Culture / Tour Spots in Shizuoka Area

  • Fuji Safari Park
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    4.0
    485 Reviews
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    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.

    We got there 15min after opening and immediately went to queue for the sightseeing buses. Unfortunately, all available slots left were after 1pm which would make us late to drive back to Kawaguchiko...

  • Numazu Deep Sea Aquarium
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    4.0
    340 Reviews
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    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
    295 Reviews
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    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.

    You may experience the time with adrable birds in the park by watching, feeding and so forth. The park itself is quite clean and you may be excited to see the birds flying around you. Birds Show...

  • Izu Animal Kingdom
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    4.0
    261 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Kamogunhigashizuchou Inatori 3344
    A theme park located in Higashiizu Town, Kamo County, Shizuoka Prefecture with a zoo, amusement park, sports zone, and more. In addition to white tiger, lion, and cheetah exhibits, there’s also a Walking Safari area where visitors can view animals like giraffes and zebras living in environments close to their natural habitat. There’s also a Ferris wheel, go-carts, a Dinosaur Forest dotted with lifelike dinosaur models, and a miniature golf course, making the park the perfect place to enjoy an entire day as a family or group.

    First of all, a zoo is always a little depressing if you think is like a prison, but the zafari advertising of this one catch my attention. It looked ok until you reach the petting zoo. The parrots...

  • Atagawa Tropical & Alligator Garden
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    4.0
    266 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Kamogunhigashizuchou Naramoto 1253-10
    This is a zoo and botanical garden in Higashi Izu-cho, Kamo County in Shizuoka Prefecture and is composed of three facilities: an alligator park, a plant park and a separate park. The alligator park allows you to observe 17 different kinds of alligators including cross-breeds from various angles and holds events to get to know alligators throughout the year except in the winter. The plant and separate parks have 15 greenhouses that exhibit approximately 5,000 types of tropical plants including bananas and original orchid species. The separate park is popular for its red pandas. It is also known for having the only Amazonian Manatee in Japan.

    So we went there because the weather was too inclement for diving and we had to pass some time. Its a slightly confusing venue, spread over many different buildings and areas but there is a shuttle...

  • Akao Herb & Rose Garden
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    4.0
    276 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Atamishi Kamitaga 1027-8
    A 660 thousand square meter flower garden which makes use of the geography of Nishikigaura, a designated Place of Scenic Beauty in Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture. The facility consists of 12 themed gardens, including an English rose garden, a herb garden, rose valley, and Japanese garden. One of the unique characteristics of the garden is its use of pale roses and other flower varieties in order to better match the scenery of the nearby ocean. The best time to visit is from May to June when some 600 varieties and 4,000 individual rose plants come into bloom. There is also an herb shop modeled after an image of English country life, a workshop, and ocean view restaurant.

    Lots of kind of roses can be viewed you can enjoy not only your self but for family and friends there’s available umbrellas for all the visitors.

  • Izu-Mito Sea Paradise
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    4.0
    170 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Numadushi Uchiuranagahama 3-1
    Located in Numazu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Izu-Mito Sea Paradise is one of the oldest operating aquariums in Japan. The facility is famous as the first in Japan to keep bottlenose dolphins, sea otters, and walruses. The aquarium is full of attractions, including a giant tank filled with deep sea creatures from the bottom of Suruga Bay, an entrancing illuminated jellyfish tank, a touch pool where visitors can come in contact with deep sea creatures, and marine animal shows. Shows sure to delight adults and children alike are held throughout the day—a dynamic dolphin show, comical sea lion performances, walrus feeding time, and an Asian small-clawed otter handshaking event.

    i was surprise when i saw the big sea lion! as part of the show,the sea lion went up stairs and there jumped so high! aside from the penguins in the show,i also like those tiny penguins! they are so...

  • Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments
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    4.0
    281 Reviews
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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.

    It is a veritable wonderland of musical instruments from many parts of the world and helpful friendly staff. The displays are well labeled and the English leaflet and audio guide was very helpful...

  • Izu Teddy Bear Museum
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    4.0
    174 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.

    Besides Teddy bears, they have other exhibits eg. Tottoro. Really lovely museum to go. You can go to the tea room next door after your visit.

  • iZoo
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    4.5
    119 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Kamogunkawaduchou Hama 406-2
    Located in Kawazu Town, Kamo County, Shizuoka Prefecture, iZoo is one of the largest zoos in Japan dedicated to reptiles and amphibians. iZoo cares for a diverse variety of reptiles and amphibians, including an endangered Galapogos giant tortoise, iguanas, lizards, snakes, and frogs. In addition to indoor and outdoor animal exhibits, visitors can also enjoy taking commemorative photos, petting, and feeding some of the zoo’s creatures. Children 30 kilograms and under can take a photo riding the giant tortoise (extra fee required). Closest station: Kawazu Station on the Izu Kyuko Line. Closest bus stop: The “Shobusawa” stop on the Tokai Bus.

    私は爬虫類には全く興味がないのですが、カメレースとガラパゴスゾウガメとの写真が本当に良い印象に残りました! Even I am not interested in them, very rare crocodiles and chameleons were very interesting to see. We took photos with Galapagos Turtle and...

  • Rakujuen
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    4.0
    176 Reviews
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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.

    The highlight is the old historical building with a large pond in front. The view is quite nice. You can only go into the building by guided tour (every hour). As this place turned into a place where...

  • Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art
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    4.0
    96 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Shizuokashi Suruga-ku Yada 53-2
    This art museum in Suruga Ward, Shizuoka City contains works from local Shizuoka artists including modern sculptures, ukiyo-e wood block prints, and Nihonga paintings as well as both eastern and western landscape paintings from the 17th century onwards. The Rodin Wing has many works of art by master Rodin, including his famous piece, The Thinker. Their permanent collection includes not just works of art but a wide variety of exhibitions including excavated historical relics. They also hold workshops giving you the chance to create your own works of art.

    I really enjoyed my visit to the Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art. The sculpture park was a lovely stroll and the special exhibition that was on at the time I was there was very interesting...

  • Hamamatsu Zoo
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    4.0
    114 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Hamamatsushi Nishi-ku Kanzanjichou 199
    A city-operated zoo in Nishi Ward, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture. Come see almost 100 different species including the largest exhibit of primates in Japan. This zoo is famous as the only location in Japan where the small Golden Lion Tamarin is kept and raised. A special night safari event is held where you can feed and touch the animals, making this a popular place to bring children on weekends and holidays.

    Went with the wife the other day. Besides seeing all the cute and interesting animals, we really enjoyed the insect collection. The flowers and shrubs are really pretty. There are several playgrounds...

  • Yamaha Communication Plaza
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    4.0
    50 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.

    This is a must see attraction for anyone who has an interest in motorcycles. On display is a comprehensive collection of motorcycles from the very first Yamaha motorcycle through to the superbikes of...

  • Fuji Kachoen Garden Park
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    4.0
    85 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Fujinomiyashi Nebara 480-1
    This theme park is located along National Route 139 in Nebara, Fujinomiya City. It exhibits a variety of flowers including 1,200 begonias in its air-conditioned all-weather green house. It also cares for about 100 birds representing around 30 species including owls, penguins, and emus. Visitors can enjoy watching bird shows as well as feeding and interacting with the birds. The park also has a restaurant that serves items such as Fujinomiya yakisoba (a local take on fried noodles) and a shop that offers original owl merchandise and other items.

    Not much of a bird-lover, I agreed to go with Hubby. KACHOEN is quite AMAZING. First, a variety of owls, with different eyebrows. Explosion of color from the flowers, begonias in hanging baskets...

  • Kunozan Toshogu Museum
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    4.0
    49 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.

    Not only Kunousan Toshogu Shrine but also the Museum was a thing of beauty. The items on display were extraordinary. The center piece was a golden clock out of Europe which was a gift from a Spanish...

  • Hamamatsu City Akino Fuku Museum
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    4.0
    52 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Hamamatsushi Tenryu-ku Futamatachoufutamata 130
    Located in Futamata, Futamata Town, Tenryu Ward, Hamamatsu City, this art museum contains the work of local Japanese painter Fuku Akino. One key feature is that you remove your shoes when on the marble and rattan mat floors to view works. There are regular and special exhibits.

    この美術館に子供を連れて行くと嫌な気分にされます。 騒がない子供にも注意してきます。 入ってすぐに出ました。 子供が嫌いなようです。 二度と行かない!

  • Hamanako Orgel Museum
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    4.0
    70 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.

    Before the trip, I thought it was just an ordinary museum. However, I was wrong. The museum has a display of many different kinds of beautiful 19th Century orgels (music boxes) and fairground...

  • Sano Art Museum
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    4.0
    40 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Mishimashi Nakatamachi 1-43
    "This art museum primarily holds exhibits of Japanese fine arts, with an impressive array of styles, such as pottery, paintings, and photographs. In the regular exhibit section, a portion of the collection, such as swords, and Buddha statues, is on display. The premises include a stroll-type Japanese garden, which receives spring water from Mt. Fuji, and is called ""Ryusen-en"", a place with enjoyable views in each season."

    I came during a special videogame-artifact collaboration the museum was hosting. This is a small museum and has one floor of galleries on the second floor and the ground floor has the museum store...

  • Kawazu Bagatelle Park
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    4.0
    69 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Kamogunkawaduchou Mine 1073
    A French garden located in Kawazu Town, Kamo County, Shizuoka Prefecture which was created as a sister garden to the Bagatelle Park in Paris, France. Past the avenue of trees at the entrance to the park, visitors will find the park’s French Plaza, an area filled with a fountain and small villas modeled after the Palace of Versailles. The park is planted with 1,100 varieties and 6,000 individual rose plants and the bilaterally symmetrical park stretching into the distance looks like something out of an oil painting. There is also a café in the shop which serves popular rose soft serve ice cream and a shop selling rose-themed goods.

    Number one advise would be to check the bloom on their website before making the journey to the place. We were there just a week after the park opened for the season and the roses were still budding...

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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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