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 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 .
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.
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 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.