known by 1,100 year old cycads the oldest in Japan, 300-year-old cactus trees and a nice garden. Chogyu Takayama one of the major novelists of Meiji Period loved this temple and was buried there.

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    Tesshuji Temple

    by taigaa001 Updated Jul 5, 2010
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    A 1,300 year-old temple originally at the mountaintop of Mt. Kunozan (currently Kunozan Toshogu stands) was reconstructed by one of the notable figures of Meiji Period and known as the close friend of Jirocho, the folk hero of Shimizu. The treasure trove of the temple is not well organized and has some spooky feel and not all the treasure can be seen here. The only relief for travelers might be the climb to the detached building Senju Kannondo noted for the nice view of the city. Along the steps jizo statues with variety of styles welcome the visitors and they are well tended and their aprons are neatly changed by the locals.

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    Baiinji Temple

    by taigaa001 Written Apr 25, 2011
    Nice gate but not the entrance of the museum
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    It is known as a place where the tomb of Chogoro Yamamoto known as Shimizu Jirocho lies. The tomb area is a part of a museum adjacent to the temple main hall and to get there you are asked to pay admission fee of 300 yen. The statue of Jirocho is nice but it may be the place for the fans of Jirocho-related dramas.

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    The Birthplace of Jirocho

    by taigaa001 Written Oct 3, 2011
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    The house where Chogoro Yamamoto, commonly known as Shimizu Jirocho was born is now a sort of museum that shows how the house might have been when Jirocho led the Shimizu family. Jirocho is known as the undefeatable swordsmen during late 19th century when Tokugawa Shogunate were to be thwarted. Jirocho belonged to one of the strongest Yakuza families, Shimizu Family. After Jirocho left out of gambling business he became an important business figure in Shimizu and contributed a great deal to make the town of Shimizu a prosperous port town. After his death, the story of his life became popular and made into dramas a number of times. Japanese people born around or before baby-booming period of late 40s or 50s are well versed in Jirocho's story. But younger generation like myself are not so aware of what Jirocho is.

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    Suehiro, Jirocho's Sailor's Lodge

    by taigaa001 Written Oct 15, 2011
    Recently Reconstructured Jirocho's Lodging Place

    It is another of Jirocho related site, reconstructed in 2001 using the original materials used for Jirocho's lodging house for sailor's. It is a museum, souvenir shop and a community place for Shimizu-ku residents.

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    Yada Overview

    by taigaa001 Updated Oct 16, 2011
    Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art
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    Yada is known as an academic and cultural community located on the lower flank of the Nihondaira Plateau. It has University of Shizuoka, a prefectural university, Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art and Prefectural Library. It is also known as a place where you can visit some of ancient burial mounds what we call, Kofun. Park area between the university and the museum is one of the most popular park areas in Shizuoka city.

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