Spotlight – SHIZUOKA PORT TOWNS

Hop off the Tokaido Bullet train at Shizuoka Station and take a day or two to explore one of Shizuoka’s port towns located on the shores of Suruga Bay.

ALL ALONG SURUGA BAY

YUI PORT, SHIMIZU CITY, YAIZU AND MOCHIMUNE

YUI

Yui is a charming Shizuoka port town located along the Tokaido Main Line.

Famed for its delicious sakura ebi (cherry shrimp) that are harvested during late Spring (late March to early June) and fall (late October to late December).

Yamazaki’s san Sushi Yamashichi to eat the sakura ebi delicacies or have a temaki-sushi making lunch and enjoy her vast collection of vintage obi & kimono featuring beautiful scenes of Hiroshige Utagawa’s ukiyo-e prints of the Ancient Tokaido Road.

 After your bellies are full, take a stroll through the many traditional houses lining the narrow streets.

If you’re still up for some more sightseeing, head to Satta Pass to view Mt Fuji in all her majesty and take in the famous scene from Hiroshige’s famous Ukiyoe woodblock print .

YAIZU

One of the most famous commercial fishing ports in Japan, Yaizu is well known for it’s delicious seafood produce.

Wake up early for the Yaizu Fish Market where you can watch the lively fish auction, and grab yourself a mini feast to taste all the amazing fresh seafood.

When you’ve had enough seafood, wander the city and explore Yaizu’s ancient history.

Yaizu Shrine is said to have been founded in the 5th century during the Kofun period. Numerous Kofun can be found within the town’s limits; Kofun are megalithic tombs or tumuli (mounds of earth) which often are shaped like a keyhole when viewed from above with one square end and one circular end.

Whilst you’re walking around, make sure to pick up some delicious homemade treats from Yuruk Bakeshop, and don’t forget to take home some Shizuoka green tea from 3rd generation family run Sanowa Tea.

 

SHIZUOKA STATION

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

EXPERIENCE

Shizuoka City played an important role in the history of Japan as a city of influence particularly in the Tokugawa reign. Wander through the Sumpu Castle grounds or visit the Japanese garden in Fugetsuro to experience what life may have been like at times that bookend the 300 years of Tokugawa influence.

FOOD & DRINK

Shizuoka City in recent years has seen many cafes and new craft beer bars open and the city has a cosmopolitan feel. Green tea features heavily in Shizuoka City - just 5 minutes from the station you can pop into one of the local cafes for a matcha latte, green tea espresso, or even some green tea ice cream.

EXPLORE

From Shizuoka Station there are plenty of areas to explore off the beaten track. Head North toward the Japanese Southern Alps and you will discover streams filled with wasabi that was planted at the behest of Tokugawa Ieyasu himself. Head a little deeper into the hills and find some great hiking trails that offer spectacular views of Mt Fuji.

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MOCHIMUNE

Located about 7mins train ride away from Shizuoka Station, the port town of Mochimune is famous for its extremely fresh Shirasu (whitebait) fished almost every day.

The Mochimune beach facing Suruga Bay is a popular summer’s day trip.

Stay nearby, in one of the six stunning Nihon Iro renovated traditional Japanese homes, where you can relax on their beautiful tatami floors, zen like gardens and enjoy a delicious breakfast made by local mothers.

Spend half a day learning how to make your own pottery with Sayoko Higashikawa.

Relax the day away at Mochimune Minato Onsen, a former tuna factory refurbished into a relaxing public onsen with views of the local fishing port and views of Mt Fuji from it’s open-air bath Fujimi-koya.

The onsen waters are drawn from a spring in the Abe river, and are a weak alkaline sodium/calcium monochloride which provides a ‘cleansing effect” to the skin.

SHIMIZU PORT

Shimizu port is known as one of Japan’s three most beautiful shipping ports and is the biggest Shizuoka port town –  the history of the port can be traced back to the 7th century.

It is a popular destination for cruise ships as the gateway to Mt Fuji. Lying at the northern end of the Izu Peninsula, Shimizu Port offers stunning views of Mt Fuji as a majestic backdrop as you enter it’s waters.

When you arrive, pop into the S-Pulse Dream Plaza which offers a movie theatre, food court, a mini amusement park and a museum dedicated to all things sushi.

The sushi museum is a mecca to all and any information regarding sushi, as well as several sushi restaurants to ease your hunger.

However if you prefer an even more local experience, walk over to Kashi-no-Ichi Market, Shimizu Port’s fish market to select the freshest catch of the day.

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