Spotlight – SHIZUOKA CITY

Japan’s most famous Samurai, Tokugawa Ieyasu, chose Shizuoka City to live out his twilight years – it is easy to see why. 

Shizuoka City – a cosmopolitan city with a storied past

SUNPU CASTLE, FUGETSURO GARDENS, GREEN TEA CAFES, CRAFT BEER BARS & STREET FOOD ALLEY

SHIZUOKA – A CITY WITH A STORIED HISTORY

In the middle of 16th a young samurai by the name of Tokugawa Ieyasu was held as a captive in what was then called the Sunpu domain from the ages of 9 to 14.

In later years Tokugawa went on to build Edo (modern day Tokyo) rise to the rank of Shogun and establish the Tokugawa Shogunate that went on to rule over Japan for more than 250 years.

Shortly after establishing the Tokugawa rule Ieyasu passed the day to day operation to his son and “retired” from public life taking up residence at Sunpu Castle in Shizuoka continuing to pull the strings from the background.

REMAINS OF THE PAST

Although much of the original castle has been destroyed you are still able to visit Sunpu Castle and wander through the grounds.

 Although many of the original buildings were destroyed by various wars, fires and earthquakes over the years there are some reconstructions and remains of the original castle that give you a good sense of what life was like more than 400 years ago when the Tokugawa ruled Japan.

On a clear day you can sit in the castle grounds and enjoy views of Mt Fuji. 

Another great remnant of the past, easily accessible from Shizuoka Station, and worth a visit is Fugetsuro.

Sunpu Castle represents the beginning of the Tokugawa Shogunate and the early life of Tokugawa Ieyasu in the late 16th Century.

Fugetsuro represents the end of this period in Japanese history (the late 19th century) when the Tokugawa Shogunate returned power to the Emperor of Japan and the Meiji Period started. 

SHIZUOKA STATION

Shizuoka Station is the 4th Bullet Train Station in Shizuoka along the Tokaido Line.

It is the perfect stop for lovers of fresh seafood, green tea enthusiasts and samurai period Japanese history buffs. 

FOOD & DRINK

Stick around the station area and enjoy a green tea latte or espresso shot or a variety of green tea ice cream at one of the many cafes in the city. Take a short train ride to Shimizu, enjoy the famous all you can eat tuna bowl, learn how to make fresh sushi from a master sushi chef or pick your own strawberries.

EXPERIENCE

 Shizuoka City and its surrounds are soaked in history which revolves around the Tokugawa Shogunate. Tokugawa Ieyasu himself spent many years in Shizuoka and his presence can still be felt. Visit the Sunpu Castle grounds where Ieyasu spent his twilight years or visit Kunozan Shrine where his remains are said to have been buried. If you enjoy Samurai history Shizuoka is a must visit.

EXPLORE

There are many great areas to explore around Shizuoka Station - head to the small fishing town of Mochimune, stay in a stunning modern Japanese house and enjoy raw whitebait straight off the boat. Or head North to the foothills of the Southern Alps and discover wasabi fields that are said to have been planted at the behest of Tokugawa Ieyasu himself.

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Following this transition Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the last of the Tokugawa rulers, retired to Shizuoka.

He built Fugetsuro as his residence and from there lived out the rest of his life peacefully enjoying pursuits such as hunting, sailing and riding his penny farthing bicycle.

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CAFES AND CRAFT BEER

 In recent years many great cafes, craft beer bars and even a craft gin bar has opened Shizuoka City and the city has a a very cosmopolitan feel.

If you are looking for a caffeine fix it is now possible to pick up an espresso or soy latte at small hole in the wall cafes around the city that give you an alternative to Starbucks.

If you are looking for something a little different try some of the green tea cafes that have popped up in the city where you are able to get a Matcha Latte, green tea espresso, some green tea ice cream or shaved ice.

At night there are a number of great craft beer bars in and around Shizuoka Station that a range of beer brewed in and around Shizuoka – there is a Craft Beer Map that helps you navigate to 12 craft beer bars in the area.

If beer is not your thing try the range of craft gin at Bongin

SHIZUOKA STREET FOOD

Shizuoka is also famous for its street food and a local favorite spot to hang out is the Oden Food Alley.

Oden is a type of hotpot that is popular in Japan especially in the winter.

The Oden restaurants in Shizuoka are often hole in the wall places that only seat a few patrons and this creates a special atmosphere where after a few sakes everyone becomes your best friend and all language barriers disappear.

Learn more about Oden.

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