Best 9 Things to Do in Shizuoka City

Shizuoka City is the prefectural capital of Shizuoka Prefecture, and second largest city in the prefecture. Located between the scenic Suruga Bay and the Japan Southern Alps, there is no shortage of things to do in Shizuoka City and its surrounds – here is a list of the top 9 attractions on offer.

1. Kunõzan Tõshõ-gu

One of the best things to do in Shizuoka is to just get away from all of the crowds at some of the other temples in Japan and discovering hidden gems that allow you to explore the history of the region. Kunõzan Tõshõ-gu offers a unique opportunity to do just that – The Kunozan Toshogu Shrine was built by the 2nd General Hidetada based on the last wishes of Ieyasu and enshrines Tokugawa Ieyasu as well as Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Oda Nobunaga.

The Gongen-style buildings are located at the top of Mt. Kuno, with beautiful carvings and paintings. The shrine is said to be the inspiration for the Nikko Toshogu Shrine, and most of the structures are designated important national assets. 

For more information: Shizuoka Guide

2. Miho no Matsubara

Miho-no-Matsubara was registered as a part of Mt. Fuji’s world heritage site in June of 2013. There are over thirty-thousand pine trees growing along the 7km beach, which along with the white waves, blue ocean, and Mt. Fuji, has been expressed through Japanese art for centuries. If stunning views of Mt. Fuji, beautiful pine forests, crystal clear water of Suruga Bay, and long walks down a 7 km beach are your thing, then look no further!

For more information: Shizuoka Guide

3. Sunpu Castle Park

Built by local superstar, Tokugawa Ieyasu, in 1589, Sunpu Castle is the perfect place to let your imagination run wild with thoughts of ninjas, samurais, feudal lords, and shoguns.

To find out more about this amazing castle and its history check out the Explore Shizuoka article here.

4. Satta-toge Pass

Where the sky meets the mountains and the mountains meet the sea! Satta-toge Pass is located between Okitsu and Yui stations on the original Tokkaido trail just outside of Shizuoka City. The walk from the Yui station affords spectacular views from multiple spots, and you can see why this spot was immortalized in a Hiroshige Ukiyo-e woodblock print.

For more information on the Tokaido trail click here.

For more information on Tokaido Saito Pass Hiking Course: Shizuoka Guide

5. Ishigaki Strawberry Picking

At the foot of Mt Kunozan (from the previously mentioned shrine) lays the Ishigaki Strawberry farms. With the greenhouses warmed by the sun and fed by the mineral rich water coming down from the hills you get some absolutely delicious strawberries. From January to May each year you can opt for an all you can eat picking session for a fraction of the cost that these berries would be in stores.

For more information Japan Times has a related article here.

6. Shizuoka Sengen Jinja

Shizuoka Sengen Jinja is a collective of three beautiful Shinto shrines and an impressive collection of Edo period artifacts. Yet another fantastic place to immerse yourself in Japanese history and culture.
Easily accessible by local bus from Shizuoka Station.

For more information: Shizuoka Guide

7. Shimizu Sushi Museum

Do you love sushi? If yes, then Japan’s first sushi themed museum is for you! Comprised of Shimizu Sushi Yokocho for eating all types of sushi and an educational area were you can learn the history of sushi. Located in S-Pulse Dream Plaza shopping and entertainment centre, there is plenty to do before and after your culinary expedition.

For more information: Shizuoka Guide

8. Shimizu Port

A fantastic port town with truly epic views of Mount Fuji. You could take a port cruise to see the sites from the water or spend the day wandering around the town and S-Pulse Dream Plaza.

For more information: Shizuoka Guide

9. Eat all the Oden!

Shizuoka City is well known for its food, and in principle position among the city’s delicacies lies Oden. Aoba Koen Oden Alley, is an entire alley dedicated to Oden, lined with cozy restaurants known for fantastic oden, company, and a drinks!

For more information: Shizuoka Guide

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