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Shizuoka is particularly advantaged among Japan's prefectures in many ways, ranging from location, natural beauty, and climate to its industrial production and tourism. In fact, official statistics show it to be the leading prefecture in Japan in nearly 250 different categories. Here are a few of the most interesting examples.


Mount Fuji

Highest Mountain in Japan

At 3,776 meters, Mt. Fuji is the undisputed winner in this category, beating its nearest rival by a full 583 meters.

Suruga Bay

Deepest Bay in Japan

Here again, there is no contest. Suruga Bay is approximately 2,500 meters deep, a difference of more than 1,000 meters with the next deepest bay. Suruga Bay is notable for its extraordinary biodiversity, being home to about 1,000 different species of fish.

Kakita River

Highest Volume of Spring Water in Asia

This record goes beyond Japan's borders. The Kakita River, which collects rain water from Mount Fuji, has a flow of over one million tons of water a day. These waters are known for their purity and have featured in such lists as “Japan's 100 Best Waters” and “100 Nature Spots to Preserve in Japan for the Twenty-First Century.”

Horai Bridge

World's Longest Wooden Bridge

The Horai Bridge, which crosses the Oi River, was built in 1880 and is 897 meters long. It appears often in television shows and movies. It was recognized by the Guinness Book of Records in 1997.

Japanese-Style Inns

Largest Number of Japanese-Style Inns and Secondary Residences

Shizuoka's stunning location and scenery makes it a favorite for both short-term and long-term visitors. The prefecture boasts 7% of all ryokan (traditional Japanese-style inns) in Japan and 19% of all secondary residences, earning it a clear number one position in both categories.

Green Tea

Number One in Green Tea

Shizuoka claims the number one position in a number of green tea-related categories, including the largest tea harvest, the largest amount of land devoted to tea farming, and the largest per capita expenditure on tea. In all three categories, it leads its nearest rival, Kagoshima, by a wide margin.


Greatest Producer of Tangerines

Shizuoka's name is closely associated with the production of unshū mikan (tangerines), of which it is the largest producer in the country. They are highly acclaimed for their sweet, savory taste.

Greenhouse Melons

Greatest Producer of Greenhouse Melons

Shizuoka’s greenhouse melons are highly regarded across Japan for their sales and production methods, which ensure a beautiful appearance and a luscious fragrance.


Largest Market Share of Wasab

The popularity of Japanese cuisine worldwide has considerably increased demand for wasabi (Japanese horseradish). Shizuoka, where it was first cultivated, has the largest wasabi market share in Japan, accounting for 76% of total domestic production value.


Seafood Number Ones

There are quite a few seafood categories in which Shizuoka comes out on top. These include both the largest catch of bonito in Japan and the top bonito fishing port at Yaizu, a 100% share in sakura shrimp and spider crab catches, the largest catches of yellowfin tuna and whitebait, and the largest number of farmed rainbow trout and Japanese horse mackerel. Shizuoka also posts the top spot in Japan for harvesting nori seaweed.


Whole of Japanese Piano Production

As the birthplace of Japan's leading brands, Shizuoka to this day accounts for 100% of Japan's piano shipments, also therefore making it the largest exporter of pianos.

Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki

Largest Share of Motorcycle Production

Japan's three leading motorcycle manufacturers, the world-famous Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki, are all based in Shizuoka, as are many of their suppliers. The prefecture accounts for 45% of Japan’s total motorcycle exports.

Plastic Models

And More

While Shizuoka’s number ones are too many to list in their entirety, other areas in which Shizuoka leads include healthy life expectancy, medical equipment, photomultiplier tubes, fishing vessels, plastic models, doll parts, cleaning supplies, pet food, and gerbera daisies, as well as per-capita expenditure on grilled eel kabayaki and potatoes.