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  • Kinomiya-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
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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...

  • 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.
  • Hamamatsu Castle
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    3.5
    481 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 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...

  • Fujisan Hongu Sengentaisha
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    4.5
    325 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.

    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...

  • Hamamatsu JASDF Air Park and Museum
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    4.5
    464 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.

    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...

  • 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.
  • 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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    4.0
    330 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.

    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

  • Toi Gold Mine
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    2 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.

    土肥金山の施設二階にあるお食事処です。 普通に食事のできる普通に満足のレストランです! 席数が多いので団体さんがメインかな? メニューに対しての細かい対応は苦手のようです、

  • 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).
  • Tokaikan Former Ryokan
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    3.5
    10 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Higashimatsubarachou 12-10
    Tokaikan Former Ryokan was built in 1928. This is a three-storey wooden hot spring ryokan (Japanese inn) which retains strong traces of the architectural style of the early Showa period. The building was donated to Ito City after the ryokan closed in 1997, and in 2001 it was transformed into a sightseeing and cultural establishment. The fine techniques of craftsmanship on such as the corridor, stairs, the entrance to the guest rooms and the decorative windows are a must-see. The baths are open for bathing on weekends and public holidays.

    Almost Showa style hotel will be rebult new western style hotel, but it was restored to remain old style using old materials. Having Supa in the restaurant and easy to try the Spa.

  • Ikeda Museum of 20th Century Art
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    4.5
    25 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Totari 614
    This is a private art museum located in Ito City, Shizuoka which focuses on 20th century contemporary art. This museum was established in 1975 by Eiichi Ikeda, the founder of NICHIREKI CO.,LTD. It has a collection of approximately 1,400 works of fine art and sculptures created in the 20th century with an emphasis on the theme of “human”; it also possesses works by famous painters including Renoir, Bonnard and Picasso. If you get in touch in advance, the curator or a member of staff will explain about a piece of work.

    small, but with great modern art collection. worth a visit. also the restaurant on the opposite street is a nice place to check.

  • Ryosen-ji Temple
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    Shimoda, Shizuoka Prefecture 3-12-12
    This temple is located in Shimoda City, Shizuoka Prefecture which was built in 1635 with the support of the 2nd Shimoda “bugyo” (shogunate magistrate), Denshiro Masanaga Imamura. In the Edo period, Shimoda was where the magistrates’ office was located and was known as Edo’s gateway to the sea. It was also known as the place where the Japan-US Treaty of Peace and Amity was concluded between Perry and the Japanese authorities at the end of the Tokugawa period. Hundreds of American Jasmine were planted all along the approach road to the grounds of the temple, so the temple also has the pseudonym of “Jasmine Temple”. The jasmine flowers do be in full bloom from the middle of May up to late May and also in July and September, one-third in bloom. The temple is located 10 minutes by foot from Izukyu-line Shimoda Station.
  • Ryosenji Treasure Museum
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    3.5
    15 Reviews
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    3-12-12 Shigenogawa-cho, Shimoda-shi, Shizuoka prefecture
    This is a treasure museum located adjacent to Ryosen-ji Temple grounds and is designated as a National Historic Site as the place where the Japan-US Treaty of Peace and Amity was concluded. The museum differs from general historical archives as it doesn’t just have materials related to the opening of Japan to the world and original documents, it also has video displays. There are collections on display with the theme of Perry, Blackships, the Nanban period and Intercultural exchange, and also a collection on display with the theme of “gender and religion”. The museum is located 10 minutes by foot from Izukyu-line Shimoda Station.

    A small museum about the Black Ships of Japan. The museum hosts a small store and pictures. One must pay about $5.00 to enter the entire museum. It's an ok place to see.

  • Chorakuji Temple
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    3.0
    17 Reviews
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    Shimoda, Shizuoka Prefecture 3-13-19
    This is a temple of the Chisan sect of Shingon—it is the 40th temple where amulets may be offered out of the 88 Holy Places. The temple was the location of the signing of the Treaty of Commerce and Navigation between Japan and Russia and the place where the ratification documents for the US-Japan Treaty of Peace and Amity were exchanged, and it is reported that the temple was founded by Takamichi in 1557. It has also been designated as a Historic Site by Shomoda City. On the grounds of the temple, it is also possible to visit the treasure hall dedicated to the Oyoshi Kannon and the tragic love of Osumi Benten (goddess of arts and wisdom). The temple has also been gathering faith as a temple which issues amulets for Izu’s Seven Deities of Good Luck tour. It is located 15 minutes by foot from Izukyu-line Shimoda Station.

    観光地というほどではないお寺でした。ペリーロード散策のついでに立ち寄っても損はないかな、といったところです。

  • 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.
  • Nakase House, Meiji-Era Merchant Family House
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    11 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Kamogunmatsuzakichou Matsuzaki 315-1
    This is a residence which was built in 1887 as a draper’s house in Matsuzaki Town, Shizuoka Prefecture. You can get to see inside this large land owner’s building whose family built their fortune in just a few generations—the luxurious wooden construction gives the building a characteristic ambience. The Matsuzaki Visitor’s Center, which is immediately right of the entrance of Nakase House, exhibits geosites of the Izu Peninsula. There is also a coffee shop where you can enjoy sweet treats in the tatami room.

    なまこ壁通りを楽しんだ後にこの場所に立ち寄りました。 観光案内や地場産品の販売なども行っていました。 大きな大正時代の時計塔があって目印になります。 なまこ壁通りからときわ大橋を渡ると右側にあります。 近くに駐車場もありました。 商家はとても贅沢な造りで中は当時の調度品などが展示されています(入場:¥100)。 是非なまこ壁通りと一緒に観光すると良いと思います。

  • Izu no Chohachi Art Museum
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    4.5
    30 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Kamogunmatsuzakichou Matsuzaki 23
    This is a museum which aims to communicate to the succeeding generations the contributions made by the craftsman, Chohachi Irie to plaster art “kote-e” and the techniques of traditional plasterers. Approximately 50 unique artworks created by Chohachi Irie—which are different from normal plaster art—are on display and are introduced in the museum. It takes 50 minutes by bus to get to the museum from Izukyu-line Shimoda Station.

    伊豆の長八といえば漆喰画(?)の名人。こちらには長八の作品とナマコ壁の技術を伝承するための作品などが展示されています。漆喰での立体作品は驚くほど完成度が高く驚かされます。戦災や建物の改築などで失われた作品が残念でなりません。伊豆の地にこのような方が居たとは本当にビックリです。 あまり混んでいませんのでゆっくりと自分のペースで見学する事が可能です。施設の方も親切で聞けばわかる範囲で丁寧に教えてくださ...

  • Gyokusenji Temple
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    3.5
    22 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Shimodashi Kakisaki 31-6
    "The Gyokusenji Temple is a Buddhist temple located two minutes' walk from the Kakizaki-jinja-mae bus stop. It is a 400-year-old temple belonging to the Soto School of Zen Buddhism which has been designated as a National Historic Site. The Gyokusenji Temple is famous for having been used as a venue for the second and third rounds of negotiations leading up to the signing of the Treaty of Shimoda (Peace and Friendship Treaty) between Japan and Russia in 1855. It was also used to house the first U.S. consulate in Japan, and thus played a role in the opening up of Japan to foreign trade in the last years of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The Temple was the backdrop to the events dramatized in ""O-Kichi Monogatari,"" which relates to five women who worked as servants at the consulate. Within the Temple cemetery are the tombs of five crewmen of the ""Black Ships"" (as they were known in Japan) of Commodore Perry's U.S. fleet, as well as a crewman of the ""Diana"" and a crewman of the ""Askold."""

    This temple was the first US Consulate in Japan, and still cares for the graves of Americans who passed away during the Perry visits. There is a museum that contains artifacts from that time period...

  • Shiseido Corporate Museum
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    Shizuoka Pref. Kakegawashi Shimomata 751-1
    The Shiseido Corporate Museum is located around five minutes' drive from JR Kakegawa Station on the Tokaido Main Line. The Museum traces the history of Shiseido, which was founded in 1872 as a Western-style pharmacy, and showcases artifacts and materials relating to the advertising used over the years for Shiseido products, which made effective use of the beautiful curving patterns of the Art Nouveau style. The permanent exhibitions are arranged by theme, showing the development over time of Shiseido's product packaging, its advertising posters, and its typefaces, camellia logo and Roman alphabet logo, etc. There is also a CM Theater, where visitors can view Shiseido TV commercials dating from the last 40 years, which reflect the changing times.

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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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