SHIZUOKA ADVENTURE

Whether it is a new physical challenge you are seeking or pursuing your chosen outdoor passion, there are many adventures awaiting you in Shizuoka.

FIND AdVENTURE IN SHIZUOKA

Adventure Travel allows us to experience a new place on a deeper level than rushing through the tourist sights.

Instead of passive ‘sightseeing’, Adventure Travel provides us with an opportunity to step outside the usual tourist path to engage with the locals and reconnect with nature through exciting activities – the sort that get you physically moving and perhaps even get the adrenaline pumping! 

Not only is Adventure Travel good for you, but it is also good for the local communities you visit. 

Employing local guides and operators helps sustain the small communities economically, and human powered activities like cycling and hiking have less impact on the environment. 

Through adventure – both fast and slow, the memories you will take home will be the people you will meet and the culture you learn about as you travel through Shizuoka. 

Shizuoka is blessed with the three key elements that underpin Adventure Travel.

NATURE
Shizuoka is abundant in nature and has three National Parks, with towering mountains, including the iconic Mt Fuji, deep oceans, long stretches of coastline and fast-flowing rivers.  

ACTIVITIES
Exciting activities and reputable guide companies that offer quality experiences. 

Many guides have lived and trained overseas and can guide tours in English, as well as other languages. 

CULTURE
Welcoming locals and fascinating culture. Stopping to pick tea with a farmer while cycling through vast tea plantations, or grating fresh wasabi while hiking old pilgrimage trails in Izu are some of the unique cultural backdrops to be found in Shizuoka.

  While adventures are often fast-paced pursuits, soft and gentle adventures that heal and relax you are just as important as the heart racing ones.

NATIONAL PARKS

Shizuoka Prefecture is blessed with a diverse range of nature and landscapes that include mountains, rivers, lakes, ocean, rugged coastline, and white sand beaches.

There are parts of 3 of Japan's National Parks within Shizuoka Prefecture each of which has its own characteristics and charm.

SHIZUOKA STATION

The Southern End of Japan's Minami Alps National Park can be accessed from either Shizuoka or Kakegawa Bullet Train Stations (via Kanaya Station).

Take the scenic Ikawa railway line and enjoy the view as it winds up the Oi River to Lake Ikawa and into the foothills of the Akaishi Mountain range and discover deep valleys and dense forests.

SHIN FUJI STATION

The Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park is accessible from Atami, Mishima, and Shin Fuji Bullet Train Stations - it is the jewel in Shizuoka's crown.

On a good day, you will get amazing views of Mt Fuji, but even if the weather doesn't cooperate you will gain a deeper appreciation for how much Mt Fuji has influenced the life of the people that live at the foot of this majestic mountain.

HAMAMATSU STATION

The Tenryu Oku-Mikawa Quasi-National Park is smaller and not as well known as the other National Parks in Shizuoka but makes up for it with a more relaxed and off-the-beaten-path charm.

Ride the Tenhama train from Kakegawa or Hamamatsu Bullet Train Stations past green tea fields and along the Tenryu River to find friendly locals who co-exist with nature.

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Let’s take a look at what Shizuoka has to offer the Adventure Traveller.

RIVERS 

The Fuji river at the base of Mt. Fuji is one of the top 3 fastest rivers in Japan, with grade 2 and 3 rapids.

The team at Natural Action offers rafting tours and it is the perfect way to make use of the fast-flowing meltwater coming off Mt Fuji in late Spring.

Canyoning through the incredible geopark lava formations, jumping off waterfalls, and cooling off in the lush canyons of Izu with Adventure Support is a great summer refreshing adventure.

OCEAN

The Izu peninsula takes center stage when it comes to marine activities in Shizuoka. 

Diving here is world-class with the ‘Kuroshio’ warm currents from the south bringing in tropical species of fish and coral. Combined with incredible undersea rock formations, it is a paradise for diving and snorkeling.  

There are many great surf spots too. 

Real Surf can arrange rental boards, local advice, and lessons if it is your first time surfing. 

Further along the Shizuoka coastline is Omaezaki, a headland that juts out into the ocean providing some world-class breaks.

See this suggested itinerary to add to your plans.

There are several sea kayaking guides along the coast of Izu from Shimoda to Matsuzaki, each introducing their own unique stretch of coastline where you can paddle into spectacular sea caves and get up close to areas of the coastline only accessible by kayak.  

Seamon, based in Shimoda, provides information and other services in English and can assist you in booking sea kayaking, surfing, and diving trips in Izu.

MOUNTAINS

While Mt. Fuji attracts many who reach for its summit in the Summer months, be sure to explore some of the primeval forest walks and lesser-known pilgrimage routes around the base of the mountain, such as the Hoei Crater guided hike

Shizuoka is home to three National parks that offer a wide array of walks and hikes.

Another excellent guided walk is the Hakone Hachiri that gives you a glimpse into Japan’s feudal era along sections of the ancient Tokaido.  

Shizuoka is the southernmost gateway to Japan’s Southern Alps National Park.

Choose from simple day hikes to waterfalls to multiday trekking where you can overnight in mountain huts to scale the many 3,000m plus peaks for serious mountain adventures. 

There are also easy day walks around the upper Oi River, which is spectacular in Autumn and has idyllic onsens (hot springs) dotted around the valleys to found when exploring Shizuoka’s interior 

If mountain biking is your thing, check out Yamabushi Trails with their interpretive rides in West Izu designed so visitors can enjoy an adventure and also learn about the areas fascinating history and culture.

The course follows a half-pipe-like trail which was carved out by pulling sleds of charcoal down the mountains by horse at the turn of the 20th century. 

Today it has been repurposed to create fun flowy singletrack.  

Mountainous terrain can be taxing on the legs, but with e-bikes, you can conquer any hill with ease. 

Enya Mount Fuji Eco Tours, a company based at the foot of Mt. Fuji, offers a variety of guided and interpretive cycle tours with a strong focus on sustainable eco tourism and community based tourism initiatives.

Road cyclists will delight in the challenging hill climbs, quiet backroads, and fast descents.

See Cycling for an overview of road cycling throughout Shizuoka. 

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