Best 9 Things to Do Around Shizuoka City

Shizuoka City is the capital and 2nd largest city of Shizuoka Prefecture. Located between Suruga Bay coastline 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 get away from all of the crowds at some of the other temples in Japan and discover hidden gems.

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.  #kunosantoshogu

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! #mihonomatsubara

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.

The castle is situated in the middle of Shizuoka City and 10 mins stroll from the Tokaido Bullet train station – pick up a coffee or green tea from one of the cafes on the way and relax in the park situated within the castle walls. #sunpucastle

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 Tokaido 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. 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!

For more information Japan Times has a related article here.

6. Shizuoka Sengen Jinja

A short walk from Sunpu Castle grounds is Shizuoka Sengen Jinja – a collective of three beautiful Shinto shrines.

The Shizuoka City Cultural Assets Museum houses an impressive collection of artifacts from the ‘Warring States’ and Edo periods connected with famous Samurai families of the time particularly Tokugawa and Imagawa.

Perhaps Japan’s most famous Samurai warlord Ieyasu Tokugawa was a resident of Shizuoka City in his twilight years building Sunpu Castle and he sponsored the rebuilding of these shrines – wandering through the grounds is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in Japanese Samurai history and culture.

For more information: Shizuoka Guide

7. Shimizu Port

It is a short train ride from Shizuoka Station on the local Tokaido Train Line to Shimizu Port Area which is famous for Kashinoichi an amazing array of seafood options (try the all you can eat Tuna bowls). From there it is a short bus ride to S-Pulse Plaza Shopping area with restaurants cafes, sushi museum, sushi making school and ferris wheel with spectacular views of Mount Fuji.

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.

For more information on how to get there and around there is great information here : Dream Ferry Shimizu Maguro Trip Pass

7. S-Pulse Plaza 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 including a large ferris wheel which offers spectacular views of Mt Fuji.

For more information: Shizuoka Guide

9. Shop, eat, drink and be merry!

Where neighbouring Hamamatsu City is known for its industry and craftsman Shizuoka City has traditionally been known more as a artisan, culinary, and it is fair to say, cosmopolitan type of place. 

As such, in Shizuoka City you are more likely to see more fine dining and variety of different culinary delights. There are old favorites like the Aoba Koen Oden Alley which is an entire alley dedicated to Oden, lined with cozy restaurants known for fantastic oden and great conversation. 

Recently there has been a surge in craft beer and coffee culture, specialty gin bars opening up and a variety of modern style green tea cafes that offer green tea espressos and a range of green tea gelato options.

Check the English Shizuoka Shopping Map here : Shopping Map (PDF)

Check the Shizuoka Craft Beer Map for details of all 13 craft beer bars close to the station here : Craft Beer Map

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