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  • Miho no Matsubara Pine Grove
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Shizuokashi Shimizu-ku Miho
    "Miho no Matsubara is a scenic area located on the Miho Peninsula in Shimizu Ward, Shizuoka City. It is famous for a roughly 7km long stretch of beach that is lined with around 30,000 pine trees, and because of its association with the famous Legend of Hagoromono (""Feathered Robe""); there is one particular pine tree, called the ""Hagoromo no Pine Tree,"" on which, according to the legend, a celestial being who had been flying over the beach hung her feathered garment so that she could bathe in the sea. Miho no Matsubara's beautiful scenery has made it the subject matter of countless paintings and poems over the centuries, including Utagawa Hiroshige's ""Famous Views of the Sixty Noted Provinces"" and ""Pine Groves of Miho in Suruga Province."" In 2013, the Miho no Matsubara pine groves were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the ""Fujisan, Sacred Place and Source of Artistic Inspiration"" World Heritage site."
  • Nihondaira Yume Terrace
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    4.5
    59 Reviews
    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."

    We stayed at the Nipphondaira Hotel, and we came across this Terrace while wondering about. It was a cloudy and rainy-like summer, so like in the hotel, no Mt. Fuji in view. However, the architecture...

  • Chojiya
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    4.0
    158 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shizuoka Pref. Shizuokashi Suruga-ku Mariko 7-10-10
    This restaurant in Suruga Ward, Shizuoka City, makes local cuisine and has been known since the early Edo Period as the oldest makers of grated yam soup. The shop has appeared in works by artists such as Matsuo Basho and Utagawa Hiroshige. Here you can enjoy the well-maintained traditional flavor of grated yam soup made from Japanese yam and other local ingredients. There is also a historical reference room.

    This casual restaurant does not tequire so-called eating manner nor formal clothes although it has a long history back into 1600s. The restaurant thach-roofed building became a motif of UKIYOE by...

  • S-Pulse Dream Plaza
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    3.5
    300 Reviews
    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)."

    Although I expected slightly more in shopping options the overall complex was very nice. This was basically due to a great restaurant floor inside (on the second floor). Outside stands a huge ferry...

  • Satta Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Shizuokashi Shimizu-ku Yui Nishikurasawa
    This mountain pass in Shimizu Ward, Shizuoka City is located in foothills that jut out into Suruga Bay. It connects Yui-shuku and Okitsu-shuku, the 16th and 17th stations of the 53 stations of the Tokaido Road. The Tokaido Main Line, National Route 1, and the Tomei Expressway overlap at the base of the pass with Mt. Fuji in the background, making the pass a popular spot for taking pictures. Although steep and narrow, there is a promenade lined with mandarin orange orchards that connects Okitsu Station and Yui Station.
  • Kur and Hotel Suruga Kenko Land
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    4.5
    25 Reviews
    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.

    We went to this spa on my birthday while visiting the port. My friend spoke Japanese which helped. The facility is clean and it had everything we needed to enjoy the spa. From towels, to hair...

  • Shizuoka Municipal Nihondaira Zoo
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    4.5
    232 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.

    We had a great time watching the seals. And there was a huge slide which was fun too. It is like a roller slide from the top of the mountain.

  • GranShip Shizuoka Convention & Arts Center
    Leisure / Hobbies
    2-3-1 Higashi Shizuoka Suruga ku, Shizuoka Shizuoka prefecture
    This convention center in Suruga Ward, Shizuoka City, got its name from its outer boat-like appearance. It has a variety of facilities including a large hall, a medium-sized hall, an exhibition gallery, a conference hall, and a reception hall allowing it to host a great variety of events. The GranShip also houses a portion of the prefectural library.
  • Sumpu Castle Park
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka prefecture Shizuoka-shi Aoi-ku Sumpu Castle Park 1
    Located near the site of Sumpu Castle, this park in Aoi Ward, Shizuoka City is currently well-known for its flowers. The park features a tea house, a grass square, and the Momijiyama Garden, notable for the autumn foliage of its trees. The park's Chinshoen garden features a statue of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu in his later years, as well as a mandarin orange tree said to have been planted by Ieyasu himself. Visitors to the park can enjoy cherry blossoms in the spring, red spider lily in the fall, and winter sweet and flowering plums in the winter.

    The fall colors and the castle remains throughout renders a peaceful feeling while strolling though it.

  • Private Room COA
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Shizuokashi Aoi-ku Shichikenchou 11-5 Imakoco Building 4F
    This brand-new music spot opened in March 2018. Unlike traditional clubs, under the concept of enjoying a powerful sound system with a comfortable volume and sound, they have a sound system that does not compromise on quality from the speakers to the amps, crossovers, cables and surrounding environment.
  • King of Soul Cafe Etti
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Shizuokashi Aoi-ku Kouyamachi 12-1 Don Quijote Exchange Shopping Building 6F
    This all-genre club is located near the Shizuoka-Parco nearby Shizuoka Station. The club is separated into the main floor (dance floor) featuring performances by DJs and dancers and a separate relaxing bar area, letting you have a great night no matter your desire. The club can also be rented out for parties but advance reservation is required.
  • Hanazawa no Sato
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Yaidushi Hanazawa
    This community remains just as how it was described by poems in the Manyoshu (Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves). The road that passes through it, which once connected Shizuoka and Yaizu, was a major mountain pass in the Nara and Heian periods. Old Nagayamon (one of the styles of Japanese traditional gate)-style folk homes and temples still line the mountain path that follows along the Hanazawa River. The community serves as the starting point for three hiking courses including the Mt. Mankanho course, which offers scenic views of Shizuoka City, Yaizu City, and Suruga Bay.
  • Ikawa Dam
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Shizuokashi Aoi-ku Ikawa
    This dam in Aoi Ward, Shizuoka City is known for being Japan's first concrete hollow gravity dam. It was constructed based on blueprints for dams of the same type, which were popular in Italy at the time. It is nicknamed the Ikawa Goro Dam because of all the high level of commitment to its construction by the CEO of the Chubu Electric Power Company at the time. The Ikawa Exhibit Hall located nearby features exhibits about subjects including hydroelectric power and the roles of the dam.
  • Shizuoka Sengen-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    174 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.

    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...

  • Fugetsuro Ukidono
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    4.5
    20 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shizuoka Pref. Shizuokashi Aoi-ku Kouyamachi 11-1
    This Japanese-style restaurant in Aoi Ward, Shizuoka City is located in the house known to be the location that the 15th Shogun, Tokugawa Yoshinobu, resided in for 20 years during the Meiji Period. Come taste a traditional Japanese course meal made from seasonal ingredients paired with delicious Ginjo-shu. The restaurant's terrace seats look over an exceptional Japanese garden 2,000 tsubo (approximately 6,600 square meters) in size.

    予約をして一万円の会席で利用。 庭がよく見える個室で、ロケーションは最高でした。 お食事は、個人的にはそこまで美味しいとは感じませんでした。 昼も夜もお庭はとても素敵ですが、椿山荘などと比べるとかなりこじんまりとした感じです。

  • Shizuoka City Museum of Art
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    4.0
    74 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Shizuokashi Aoi-ku Kouyamachi 17-1 Aoi Tower 3F
    This art museum in Aoi Ward, Shizuoka City is an urban art museum that does not focus on any particular genre of art and throughout the year hold many special exhibitions and events. Along with appreciating the pieces of art there is a cafe and a multi-purpose room almost the same size as the gallery. It is used for all variety of events. On rainy days you can get to the museum from Shizuoka Station without needing to get wet.

    I was surprised to see this directly across from the train station, but what was better they had an exhibit that was outstanding, though a visiting exhibit, if this is their quality, then check it...

  • Sunpu Castle Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Prefecture Shifu-ku Shizufu Castle Park 1-1
    "This castle is located in AoiWard, Shizuoka City. It is also known as ""Fuchu Castle"" and ""Shizuoka Castle."" Tokugawa Ieyasu, who had conquered the country of Suruga in 1585, built the castle to move his home there from Hamamatsu Castle. In the Edo period, it was home to Sumpu clan and Sumpu Castle lords (castle keeper), and in the Meiji period, it was home to the Sumpu clan (Shizuoka clan). Currently, it is part of ""Sumpu Castle Park."""
  • Sunpu Castle Park (East Gate/Tatsumi yagura)
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    5.0
    5 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Prefecture Shifu-ku Shizufu Castle Park 1-1
    Ruins located in Aoi Ward, Shizuoka City, they are known as the residence castle of Tokugawa Ieyasuafter his retirement. The turrets of Sumpu Castle are L-shaped, which is very unique among castle turret structures in Japan and is very good for defense. In 1996, they were reconstructed according to Japan's old traditional methods and opened as anarchive of history. Inside, there are displays of materials unearthed from within Sumpu Castle Park.

    This is the main entrance to the castle grounds which is now a city park with a very fine garden within that is originally associated.

  • Muan
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    3.5
    12 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shizuoka Pref. Shizuokashi Aoi-ku Shouwachou 1-4
    This Japanese restaurant in Aoi Ward, Shizuoka City has a principle of eating locally, so they only use carefully selected ingredients and fresh seafood in their Japanese cooking. Come try delicious food made from local vegetables and same-day selected seafood in a wonderful modern Japanese setting. They can host any sort of event from parties, and anniversaries, to reunions.

    At the entrance, you need to take off your shoes. Its old style but it makes you comfortable. They serve fresh fishes mainly. Not expensive. A chef can speak English so you dont need to hesitate to...

  • Aoba Yokocho
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Shizuokashi Aoi-ku Tokiwachou Aoba Yokocho 1-8
    This alley in Aoi Ward, Shizuoka City lined with old-fashioned shops that resemble food carts is the city's oden district. There, visitors can try the unique Shizuoka variant of the Japanese dish oden (hodgepodge stew). Shizuoka oden is notable for its black broth, which is made with a beef sinew-based stock and seasoned with soy sauce.

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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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