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  • Fumotoppara
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Fujinomiyashi Fumoto 156
    A camp site in Fumoto, Fujinomiya City. It has a camp site available for day camping, villas and cottages with cooking and bathing facilities, as well as lodgings which can fit five people per room. They have mountain biking, segway riding, and eco tours available to try.
  • Atami Baien
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Atamishi Baienchou 8-11
    This plum garden located in the city of Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture was first opened in 1886 and is famous for its “ume” (or Japanese plum/apricot) trees considered to be the earliest blooming in Japan, and other fall foliage, considered to occur the latest in Japan. In addition to 59 varieties and 472 individual plum trees, the garden is also dotted with some 380 deciduous trees of other species, allowing visitors to enjoy beautiful seasonal scenery while strolling about the grounds. The garden’s “Daiichi-go” (“Number One”) plum tree generally blossoms around late November to early December, while the garden’s various other varieties gradually come into bloom one after the other from January through March. The Atami Baien Festival is held from mid-January to mid-March, and during this time a footbath facility and souvenir shop are opened on the garden grounds. Geisha, rakugo comedic storytelling, and other performances are also held during the festival period.
  • S-Pulse Dream Plaza
    Shopping
    Shizuoka Pref. Shizuokashi Shimizu-ku Irifunechou 13-15
    "S-Pulse Dream Plaza is a shopping center located around one minute's walk from the Shizutetsu Justline Bus Hatoba Verkehr Hakubutsukan bus stop. Based around the concept of ""Let's create excitement,"" S-Pulse Dream Plaza was created as part of a waterfront area redevelopment project, through collaboration between local business enterprises and the local government. Each of the four floors has its own particular theme, and on weekends the Plaza attracts large numbers of visitors, both locals and tourists from further afield. There is a movie theatre, fashion boutiques, sporting goods stores, the Shimizu Sushi Museum, and Chibi Maruko Land, an interactive, participative museum featuring Chibi Maruko-chan, a manga comic and TV cartoon character who is very popular in Japan, as well as a restaurant featuring school lunch from the era in which Chibi Maruko-chan is set (the 1970s)."
  • Izusan-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Atami Castle
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Shuzenji Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shizuoka Izu-shi Shuzenji
    A renowned hot spring district which records say was discovered by the great monk Kobo Daishi in 807. It is considered one of Japan's 100 most renowned hot spring districts alongside the famous Three Ancient Hot Springs of Izu. This area was also the site of the famous power struggle which took place in the Minamoto clan in the Kamakura period, and the town is dotted with historic sites connected to the clan such as the Shigetsuden, the oldest wooden structure in Izu. The alkaline waters of the simple springs found here are said to aid recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to helping relieve muscle soreness, chronic digestive diseases, sensitivity to cold, and other ailments.
  • Hamamatsu Fruit Park Tokinosumika
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    3.5
    85 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Hamamatsushi Kita-ku Miyakodachou 4263-1
    This farming park is located in Miyakoda Town, Kita Ward, Hamamatsu City. With a lot roughly nine times the size of Tokyo Dome, there are 4,300 fruit trees in 160 varieties, with 15 types of fruit-picking available annually. There is also a food court, a pizzeria with a kiln, a barbeque area, a winery with 100 types of wine including homemade varieties, and shops that sell fruits and products.

    Stopped here for lunch, not much options, and had some o-k pizza and pasta. Relatively inaccessible unless you had a car. The park was split into two areas. The food area had a nice huge playground...

  • Shiraito no taki Waterfalls
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Mt. Omuro Lift
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Sano Art Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Mishimashi Nakatamachi 1-43
    "This art museum primarily holds exhibits of Japanese fine arts, with an impressive array of styles, such as pottery, paintings, and photographs. In the regular exhibit section, a portion of the collection, such as swords, and Buddha statues, is on display. The premises include a stroll-type Japanese garden, which receives spring water from Mt. Fuji, and is called ""Ryusen-en"", a place with enjoyable views in each season."
  • Izu Animal Kingdom
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    4.0
    238 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Kamogunhigashizuchou Inatori 3344
    A theme park located in Higashiizu Town, Kamo County, Shizuoka Prefecture with a zoo, amusement park, sports zone, and more. In addition to white tiger, lion, and cheetah exhibits, there’s also a Walking Safari area where visitors can view animals like giraffes and zebras living in environments close to their natural habitat. There’s also a Ferris wheel, go-carts, a Dinosaur Forest dotted with lifelike dinosaur models, and a miniature golf course, making the park the perfect place to enjoy an entire day as a family or group.

    Beautiful place and beautiful animals. It was not busy so our child could interact with the animals; feed giraffe, touch a Rhino, etc... lots of fun.

  • Izunokuni Panorama Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Izunokunishi Nagaoka 260-1
    A tourism facility located in Izunokuni City, Shizuoka Prefecture comprised of two areas at the foot and top of the 452 meter tall Mt. Katsuragi connected via a ropeway. The ropeway is 1,791 meters long and goes up 411 meters, and during a trip riders can get a sweeping view of the nearby city, Mt. Fuji, Suruga Bay, and the mountains of Hakone. At the top of the mountain, visitors can enjoy the seasonal beauty of the Sky Garden or check out the popular café and sofas overlooking the surrounding area in the Fujimi Terrace area. At the foot of the mountain, there’s an all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant and shops selling a wide variety of souvenirs.
  • Shuzenji Temple
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    4.0
    330 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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

  • Hattasan Soneiji Temple
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    4.0
    97 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Kur and Hotel Suruga Kenko Land
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shizuoka Pref. Shizuokashi Shimizu-ku Okitsuazumachou 1234
    This hot-spring in Shimizu Ward, Shizuoka City overlooks Suruga Bay and has a wide variety of different baths and saunas. There is a play area for the children, a karaoke room, and a restaurant that serves Japanese food and soba making this a great place to spend the day. Lodging is also available.
  • Hamanako Palpal
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    4.0
    138 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Hamamatsushi Nishi-ku Kanzanjichou 1891
    This is a resort-style theme park in Nishi Ward, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture with almost 30 different attractions for boys and girls of all ages, including roller coasters and go-karts. They hold seasonal events and hero-shows year-round making the weekends and holidays are popular with families and couples.

    This place is less crowded. It’s more suitable for kids. Roller coaster and boating is the main attraction of this site . Overall an average place to visit

  • Nihondaira Yume Terrace
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Shizuokashi Shimizu-ku Kusanagi 600-1
    "Nihondaira Digital Broadcasting Tower is a 95.5 meter-high digital broadcasting tower that is situated on top of the Nihondaira plateau in the foothills of Mt. Fuji. Its official name is ""Nihondaira Digital Broadcasting Station."" The tower is a multi-station broadcasting tower responsible for broadcasting TV signals in Shizuoka Prefecture; it serves as the primary television broadcasting station for Shizuoka. Located as it is in a scenic spot near Mt. Fuji, great care was taken to ensure that the design of the tower blends in with the Nihondaira landscape. As the tower is not a tourist facility, it is not possible to go inside, and visitors should not attempt to climb the tower."
  • Awashima Marine Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Numadushi Uchiurashigedera 186
    A leisure park occupying the entirety of the unpopulated Awashima island in the city of Numazu City, Shizuoka Prefecture. In addition to an aquarium, the park also has walking courses, a fishing pond, and more. The park’s Frog Hall houses and displays over 50 species of frogs, from common Japanese varieties to rare specimens from around the world. The park’s aquarium contains exhibits recreating the ocean around Awashima, as well as a touch pool where visitors can touch unusual and rare sea creatures. The park’s dolphin shows, held in a pool filled with natural seawater, as well as the comical sea lion shows featuring ad libing at every show, are also must-sees.
  • Dogashima
    Travel / Tourism
    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."
  • Joren Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

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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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