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  • Fuji Safari Park
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    4.0
    447 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 drove our own car into the safari park and I've gotta say that both adults and kids were thrilled. Especially the at the section of the brown bear, lion, tiger and giraffes. If you're lucky, the...

  • Numazu Deep Sea Aquarium
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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.
  • Kakegawa Kachouen
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    4.5
    246 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.

    Nice when you are in Kakegawa any way , I spend 2 hours (did not have lunc there) Made some nice pictures of Flamingos Owls and Eagles.

  • Izu-Mito Sea Paradise
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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.
  • Atami Baien
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    Shizuoka Pref. Atamishi Baienchou 8-11
    This plum garden located in the city of Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture was first opened in 1886 and is famous for its “ume” (or Japanese plum/apricot) trees considered to be the earliest blooming in Japan, and other fall foliage, considered to occur the latest in Japan. In addition to 59 varieties and 472 individual plum trees, the garden is also dotted with some 380 deciduous trees of other species, allowing visitors to enjoy beautiful seasonal scenery while strolling about the grounds. The garden’s “Daiichi-go” (“Number One”) plum tree generally blossoms around late November to early December, while the garden’s various other varieties gradually come into bloom one after the other from January through March. The Atami Baien Festival is held from mid-January to mid-March, and during this time a footbath facility and souvenir shop are opened on the garden grounds. Geisha, rakugo comedic storytelling, and other performances are also held during the festival period.
  • Sano Art Museum
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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."
  • Izu Animal Kingdom
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    4.0
    238 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.

    Beautiful place and beautiful animals. It was not busy so our child could interact with the animals; feed giraffe, touch a Rhino, etc... lots of fun.

  • iZoo
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    4.5
    99 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.

    Watch out when you walk around the iZoo. There are reptiles crawling on the ground. The most exciting part is touching the snake and lizard. You can also feed the tortoises.

  • Shizuoka Municipal Nihondaira Zoo
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    4.5
    207 Reviews
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    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.

    I wish I could write a zero star revieq, because the experience was so horrible. Animals have barely any space to move, monkey cages are tiny, they barely had any space to move not to say run or jump...

  • Atagawa Tropical & Alligator Garden
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    4.0
    238 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.

    Many alligators. The place is divided into 3 separate locations and you can go there by shuttle bus. It is all a bit run-down but still OK. Half of the place is a botanical garden and it is...

  • Shimoda Aquarium
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    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.
  • Akao Herb & Rose Garden
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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.
  • Ikeda Museum of 20th Century Art
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    4.5
    25 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Totari 614
    This is a private art museum located in Ito City, Shizuoka which focuses on 20th century contemporary art. This museum was established in 1975 by Eiichi Ikeda, the founder of NICHIREKI CO.,LTD. It has a collection of approximately 1,400 works of fine art and sculptures created in the 20th century with an emphasis on the theme of “human”; it also possesses works by famous painters including Renoir, Bonnard and Picasso. If you get in touch in advance, the curator or a member of staff will explain about a piece of work.

    small, but with great modern art collection. worth a visit. also the restaurant on the opposite street is a nice place to check.

  • 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 no Chohachi Art Museum
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    4.5
    30 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Kamogunmatsuzakichou Matsuzaki 23
    This is a museum which aims to communicate to the succeeding generations the contributions made by the craftsman, Chohachi Irie to plaster art “kote-e” and the techniques of traditional plasterers. Approximately 50 unique artworks created by Chohachi Irie—which are different from normal plaster art—are on display and are introduced in the museum. It takes 50 minutes by bus to get to the museum from Izukyu-line Shimoda Station.

    伊豆の長八といえば漆喰画(?)の名人。こちらには長八の作品とナマコ壁の技術を伝承するための作品などが展示されています。漆喰での立体作品は驚くほど完成度が高く驚かされます。戦災や建物の改築などで失われた作品が残念でなりません。伊豆の地にこのような方が居たとは本当にビックリです。 あまり混んでいませんのでゆっくりと自分のペースで見学する事が可能です。施設の方も親切で聞けばわかる範囲で丁寧に教えてくださ...

  • 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...

  • Kawazu Bagatelle Park
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    4.0
    65 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.

    Just spectacular ! Spend a rainy morning here it's doesn't only lift the weather it raises the soul. Spectacular display of hundreds and hundreds of the worlds best roses. Just a rainbow of colour...

  • Atagawa Herb Terrace
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Kamogunhigashizuchou Naramoto 276
    Located on about 6,611 m2 of spacious grounds, this herb garden on cultivates over 250 types of herbs and is the only such diverse one on the Izu Peninsula. Not only are there familiar varieties such as lavender and rosemary, one can encounter varieties of herbs that are unusual in Japan. They also hold workshops to make things such as aroma incense and herb soup by hand. Inside the garden is a tea room where guests can enjoy an original blend of herb teas that also doubles as a shop which sells herb merchandise. The closest station is Izu-Atagawa Station.

    熱川というと、バナナワニ園くらいしか観光施設を思いつかなかったのですが、ネットで調べた結果、こちら熱川ハーブテラスという施設を見つけました。メインはハーブ園になりますが、関係のお土産もいろいろ売っています。ハーブ系のお店だと、これまでは熱海のアカオハーブ&ローズガーデンにいっていたのですが、一つ選択肢が増えました。

  • Koganezaki Crystal Park
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Kamogunnishizuchou Ugusu 2204-3
    This museum which displays modern glass works and kaleidoscopes gathered from around the world is located in the Ugusu district of Shizuoka Prefecture’s Kamo County, Nishiizu Town, a production area for silica, the raw material in glass. In addition to their regular exhibits, they also hold original exhibitions based on the theme of glass. In their experience workshop, visitors can enjoy making unique glass products such as sand-blasted items and stained glass. There is also a shop where guests can purchase glass products such as Nishi Izu’s Kamo Furin handmade wind chimes and works by local artists.

    The first views were great, showing the cape... but that was nothing compared to when you reach the place where you can see Mt Fuji! The Mt Fuji Lookout within this attraction is absolutely worth...

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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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