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.

EXPERIENCE

Shizuoka is full of unique experiences that allow visitors an opportunity to enjoy Hands On Experiences and through them learn more about Japanese Culture & History.

In the process gaining a deeper  understanding of the Japanese people and their way of life.

SHIN FUJI STATION

The Japanese people have been fascinated with Mt Fuji for centuries.

Visiting the town of Fujinomiya gives you a chance to experience what life is like living at the foothills of Mt Fuji & better understand what it means to locals that live there - LEARN MORE.

SHIZUOKA STATION

Shizuoka City has a long and storied history, especially during the life of, arguably the most famous Samurai of all time Tokugawa Ieyasu, who lived in Shizuoka City for many years.

Wander through Fugetsuro Japanese garden or Sumpu Castle and experience what life was like 400 years ago - LEARN MORE.

HAMAMATSU STATION

Hamamatsu City is a city of craftsman and artisans and famous as the home of famous Japanese companies such as Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, and Kawai.

Try your hand at Soy Sauce making in a 4th generation family-owned soy sauce factory, try your hand at traditional tie-dying or even learn how to make your own harmonica - LEARN MORE.

CHECK MT FUJI TRAVEL TO FIND EXPERIENCES & GET HANDS ON IN SHIZUOKA

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.

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