Culture / Tour Spots in Shizuoka Area

  • Fuji Safari Park
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    4.0
    487 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.

    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...

  • MOA Museum of Art
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    4.5
    457 Reviews
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    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
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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
    305 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.

    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.

  • Shimoda Aquarium
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    4.0
    326 Reviews
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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.

    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...

  • Shizuoka Municipal Nihondaira Zoo
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    4.5
    233 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.

    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.

  • Izu Animal Kingdom
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    4.0
    264 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
    272 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.

    We had much more fun than we expected. The conditions for animals are not ideal but the real treat at this place is the large variety of plants that you get to see (and I am not at all a plant...

  • Izu-Mito Sea Paradise
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    4.0
    174 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
    282 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.

    they had a lot of ethnic music instrunments( replicas!) from all over the world. if you want to learn wgat they look like or so on, it would be a good place but i was very dissapointed when i saw...

  • Izu Teddy Bear Museum
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    4.0
    175 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.

    My 2 kids said this was one of the highlights of the trip. Theres a giant furry bus of teddies that is very cute.

  • iZoo
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    4.5
    123 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...

  • Hamamatsu Zoo
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    4.0
    113 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
    49 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
    89 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...

  • Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art
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    4.0
    97 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...

  • Kawazu Bagatelle Park
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    3.5
    72 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...

  • Hamanako Orgel Museum
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    4.0
    69 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...

  • Kawana Stained Glass Museum
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    4.0
    47 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Kawana 1439-1
    Located in a perfect location overlooking the sea is this stained glass museum in Kawana, Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture. With a church and chapel contained within, there is precious stained glass from the 19th century given by the UK to be found throughout the building. The museum is a glorious space in which the soul is soothed by the rays of sunshine pouring through the stained glass windows, the soft light of the lamps and by the scent of the incense. Unexpected moments can be enjoyed while listening to the sounds of the music box and pipe organ. On site is an Italian restaurant run by chef Yukio Ishizaki and also a wedding venue.

    I am not an expert on stained glass, but I found the building elegant, the gardens pretty and the overall atmosphere enchanting. Many stained glass windows on display are old works from Europe...

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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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