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  • Ryosenji Treasure Museum
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    3.5
    15 Reviews
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    3-12-12 Shigenogawa-cho, Shimoda-shi, Shizuoka prefecture
    This is a treasure museum located adjacent to Ryosen-ji Temple grounds and is designated as a National Historic Site as the place where the Japan-US Treaty of Peace and Amity was concluded. The museum differs from general historical archives as it doesn’t just have materials related to the opening of Japan to the world and original documents, it also has video displays. There are collections on display with the theme of Perry, Blackships, the Nanban period and Intercultural exchange, and also a collection on display with the theme of “gender and religion”. The museum is located 10 minutes by foot from Izukyu-line Shimoda Station.

    A small museum about the Black Ships of Japan. The museum hosts a small store and pictures. One must pay about $5.00 to enter the entire museum. It's an ok place to see.

  • Nakase House, Meiji-Era Merchant Family House
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Kamogunmatsuzakichou Matsuzaki 315-1
    This is a residence which was built in 1887 as a draper’s house in Matsuzaki Town, Shizuoka Prefecture. You can get to see inside this large land owner’s building whose family built their fortune in just a few generations—the luxurious wooden construction gives the building a characteristic ambience. The Matsuzaki Visitor’s Center, which is immediately right of the entrance of Nakase House, exhibits geosites of the Izu Peninsula. There is also a coffee shop where you can enjoy sweet treats in the tatami room.

    なまこ壁通りを楽しんだ後にこの場所に立ち寄りました。 観光案内や地場産品の販売なども行っていました。 大きな大正時代の時計塔があって目印になります。 なまこ壁通りからときわ大橋を渡ると右側にあります。 近くに駐車場もありました。 商家はとても贅沢な造りで中は当時の調度品などが展示されています(入場:¥100)。 是非なまこ壁通りと一緒に観光すると良いと思います。

  • Izu Teddy Bear Museum
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    4.0
    163 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Yawatano 1064-2
    A museum located a 10 minute walk from Izu-Kogen Station designed around the concept of a “teddy bear house.” The museum features numerous displays, including “Teddy Girl,” an early teddy bear produced by the German Steiff firm which is also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, rare antique bears, and works by teddy bear makers from around the world. The brick exhibition hall is modeled after an English country home. There’s also a courtyard filled with cute bears and a tea room with comfortable terrace seating, giving visitors the chance to enjoy a truly fairy tale-like atmosphere.

    There is not much to view. Less than 30 mins you can finish this museum. I don't think the ticket worth the money. But if you traveled to Izukogen with children, you could give it a chance. The...

  • Rakujuen
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    Shizuoka Pref. Mishimashi Ichibanchou 19-3
    This is a park around a three-minute walk from JR Mishima Station, on a site run by Mishima City and originally used as a villa for Prince Komatsu Akihito that was built in 1890. Surrounded by rich forest the park is home to 160 varieties of trees and plants and, depending on the season, 30 species of birds as well. The garden surrounding Ohama Pond is designated as a Natural Monument of Japan and a Place of Scenic Beauty. It is a popular park for families, with its Norimono Hiroba area featuring a merry-go-round and miniature train, and the Dobutsu Hiroba (“Animal Area”) where one can enjoy petting small creatures. Admission is required for the park.
  • Music Box Museum of Izu
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    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Yawatano 1191-1
    Located about six minutes on foot from Izu-Kogen Station, this museum focusing on antique music boxes has about 130 items including mechanical instruments such as self-playing pianos and pipe organs, and gramophones. Mechanical instruments, precious cylinder music boxes and disk music boxes come to life and play in the museum eight times a day. You can enjoy the beautiful sounds of these music boxes as well learning about the more than 200 year old history of these fascinating instruments. There is also a workshop where you can have a go at making your very own handcrafted music box. Small pets are allowed into the museum provided they are carried.
  • Shimoda Kaikoku Museum
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    3.5
    60 Reviews
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    4-8-13 Shimoda-shi, Shizuoka prefecture
    A memorial museum in the port town of Shimoda which was the first city in Japan to open its port to the western world and where the American ‘black ships’ led by Commodore Perry arrived. The museum building is an impressive sight with its Namako Wall (sea cucumber wall), and of its approximately 2,000 item collection of artifacts connected with the opening of Japan, the museum displays about 1,000 of those on a regular basis. The museum houses a number of collections including models of the black ships, portraits of Commodore Perry, keepsakes and artifacts from Townsend Harris, the first American Consul to serve in Japan, and of Tojin Okichi, the woman who served Harris. As well as an exhibition on Yoshida Shoin, the man who tried to get himself on to one of the black ships, there is a display corner highlighting folk traditions such as the Shimoda Taiko Festival. All in all there is plenty to keep visitors informed about the history of Shimoda and the opening up of the country. The nearest station is Shimoda Station.

    More history for the history buff. A small museum with local history. Stop in and learn about what took place in this area.

  • The Cat Museum
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    2.5
    55 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Yawatano 1759-242
    This museum features exhibits on extinct cat species and the world of wild cats, a collection of fairy tale and cat-themed artwork from around the world, and more. It also offers a petting gallery where visitors can relax alongside 40 cats representing around 20 kinds. The popular museum is visited by more than two million people. Visitors will see a whole new side to cats that is surprisingly profound.

    I love cats, and also appreciate funky roadside attractions. I enjoyed the bizarre displays of stuffed big cats and saber-toothed tiger skulls on the first floor, but truly felt sickened by the...

  • Ayashii Shonen Shojo Hakubutsukan
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    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Futo Under the highway 1029 - 64
    This museum with a theme of retro style and subculture in Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture exhibits a large collection of clothing, toys, dolls, and memorabilia. Yoru no Gakko, the museum's annex, is a popular haunted house visited by many tourists.
  • Kunozan Toshogu Museum
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    4.0
    38 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Shizuokashi Suruga-ku Negoya 390 Kunozan Toshogu Shrine
    This history museum in Suruga Ward, Shizuoka City is attached to the Kunozan Toshogu Shrine which enshrines Tokugawa Ieyasu. The exhibitions focus on the treasures of Kunozan Toshogu Shrine. Everyday items of Tokugawa Ieyasu are also on display along with weapons and armor that he used as Shogun. The items from the permanent collection rotate throughout the year and the museum gives you the chance to physically experience famous belongings of the Tokugawa Shoguns.

    I have to be honest, I'm not really into Shogun history so I wasn't captivated by what I saw. My museum admission was included in our excursion so I went in. I don't think one would miss anything...

  • Museum of Natural and Environmental History, Shizuoka
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    Shizuoka Pref. Shizuokashi Suruga-ku Oya 5762
    This is natural history museum in Suruga Ward, Shizuoka City is the first of its kind in Shizuoka Prefecture with exhibits that explore the theme of global environmental history. Their permanent exhibits cover the nature of Shizuoka and Suruga Bay as well as a variety of living creatures. There is also a photo-shop on site and various events such as lectures and special exhibitions are also held.
  • Tokai University Marine Science Museum / Natural History Museum
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    Shizuoka Pref. Shizuokashi Shimizu-ku Miho 2389
    This aquarium in Shimizu Ward, Shizuoka City was established by Tokai University's Social Education Center to further the efforts of social education. Tokai University's Oceanography Department also uses the facility to conduct educational of the ocean. The facility is split into two areas, the Aquarium in which a wide variety of sea life is bred and raised, and the Science Museum where you can have fun learning about the sea. There is also a museum shop where you can purchase souvenirs.
  • Shizuoka City Kodomo Creative Town MA A RU
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    Shizuoka Pref. Shizuokashi Shimizu-ku Tsuji 1-2-1 Egyira 3/4F
    A public learning facility for children in Shimizu Ward, Shizuoka City. Located in the Ejiria Building across from the front of Shimizu Station. Children can try out different jobs and crafts, or learn about how economics and society work together, and about local industries. Check out the Children Bazaar which allows children to learn about economics in a town they create, there are also exciting studios, digital workshops, cooking studios, and more.
  • Shimada City Museum (Main Building)
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    Shizuoka Pref. Shimadashi Kawara 1-5-50
    A museum in Shimada City, Shizuoka Prefecture. The main theme of the permanent exhibitions of the main building are the travelers and their travels who stopped at the Shimada-juku station, waiting to cross the Oigawa River in the later part of the Edo period. Temporary exhibitions are displayed in the special exhibition room. On the east side of the remains of the old river crossing there is an annex, restored house from the Meiji period.
  • Tea Museum, Shizuoka
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    Shizuoka Pref. Shimadashi Kanayafujimichou 3053-2
    "A museum located in Shimada City, Shizuoka Prefecture. As a museum focusing on tea, you can experience various aspects of tea, such as tea picking, scrubbing, matcha tea grindingand ""sado""-tea ceremony. Also, there are exhibits regarding the industry, history, culture, and functionality of tea. Furthermore, there is a museum shop, and a restaurant where you can enjoy dishes made with tea."
  • Yamaha Communication Plaza
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    4.0
    44 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Iwatashi Shingai 2500
    This company museum for the Yamaha Motor Company is located at their headquarters in Iwata City, Shizuoka Prefecture. Come see the products and history of the Yamaha Motor Company on display centered around communication and the past-present-future. They also hold special exhibitions drawing crowds of motorcycle and car enthusiasts.

    A perfect place to see the great collection of vintage and high end bikes and other machines of Yamaha at once. it's my second visit after 2003, the collection and display of Yamaha evolution as a...

  • Hamanako Orgel Museum
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    3.5
    53 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Hamamatsushi Nishi-ku Kanzanjichou 1891
    A specialized orgel museum in Nishi Ward, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture where you can see antique orgels and orgel demonstrations. This is a popular destination with one of the finest museum shops in the Tokai region and workshops where you can try your hand at assembling an original orgel.

    Great museum close to the train station. Amazing area of musical instruments from around the world. Friendly staff. Piano heaven. Instruments from all over Asia and Europe, you will enjoy.

  • Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments
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    Shizuoka Pref. Hamamatsushi Naka-ku Chuou 3-9-1
    A museum of musical instruments in 3 Chome Chuo, Naka Ward, Hamamatsu City. The four exhibition rooms have almost 1,500 instruments from around the world including Asia, Oceania, Africa, America, and Europe, as well as keyboards and domestic western style instruments and electric instruments. They hold a variety of music salons including lecture concerts about singular instruments or pieces of music and more casual evening concerts.
  • Hamamatsu Festival Pavilion
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    Shizuoka Pref. Hamamatsushi Minami-ku Nakatajimachou 1313
    This resource materials center is located in Enshunada Coastal Park of Nakatajima-cho, Minami Ward, Hamamatsu City. On display are materials related to Hamamatsu Matsuri, held every year from May 3rd to 5th with events like the kite-flying battle and festival floats (gotenyatai) parade, and with nearly one million participants. You can experience the history and tradition of the 440-year old Hamamatsu Matsuri through the display of materials, like the taiko drums for Hamamatsu Shusse Daiko or the large kites or the festival floats (gotenyatai).
  • The Kiseki Museum of World Stones
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Fujinomiyashi Yamamiya 3670
    A museum in Yamamiya, Fujinomiya City. It was opened as Japan's first museum for stones in 1971. The variety of rare stones are displayed here not according to a mineralogical viewpoint, but using a viewpoint that compares them to animals or plants, based on Unkonshi-Japan's first expert stone manual, written by Sekitei Kiuchi, a naturalist of the Edo period. There are also exhibits of gemstones, luminous stones, dinosaur fossils and other fossils, and of materials related to Kenji Miyazawa (famous poet and author) as a geologist.

    I was with my 11 and 14 years old son. They were enjoying this place very much. A lot to see in the museum itself with displaying lots of different stones and rocks where they cane from all around...

  • Shimada City Museum Annex
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    Shizuoka Pref. Shimadashi Kawara 2-16-5
    Shimada City Museum Annex is a five-minute drive from the Hassashi or Mukuya Interchange and about 16 minutes from the Shimada Kanaya Interchange, a little way northeast of Shimada City Museum on the Kawagoe Highway. It is made up of three exhibition spaces: a traditional Japanese-style house, the Unno Mitsuharu Memorial Woodblock Print Collection, and the Museum of Folk Culture. The traditional house, built in 1890, is a machiya townhouse that displays materials on folk culture, and outside is a well from that period. The Memorial Collection is centered on the works of wood block artist Unno Mitsuharu, a native of Shizuoka Prefecture. From time to time, curators give gallery talks.

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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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