Shizuoka Travel Guide

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    Street Performers for 2013 Event
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    The Mother Tree of Popular Japanese Tea
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Shizuoka Things to Do

  • 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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  • 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 3,189 meters and it's the fourth highest mountians in Japan. Minami Alps with 14 over-3,000 m peaks lie...

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  • Mt. Mankanho

    Mt. Mankanho, 470 meters above sea level, is one of the most popular hiking destinations for Shizuoka residents. It has been noted for the unhindered views of both Yaizu and Shizuoka and Mt. Fuji on a clear day. There are a number of ways to get to the peak with isolated huge trees. The ridge route from Nihonzaka Pass, an old trail linking Shizuoka...

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  • Satta Pass: Overview

    Also referred to as Sattatoge Pass or Sattatoge Route. Satta Pass located between Yui and Okitsu has been the hardest place for travellers from Eastern to Western part of Japan. When natural disasters strike there making the main public transportation means inoperable such as Tomei Expressway, Tokaido Main Line, and Route one, even modern people...

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  • Nihonzaka Pass Trail

    Nihonzaka Pass Trail is one of the oldest official highways in Japan. It was designated as an official highway in 646 A.D. Today the Nihonzawa Pass Trail is one of the crossroads for hikers for climbing mountains nearby.**The trail between Nihonzaka Pass and Hanazawa has been closed since last September due to the bad trail condition by the storm...

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  • Meiji Tunnel

    Meiji Tunnel is the first toll tunnel in Japan constructed in 1876. Before this tunnel was constructed travellers had to cross the steep Utsunoya pass trail which had been one of the hardest passes of Tokaido. Also the tunnel paved the way for the automobile age. First tunnel was cranked and had some faults and visibility was terrible. The first...

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  • Utsunoya Town: Overview

    Utsunoya is the in-between lodgng station between #20 stop Mariko and #21 Okabe located at the entrance of Utsunoya Pass trail one of the hardest places to cross in Tokaido Road. The old town attracts a lot of tourists even from overseas because of the town's traditional lodging station atmosphere. The major places of interest are Ohaoriya...

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  • Okitsu Overview

    Okitsu used to be the 17th lodging station for Tokaido road about 10 kilometers northeast of downtown Shizuoka. Okitsu is also known for the start for Sattatoge Pass a scenic site well described in Hiroshige's work and some of the postcards for Japan. In Okitsu town area, Seikenji temple, Minaguchiya Gallery, and Zagyoso Villa are the popular...

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  • Momijiyama Garden 4: Stepping Stones...

    Before resting at the wooden arbor for the entire view of the garden, don't miss this intriguing stepping stones path behind the arbor to enjoy the walk under the plum trees. Such stepping stones path is usually located near the tea house and it gives you a pleasant surprise.

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  • Momijiyama Garden 3: Iris Garden

    After getting into the garden, the first thing that may capture your eyes is Yatsuhashi Bridge. Yatsuhashi bridge is a series of bridges that are crossed with zigzag pattern. The plants near the bridge are Japanese Iris that bloom during June. It was October and out of Iris season but lone Tsuwabuki or leopard plant entertains the visitor. You will...

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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

    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 breeder named Hikozaburo Sugiyama in 1909 based on the tea plant...

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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

  • 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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  • Abe Riverside

    Abe Riverside area has been used for various sports and outfield activities such as baseball, soccer, biking, walking, jogging and fishing. Abe sports park, 10 minutes walk from the tokaido trail is one of such sports and outdoor parks. The park also has a great view just as described in Hiroshige's Tokaido woodblock painting work" Fuchu".

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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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