5 Things To Do Around Shizuoka
Shizuoka City is the capital and 2nd largest city of Shizuoka Prefecture. Located on the coast of Suruga Bay, easily accessible from Shizuoka Station, are the fishing towns of Shimizu and Mochimune.
There are many great attractions in this small area and here are 5 of the best on offer.
1. Shimizu Port
It is a short train ride from Shizuoka Station to Shin Shimizu Station on the local Tokaido Train Line to Shimizu Port Area which is famous for Kashinoichi fish market which is a seafood lovers dream come true!! An amazing array of seafood options but specifically tuna – try the all you can eat Tuna bowls.
From there it is a short bus, or water bus, ride to S-Pulse Plaza Shopping area which has restaurants cafes, sushi museum, sushi making school and ferris wheel with spectacular views of Mount Fuji.
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 and get some hands on experience.
For more information on how to get there and around there is great information here : Dream Ferry Shimizu Maguro Trip Pass
2. Miho no Matsubara
From Shimizu Port or S-Pulse Plaza it is easy to jump on a waterbus to explore the Miho area and grab a photo on famous Miho Matsubara beach with Mt Fuji in the background.
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! #mihonomatsubara
For more information: Shizuoka Guide
3. Nihondaira & Toshogu Shrine
One of the best things to do around Shizuoka City is to head for the hills and spend a day around Nihondaira –
– Jump on the cable car and visit Toshogu Shrine which is said to be the last resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, and closely connected with the Nikko Toshogu Shrine. #kunosantoshogu
– Visit the architecturally stunning new Nihondaira Lookout for, on a good day, some of the best and most famous views of Mt Fuji.
– For the kids the Nihondaira Zoo is a fun place to spend the day visiting the famous red panda. #nihondairazoo
– Enjoy lunch, afternoon tea or green tea cocktails at the bar at Nihondaira Hotel while you watch the sunset and outstanding views of Mt Fuji – all the rooms in this hotel have large windows that face toward this iconic mountain and you will be tempted to stay the night so you can enjoy the sunrise also.
4. Strawberry Coastal Road
At the foot of Mt Kunozan and Toshogun Shrine is a stretch of road known as “Ichigo Kaigan Douri” which translates to Strawberry Coastal Road.
Shizuoka Prefecture is well known for its production of Green Tea around the World but the fact that the prefecture grows some of the biggest and best strawberries is still relatively unknown to anyone outside of Japan.
With the greenhouses warmed by all day sun thanks to the relatively stable winter weather and fed by the mineral rich water coming down from the hills you get some of the biggest, sweetest, most amazing strawberries you will ever eat.
From January to May each year you can indulge in an all you can eat picking session for a fraction of the cost that these berries would be in stores – grab a punnet and some condensed milk and enjoy! #strawberryroad
For more information Japan Times has a related article here.
Mochimune is a small coastal fishing village in Suruga Ward just 12 minutes on the local train from Shizuoka Station. It is located at the point where the mighty Pacific Ocean meets nutrient rich Suruga Bay.
This small, nondescript coastal town and is famous for its ‘Shirasu’ (Whitebait) and particularly its ‘Nama’ (Raw) Shirasu. It is said that to really experience Whitebait it needs to be eaten within an hour of being caught and eaten raw.
This obviously makes it difficult to do unless you go to the source. To ensure freshness the fishing boats that catch whitebait have support boats that travel back and forth from the main dock bringing the whitebait catch back to dock as soon as possible.
If you enjoy whitebait then Mochimune is a MUST visit on your trip to Japan, and even if you are not a big whitebait fan, brand new facilities such as the spectacular NihonIro accommodation, Mochimune Port Onsen and the fantastic Mochimune Yokocho and of course, West Coast Brewing tap room – that will make your stay here unforgettable!