Travel / Tourism Spots in Shizuoka Area

  • 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.

    We thought this beautiful shrine was just lovely. We liked the fact that it only really had Japanese folk in it. There were a few religious ceremonies going on and a wedding, which was really nice...

  • Hamamatsu Castle, Main Keep and Main Keep Gate
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    Shizuoka Hamamatsu-shi Naka-ku Motoshirocho 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.

    Its not a castle that you have to see but worth a short visit if youre in the area. Inside is a small exhibition, though mostly in Japanese, about the history of the building. Its worth noting...

  • Mt. Omuro Lift
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    419 Reviews
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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.

    This is just a usual two person ski lift and no doubt the easiest way to reach the crater of Mount Omuro. To skiers, the ride is nothing special, but to those who ride such lifts for the first time...

  • Hamamatsu JASDF Air Park and Museum
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    517 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Hamamatsushi Chuo-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.

    One of the best places in Hamamatsu to bring small children, and interesting for adults too. Best of all... its free entertainment!

  • MOA Museum of Art
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    471 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.

    highly recommended! I was not expecting too much before I go, however, once you reached the top of the mountain, you will be amazed by the view. the interior and exterior of the museum are also...

  • Ito Marine Road
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    714 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Yukawa 571 - 19 Road Station In Ito Marine Town
    Forming part of the Ito Marine Town roadside rest area, the Ito Marine Road is a 417.5-meter-long footpath constructed along a breakwater. At the furthest point, there is a monument entitled “Ai Sing,” symbolizing love and peace, which was created by the sculptor Kenji Shigeoka. Ito Marine Road has been designated as a “Lover’s Sanctuary,” and is a popular spot for couples to go on dates. Six-colored “Good Luck Ribbons” are on sale at the entrance.

    A small spruced up town which is overrun with foreign and domestic tourists. There are nice cafes along the harbour, and several shops selling food and souvenir items. The Marine Town is 15 - 20mins...

  • Izunokuni Panorama Park
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    249 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Izunokuni-shi Nagaoka 260-1
    "Located about 1 minute by car from the Izu Nagaoka IC on the Izu Chuo Highway and about 7 minutes by ropeway from Izu-no-kuni Panorama Park, this ""Japanese space"" themed terrace at the top of Katsuragi Mountain has an observation deck, sofa area and stone floor area where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Mount Fuji and Suruga Bay. There is also a modern Japanese-style cafe, Katsuragi Saryo, and a coffee shop, Katsuragi Coffee."

    We spent more than an hour up in the Park, covering some of the trails which offered good view of Mt. Fuji and cities down hill. A pleasant and easy walk with some good photo spots.

  • Ryugashido Cavern
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    264 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.

    This was a wonderful experience - around 600 metres walking through this cavern full of stalactites and stalagmites, a spectacular underground waterfall - all beautifully illuminated and with...

  • Nirayama Reverberatory Furnace
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    Shizuoka Pref. Izunokunishi Naka Narutake entrance 268
    A National Historic Site located in Izunokuni City, Shizuoka Prefecture. In the closing days of the Tokugawa shogunate government, Japan was exposed to the threat of ships from Europe and America. This reverberatory furnace was created in order to build cannons to repel that threat. Completed in 1857, the Nirayama Reverberatory Furnace still stands today. The only reverberatory furnace in Japan today, it is also a registered World Heritage site. Built of fire-resistant fire brick, the furnace, including the body and chimney together, is 15.7 meters tall. Visitors can view the furnace with the payment of a small entrance fee. The furnace’s 20 minute free guided tours are also popular (advance reservation recommended).

    This metal smelting and casting factory, which was established in the middle of the 19th century for the purpose of making war cannons, is one of the centers that was built during the Meiji era and...

  • Mishima Sky Walk
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    24 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Mishima 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.

    やや曇りの日に行きました。 富士山は少ししか見えませんでしたが、駿河湾まで見下ろせて 気分爽快!素晴らしい眺望!!天気が良かったら最高だろうな。 ジップスライド体験したかったのですが、開始時間から修了まで1時間計算だったのでスケジュールの都合諦めたら、雨がパラついてきたので 小動物と触れ合える ふろっく に入場料1100円払って入店。 大小かわいい ふくろう ベンガルキャット ハリネズミ...

  • Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments
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    288 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Hamamatsushi Chuo-ku Chuou 3-9-1
    A museum of musical instruments in 3 Chome Chuo, Chuo-ku, 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.

    Ill be honest, we only came here because it was a rainy day, but we really enjoyed it. Loved the instruments from all over. The neat thing was you could listen to the sound most of them made either...

  • Izusan-jinja Shrine
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    216 Reviews
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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.

    For those not up to the challenge of climbing 837 steps from the base at Hashiriyu, there is a bus from the station area, which takes only 10-12 minutes, and brings you to the Torii within 200-300...

  • Kiunkaku
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    4.5
    262 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...

  • Toi Gold Mine
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    227 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...

  • Makaino Farm Resort
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    4.0
    160 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Fujinomiyashi Utsuno 1327-1
    A sightseeing farm in Utsuno, Fujinomiya City. You can try cow-milking, touching various animals like sheep and goats, butter-making, sausage-making, kids' cooking, and you can enjoy athletics on the grounds there too. They include a farm restaurant, a cafe and other places to eat and drink, as well as a shop that sells dairy products. They also rent out farm space.

    Spent about half a day here including lunch. Fun for kids and the ice cream here is really awesome!! Be sure to try it…I think they use milk from the farm tho I’m not 100% sure about this. I also...

  • Fuji International Speedway
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    82 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...

  • Shizuoka Sengen-jinja Shrine
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    190 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.

    Came here as part of guided tour of Shizuoka. It may have been relatively boring had we not had our guide to explain some of the history. Some very beautiful carving and decoration.

  • Ryotanji Temple
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    255 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Hamamatsushi Hamana-ku Inasachouinoya 1989
    This temple is located in Iinoya, Inasa Town, Hamana-ku, 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.

    井伊家の菩提寺であり、井伊家の勃興に深く関わりのある寺です。鉄道とバスを乗り継いでいくことも出来ますが、本数が少ないため、多くの参拝客は自家用車やレンタカーを利用します。 本堂の北側に位置する庭園が素晴らしいですが、この庭園に限らず、境内の至る所が素晴らしいです。本堂に入るところから有料であるため、無料で本堂北側の庭園も愛でることは出来ませんが、無料で立ち入ることが出来るエリアも全てにおいて丁寧に...

  • Izu Teddy Bear Museum
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    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.

    A must-go if you are fan of Teddy. Various generations Teddy and Teddy in Japanese clothes are available. A bonus of Totorro exhibition is also available.

  • Roadside Station Kaikoku Shimoda Minato
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    128 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Shimoda-shi Soto Ke Oka 1-1
    A roadside station located along National Route 135 in Shimoda City, Shizuoka Prefecture. There is a fishery association direct sales store, where you can buy Japanese lobster, turban shell, and abalone, and a conveyor belt sushi restaurant, where you can taste fresh seafood. In addition, it features a harbor museum, souvenir shops, and a tourist information office, so many tourists stop by for a visit.

    Just leaving Shimoda, this is an ideal place to buy some souvenirs. Be aware that some shops don’t accept credit cards. There is a park nearby where kids can play bit.

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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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