5 FOODIE EXPERIENCES AROUND SHIZUOKA CITY

In and around Shizuoka City there are a wide variety of food experiences – here are 5 great ideas easily accessible from Shizuoka Station.

5 FOODIE EXPERIENCES AROUND SHIZUOKA CITY

Japan is one of the best food destinations in the World and the wide array of amazing food available is a highlight for many visitors to the country.

Shizuoka is blessed with long stretches of coastline, temperate weather and an endless supply of fresh water from the Southern Alps and Mt Fuji that create the perfect environment for growing a wide array of crops including wasabi.

 1. EXPLORE CAFES & CASTLES

With a long history as a cosmopolitan city home to Tokugawa Ieyasu and many feudal Japan ruling class,  Shizuoka City has always been blessed with a number of great food options.

Today the Shizuoka city boasts some great cafes that provide either western style cafe lattes or Japanese green tea espressos.

Grab a takeaway cup and head to Sunpu castle grounds and gardens to understand the origins of Shizuoka and the role it played in Japanese history.

2. JAPANESE GARDEN DINING

In the heart of Shizuoka City (just 5 minutes walk from the station) you will find Fugetsuro gardens.

Home to the last Shogun of the Tokugawa family, that ruled Japan for over 250 years, walking through the gates of Fugetsuro feels as if you are stepping through a time portal into another world.

The garden restaurant is a great place to enjoy traditional Japanese kaiseki cuisine as you look out at the immaculately maintained Japanese garden and pond – if you have time try the sake pairing.

Fugetsuro has become a popular venue for traditional Japanese weddings and photo shoots and if you are lucky you will be able to witness this intricate ceremony while you enjoy your meal.

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FOOD & DRINK

Many visitors come to Japan especially for the amazing food - at every station along the Tokaido Bullet train line you can hop off and discover an amazing variety of food adventures that enhance your Japan travel experience.

ATAMI STATION

The Eastern coastline of Izu Peninsula from Atami Onsen down to Shimoda is dotted with seaside onsen towns that offer traditional ryokan experiences perfect for seafood lovers.

MISHIMA STATION

Mishima City is famous for Broiled Eel and Coroquette and nearby Izu City is one of the largest wasabi producers in the World.

SHIN FUJI STATION

Fujinomiya City soul food is Yakisoba - the Mt Fuji filtered water  makes soba, trout sake and craft beer just taste better.

SHIZUOKA STATION

Shizuoka city surrounds enjoys some of the best seafood options in Japan - Tuna, sakura shrimp and shirasu (whitebait).

KAKEGAWA STATION

Kakegawa city is possibly the green tea capital of Japan. The area also boasts amazing Crown Melons and kiwifruit.

HAMAMATSU STATION

Every year Hamamatsu battles for the crown of Gyoza Capital of Japan. Lake Hamana provides a bounty of seafood such as Oysters, Eel, Fish & Crab.

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3. INDULGE IN DELICIOUS STRAWBERRIES

The stretch of Suruga Bay Coastal road just South of the designated cultural asset Miho Matsubara (about 30 minutes from Shizuoka City) is popularly known as Strawberry Road.

A long stretch of road that is covered in hot houses that are used to grow, arguably, some of the most delicious strawberries in the World.

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4. FEAST ON SHIZUOKA’S FRESHEST SEAFOOD

Shizuoka City is surrounded by the fishing port towns of  Shimizu, Yaizu and Mochimune and each of these towns are famous for different seafood delights.

Shimizu port fish auction has the biggest volume of tuna than any other market in Japan – at the famous Shimizu fish market you can challenge the endless tuna bowl.

 Yaizu also has a great fishmarket and the specialty of the region is Katsuobushi (Bonito) flakes, a staple of Japanese cuisine often used in daishi (stock) or seen ‘dancing’ on the top of Okonomiyaki and Yakisoba.

Experience the traditional processing method at one of the  local factories.

If you enjoy shirasu (juvenile sardines or whitebait) then the small fishing town of Mochimune is a must stop destination.

Shirasu are caught almost daily and brought into port so that they can be enjoyed as fresh as possible.

Check out Nihoniro for amazing accommodation options.

5. TRY TODAY’S CATCH OF SAKURA SHRIMP

Yui Port is most famous for its Sakura Shrimp as Suruga Bay is the only designated fishery site in Japan.

These colorful crustaceans are caught offshore and available at most if not all of the restaurants in town.

Eat them raw fresh off the boat or dried and fried with tempura batter – the shrimp are renowned for their unique taste and sweet smell – LEARN MORE

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