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  • Totominokuni Ichinomiya Okuni-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Shizuoka Sengen-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    146 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    This shrine is absolutely gorgeous and was a good place to begin our introduction to the beautiful shrines of Japan. We were here on a day of celebration so many people were in traditional clothing...

  • iZoo
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    4.5
    99 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Kamogunkawaduchou Hama 406-2
    Located in Kawazu Town, Kamo County, Shizuoka Prefecture, iZoo is one of the largest zoos in Japan dedicated to reptiles and amphibians. iZoo cares for a diverse variety of reptiles and amphibians, including an endangered Galapogos giant tortoise, iguanas, lizards, snakes, and frogs. In addition to indoor and outdoor animal exhibits, visitors can also enjoy taking commemorative photos, petting, and feeding some of the zoo’s creatures. Children 30 kilograms and under can take a photo riding the giant tortoise (extra fee required). Closest station: Kawazu Station on the Izu Kyuko Line. Closest bus stop: The “Shobusawa” stop on the Tokai Bus.

    Watch out when you walk around the iZoo. There are reptiles crawling on the ground. The most exciting part is touching the snake and lizard. You can also feed the tortoises.

  • Roadside Station Izu no Heso
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    3.0
    71 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Izunokunishi Takyou 195-2
    This roadside station serves as a hub for river fishing, outdoor sports, walking, and cycling. The station, which has a baumkuchen cake factory on its grounds, is popular for selling fresh-baked baumkuchen. The factory has glass walls which allow visitors to watch the production process. Visitors can also eat the cakes at the adjacent cafe.

    道の駅伊豆のへそは、とても大きな道の駅です。駐車場も広くてたくさんのおきゃさんでとてもにぎやかです。伊豆のお土産は、もちろんですが、地場産品も販売しています。 ここに行けばお土産は、間違い無しかな? いちごを使ったスイーツのお店は、行列が出来ていましたよ!

  • Nirayama Reverberatory Furnace
    Travel / Tourism
    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).
  • Toi Gold Mine
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    3.0
    2 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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、

  • Shuzenji Niji no Sato
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Izushi Shuzenji 4279-3
    A theme park which makes the most of the beautiful scenery in the Shuzenji area of Izu City, Shizuoka Prefecture. The park’s spacious grounds are a whopping 500 thousand square meters. The park is divided into numerous distinct areas, such as the British Village, modeled after a medieval English townscape; the Canadian Village, modeled after the city of Nelson, Canada; the Western-style Fairy Garden; Japanese Garden; and the Takumi Village, where visitors can try Japanese traditional crafts. Visitors can travel between the areas using a bus or the British-made Romney Railway train. The park is also famous for its autumn foliage, and in fall, the leaves on the park’s approximately 2,000 trees, including 1,000 maples, change into beautiful reds and golds.
  • Akazawa Onsen Day-trip Bathing
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    4.0
    33 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Akazawa Utsuyama 170-2
    This is a hot spring bathing facility with no accommodation within the Akazawa Onsen Kyo complex, a resort facility run by DHC Corporation in Akazawa in Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture. The large outdoor baths that face onto the Pacific Ocean are constructed to look like they are one with the sea and you can enjoy a sense of liberation enveloped in the sea while soaking up the panoramic view. There is a wealth of baths including a jacuzzi, baths in which you can life flat out and DHC baths in which you can try out DHC bath products. It adjoins such facilities as a rest area (free of charge), a restaurant with a sea view, a souvenir shop and a relaxation area. Visitors can forget their everyday lives and relax for the whole day.

    赤沢温泉ホテルの宿泊者は無料でこちらの施設を利用できます。露天風呂からの眺望は文句なしです。また休憩所も広くゆっくりくつろげます。レストランはちょっと高めでしたが美味しかったです。

  • Shizuoka Municipal Nihondaira Zoo
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    4.5
    207 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Shizuokashi Suruga-ku Ikeda 1767-6
    This zoo in Suruga Ward, Shizuoka City is known as one of the leading zoos in the country with almost 700 animals covering 160 species. The pens have been built to resemble the animal's natural habitat and include a wide variety of facilities including the Penguin House, the Red Panda House, and the Wild Animal House where you can watch the animals from up close. The popular Flying Megadome and Petting Zoo also draw large crowds.

    I wish I could write a zero star revieq, because the experience was so horrible. Animals have barely any space to move, monkey cages are tiny, they barely had any space to move not to say run or jump...

  • Roadside Station Kakegawa
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Kakegawashi Yasaka 882-1
    This roadside station is adjacent to Yasaka Interchange on National Route 1. Visitors can purchase locally-harvested seasonal fresh vegetables at the station's farmer's market. The station is well-equipped with a range of facilities including shops and a restaurant that offers items such as Enshu soba noodles made with locally-grown buckwheat, as well as tororodon (grated yam on rice). The station is utilized by many tourists because of its large parking lot.

    駐車場からなんだか動線が悪い道の駅。雨の日にはちょっと困る。中もコンビニがあって、ドライブインだっけと思った。野菜はすぐ売れてしまうのか時間によって何もないときがあり、あとはお土産ものだけ。トイレ休憩によろう。

  • Grinpa
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    3.5
    149 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Susonoshi Suyama Fujiwara 2427
    A family-oriented theme park located at the second station at the foot of the southern side of Mt. Fuji in Susono City, Shizuoka Prefecture. In addition to standards such as a Ferris wheel and merry-go-round, the park is home to one of the largest funhouse mazes in Japan as well as playgrounds with 16 varieties of play equipment and an indoor facility where children can play with over 1,000 different Tomica toy cars and Plarail toy trains. The park’s Sylvanian Families and Ultraman areas are popular with children and adults of all ages.

    Well they call it Amusement Park but please hold your horses, you can enjoy with young kids. With elder ones there is not much to be considered as amusement park. However there is very nice view of...

  • Atagawa Tropical & Alligator Garden
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    4.0
    238 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Kamogunhigashizuchou Naramoto 1253-10
    This is a zoo and botanical garden in Higashi Izu-cho, Kamo County in Shizuoka Prefecture and is composed of three facilities: an alligator park, a plant park and a separate park. The alligator park allows you to observe 17 different kinds of alligators including cross-breeds from various angles and holds events to get to know alligators throughout the year except in the winter. The plant and separate parks have 15 greenhouses that exhibit approximately 5,000 types of tropical plants including bananas and original orchid species. The separate park is popular for its red pandas. It is also known for having the only Amazonian Manatee in Japan.

    Many alligators. The place is divided into 3 separate locations and you can go there by shuttle bus. It is all a bit run-down but still OK. Half of the place is a botanical garden and it is...

  • Shimoda Aquarium
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimoda-shi, Shizuoka prefecture 3-22-31
    An aquarium located in Shimoda City, Shizuoka Prefecture built on the water using a natural bay. In the Perry aqua dome situated in the middle of the bay, visitors can view large aquarium tanks recreating the ocean off Izu. There are also bottlenose dolphin shows held on the aquarium’s “marine stage.” Meanwhile, Pacific white-sided dolphin and sea lion shows are held in the aquarium’s marine stadium. Exhibiting some 250 species and 1,500 individual marine creatures, facilities such as a penguin pool, earless seal hall, and sea turtle pond have made the aquarium a top destination for visitors to Shimoda.
  • Akao Herb & Rose Garden
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Atamishi Kamitaga 1027-8
    A 660 thousand square meter flower garden which makes use of the geography of Nishikigaura, a designated Place of Scenic Beauty in Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture. The facility consists of 12 themed gardens, including an English rose garden, a herb garden, rose valley, and Japanese garden. One of the unique characteristics of the garden is its use of pale roses and other flower varieties in order to better match the scenery of the nearby ocean. The best time to visit is from May to June when some 600 varieties and 4,000 individual rose plants come into bloom. There is also an herb shop modeled after an image of English country life, a workshop, and ocean view restaurant.
  • Makaino Farm Resort
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    3.5
    2 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    まかいの牧場にある、ソフトクリーム屋さんです。新鮮な牛乳の味が濃厚でおいしかったです。チョコレートサンデーや、いちごサンデー、抹茶サンデーもありました。

  • Mt. Fuji
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Roadside Station Shiomi-Zaka
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    4.0
    64 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Kosaishi Shirasuka 1896-2
    This roadside station located on the side of National Route 1 features markets and shops offer agricultural products, marine products, and more. It also features a restaurant where you can try local delicacies like shirasu-don (whitebait served on rice) and namanori udon (udon noodles served with raw nori seaweed). The facility also features free foot baths where visitors can rest their tired feet while enjoying a view of the Pacific Ocean.

    ここから太平洋の景観は非常によく施設もきれいでした。 伊良湖を目指す起点として利用しましたが、トイレ・休憩設備も充分満足のできる施設でした。

  • Roadside Station Izu Gateway Kannami
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Tagatagunkannamichou Tsukamoto 887-1
    A roadside-station in Kannami-cho, Tagata County, Shizuoka Prefecture. There is a tourist information center with all the information about the Izu region, along with shops that sell all the amazing local specialties and a restaurant. An event space and meeting rooms available for rent for presentations or information briefings, making this a great facility for tourists, drivers and local residents alike.
  • Hakoyu hot spring
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shizuoka Pref. Izushi Shuzenji 924-1
    “Hakoyu spa” was built for the sake of enjoying a visit to Shuzenji Temple’s open-air hot spring which flourished as the oldest hot spring resort in Izu. It is said that in olden days, Minanotono Yoriie bathed at Hakoyu hot spring. The construction of just the indoor bath is extremely simple with the fragrance of Hinoki cypress wood drifting in the air and on sunny days, the light shines in through the skylight. A 12-meter-high elevation belvedere (observation deck) with an unbroken view of Shuzenji Temple’s townscape has also been built, enabling you to enjoy the effects of this relaxing hot spring.
  • Tokko-no-yu hot spring
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    3.5
    94 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shizuoka Pref. Izushi Shuzenji
    Tokko-no-yu is the birthplace of the Shuzen-ji hot spring, and it gushes forth through the clear stream of Katsura River which flows through the center of the Shuzen-ji hot spring town. When Kobo Daishi visited Shuzenji Temple in 807, he was impressed by the filial piety of a boy who was washing the back of his sick father in the Katsura River, thinking that “the water in the river must surely be cold”, legend has it that he struck a river rock with a Buddhist ritual implement and hot water sprang forth. However, currently it is prohibited to bathe in this hot spring.

    This is yet another site connected to Kobo Daishi in Shuzenji. Do research and read the story of how the original hot spring came to be. It just adds to the mystery and wonder of this revered...

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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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