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Shizuoka Prefecture is home to three National Parks each of which has its own characteristics and charm.


Shizuoka is blessed with an abundance of nature – mountains, rivers and ocean – so it is not surprising that large parts of the Prefecture are included in Japan’s National Park system.

Parts of Shizuoka are included in 3 National Parks each with its own characteristics and charm and all 3 are easily accsessible from any of Shizuoka’s 6 Bullet train stations on the Tokaido Shinkansen line.

In Japan, the concept of National Parks is not simply nature conservation areas, but a deep interconnection between the people and the land.

The primary drawcard of all National Parks is the beautiful natural environment to enjoy various outdoor activities. On closer inspection, you will quickly discover the relationship between the land, seasons, and local culture.

Most importantly – the local people, for whom lifestyle, culture, and legends have all coexisted in these special areas long before they were designated as National Parks.

Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

By far the most visited park in Japan with its proximity to Tokyo, it stretches from Mount Fuji to a chain of islands in the Pacific Ocean south of the Izu Peninsula.

It is divided into four areas: the Mount Fuji and Hakone areas in the north, and the Izu Peninsula and the Izu Islands to the south.

Highlights include climbing Mount Fuji, hiking the beautiful Edo-period Hakone Hachiri route, sea kayaking the rugged west coast of Izu, and relaxing in the thermal springs of Shuzenji.

Minami Alps National  Park

Stretching from Nagano to Shizuoka, the Minami, or Southern Alps National Park is in the southernmost region of the Japanese Alps.

A haven for hikers and climbers with multiday treks that take in some of the most southerly glacial formed mountains in Japan, with peaks and ridgelines of over 2000 meters.

Highlights include hiking through beautiful amphitheater-like valleys, known as cirques, and vast alpine meadows home to unique flora and fauna.

Tenryu Oku-Mikawa Quasi-National Park

Bordering Aichi, Nagano, and Shizuoka prefectures, this Quasi-National Park (managed by local governments) is centered around the Tenryu River.

A vast mountainous rural area, this park has numerous hiking trails and fishing spots around Sakuma Lake.

Highlights include visiting the villages dotted along the Tenryu and Keta rivers, including Harunocho, with its peaceful shrines and temples.


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.


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.


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.


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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