History / Culture / Tour Spots in Shizuoka Area

  • 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.

    熱海の観光名所の1つにもなっている神社です。樹齢2000年以上と推定されている大きな楠が特徴です。来宮駅が最寄り駅ですが、熱海駅から徒歩で20分程度であること、熱海駅で停車する電車の本数が比較的多いことから、熱海駅からの散策で訪れる人も多くいます。神社周辺にはいくつか駐車場がありますが、休日は必ずと言っていいほど満車になること、道幅が狭いところがいくつかあるため、車で来るのは注意が必要です。 有名...

  • 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.

    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...

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

    it used to be very beautiful place but the city made a change to attract tourists and put massive ugly signs or allowed a starbucks to run in the property , all of which has destroyed serenity it had.

  • MOA Museum of Art
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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...

  • 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.

    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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    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...

  • Toi Gold Mine
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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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    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...

  • Kiunkaku
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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...

  • Shizuoka Sengen-jinja Shrine
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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...

  • Izu Teddy Bear Museum
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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.

  • Hattasan Soneiji Temple
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    Shizuoka Pref. Fukuroishi Toyosawa 2777
    This temple is a part of the Koyasan Shingon Sect temples and its primary object of worship is Shokannon or Avalokitesvara?. The temple was established by Gyoki in 725 AD with the ascension of Emperor Shomu and the current main-hall was rebuilt in 1983. Kannon is known to ward off evil and the temple is famous for their warding dumplings. The harvest festival, which occurs on January 7th, has been designated an Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Shizuoka Prefecture.

    This old Buddhism temple Son-ei-ji founded in 725 has been famous as Hattasan in this area. When you arrive at the parking lot or bus stop, you will find a path to an old gate Nio-mon. You can...

  • Suzuki Plaza
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    Shizuoka Pref. Hamamatsushi Minami-ku Zourachou 1301
    This corporate museum is located in Zora-cho, Minami Ward, Hamamatsu City. You can learn about the corporation's history and its current car manufacturing through displays of Suzuki products, primarily two-wheeled vehicles, four-wheeled vehicles, and outboard motors. Reservations in advance are required for tours.

    スズキ本社近くにあり、入場料無料。 織機からはじまり、現在の世界のスズキに至るまでの歴史を感じられる展示品が盛りだくさん。子供も楽しめる様 工夫されています。 Suzuki History Museum is a place where you can literally see the history of Suzuki and its automobiles from pre war...

  • Rakujuen
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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...

  • Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art
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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...

  • Totominokuni Ichinomiya Okuni-jinja Shrine
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    Shizuoka Pref. Shuchigunmorimachi Ichimiya 3956-1
    This shrine in Shuchi County, Shizuoka Prefecture enshrines Shinto deities such as Onamuchi no Mikoto, also known by the name Daikoku-sama. The shrine offers wooden hammer-shaped amulets said to grant wishes for things like wealth and happiness or marriage. The temple is also famous for its cherry blossoms and its beautiful autumn foliage. Many people visit the temple, especially during its most scenic periods in spring and the fall.

    Visiting this place was a great experience.. got an opportunity to learn about Japanese Culture and values

  • Yamaha Communication Plaza
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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...

  • Kanzan-ji Temple
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    Shizuoka Hamamatsu-shi Nishi-ku Kanzanjicho 2231
    "Records state this ancient Soto Buddhist temple was founded in 810 during the Heian period. The temple was originally a Shingon Buddhist temple which bore the honorary mountain name of ""Chureizan,"" but after the Meiji period movement to expel Buddhism, the temple's honorific mountain name was changed to ""Akihasan"" and the temple itself became the Soto Buddhist temple it is today. Located in the deepest reaches of the local hot spring district, the temple's principal object of worship is a statue called the ""Fukuichi Akasagarbha."" A Kshitigarbha (Jizo) statue stands on the east side of the main temple which is called the Enmusubi Jizo and which is believed to bring luck in finding love and marriage. The shelter around the statue is covered with ema votive tablets, hung by worshippers, which are decorated with the Japanese character for ""heart"" and an image of a lock, a design the temple has used on its ema since ancient times."

    The temple has nothing special, but the location And park around it, is definitely worth a Walk/hike, With a Buddha statue on the top of the little hill before going down on the other side of the...

  • Shirahama Shrine
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    Shizuoka Pref. Shimodashi Shirahama 2740
    This is Izu’s oldest shrine located in Shimoda City, Shizuoka Prefecture. As the temple grounds sit on a hillside on the Shirahama coast “Hidachiyama” (Mt. Hitachi), it is called Shirahama Shrine but its official issued name is Ikonahime no Mikoto Shrine. The god of matchmaking, Ikonahime no Mikoto is enshrined in the main shrine. The Chinese parasol tree forest is one of Japan’s Natural Treasure, while the 2000-year-old juniper tree forest has been designated by Shizuoka Prefecture as a Natural Treasure.

    Coming south along the east coast of Izu toward Shimoda, one arrives at Shirahama shrine. It seems small from the road, but once you pass under the Torii Gate, the grounds are very nice. I noticed...

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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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