Spots in Shizuoka Area

  • Gotemba Premium Outlets
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    4.0
    1452 Reviews
    Shopping
    Shizuoka Pref. Gotembashi Fukasawa 1312
    Located in Gotemba City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Gotemba Premium Outlets is Japan’s largest outlet mall. Occupying an extensive site with views of Mt. Fuji, Gotemba Premium Outlets is divided into a West Zone and East Zone, with an impressive line-up of more than 290 shops and restaurants, including many leading international and Japanese brands. There are direct bus services to Gotemba Premium Outlets from several major railway stations, including Tokyo Station, Shinagawa Station, Shinjuku Station, Ikebukuro Station, and Yokohama Station.

    This place is HUGE!!! Fuji is in the backdrop, so you can take some awesome photos with it. Lots and lots of shopping!!! Will definitely come back!!!

  • Fuji Safari Park
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    4.0
    487 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Susonoshi Suyama Fujiwara 2255-27
    Japan’s largest safari park, located in Susono City, Shizuoka Prefecture. Some 30 species of animals, including a variety of large herbivores, bears, and lions live lives of ease in the park’s Safari Zone, which visitors can drive through in their own car or take a park bus tour through to view them up close in an environment close to their natural habitat. In the Fureai Zone, visitors can play with and feed kangaroos, capybaras, and other small animals. There’s also a popular Walking Safari course which lets you walk the outer perimeter of the safari zone on foot (closed in winter). The park offers a Night Safari course only on Saturday, Sunday, and holiday nights in spring and summer.

    Actually, it is our 2nd time to visit the park. My kids enjoyed riding the bus wherein it will go to the safari and you can see the animals roaming around like the lions. You can feed them from...

  • Kinomiya-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    791 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Atamishi Nishiyamachou 43-1
    Also known as the Kinomiya Myojin and the Kinomiya Dai-Myojin, this ancient Shinto shrine has long served the faithful in Izu and Atami. Legend has it that the shrine was built to house an idol which a fisherman caught in his net in 710. The massive sacred tree on the shrine’s grounds, named Okusu, is a nationally designated Natural Monument; over 2,000 years old, it is the second largest tree in Japan. It is said that circling the trunk once extends one’s life by one year. The shrine’s rest area, where visitors can buy tea, Raifuku sweets, and light meals, is also popular. Closest station: Kinomiya Station.

    熱海の観光名所の1つにもなっている神社です。樹齢2000年以上と推定されている大きな楠が特徴です。来宮駅が最寄り駅ですが、熱海駅から徒歩で20分程度であること、熱海駅で停車する電車の本数が比較的多いことから、熱海駅からの散策で訪れる人も多くいます。神社周辺にはいくつか駐車場がありますが、休日は必ずと言っていいほど満車になること、道幅が狭いところがいくつかあるため、車で来るのは注意が必要です。 有名...

  • Izu Shaboten Zoo
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    4.0
    609 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Futo 1317-13
    A theme park located in the Futo area of Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture where visitors can experience a variety of plants and animals. In addition to 1,500 varieties of cacti and succulents gathered from around the world, the park also keeps and displays 120 species of animals, including cute capybaras. The park is famous for its capybara “rotenburo” (“open-air bath”) in winter, in which capybaras warm themselves in a piping hot bath. The park’s five greenhouses present cacti growing in emulations of South American, African, and other environments, and visitors can enjoy viewing rare species as well as cactus flowers. The park’s animal shows and opportunities for visitors to feed animals are also popular.

    I really enjoyed this place. It was more fun than I expected and had so many interesting places to explore. Kids and adults alike will enjoy it.

  • Mt. Fuji
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi / Shizuoka prefecture
    This is an elegant mountain which is certainly also a symbol of Japan, which is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 meters. Mt. Fuji is also often the theme of artistic inspiration such as Hokusai Katsushika: “Fugaku Sanjurokkei” (Thirty-six Sceneries of Mt. Fuji). Also, Mt. Fuji is also the place where the “Mt. Fuji faith” started and it is revered as a sacred mountain in which a deity resides. In 2013 it was registered with World Cultural Heritage as “Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration”. There are four climbing routes including the Yoshida Route, the Subashiri Route, the Gotemba Route and the Fujinomiya Route. Since the opening periods vary depending on which mountain trail you choose, it is necessary to confirm in advance whether your intended route is open.
  • Hamamatsu Castle
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    3.5
    545 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Hamamatsushi Naka-ku Motoshirochou 100-2
    The castle in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture where the stone walls, the castle gate and castle tower keep have been restored. There's a lot to learn inside the grounds with pictures and models on display as well as a viewing platform on the top level. Surrounding the castle is Hamamatsu Castle Park, a popular meeting spot not just for tourists but for the locals as well.

    it used to be very beautiful place but the city made a change to attract tourists and put massive ugly signs or allowed a starbucks to run in the property , all of which has destroyed serenity it had.

  • Fujisan Hongu Sengentaisha
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    4.5
    381 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Fujinomiyashi Miyachou 1-1
    A shrine in Miyacho Town, Fujinomiya City. With Mt. Fuji as its holy mount, the god Konohana-no-Sakuyahime-no-Mikoto is venerated here. It is the head shrine of the nearly 1,300 Sengen Shrines in the country. The main building, made in Sengen-style, has been designated a National Important Cultural Property, and the Wakutamaike Pond, which springs up into the precincts from the terminus of Mt. Fuji's lava flow, has been designated a National Special Natural Monument.

    We had a hour visiting this shrine. We were taken to the Shrine by friends in their car. At about 9:15am, car- parking spaces were quite plentiful in the paid Carpark which had several...

  • Hamamatsu JASDF Air Park and Museum
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    4.5
    515 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Hamamatsushi Nishi-ku Nishiyamachou
    This museum is attached to the JASDF Hamamatsu Air Base and is a part of the JASDF's public relations outreach. Known by the nickname Airpark there is a museum and hangar with JSDF materials on display as well as a 360-degree theater where you can feel like a pilot. Their hold events always draw a crowd.

    One of the best places in Hamamatsu to bring small children, and interesting for adults too. Best of all... its free entertainment!

  • Unagi Pie Factory
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    4.0
    604 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Hamamatsushi Nishi-ku Okubochou 748-51
    This factory produces Unagi Pie, a snack that is popular as a Shizuoka Prefecture souvenir. Many visitors come to take self-guided tours of the factory, where admission is free (Reservations are required for large groups.) The factory's Unagi Pai Cafe offers sweets made with Unagi Pies, a selection of seasonal items, and more.

    I visited there without a reservation. An application form was required at a counter, but just filled it and I could enter before long. No admission fee was required but I got some sweets when...

  • MOA Museum of Art
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    4.5
    457 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Atamishi Momoyamachou 26-2
    This is a museum built on a hill which overlooks Sagami Bay in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture. From the main lobby with one sweep of the eye, you can see Hatsushima and Izu Oshima islands floating in the sea, and the large 180-degree panorama soothes the souls of the people who see it. It holds approximately 3,500 fine works of art with a focus on Japanese art including three National Treasures and 65 Important Cultural Properties. The museum reopened in February, 2017 after undergoing renovations. It is located five minutes by car from JR Atami Station.

    We visited in May 2021 and thoroughly enjoyed walking around the gallery displays on a Saturday afternoon. Visitors and staff members were wearing masks and seemed to be careful about practicing...

  • Numazu Deep Sea Aquarium
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    4.0
    343 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Numadushi Sembonminatochou 83
    Located in the Minato 83 Banchi commercial facility in Numazu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, this unusual aquarium focuses on deep sea life. The aquarium’s centerpiece is its coelacanth exhibit, which includes extremely rare displays of both a frozen and a mounted coelacanth, a deep sea fish whose form hasn’t changed in 350 million years. Other popular exhibits include a large aquarium filled with animals from Suruga Bay, a treasure trove of deep sea life; an almost magical tank of luminescent fish; and a tank housing giant isopods, famous for their ability to live for years without eating. Unique deep sea life-themed merchandise is available at the aquarium shop.

    The aquarium is quite small and only took an hour to walk round. The exhibits all focussed on the deep sea and were different and really interesting, especially the massive spider crabs.

  • Kakegawa Kachouen
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    4.5
    305 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Kakegawashi Minamisaigou 1517
    This theme park featuring flowers and birds is located in Kakegawa City, Shizuoka Prefecture. In the glasshouse fully equipped with air conditioning you can see flowers like impatiens and water lilies. Furthermore, you can experience interacting with owls, eagles, and other birds. The park is barrier-free, with easy access for strollers and wheelchairs, and is visited by many tourists.

    Interesting Park with many types of birds. The great part is that people can hang out and interact with the birds. Nice little show With the participation of the audience.

  • Izu Granpal Amusement Park
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    4.0
    327 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Futo 1090
    A theme park situated along National Route 135 in Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture. The park’s spacious grounds, equivalent to five Tokyo Domes, are dotted with sports facilities. The park features 14 varieties of athletic equipment and fun attractions for children and adults such as Battle King, where visitors can climb in a robot and fight each other; Water Balloon where you can jump in a giant clear ball and walk on water; and Zip Line, where you can fly through the air sliding down a metal wire. There’s also a park golf course and other entertaining facilities; there’s tons of fun things to do for people of all ages! For visitors with dogs, there’s a restaurant where you can eat together (terrace seating only), attractions you can ride together, and a dog run.

    もっと楽しめたはずが息子が早めに帰りたいと言って、せっかく買った回数券を人に挙げるハメになりましたが、大きなスライダーとか楽しかったです。バス代含めて結構かかったんですが、やっぱり夜の部にいないとコスパという意味では近場の大きな公園でも十分かもしれません。 Enjoyed the big slider and a giant maze. If your kids like dinosaurs...

  • Shimoda Aquarium
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    4.0
    326 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimoda-shi, Shizuoka prefecture 3-22-31
    An aquarium located in Shimoda City, Shizuoka Prefecture built on the water using a natural bay. In the Perry aqua dome situated in the middle of the bay, visitors can view large aquarium tanks recreating the ocean off Izu. There are also bottlenose dolphin shows held on the aquarium’s “marine stage.” Meanwhile, Pacific white-sided dolphin and sea lion shows are held in the aquarium’s marine stadium. Exhibiting some 250 species and 1,500 individual marine creatures, facilities such as a penguin pool, earless seal hall, and sea turtle pond have made the aquarium a top destination for visitors to Shimoda.

    Unique aquarium, as the name suggests, it is a floating aquarium in the sense that they have built a floating bridge on sea water and also building on top of sea. There are couple of Dolphin shows...

  • Shuzenji Temple
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    4.0
    387 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Izushi Shuzenji 964
    Shuzenji Temple is located in Izu City, Shizuoka Prefecture and in 2007 the temple welcomed the anniversary of its 1200-year history. The temple which was initially opened by Kobo Daishi, has now been converted to the Soto school of Buddhism. The Izu peninsula pilgrimage to the 88 sacred places (holy spots related to Kobo Daishi) ends at this temple which also issues amulets. Hot spring water gushes forth and steam rises up from the purificatory font on the grounds of the temple where the charm of this hot spring district lingers. Special events are held to match each season such as open-air concerts during the summer and in autumn, the courtyard tinged with autumn colors is opened to the public. The original “Shuzen-ji Temple meal” is shojin ryori (devotion cuisine) which is originally derived from Buddhism and has adopted the ideas of Chinese herbal medicine. It can be savoured at the tasting event which has been held every year since 2000.

    Ancient building set very close to the Main Street and bus station (from Shuzenji station). Though not big in size there is a great sense of peace and pride in its presence. The area up the hill...

  • Yaizu Sakana Market
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    3.5
    316 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Yaidushi Yagusu 4-chome 13-7
    A wholesale market and seafood processors in Yaizu City, Shizuoka Prefecture. This market is a gathering of shops and stores that deal in all types of seafood including tuna, crab, whitebait, sakura shrimp, dried bonito, fish paste, and more. And with the restaurant, Dai Shokudo Nagisa, serving seafood rice bowls, changing lunch specials, and set meals, you can enjoy the bounty of the sea to your heart's content.

    When in Yaizu Shizouka, one shouldn’t miss the Sakana Fish Center. Enter through the other end where the tour busses aren’t parked to score a better deal. Living in Tokyo where the price of...

  • Kakegawa Castle (Kumokiri Castle)
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    4.0
    324 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Kakegawashi Kakegawa 1138-24
    This castle inside of Kakegawa Castle Park in Kakegawa City, Shizuoka Prefecture is famous for being Japan's first recreated castle using the original wood construction techniques. Visitors can tour the inside of the castle and climb the stairs to the observation deck on the top floor. The castle, which is visited by many tourists, has also been selected as one of Japan's best 100 castles.

    The tower is relatively small but beautifully presented, as the palace is included in the ticket price it is good value for money. On a clear day as it has been today, you can see right across...

  • S-Pulse Dream Plaza
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    3.5
    304 Reviews
    Shopping
    Shizuoka Pref. Shizuokashi Shimizu-ku Irifunechou 13-15
    "S-Pulse Dream Plaza is a shopping center located around one minute's walk from the Shizutetsu Justline Bus Hatoba Verkehr Hakubutsukan bus stop. Based around the concept of ""Let's create excitement,"" S-Pulse Dream Plaza was created as part of a waterfront area redevelopment project, through collaboration between local business enterprises and the local government. Each of the four floors has its own particular theme, and on weekends the Plaza attracts large numbers of visitors, both locals and tourists from further afield. There is a movie theatre, fashion boutiques, sporting goods stores, the Shimizu Sushi Museum, and Chibi Maruko Land, an interactive, participative museum featuring Chibi Maruko-chan, a manga comic and TV cartoon character who is very popular in Japan, as well as a restaurant featuring school lunch from the era in which Chibi Maruko-chan is set (the 1970s)."

    Nothing too exciting about this mall, besides the movie complex on the top and the ferry wheel, right outside. But the location is nice, by the water, near shimizu port.

  • Hamanako Garden Park
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    4.5
    208 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Hamamatsushi Nishi-ku Murakushichou 5475-1
    This green park is in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture is located on the shore of Lake Hamanako where you can enjoy different plant life all year round. The park contains a Garden Cruise sightseeing boat, a lookout tower, and a water park popular with children. The variety of events held, and hand-on learning experiences draws lots of families.

    Besides a replica of the Monet House and the garden from the painting Water lillies there are several other areas in this garden. There is a tree from the Jurassic period and many varieties of...

  • Shizuoka Municipal Nihondaira Zoo
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    4.5
    233 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Shizuokashi Suruga-ku Ikeda 1767-6
    This zoo in Suruga Ward, Shizuoka City is known as one of the leading zoos in the country with almost 700 animals covering 160 species. The pens have been built to resemble the animal's natural habitat and include a wide variety of facilities including the Penguin House, the Red Panda House, and the Wild Animal House where you can watch the animals from up close. The popular Flying Megadome and Petting Zoo also draw large crowds.

    We had a great time watching the seals. And there was a huge slide which was fun too. It is like a roller slide from the top of the mountain.

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With the giant Pacific Ocean to the south and the great Mount Fuji to the north, Shizuoka prefecture is blessed with some of the best views the country has to offer. The white sand beaches of the Izu Peninsula are a rare find on mainland Japan, neighbored by beautiful cliffs, tumbling hills, and natural hot springs. As Japan's largest producer of green tea, the age-old tradition of tea drinking is ubiquitous in Shizuoka, from the miles of tea fields to the old tea houses hosting traditional tea ceremonies.

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