In Utsunoya area bordering Shizuoka and Okabe (currently a part of Fujieda), there are four tunnels, Meiji, Taisho, Showa and Heisei. It is the only place in Tokaido Road where you can not only can see the tunnels of different ages but five different routes from ancient to modern.
Photo #1 shows newer tunnels Showa tunnel, left, and Heisei tunnel, right. As you can see from the overpass, these tunnels withstand one of the busiest traffic spots in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Photo #2 is Taisho tunnel completed in 1930, the fifth year of Showa was so named because the construction started during the reign of Emperor Yoshihito, better known as Emperor Taisho (1912-26), this is one of the first modern tunnels in Japan which is still used today though not as frequent as the newer ones. Photo #3 is Meiji tunnel which was completed in 1876 as the toll tunnel. The first tunnel was cranked and had some faults. After the first tunnel was burned down, the newer tunnel was built with straight line in 1904, which still stands today. Now the Meiji Tunnel became the tourist attraction for Tokaido hikers, free of automobiles, free of charge, and only for pedestrians and cyclists.
Favorite thing: In JR Shizuoka Station there are tourist information offices in both North and South exits. To get to the North Exit office first follow the signboard leading to the north exit and you will find the office right above the stairs for underground passage to downtown Shizuoka.
The average annual temperature in Shizuoka is 16.1?‹C and annual precipitation is 2,326mm.
With the exception of the northern mountainous region, the prefecture has a mild maritime climate. Snow is rare on the plains.
We enjoy four distinct seasons.
Spring is mild, the early part of summer is our rainy season, and in the latter half of the summer it becomes hot and sunny. Autumn brings cool fine weather and it is very dry and fine in the winter
Luckily I got tickets for musical " CATZ" for free from friend. It was fist time to see musical. Sooo great!
I fall in love with it lots!
Fondest memory: I could shake hands with some cats. My mum and I were so lucky . It was great sheets.
When you visit Shizuoka Prefecture, you should visit Izu Peninsula that is known for many tasteful hotsprings, beautiful coastlines, beautiful and peaceful streams, and historical towns. One of the hotsprings I recommend is tokkonoyu open-air bath in the town of Shuzenji. This open-air bath is known for that when a samurai struck the stone, hot water sprang out in Muromachi era.
Near the bath the stream of Katsuragawa is extremely beautiful. The small town of shuzenji is called small Kyoto in Izu Peninsula.
Favorite thing: If you visit Izu Peninsula, I recommend you to go for the hot-springs scattered in this peninsula. One is Tokkonoyu open air bath in the town of Shuzenji. This hot springs is said to have been discovered in Muromachi era. When a samurai struck a stone, hot water sprang out there. The small stream of Katuragawa is tasteful too, so this town is called small Kyoto in Izu Province.