Shizuoka Travel Guide

  • Nice promenade on the earthwork
    Nice promenade on the earthwork
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  • Nice Black Pine Trees
    Nice Black Pine Trees
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  • Hitsujisaru Tower from Sumpujo Park
    Hitsujisaru Tower from Sumpujo Park
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Shizuoka Things to Do

  • Kujiraga-ike Pond

    Japanese name: Kujiraga-ike (鯨ヶ池)Type of Lake: Originally an oxbow lake of Abe river Area: 5.3 haKujiragaike at the end of the Shizuhatayama hill hiking trail is best known as the pond fishing place among Shizuoka fishers. To fish in this pond you need to buy one day licence which is called...

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  • Shizuhatayama Hill Hike: Overview

    Shizuhatayama(賤機山) is a hill stretching from north to south about five kilometers and it is a "foot" part of the Mount Ryuso(1,051m) which used to be referred to SHIZUHATAYAMA, too. Today topographical map definition of Shizuhata-yama is confined to the peak with castle ruins of Shizuhatayama-jo, 171m above sea level. The...

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  • Shizuoka Bank Head Office Building

    Shizuoka Bank is one of the regional banks in Shizuoka established as the thirty-fifth National Bank in 1877. Its head office building built in 1931 is registered as tangible cultural property well-depicting reinforced concrete building after Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923. It is one of the few old buildings in Shizuoka that survived the air raids...

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  • Rinzaiji Temple

    Rinzaiji Temple, Linzi(Rinzai) Zen temple closely related to Tokugawa Ieyasu during his young days is best known by its tea garden which is open to public only twice a year, on May 19 the day Imagawa Yoshimoto died in the battle in 1560 defeated by Nobunaga Oda who later became the leading warlord in warring states period. Another special opening...

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  • Hitsujisaru Tower

    Hitsujisaru Tower which was restored in 2014 at the southwestern corner of Ninomaru Moat(Second or Middle Moat) is currently one of the biggest draws for Sumpujo Park visitors. Hitsujisaru is the old direction name in Japan for southwest. It was restored based on historical drawing. Opening Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 P.m. Except on Mondays(open when...

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  • Sumpujo Park: Overview

    Sumpujo Park(Sumpu Castle Ruins)Tip: Renamed as "Sumpujo Park" in 2012 to reflect the recent restoration efforts to bring back some of Sumpu castle towers, a part of inner moat and an ancient canal, the park attracts lot of visitors from all over Japan and from abroad. The newest addition to the historical park is Hitsujisaru Tower, restored and...

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  • Ryo'unji Temple

    Yatsuyama Hill Tip: Ryo'unji Temple is a Soto-zen Buddhist temple at the northwestern flank of Yatsuyama Hill. It is usually a quiet temple visited only by historical buffs. The temple is best known by the grave of Lady Jukei (Jukei-ni, ?-1568) a nun who is the founder of the temple and the lawful wife of Imagawa Ujichika 9th head of Imagawa Clan,...

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  • Yatsuyama Hill: Overview

    Yatsuyama Hill is a lowly hill and the highest place is barely over 100 meters above sea level. The hill area, however, is not only good for a short hike but there are some nice Shinto Shrines and Buddhist temple with a bunch of history stories to tell. On February 21 I visited one of the old temples at the north flank of the hill. Other places of...

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  • Minami Alps: Overview

    Status: National ParkWhat is the highest mountain in Shizuoka City? Not Mt. Fuji, though it looks close enough. Even Shizuoka residents may not come up with the right answer. Mt. Ainodake, where the Origawa river originates has the altitude of 3,190 meters and it's the third highest mountians in Japan. Minami Alps with 14 over-3,000 m peaks lie...

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  • Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art

    The prefectural museum opened in 1986 is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Shizuoka. It is best known by its Rodin Wing which opened in 1994 featuring replicas of Rodin's major works such as "The Thinker", "The Burghers of Calais" , and "The Gates of Hell", one of the seven replicas in the world. The themes of its special exhibitions are...

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  • Gofukucho-dori Street

    Gokukucho-dori Street is a narrow shopping street extending from Shizuoka Station North Exit. It is one of the spots where Daidogei World Cup, an international street performer event, is held in early November. It is also one of the most popular shopping streets in Shizuoka. There are wide variety of shops, fancy cafes, shopping malls and souvenir...

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  • Aoi Tower

    Aoi Tower is a new landmark of Shizuoka station area opened in 2010. It is 125 meters in height with twenty-five floors and two basement floors. The most well-known facility in the building is Shizuoka City Museum of Art on the third floor. It was designed by Research Institute of Architecture and constructed by the consortium of Takenaka, Kiuchi...

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Shizuoka Restaurants

  • DONT miss these....

    These are called MELON PAN.......they dont actually have melon in them......is that the top of this bread is cut into the shape of a melon....criss cross......It sold in every bakery in town, but these sold in this car......are not to miss......

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  • oN THE RUN AND ON A BUDGET

    many of this type of restaurant located in subway station, are very small...Sitting are for about 20 people..Prices are very cheap.So if you are on a budget, and need a quick meal just look out for this kind of place, their are many around....

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  • Strawberry

    This seasonal delicacy is available throughout Shizuoka, where spring comes a little earlier than elsewhere in the country. The strawberry-picking season lasts from January to May. The famous "stone wall strawberries" of Kunozan are grown on stone walls..The strawberries in the picture are from a store.....the price 50 dollars...:)))You will pay...

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Shizuoka Transportation

  • Kusanagi Station (Tokaido Main Line)

    Kusanagi station is the next station west of SHIMIZU and two stops east of SHIZUOKA station of Tokaido Main Line (東海道本線). It is the Tokaido Main Line station closest to SHIZUOKA PREFECTURAL MUSEUM OF ART (静岡県立美術館)and there are some bus services...

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  • Getting To Utsunoya

    There is a bus line from JR Shizuoka station. After getting off at Shizuoka station go toward the north exit where buses from Shizuoka depart. Take Chubu Kokudo Line (#84 or #85) which depart from #7 gate of Shizuoka station bus terminal. After getting on the bus exit from SAKASHITA bus stop which is the first bus stop from the Utsunoya Tunnel so...

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  • From Outer Moat to Momijiyama Garden

    The outer moat of the Sumpu (Shizuoka) castle runs opposite of Shizuoka Municipal Hall. Usually Shizuoka residents cross the bridge to Prefectural Government Offices and go through the passage between the prefectural office buildings. Then you see the bridge to cross the central moat. When you get inside the park, you will encounter the circular...

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Shizuoka Shopping

  • Abekawa Mochi (Abekawa Rice Cakes)

    During the Edo Period..(1603 - 1867)Abekawa Mochi were sold under the shades of trees along the banks of Abekawa River to passers-by.The little balls are 100% glutinous rice, and very yummie... There are two kinds; one powdered with soybean flour, and the other with strained bean jam.

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  • looking for something unique in tea..

    Among some interesting items in this store, founded in 1865, Kawane-cha is a great buy.. Also if you are looking for something unique, try gyokuro-senbei (rice crackers with green tea flavor) or gyokuro-yokan (sweet jelly beans with green tea flavor), or how about having some gyokuro ice cream at the storefront ..They are all great..

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  • WASABI 2

    and this is the factory located on Highway 150 from YAIZU to SHIZUOKA, where visitors can observe the manufacturing process of wasabi or can actually experience the sharp taste of wasabi in the lab.

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Shizuoka Local Customs

  • HOW TO BREW THE BEST JAPANESE GREEN TEA

    PART 2Infusion TimeThis will also vary with each green tea variety .Do not swirl or shake the teapot to speed up infusion because this may adversely effect the brew's taste. Then gently pour the brew into your cup.Japanese green tea will usually not taste bitter. If a more astringent taste is desired, then increase the amount brewed, water...

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  • HOW TO BREW THE BEST JAPANESE GREEN TEA

    During processing, Japanese green tea is first steamed and not heat-treated. The result is that Japanese green tea can be brewed for full flavor using a lower water temperature and less time than other teas. Next, brewing a pot of Japanese loose leaf green tea is not difficult at all.Water QualityThe taste of loose leaf tea is generally mild and...

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  • OCHA aka green tea

    Shizuoka is a major producer of green tea in japan, both in terms of quality and quantity . The mountainous districts around the basin of Abekawa, Ohigawa and Tenryugawa rivers, all famous for their tea plantations.Shizuoka boasts about 41% of the tea plantations in Japan, and our share of tea production is roughly 45% of the national crop.ORIGIN...

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Shizuoka Warnings and Dangers

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    High-Voltage Line

    by taigaa001 Updated Jan 6, 2012

    Utsunoya Pass walk, either of Tokaido or Tsutano Hosomichi, is relatively easy and safe to walk. But one thing you need to be careful is high-voltatge line such as the photo shows. It is at the middle part of Okabe side of Tsutano Hosomichi. It is not limited to Tsutano Hosomichi hike, whenever you walk around citrus orchards or terrace fields in Japan there may be such electric devices to deter wild animals. Best season for Tsutano Hosomichi walk is fine days in winter or spring, or autumn. But during summer the trail might be covered with grass and may be difficult to trace. Also after the typhoon or heavy rains some of the routes can be impassable because of fallen trees or minor landslide.

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Shizuoka Off The Beaten Path

  • The First Tea Plant of Yabukita Cultivar

    Other names: Seed(mother) plant(tree) of Yabukita Cultivar. There are a lot of Japanese green tea cultivars but Yabukita is by far the most popular. It occupies almost 80 percent of all tea plant grown in Japan. Yabukita has long young leaves pointing vertically upright and has excellent fragrance and has mild taste. It was developed by a tea...

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  • Hyotanzuka Kofun, 1500-year-old Burial...

    Kofuns are burial mounds for the emperors, local kings and some of wealthy regional clans during 4th to 7th Century in Japan. It has been known by local residents as Hyotanzuka, literally gourd-shaped burial mound. It was found to be one of the kofuns for one of the descendants of the regional clan who may have served for Prince Yamatotakeru known...

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  • Ogushi Shrine

    The shrine with uncertain origin used to stand close to the Sumpu castle and was adhered by Iyeyasu Tokugawa. When the castle area was being expanded the shrine was moved to other place and in 1675 the shrine was moved to current place. Today the shrine has close tie with Yasaka shrine in Kyoto and during July, Gion festival is held. During...

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Shizuoka Sports & Outdoors

  • Walking in Sumpu Castle Park

    Sumpu Castle (Sumpujo) Park is a nice place for a walk, jogging and walking your pet. Particularly I like strolling at the promenade on top of dorui earthworks facing the Ninomaru moat. It is also a good place to hear the birds singing.

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  • Bicycling Satta Pass

    Crossing Satta Pass through Old Tokaido route is also popular among cyclists. Some even cross major Tokaido passes such as Satta, Utsunoya and Sayo-no-Nakayama in a single day. When you are coming from Okitsu, you can go close to the Satta Pass by riding on the paved road. After the parking space with toilet near the graveyard, you need to carry...

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  • Bicycling Utsunoya Pass

    Though I have not tried myself, Utsunoya Pass seems to be a popular place for cyclists because they can test their skill with various types of trails ranging from paved to narrow path. Route 1 under Heisei and Showa tunnels: The easiest but the least popular.Prefectural Road 208 passing Taisho tunnel: most cyclists use this road.The reason...

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Shizuoka Favorites

  • Tunnels of Utsunoya

    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,...

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  • Shizuoka Tourist Information Office...

    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.

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  • Climate in 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...

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