Travel / Tourism Spots in Shizuoka Area

  • Kinomiya-jinja Shrine
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    773 Reviews
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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.

    It’s one of the instagrammable spots in Atami. You should visit there after 5pm. The shrine was illuminated, so it’s fantastic!

  • Mt. Fuji
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    Yamanashi / Shizuoka prefecture
    This is an elegant mountain which is certainly also a symbol of Japan, which is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 meters. Mt. Fuji is also often the theme of artistic inspiration such as Hokusai Katsushika: “Fugaku Sanjurokkei” (Thirty-six Sceneries of Mt. Fuji). Also, Mt. Fuji is also the place where the “Mt. Fuji faith” started and it is revered as a sacred mountain in which a deity resides. In 2013 it was registered with World Cultural Heritage as “Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration”. There are four climbing routes including the Yoshida Route, the Subashiri Route, the Gotemba Route and the Fujinomiya Route. Since the opening periods vary depending on which mountain trail you choose, it is necessary to confirm in advance whether your intended route is open.
  • Hamamatsu Castle
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    3.5
    545 Reviews
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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 is very well preserved and its in the middle of yhe city,very close to Hamamatsu Station. Doesnt take very long to roam around it as its a small castle in comparison to other big ones.

  • Chikurin no Komichi (Bamboo Forest Pass)
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    318 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Izushi Shuzenji 3463-1
    This is a pedestrian walkway that was built over the course of three years starting in 1994 which follows the Katsuragawa River flowing through the center of the hot spring resort near Shuzenji Temple in Izu City. The stone path has a teahouse and a fire watchtower, and in the middle of the bamboo forest offering indelible scenes of Japan is a large bench made of bamboo where visitors can sit down to enjoy the murmuring of the river and the touch of the breeze upon their face. Depending on the season sections are lit up at night, making for an even more magical atmosphere, and this is one of the popular sightseeing spots of Shuzenji.

    This spot was good for photos if it was not crowded, but it was a popular tourist spot, so try your luck.

  • Hamamatsu JASDF Air Park and Museum
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    512 Reviews
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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.

    I visited this museum and was impressed by the number of items on display. They had airplanes in the hangers where you could actually sit in the cockpit. There were flight simulators for kids. The...

  • Unagi Pie Factory
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    603 Reviews
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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.

    I visited there without a reservation. An application form was required at a counter, but just filled it and I could enter before long. No admission fee was required but I got some sweets when...

  • Fujisan Hongu Sengentaisha
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    374 Reviews
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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.

    We had a hour visiting this shrine. We were taken to the Shrine by friends in their car. At about 9:15am, car- parking spaces were quite plentiful in the paid Carpark which had several...

  • Shuzenji Temple
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    377 Reviews
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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.

    Ancient building set very close to the Main Street and bus station (from Shuzenji station). Though not big in size there is a great sense of peace and pride in its presence. The area up the hill...

  • Kakegawa Castle (Kumokiri Castle)
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    324 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Kakegawashi Kakegawa 1138-24
    This castle inside of Kakegawa Castle Park in Kakegawa City, Shizuoka Prefecture is famous for being Japan's first recreated castle using the original wood construction techniques. Visitors can tour the inside of the castle and climb the stairs to the observation deck on the top floor. The castle, which is visited by many tourists, has also been selected as one of Japan's best 100 castles.

    The tower is relatively small but beautifully presented, as the palace is included in the ticket price it is good value for money. On a clear day as it has been today, you can see right across...

  • Hamamatsu Flower Park
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    286 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Hamamatsu-shi Nishi-ku Kanzanjicho 195
    A botanical garden located in Nishi Ward, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture. In a total area of 300,000 square meters, you can observe flowers in each season. Furthermore, there is a Kids' Square with a playground popular with children, Hana no Sanpomichi-a restaurant which offers light meals, and a Flower Train which circles the garden. Many people visit with their family.

    The Park is suitable to visit in summer. Not many flower in the Autumn but there is some indoor garden interesting and colorful. The rose soft serve is good.

  • Sumpu Castle Park
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    3.5
    323 Reviews
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    Shizuoka prefecture Shizuoka-shi Aoi-ku Sumpu Castle Park 1
    Located near the site of Sumpu Castle, this park in Aoi Ward, Shizuoka City is currently well-known for its flowers. The park features a tea house, a grass square, and the Momijiyama Garden, notable for the autumn foliage of its trees. The park's Chinshoen garden features a statue of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu in his later years, as well as a mandarin orange tree said to have been planted by Ieyasu himself. Visitors to the park can enjoy cherry blossoms in the spring, red spider lily in the fall, and winter sweet and flowering plums in the winter.

    This Castle was very important at one time, but as many of these castles the disappear not to be rebuilt. two of the guard turrets exist and are fantastic to photography lit up at night in a...

  • Ryugashido Cavern
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    258 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Hamamatsushi Kita-ku Inasachoutabatake 193
    This limestone cavern is located Inasacho Tabatake, Kita Ward, Hamamatsu City. About 400 meters of its 1,000-meter length are open to visitor. Visitors can enjoy exploring the cavern, which stays around a comfortable 18°C all year long. The cavern's substantial surrounding facilities include a museum, restaurant, souvenir shop, and a gelato shop.

    Easy drive from Hamamatsu with easy parking. On a hot day the cool cave is a real treat. The route through the cave was well lit and at many points information was given about the rock formation.

  • Toi Gold Mine
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    225 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Izushi Toi 2726
    A gold mine which once boasted the second highest output in the nation from the Edo to the Showa periods located in the Toi area of Izu City, Shizuoka Prefecture. The mine was turned into a tourism facility in 1972 after its closure, and today it is open to the general public. The mine contains a 350 meter stretch of tunnel which recreates a mining scene from the Edo period. Visitors can also view a giant, 250 kilogram chunk of gold which is registered in the Guinness Book of World Records, try panning for gold, enjoy a meal at the mine’s restaurant, or go shopping in the souvenir shop. The most popular souvenir sold in the shop is the Kinpaku Castella, castella sponge cake sprinkled with gold leaf.

    1月末に行きました。土肥温泉郷ではちょうど桜祭りをやっており、土肥温泉に泊まった領収書を見せると、@860の入園料が半額になるとのことでしたので行きました。HP上にも割引券が付いています。金山の中はどうやって金を採掘していたか人形再現しており、又金山の廻りにどんな町があり、どんな人がいて、どんな金が取れたのかなど、歴史的な勉強にも見ごたえがあります。お土産屋さんも充実しており、予想外に良かったです...

  • Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments
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    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...

  • Kiunkaku
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    257 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Atamishi Shouwachou 4-2
    Located in the sightseeing spot of Shizuoka Prefecture’s Atami City, this was constructed as a villa in 1919 and is a famous residence that was declared one of Atami’s Top Three Villas. It was used as a ryokan (Japanese inn) during the Showa period (mid-1920s to late 1980s), and as a famous lodge in Atami it was loved by various literary masters and celebrities including Naoya Shiga, Junichiro Tanizaki, and Osamu Dazai. It is a refined residence with a Japanese-style main building, a western-style structure that combines the beauty of the East and the West, and a chisenkaiyu-shiki garden (a style of garden that features a path around a pond), and it was opened to the public as an Atami City Designated Tangible Cultural Property.

    In general, Atami gets a lot of bad press for nothing to see (apart from the Sex Museum). Kiunkaku, however, is definitely worth checking out. The original two buildings date from the Taisho Period...

  • Mishima Sky Walk
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    4 Reviews
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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.

    スカイウォークのチケット購入したところ、ソフトクリーム割引券を頂いたので利用しました。ソフトクリームは外の窓口で購入で、しばらく列に並びました。 ソフトクリームは濃厚で美味しかったです。金平糖入りもキレイでした。

  • Ryotanji Temple
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    255 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Hamamatsushi Kita-ku Inasachouinoya 1989
    This temple is located in Iinoya, Inasa Town, Kita Ward, Hamamatsu City. It was founded by Gyoki in 733. The Ryotanji Garden, made by Kobori Enshu, is an observatory pond-style garden built during the early Edo Period, and has been nationally designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty. It is also the family temple for the Ii family, with tombs for generations of the Ii family, Naotora Ii in particular.

    This is a peaceful and beautifully groomed little oasis tucked away from the hustle and bustle of ciy life. The floor boards were designed to be a warning against attacks - they chirp like birds...

  • Fuji International Speedway
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    79 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...

  • Izu Teddy Bear Museum
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    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.

  • Shizuoka Sengen-jinja Shrine
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    178 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Shizuokashi Aoi-ku Miyagasakichou 102-1
    Shizuoka Sengen-jinja Shrine in Aoi Ward, Shizuoka City, is the collective name for three separate shrines, Kanbe-jinja Shrine, Sengen-jinja Shrine, and Otoshimioya-jinja Shrine. Main events are the February setsubun festival, a Shinto ritual which drives out evil spirits, which has been designated an Intangible Folk Cultural Properties of Shizuoka City, and the huge Hatsukaesai festival held in April. The shrine was known to be the local shrine of Tokugawa Ieyasu and draws lots of tourists.

    They have seven shrines together at the same place, and each shrines have their own powers. I thought it was so interesting. The location is also good, about twenty minute walk from Jr Shizuoka...

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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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