5 SOUVENIRS TO BRING HOME FROM SHIZUOKA
When you visit Shizuoka there are opportunities for you to hand-craft your own unique souvenirs to take home from your trip.
HAND MADE SOUVENIRS FROM SHIZUOKA
MEET LOCAL CRAFTSMEN THAT HAVE REFINED THEIR SKILLS OVER GENERATIONS AND RETURN FROM YOUR TRIP TO SHIZUOKA WITH SOME SPECIAL HAND MADE SOUVENIRS.
1. FUJINOMIYA WAGASHI – Shin Fuji Station
Many people marvel at the intricacy and delicate skill that goes into Japanese craftsmanship especially the artistry and attention to detail of Japanese food.
Traditional Japanese sweets – Wagashi – come in a wide variety of different shapes but usually consist of ingredients that include rice flour, sweet bean paste, and sugar.
In the small town of Fujinomiya at the base of Mt Fuji visitors can try their hand at making their own wagashi which can be enjoyed with local green tea – LEARN MORE
2. SHIZUOKA BAMBOO LATTICE WEAR – Shizuoka Station
Japanese Bamboo lattice wear has been produced in Japan for more than 2,000 years dating back to the Yayoi Period.
Referred to in Japan as ‘Takezaiku’ – Suruga Takezaiku is a style of bamboo craft work that was developed Shizuoka which involves splitting the bamboo extremely thin.
Suruga Bamboo products and became especially popular around the time Tokugawa Ieyasu was at Sumpu Castle.
The techniques used to create elegant flower vases, sweet containers and lampshades have been handed down over generations and can take up to 10 years to master – LEARN MORE.
Visitors to Shizuoka that would like to try their hands at creating Suruga Bamboo Ware can visit Sumpu Takumi Sato in Shimizu – DETAILS.
3. HAMAMATSU SAKE – Hamamatsu Station
Nihonshu (Sake) is an iconic Japanese drink that makes for a great souvenir to take back for family and friends back home.
Established in 1864, the brewery has stayed true to its values by only making sake crafted from 100% locally produced Shizuoka rice.
Visit Hananomai Brewery in Hamamatsu and take the brewery tour to meet the local craftsmen and learn how they produce their sake so that you can impress your friends when you give them their souvenir from your trip to Shizuoka.
4. FUJI GREEN TEA – Shin Fuji Station
If you enjoy green tea then Shizuoka and around Mt Fuji should be high on the to-do list when visiting Japan.
The green tea fields at the base of Mt Fuji benefit from the snowmelt that becomes fresh filtered water as it flows through the volcanic underground.
Many people visit Obuchi Sasaba green tea fields to capture Instagram-worthy photos of the fields with Mt Fuji in the background.
While in nearby Fuji City you can visit Kubota-En tea shop and create your own green tea blend which makes for an exceptional souvenir to take home to family and friends – LEARN MORE.
5. HAMAMATSU TENUGUI – Hamamatsu Station
If you have been to Japan you will no doubt have seen the intricately designed thin cloth towels called Tenugui that are sold at various souvenir stores around the country.
The process for dyeing tenugui is called ‘Chusen’ in Japanese and is also used to create the iconic Summer Yukata that are often worn at festivals.
Despite modern technology and mass production taking over, there are still factories in Shizuoka that produce these dyed products using techniques that haven’t changed for hundreds of years – More Info.