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Mount Fuji and the Beauty of Nature

Spectacular Views Wherever You Look

Very much a symbol of Japan, Mount Fuji has inspired awe in nature lovers and artists for centuries. It was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage in June 2013, upgrading it from national treasure to world treasure. The country’s highest peak at 3,776 meters, this volcano stands out clearly in the landscape and can be admired from many spots in Shizuoka. It is open to climbers during the summer season, and viewing the sunrise from the summit is a dream for many. Shizuoka also boasts spectacular coastlines and clean rivers and lakes that make it a favorite for Japanese and foreign tourists alike

Mount Fuji and the Beauty of Nature

Mount Fuji from Asagiri Highland in the summer

Hot Spring Resorts

Relaxing the Japanese Way

Visiting hot springs resorts, known as onsen, is a favorite Japanese pastime, combining enjoyment of nature, relaxation, and health benefits. Shizuoka is particularly blessed with hot springs, from the eastern coastal resort of Atami to the numerous resorts of the Izu Peninsula, many of which offer spectacular views of Mount Fuji. A soak in a hot tub followed by a traditional meal of local delicacies enjoyed in a soft cotton yukata robe is a guaranteed stress-killer. There are many types of onsen; some offer wooden tubs fragrant with the scent of hinoki Japanese cedar, while others are outdoor baths surrounded by nature. This is an unforgettable Shizuoka experience!


Oceanside outdoor hot spring in Izu

Historical Sites and Traditional Crafts

Something for Everyone to Enjoy

Shizuoka is situated along the old Tokaido Highway, which once linked Tokyo with Kyoto. More than twenty of the fifty-three famous post towns along this road are located in the prefecture, making for interesting sightseeing opportunities. There are many historical sites throughout Shizuoka, including Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, which was built in 1617 to enshrine the first shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu; Mishima Taisha Shrine, dating back to the ninth century; and Shimoda, the site of America’s first consulate in Japan. Shizuoka is also known for traditional crafts, such as Suruga Makie gold and silver relief lacquer, vases and insect cages woven from fine strips of bamboo, and charming Hina dolls, which serve as Doll Festival decorations representing the ancient imperial court.


Kunozan Toshogu Shrine

Outdoor Sports

The Perfect Place to Be Active

Shizuoka’s topographical features, with a long coastline and mountain ranges, make it the perfect place to enjoy both water and mountain sports. There are many hiking trails and campsites throughout the prefecture, both along the rugged coastline and inland. The numerous beaches are perfect for relaxing in the summer months, and for those who enjoy more adventurous nautical options, surfing, windsurfing, waterskiing, and scuba diving are all available. Fans of whitewater rafting can delight themselves on the Fuji and Shibakawa Rivers, while rock climbing aficionados will love the Jogasaki Coast and Joyama areas. There is also skiing and snowboarding at several mountain resorts and amazing golf at ninety beautiful courses.


outdoor a woman playing golf

Great outdoor fun!

Amuse Yourself!

From Theme Parks to Outlet Malls

Shizuoka offers a wealth of opportunities for thrill-seekers at its theme parks and outdoor venues. These include Fuji Safari Park, Grinpa Amusement Park, Mt. Fuji Children’s World, and Fuji Speedway, the last of which is the largest international racing course in Japan. The mild climate in central and western Shizuoka as well as on the Izu Peninsula nurtures beautiful flowers in such places as Hamamatsu Flower Park and Kamo Iris Garden and even allows for fruit picking. Those who are more into indoor activities won’t want to miss Shizuoka’s outlet malls, such as the Gotemba Premium Outlets.


Gotemba Premium Outlets

Food and Culinary Specialties

A Gourmet’s Delight

hanks to its mild climate and coastal location, Shizuoka is a leading producer of food and beverage products, including green tea, mandarin oranges, strawberries, and wasabi. It is also home to major fishing ports and is well-known for its seafood, ranging from tuna to baby sardines and sakura shrimp. Additionally, the pure water from Shizuoka’s rivers is a major asset in the production of sake. Home to many breweries, Shizuoka is especially particularly renowned for its production of daiginjō super-premium sake. All of these high-quality ingredients can be enjoyed locally at many restaurants or at inns located in onsen hot spring resorts.


Shizuoka’s local sake varieties