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  • Mishima Sky Walk
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    Shizuoka Pref. Mishimashi Sasaharashinden 313
    This suspension bridge located in Mishima City, Shizuoka Prefecture is 400 meters long and is the longest pedestrian bridge in Japan. From a thrilling 70.6 meters in the air, visitors can enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Fuji and Suruga Bay. The bridge is quite wide, making it easy to traverse with a stroller or wheelchair. Pets can also be taken on the bridge with the use of a paid rental cart. In the adjoining Sky Garden commercial facility, visitors will find shops selling local vegetables, pickles, jams, and teas, as well as restaurants where they can enjoy a beverage and a light meal.
  • Miho no Matsubara Pine Grove
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    Shizuoka Pref. Shizuokashi Shimizu-ku Miho
    "Miho no Matsubara is a scenic area located on the Miho Peninsula in Shimizu Ward, Shizuoka City. It is famous for a roughly 7km long stretch of beach that is lined with around 30,000 pine trees, and because of its association with the famous Legend of Hagoromono (""Feathered Robe""); there is one particular pine tree, called the ""Hagoromo no Pine Tree,"" on which, according to the legend, a celestial being who had been flying over the beach hung her feathered garment so that she could bathe in the sea. Miho no Matsubara's beautiful scenery has made it the subject matter of countless paintings and poems over the centuries, including Utagawa Hiroshige's ""Famous Views of the Sixty Noted Provinces"" and ""Pine Groves of Miho in Suruga Province."" In 2013, the Miho no Matsubara pine groves were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the ""Fujisan, Sacred Place and Source of Artistic Inspiration"" World Heritage site."
  • Kinomiya-jinja Shrine
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    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.

    There is plenty of things to see in this shrine. The lined up torii, carps in the small pond and the old big camphor tree which is over two thousands years, create very spiritual. It was bigger that...

  • Ito Marine Town Rest Area
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    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Yukawa 571-19
    This rest area situated along National Route 135 in Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture is comprised of a group of colorful buildings facing the sea. Inside, the facility bustles constantly with tourists, and visitors will find restaurants where they can enjoy local fish and beer as well as souvenir shops offering an abundant variety of local Izu goods. Many of the facility’s restaurants allow visitors to be accompanied by their pets in terrace seating areas, making this rest area a popular destination for tourists traveling with their dogs. The rest area’s footbath, situated along the marina, is free to use, and there’s even a footbath area for dogs. Pleasure cruises departing from the arena give riders the chance to enjoy the sights of the Izu sea from the deck or via windows under the water line. The rest area’s day trip hot spring facility is also popular.
  • Mishima-taisha Shrine
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    Shizuoka Pref. Mishimashi Omiyachou 2-1-5
    A Shinto shrine located in the Omiya Town, Mishima City, Shizuoka Prefecture famous as the place where the great shogun Minamoto no Yoritomo prayed for victory before raising his army. Dedicated to good fortune and happiness, the shrine is seen as being of particular benefit to persons involved in commerce, industry, and fishing, and the shrine grounds bustle constantly with worshipers praying for prosperity in business or an abundant harvest. The shrine’s grounds contain numerous points of note, including the “Koshikake-ishi,” a pair of chair-like stones connected to the history of Minamoto no Yoritomo and his wife Hojo Masako, a stone monument engraved with a haiku by master poet Matsuo Basho, and a 1,200 year old fragrant olive tree which is a nationally designated Natural Monument. Historical artifacts are displayed in the shrine’s treasure hall, such as a gold and silver lacquered box, a designated National Treasure, presented to the shrine by Hojo Masako. In addition to being a famous cherry blossom viewing spot, the shrine also welcomes great throngs of sightseers during the Mishima Summer Festival held from August 15 to 17.
  • Lake Hamana
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    Shizuoka Prefecture Hamamatsu City
    This lake sitting between the cities of Hamamatsu and Kosai in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan's longest brackish lake, is famous for its eel farming industry. The lake's many tourist attractions, which include pleasure boat cruises and nearby Hamamatsu Castle, make it a popular destination for sightseers.
  • Hamamatsu Castle
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    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.

    The castle can be reached by bus from the railway station which takes about 15 minutes. Although the original castle was destroyed, this building was erected in 1958 and paid for by the townspeople...

  • Fuji International Speedway
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    73 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Suntougunoyamachou Nakahinata 694
    This beautiful circuit with more of four decades of history features views of Mt. Fuji. In addition to professional motorsports, the circuit also holds track days in the summer for individuals who do not have a FISCO license. Participants can even rent a helmet and gloves if they do not have their own. There is also a shipping terrace where visitors can enjoy snacks, a meal, or buy souvenirs and other merchandise during events.

    After years of working at the Grand prix this circuit was one i favoured. although the track is slow and as less exciting bends Every morning we would see the sun rising over Mount Fuji this was a...

  • Fujisan Hongu Sengentaisha
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    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.

    I went there as part of a tour group. It was a wonderful and beautiful place. It is a good place to relax or clear my mind as not many people around. The tour guide give us some information or...

  • Jogasaki Coast
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    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Futo
    This coastal area southwest of Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture was formed some 4,000 years ago when Mt. Omuro erupted and lava flowed into the ocean, after which the waves eroded the rock over many years, creating rough and precipitous cliffs. There is a nine kilometer long “Picnical Course” hiking trail following the peninsula renowned as a key sightseeing destination in Izu. Notable locations along the course include the thrilling 48 meter long, 23 meter high Kadowaki Suspension Bridge and the Kadowakisaki Lighthouse, which also has a viewing platform for visitors. In addition to offering beautiful views of the Seven Islands of Izu, the area is also a popular diving spot.
  • Hamamatsu JASDF Air Park and Museum
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    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.

    This facility is widely open for many people in free of charge. Both of kids and adults should have great times there. I bet those who are interested in aircraft, defensing activities can enjoy a...

  • Mt. Omuro Lift
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    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Ike 672-2
    Covered by greenery year round, 580 meter tall Mt. Omuro resembles an overturned Japanese bowl. The mountain serves as a symbol of the city of Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture. The Mt. Omuro Lift connects the foot of the mountain and its top, and riders can enjoy a spectacular view during the approximate six minute ride. Note that climbing the mountain on foot is prohibited. The top of the mountain is a 300 meter diameter extinct volcanic crater. Walkers along the Ohachi-meguri trail, which circles the crater, can see the Akaishi Mountains, Mt. Fuji, and the Seven Islands of Izu. Each year on the second Sunday in February, a breathtaking controlled burn is conducted on the mountain. On New Year’s Day, many visitors come to watch the sunrise from the top of the mountain, and the lift begins operation from 5:40 am on the day.
  • Shiraito no taki Waterfalls
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    Shizuoka Pref. Fujinomiyashi Kamide
    This waterfall is located in Kamiide, Fujinomiya City is sourced by spring water from Mt. Fuji. Its name, meaning white thread, stems from how the countless cascades along the 20 meter-high, 150 meter-wide cliffs appear like so many silk threads. The falls have been designated by the national government as a Place of Scenic Beauty and a Natural Monument, and have also been selected for lists including Japan's best 100 waterfalls.
  • Unagi Pie Factory
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    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.
  • Joren Falls
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    Shizuoka Pref. Izushi Yugashima
    A waterfall 25 meters tall and seven meters wide located in the Yugashima area of Izu City, Shizuoka Prefecture. This famous Izu sightseeing spot has even been selected as one of Japan’s 100 most beautiful waterfalls. The steep basalt cliff of the waterfall is covered with chain ferns, which are designated Natural Monuments. Thanks to the falls’ waters, the surrounding area is cool even in summer. The falls are famously mentioned in enka folk singer Sayuri Ishikawa’s hit song Amagigoe, and a monument inscribed with the song stands near the falls. Paddies dedicated to growing Wasabi, a local specialty product, stretch into the distance along the falls’ mountain stream, and nearby visitors will find a souvenir shop and tourist information center. Visitors can also enjoy an abundant variety of local specialties in the area, including wasabi soft serve ice cream, steamed dear meat buns, and wasabi rice bowls.
  • Atami Castle
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    Shizuoka Pref. Atamishi Atami 1993
    A castle built in the Momoyama period style located at the Nishikigaura mountaintop in Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture. The castle was in fact built in 1959; no castle was ever historically located here. The castle tower viewing platform offers a stunning view 160 meters above sea level, and on clear days visitors can see all the way to the Izu Peninsula and Oshima. The castle’s grounds are filled with things to see and do, including a jacuzzi foot bath to soothe aching feet while gazing at beautiful scenery, a free game center, an area where visitors can try various Edo period activities, a museum dedicated to castles and samurai culture, and a tea house offering sweets and spectacular views. The adjoining Atami Trick Art Museum is also popular. Fee required to enter castle grounds.
  • Sumata Gorge
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    Shizuoka prefecture Haibara-gun Kawane Honcho Dimakosu Onsen
    This gorge is located in Kawanehoncho, Haibara County, Shizuoka Prefecture. Some of its attractions include the Yume no Tsuribashi suspension bridge, which spans Oma Dam Lake, as well beautiful seasonal scenery including fresh spring greenery and colorful autumn foliage. Vestiges of the area's once-thriving forestry industry such as Hiryu Bridge and the area's trekking trails have been transformed into a sightseeing promenade. The area also serves as the trailhead for climbing Mt. Asahidake, Mt. Maekurohoshi, and Mt. Sawaguchi, and other mountains in the deep south Southern Alps.
  • Dogashima
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    Shizuoka Pref. Kamogunnishizuchou Nishina
    "Dogashima is a famous scenic spot in Nishiizu Town, Kamo County. There are a number of tourist attractions in the area, including the Sanshiro Islands - comprising Zo-jima, Nakano-shima, and Taka-shima-and the Tensodo sea-cave, which has been designated a National Natural Monument. Sightseeing cruise boats operate throughout the year; visitors can look up at the sky through the opening in the roof of the Tensodo sea-cave (also known as the ""Blue Cave""), which was created by sea erosion of tuff (a type of rock formed from volcanic ash), and can also view the tombolo phenomenon, a narrow strip of land that links Zo-jima (traditionally known as Denbei-jima, this is the closest of the Sanshiro Islands to the Izu Peninsula) to the mainland at low tide. This area is also famous as the setting for the tragic love legend of Izu no Sanshiro and Koyuki."
  • Izusan-jinja Shrine
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    Shizuoka Pref. Atamishi Izusan 708-1
    A Shinto shrine located in Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture with a rich history. The location where famous shogun Minamoto no Yoritomo and Hojo Masako met and wed, the shrine is revered for providing aid in love and marriage. Visitors can enjoy a sweeping view of Atami and the blue ocean beyond from the shrine’s grounds. The main shrine is located up the mountain beyond the back of the inner sanctuary and can be reached by walking for approximately one hour along a mountain trail which passes by a worship space, Hakusan jinja Shrine, and Musubumyojin-honsha Shrine. Soto-jinja Shrine, dedicated to a hot spring god, is located at the bottom of an 800 step set of stairs leading away from the inner sanctuary. During the shrine’s festival held from April 14 to 15, many visitors come to watch a portable mikoshi shrine parade around the local area.
  • Shuzenji Temple
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    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.

    The highlight:the place where you wash your hands outside the temple has warm onsen water! The area is nice with red leaves too, good for photo taking

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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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