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15 Things to Do and See in Shizuoka
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15 Things to Do and See in Shizuoka

Shizuoka is full of sight-seeing spots. Climb the national symbol of Japan at Mt. Fuji, fall in love forever at Koibito Misaki, and take a dip in the beautiful beaches in Atami.

#1. Koibito Misaki (Lover’s Cape)

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With breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji, Koibito Misaki, or Lover’s Cape sits on the west side of Izu Peninsula. A bell known as “Love Call Bell” stands at the tip and it is believed that lovers who ring the bell three times will be in love forever. The Koibito Misaki Office issues a lovers certificate for couples. This is great place to visit with your sweetheart.
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Koibito Misaki

Address: 242-1 Koshimoda, Izu City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Access: 70 minutes by bus from Shuzenji Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Phone: 0558-99-0270

Website: Koibito Misaki (Japanese)

 

#2. Gotenba Premium Outlet

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Located in Gotenba City, eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Gotenba Premium Outlets is one of the largest outlet shopping malls in Japan. Gotenba Premium Outlets is also one of the most popular shopping malls with easy access from Tokyo. While boasting a wonderful view of Mt.Fuji, Gotenba Premium Outlets is a shopping complex consisting of about 200 shops including the world’s top brands and restaurants. You could easily spend a whole day here.
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Gotenba Premium Outlet

Address: 1312 Hukasawa, Gotenba City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Access: 15 minutes by bus from Gotenba Station

Hours:
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM (December – February)
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM (March – November)

Phone: 0550-81-3122

Website: Gotenba Premium Outlet (Japanese)

 

#3. Hamamatsu Castle

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Originally built in 15th century, Hamamatsu Castle was reconstructed in 1958. Hamamatsu Castle is commonly called “Shussejo” or the castle of promotion because successful lords used to live in this castle. The stone arrangement, called Noduradumi, is believed to have been built by Ieyasu Tokugawa. Currently the castle tower is a museum with exhibits and collections showcasing the previous lords of the castle. Surrounded with abundant nature, the castle is well-known as one of the best spots to see the cherry blossoms in the spring.
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Hamamatsu Castle

Address: 100-2 Motoshirocho, Naka Ward, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Access: 5 minutes by bus from JR Hamamatsu Station

Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Admission Fee:
200 yen (Adult)
Free (Junior)

Phone: 053-453-3872

Website: Hamamatsu Castle (Japanese)

 

#4. Unagi Pie

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Unagi pie, or eel pie, is one of the best known souvenirs from Shizuoka. The delectable pie is made with eel and sheets of pie dough. You can tour through the Unagi Pie Factory in Hamamatsu City which is home to the “Unagi Pie Cafe”, where you can eat not only sweets but also savory snacks.
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Unagi Pie Cafe

Address: 748-51 Ookubocho, Nishi Ward, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Access: 10 minutes by car from JR Maisaka Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Price:
962 yen (12 pieces)
1,284 yen (16 pieces)

Phone: 053-482-1765

Website: Unagi Pie Cafe (Japanese)

 

#5. Mishima Shrine

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Located in central Mishima City, in eastern Shizuoka, Mishima Shrine enshrines the deity of the Izu Islands. Historically, this shrine is famous for the founder of the Kamakura Shogunate, Yoshitomo Minamoto. The precinct, main hall, and worship hall are designated as Important Cultural Assets. This includes a fragrant orange-colored olive tree that is also listed as a National Natural Monument. A few of the treasures in Mishima Shrine, considered National Treasures, include plum patterned gold-lacquered boxes and swords of which are on display. In autumn, the fragrant orange-colored olive trees are in full bloom.
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Mishima Shrine

Address: 2-1-5 Oomiyacho, Mishima City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Access: 7 minute walk from JR Mishima Station

Hours: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Phone: 055-975-0172

Website: Mishima Shrine (Japanese)

 

#6. Atami Sun Beach

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Lined with palm trees, Atami Sun Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Shizuoka. The looks are reminiscent of a tropical beach. Illuminated at night, this romantic beach is the best places for a date. From April to December, fireworks displays are held on the beach.
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Atami Sun Beach

Address: 15 Higashikaigancho, Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Access: 5 minutes by bus from JR Atami Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Phone: 0557-86-6218

Website: Atami Sun Beach

 

#7. Lake Hamana

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Located to the west of Shizuoka, the Lake Hamana is famous for farming eel. You can enjoy various kinds of marine sports as well as cycling near Lake Hamana. There are many tourist spots such as Hamanako Palpal Amusement Park, Hamanako Garden Park and the Unagi Pie Factory. There are also some hot springs near the lake, such as the Kanzanji Hot Springs and the Bentenjima Hot Springs.
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Lake Hamana

Address: Lake Hamana, Shizuoka Prefecture

Access: 2 hours by bus from JR Hamamatsu Station

Website: Lake Hamana

 

#8. Toro Ruins

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Located in Shizuoka City, Toro Iseki is ruins of a village and rice field from the Yayoi period. Relics of raised floor warehouses and wells along with iron wares and wooden tools have been excavated from the ruins. Currently the ruins have been developed into a park which includes a museum. You can image yourself in the same time as the ancient people who used to live here.
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Toro Ruins

Address: 5-10-5 Toro, Suruga Ward, Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Access: 12 minutes by bus from JR Shizuoka Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
*Closed Mondays and Holidays

Admission Fee:
300 yen (Adult)
200 yen (Student)
50 yen (Junior)

Phone: 054-285-0476

Website: Toro Ruins (Japanese)

 

#9. Ryugashido Cavern

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Located at Mt. Ryugaishi in Hamamatsu City, Ryugashido Carvern is a limestone cavern that formed 250 million years ago. Approximately 400 meters of this 1,046 meters long limestone cavern is open to the public as a sightseeing course, including the Grand Golden Waterfall with a fall of 30 meters. This is one of the highest underground waterfalls in Japan. You can enjoy breathtaking and mysterious sceneries.
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Ryugashido Cavern

Address: 193 tabatake, Inasacho, Kita Ward, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Access: 50 minutes by bus from JR Hamamatsu Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Admission Fee:
1,000 yen (Adult)
600 yen (Junior)

Phone: 053-543-0108

Website: Ryugashido Carvern (Japanese)

 

#10. Nihondaira

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Nationally designated as a “Place of Scenic Beauty”, Nihondaira is a hilly area 307 meters above sea level. From the top, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Mt. Fuji, Miho no Matsubara, and Suruga Bay. Tourists can use the ropeway that brings them to the top of Mt. Kuno, where they can visit the Kuno Toshogu Shrine which is listed as a National Treasure.
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Nihondaira

Address: Kusanagi, Shimizu Ward, Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Access: 15 minutes by bus from Higashi-Shizuoka Station

Ropeway Hours:
9:10 AM – 5:00 PM (April – October)
9:10 AM – 4:00 PM (October – March)

Ropeway Fee:
1,100 yen (Adult)
500 yen (Child)

Phone: 054-335-1134

Website: Nihondaira (Japanese)

 

#11. Shiraito Waterfalls

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There are many waterfalls in Shizuoka, such as the Shiraito Waterfall, the Joren Waterfall and Abe Great Falls. Located in Izu City, the Joren Waterfall is one of Japan’s great 100 waterfalls at 7 meters wide and 25 meters tall. The Siraito Waterfall is also one of Japan’s great 100 waterfalls, and is designated as Place of Scenic Beauty, a National Natural Monument and a World Heritage Site. At 200 meters wide and 30 meters tall, the Shiraito Waterfall looks like hanging silk threads. The Joren Waterfall is surrounded with abundant nature including the Joren Shida which is a kind of fern that is unique to this area. It is designated a Prefectural Natural Monument which is located in Fujinomiya City. Located in Shizuoka City, Abe Great Falls is also one of Japan’s great 100 waterfalls at 4 meters wide and 80 meters tall. To get to Abe Great Falls from the Umegashima Hot Spring you need to cross a suspension bridge. After a 30 minute walk you can find a breathtaking waterfall.
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Shiraito Waterfall

Address: Kamiide, Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Access: 30 minutes by bus from JR Fujinomiya Station

Phone: 0544-22-1111

Website: Shiraito Waterfall (Japanese)

 

#12. Mt. Fuji

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Mt. Fuji, the great symbol of Japan, is situated on the border of Shizuoka and Yamanashi. It is the biggest peak in Japan, standing as high as 3,776 meters. Mt. Fuji is world-famous for its perfect cone shape of unparalleled beauty. Designated as a World Cultural Heritage site in 2013, it attracts millions of visitors from all over the world. In the summer you can climb Mt. Fuji however, you must prepare climbing equipment. The scenery of the rising sun from the summit of the mountain is breathtaking and magnificent.
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Mt. Fuji

Access By Bus:
・The Chuo Highway Bus from Shinjuku Station to Fujisan-Kawaguchiko Gogoume Station (2 hours 40 minutes)
・The Tomei Highway Bus from Tokyo Station to Kawaguchiko Station (2 hours 10 minutes)

Access by train:
・The Shinjuku Chuo Line / Fuji Express Line from Shinjuku Station Kawaguchiko Station (3 hours)
・The Tokaido Express from Tokyo Station to Shinfuji Station (1 hour 10 minutes)

Climbing Season: Early July – mid September
*In other periods and during the snow season, climbing Mt. Fuji is prohibited.

Phone: 054-221-3776

Website: Mt. Fuji

 

#13. Fuji Safari Park

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Located in Susono City to the east of Shizuoka, Fuji Safari Park is a natural zoo and safari park. With over 740,000 square meters, Fuji Safari Park is one of the largest safari parks in Japan. In the vast area animals including lions, bears, tigers, elephants, and cheetahs roam freely. You can watch animals move around closely and clearly while inside your car or a bus. Events such as a night safari experience, walking in the safari area, and photos with lion cubs are held there.
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Fuji Safari Park

Address: 2255-27 Fujiwara Aza Suyama, Susono City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Access: 30 minutes by bus from JR Gotenba Station

Hours:
10:00 AM – 3:30 PM (November – March)
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (March – September)
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (October)

Night Safari:
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Admission Fee:
2,700 yen (Adult)
1,500 yen (Junior)
2,00 yen (Senior)

Night Safari:
1,700 yen (Adult)
1,700 yen (Junior)

Phone: 055-998-1311

Website: Fuji Safari Park

 

#14. Izu Teddy Bear Museum

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The teddy bears at the Izu Teddy Bear Museum greet you with a warm welcome. In addition to teddy bears on permanent display, you can meet other various teddy bears at this special exhibition. You can also see teddy bears riding trains and playing in the amusement park. You can take photos in the museum freely while visiting the museum shop and a tea room. Please take wonderful photos, make memories, and take home a souvenir.
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Izu Teddy Bear Museum

Address: 1064-2 Yawatano, Itoshi, Shizuoka Prefecture

Access: 8 minute walk from Izukogen Station

Hours: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Admission Fee:
1,080 yen (Adult)
860 yen (Junior)
640 yen (Child)

Phone: 0557-54-5001

Website: Izu Teddy Bear Museum (Japanese)

 

#15. Hamamatsu Gyoza

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Hamamatsu Gyoza is a dumpling stuffed with minced pork and vegetables, of which is a specially unique to Hamamatsu City. Hamamatsu Gyoza is unique because the gyoza is pan-fried with bean sprouts in the center. There are many gyoza shops in Hamamatsu City of which you can also order take-out but Hamamatsu Gyoza Mutsugiku is one of the most popular. Come enjoy delicious Hamamatsu Gyoza!
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Hamamatsu Gyoza Mutsugiku

Address: 356-5 Sunayamacho, Naka Ward, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Access: 3 minute walk from JR Hamamatsu Station South Gate

Hours:
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
5:00 PM – 9:30 PM
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Sunday and Holiday)

Price:
480 yen (8 pieces)
720 yen (12 pieces)
960 yen (16 pieces)

Phone: 053-455-1700

Website: Hamamatsu Gyoza Mutsugiku (Japanese)

 

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