Shimizu Things to Do
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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 yen3.- "Chibi-Maruko-chan Land" , she is a...more
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...more
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...more
Shimizu Local Customs
.....There is a little story to this yokan....Long, long ago while on a journey in the mountains of Hakone, Fukawa Shinsuke helped a priest recover from an illness. As a reward for his kindness, the priest taught Fukawa the recipe for Oiwake Yokan. The rustic yokan wrapped in bamboo is said to have been a favorite of the 15th Tokugawa Shogunate Yoshinobu......
Azuki bean is widely used in the Orient for soup, dessert and cake paste. In Japan and China, plants are grown mainly for the bean seeds.
Although azuki beans are eaten whole they are most often pureed and sweetened to make a paste called "an".
The brand in the pic..is very famous in shimizu....you will find it in department stores like JUSCO, or many little local sweet shops in the area........
...... homes did not have ovens so sweets were neither baked nor made with butter and eggs.
Rice and azuki beans therefore became important in the making of the traditional sweets, called wagashi, which are eaten, not as a dessert, but in-between meals - either mid morning or mid-afternoon- to accompany green tea.
The bitterness of the tea is mitigated by the sweetness of the bean paste.
Koshi-An is a smooth paste of cooked and pureed beans sweetened with sugar.
Combined with agar agar jelly and set in rectangular moulds, it becomes yokan a favourite gift amongst Japanese peopleRelated to:
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Shimizu Sports & Outdoors
From the park area near Shizuoka Prefectural Musuem of Art, you can enjoy walking in riverside trail of Yoshida River or even to the summit of Nihondaira Hill.
Start the walk from Grassy Park of University of Shizuoka then you go down the hill around the museum and walk upstream toward Heitakuji Temple commonly called as HIRASAWA KANNON. From Hirasawa Kannon you will have to decide whether you go up to the top of the Nihondaira hill or go up to the lower hill where Shizuoka Performance Arts Center(SPAC) is located.
A: SPAC course. Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art....Heitakuji Temple(Hirasawa Kannon) ....Shizuoka Performance Arts Center...Seed Tree of Yabukita Green Tea...Kusanagi Shrine...JR Kusanagi Station. About 2 and a half to three hours.
I will post another tip for Nihondaira Hiking Trails later.Related to:
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