40 Things to Do in Shizuoka – Attractions, Beaches and More
Just an hour away from Tokyo, Shizuoka boasts pristine beaches and majestic views of Mount Fuji. Find out more about Shizuoka attractions with our guide.
Spanning across 7,780 km², Shizuoka prefecture consists of major cities, Shizuoka and Hamamatsu, while being surrounded by the coast on one side and mountains on the other. Though not as popular as Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, Shizuoka boasts ubiquitous views of Mount Fuji and never-ending fields of matcha (green tea)—making it worthy of a visit. Read on to find out all the best attractions in Shizuoka.
Shizuoka Weather and Climate
Shizuoka’s weather and climate have the reputation of being one of the best in Japan. Not too high or not too low, Shizuoka has a humid subtropical climate which means it’s rather mild and comfortable. As a result, green tea is able to prosper here—making it the country’s largest exporter of matcha.
Shizuoka's Weather Averages Throughout the Year Annual Avg. Temperature: ~16.1 degrees Celsius (61 degrees Fahrenheit) Avg. Spring (Mar, Apr & May) Temperature: ~14.7 degrees Celcius (58 degrees Fahrenheit) Avg. Summer (Jun, Jul & Aug) Temperature: ~24.7 degrees Celcius (76 degrees Fahrenheit) Avg. Autumn (Sep, Oct & Nov) Temperature: ~18.7 degrees Celcius (66 degrees Fahrenheit) Avg. Winter (Dec, Jan & Feb) Temperature: ~7.0 degrees Celcius (45 degrees Fahrenheit)
Shizuoka Attractions and Sightseeing
1. Shimizu Port
In its golden days, Shimizu Port was the largest tea exporting port. Now, it’s used for small-time trading. Ships, without hurrying, come and go. With Mount Fuji in the background, this picturesque view makes taking a stroll here with your loved one memorable.
Station: Shimizu Address: 9-25 Hinode, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka Phone: 054-323-2203 Website: Port Of Shimizu
2. Shizuoka Matsuri
Shizuoka Matsuri is the biggest festival held in Shizuoka, the festival is an old tradition from the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu’s reign, back in the Edo era. Highlights are plenty such as the famous Hanami (cherry blossom viewing), maintaining Tokugawa Ieyasu’s custom of taking daimyo (feudal lords) to Sengen Shrines to view the cherry blossoms, also a parade gathering hundreds of costumed people reenacting the Edo Era in Sumpu Park, a lively dance parade and a small firework at the last day.
Station: Shin-Shizuoka Address: 9-6 Otemachi, Aoi Ward, Shizuoka Date: From 31st March- 2nd April 2017 Phone: 054-221-0182 Website: Shizuoka Matsuri
3. Kunozan Toshogu Temple
Built in the 17th century as the mausoleum of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, it is the most important and famous temple in the region. Shizuoka Prefecture hides what was the last home of the great shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (Edo era), who determined Japan’s history, victorious of the civil wars of the Sengoku. Kunozan Toshogu Temple is the original burial place of Tokugawa Ieyasu (moved to Nikko). The Shrine is located on top of Kunozan mount (270m), accessible by walk (1000 stairs) or a cable ride (5 minutes). The Shrine is a national treasure with a unique style, peaceful with bright colors delightful, at the top you can find the shogun’s tomb and a small museum. An English audio guide is available and very useful if you want to know more about the history of this sacred place.
Station: Kunozan Address: 390 Negoya, Suruga Ward, Shizuoka Business Hours: 09:00- 17:00 Price: Temple: 500 yen, Museum: 400 yen (combined: 800 yen) Phone: 054-237-2438 Website: Toshogu
4. Kinomiya Shrine
Dedicated to the god of Atami, this Shinto shrine is shrouded by majestic trees. This includes Japan’s second oldest tree, a 2,000-year-old camphor tree. It’s believed that walking around the camphor tree lengthens your life span and grants you wishes.
Station: Kinomiya Station Address: 43-1 Nishiyamacho, Atami, Shizuoka Business Hours: 8:30 - 17:00 Phone: 0557-82-2241 Website: Kinomiya
5. Toro Ruins (Iseki)
Designated as a place of historical importance, Toro Iseki is one of the two prehistoric sites of the Yayoi period (Iron Age era) in Japan. This small historical site is comprised of Yayoi reconstructed houses and warehouses and a museum. A myriad of activities is offered here, from ancient methods of fire making to rice “polishing” (for sake making). Additionally, catch their reenactment of life during the Yayoi period. Toro Ruins is great fun for families.
Station: Shizuoka Address: 5-10-5 Toro, Sugura, Shizuoka Phone: 054-285-0476 Website: Shizuoka Toro Museum
6. Shiraito Falls
Shiraito No Taki offers two waterfalls one large waterfall in 20 meters height (Otodome No Taki) and many smaller falls along the canyon wall cascading into a beautiful pool, water derived from Mount Fuji’s flows. The name literally means “waterfall of white thread”, as white fibrous falls of water threaded out of the rock and into the central pool. The falls are absolutely gorgeous and leave in awe. Easily accessed by a walkway with railing, the fall provides numerous vantage points to take beautiful photos. There are also many small stores selling souvenirs and food. If you enjoy waterfalls and luxurious nature, these falls are definitely worth a visit.
Station: Gendoji Address: Kamiide, Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Phone: 0544-27-5240 Website: Fujinomiya
7. Suruga Bay
The bay is dominated by Mount Fuji and is known for being a horn of plenty for seafood whose freshness is proven by all local restaurants, Shizuoka’s food specialty Sakuraebi (small shrimp) are caught plenty in the sea and turn the ocean surface into a pinkish color during the sakuraebi season. Sugura Bay is the land of fresh seafood with many seafood markets and fishing ports at every corner and can have a feast in restaurant’s coast fresh seafood through their sashimi, seafood don, set meals or barbecued.
Station: Shimizu Address: Sugura Bay, Shizuoka
8. Mount Fuji
Japan’s most recognizable landmark, Mt. Fuji is notable in various spots and sprawling into Shizuoka Prefecture. The majority of travelers to Japan head straight to Mount Fuji and stay a day or two. The volcano offers spectacular views and is a great place to test yourself. Surrounded by a breathtaking nature, Fuji-san a pilgrimage site for centuries, it’s considered one of Japan’s 3 sacred mountains, and summit hikes remain one of the most popular activity during the climbing season (July-September)
Station: Fujinomiya Address: Fujinomiya, Shizuoka
9. Hamamatsu Castle (Hamamatsu Matsuri)
Built in 1532, Hamamatsu castle is one of the major attractions in Hamamatsu, the largest city in Shizuoka. Hamamatsu was Tokugawa Ieyasu’s residence during the Meiji era. After his death, the castle lose its identity as a military structure and became the property of the city of Hamamatsu. Destroyed by fire it was rebuilt in 1958. Located on a feudal mound its 3-storey dungeon offers a stunning view of Shizuoka coastline. Inside it homes a small museum, with a fee-paying entrance (400 yen), displaying objects belonging to the Tokugawa family and a recollection of the local history.
The Hamamatsu festival is held for two days May 3-5, It is a festival to celebrate the birth of the first Hamamatsu lord’s child. Various events are held, renowned for its Takoage Gassen, or parade of kites, and its impressive yatai parade (floating palace), richly decorated and playing traditional music. It is Hamamatsu ‘s most bustling time of year as the city population increases to 1.5 million people.
Station: Hamamatsu Address: 100- 2 Motoshirocho, Naka-ku, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Business Hours: 08:30- 16:30 Phone: 053-453-3872 Website: Hamamatsu
10. Nukumori No Mori
If there is something fascinating about Ghibli’s films, in addition to the fantastic stories and its intrigued characters, it is for sure the fantasy and mesmerizing settings and landscapes that evoke imagination and children’s books. In Japan, there is a small village called Nukumori no Mori, situated in Hamamatsu, it offers a fantasy village straight from Ghibli’s imagination that literally invites you to escape from reality. The entire village was designed by the Japanese architect Shigeyoshi Sasaki more than twenty years ago. Many fantasies themed shops, cafes, restaurants and even museums can be found with fairy-like architecture. The place is also a popular spot for original wedding photo shoot!
Station: Shin-Shizuoka Address: 2949 Wajicho, Nishi-ku,Hamamatsu-shi,Shizuoka Buisness Hours: 10:00- 18:OO (Forest), 11:30- 13:45/ 18:00- 21:30 (Restaurants). Closed on Thursdays and Holidays Phone: 053-486-1723 Website: Nukumori
11. Numazugoyotei Imperial Villa Memorial Park
Numazu Imperial Villa Memorial Park was previously an imperial summer retreat for the Imperial family, to enjoy the great weather of Shizuoka. Abandoned not so long ago, in 1969 by the Imperial family and was opened to the public as “Numazu Goyotei ( Imperial Villa ) Memorial Park”. The imperial park is a nice shady place to escape the heat and see how the former emperor vacationed. The villa is opened to public, you will be able to visit the imperial rooms and traditional furniture. This is a piece of history with some great artifacts, and a wonderful little museum on how fishing was done in the area on the grounds. It’s also a nice spot to visit and a relaxing walk through the residence and the gardens, the Imperial Villa is the right place to visit!
Station: Numazu Address: 2802-1, Togo, Shimokanuki, Numazu, Shizuoka Phone: 055-931-0005 Website: Numazugyotei
12. Gotemba Illumination
Located in the Toki No Sumika Attraction Park, Gotemba Illumination is one of Japan’s biggest winter illumination event. Also known as “Gotemba Toki in Sumika Winter Illumination”, it’s considered the most popular winter lights event in Shizuoka! More than 5.2 million colorful LEDs are displayed throughout the park. Held since 2002, this event gathered more than 600,000 people from all over Japan! The highlight is the illuminated tunnel, stretching over 500 meters. Additionally, the event also has a water show at the fountain from 17:00 to 21:00. It’s a nice place for families and kids to visit for a magical atmosphere during the festive season.
Station: Fujioka Address: 1913-205 Koyama, Gotenba, Shizuoka Business Hours: From 30th October to 21st March: 17:00 to 22:00 Phone: 0550-87-3700 Website: Toki no sumika
13. Shizuoka Aquarium and Marine Science Center
More than an aquarium, the Shizuoka aquarium and Marine Science Center offers an innovative learning experience where visitors can discover, enjoy and appreciate the various wonders of marine life, the building is composed of an aquarium representing more than 20,000 different species and fish varieties, and a mechanical aquarium ”Mequarium” and a marine science hall. The higlight is a 3D experiemental theater providing also Tsunami experience.
Station: Shimizu Address: 2389 Miho Shimizu-ku Shizuoka Business Hours: 9:00-17:00, Closed on Tuesdays Phone: 054-334-2385 Website: Umi Muse Tokai
14. Sunpujo Castle Park
7 minutes walk from Shin-Shizuoka Station, Sunpu Castle which is also called “Fuchu Castle”or “Shizuoka Castle”. It was built in the late 16th century by Ieyasu Tokugawa (the last shogun), Sunpu Park is a comprehensive park that has maintained the Sunpu castle ruins that were made as a residence of Ieyasu Tokugawa. Inside the park a large garden is surrounded by two moats, “the East Gate”, Higashimonmon and “Tatsumi Otaru” Tatsumi Yagura. In the middle of the park, a statue of Ieyasu Tokugawa is standing to welcome visitors. Sunpu Park is also one of the best spot in Shizuoka. When spring comes, hundreds of cherry blossoms color the gardens in a pinkish tone.
Station: Shin-Shizuoka Address: 9-6 Otemachi, Aoi Ward, Shizuoka Phone: 054-251-0016 Website: Sunpu Castle Park
15. Tamaruya Mirukoujyou (Wasabi Tour)
Tamaruya Mirukoujyou is a great attraction while staying in Sugura in Shizuoka. The city is very quiet and peculiar. There are no buses to go to the Wasabi tour, you can either walk, ride a bike or take a taxi. The walk there is an experience in itself, with amazing views of Fuji-san. Tha wasabi tour is worth a visit with many different things you can see and know everything about this “spicy” roots. You can also eat differents varieties of wasabi foods such as wasabi croquette, ice cream, wasabi pasta… The gift shop has samples of all their wasabi products!
Station: Shizuoka Address: 5-34-20, Shimokawara, Suruga-ku Business Hours: 09:00 - 19:00 (Tours: 09:00 - 17:00)
16. Kawazu Seven Waterfalls
Kawazu Seven Waterfalls is a stunning hiking valley in Shizuoka. It’s an ideal setting for a long walk to the onsen (hot springs) of Kawazu, along the walk river forms a series of seven waterfalls, scattered by outdoor onsen and ryokan. The area was already famous for its landscapes in the Meiji period and was immortalized by Yasunari Kawabata in The dancing girl of Izu, a famous Japanese story. The walk can take between an or two hours, depending on where you want to go. The famous 7 waterfalls follow one another rapidly along the river and vary from 2 meters of height (Kanidaru) to 30 meters ( Odaru).
Station: Inazusa Address: Nashimoto, Kawazu, Kamo, Shizuoka
Umegashima is a quaint and very quiet city in Shizuoka, famous for its natural onsen, Umegashima is an onsen city collected from Abe River. Rich in sulfurous, the water from the river has many benefits for your body and soul. The onsen are one of the best in the region, and especially wonderful when it’s snowing outside, as it’s a nice contrast to the heat. Umegashima is full of outdoor onsen, Ryokans, cafeterias, shops, and also landmarks such as Oyunofurusato Park and Yuno Shrine.
Address: Aoi Ward, Shizuoka, Shizuoka
Come summer, many Tokyoites make the hour or so journey to Shizuoka for its fine beaches. Many nearby shops offer water sports equipment for rent, so head on over and try your hand at windsurfing. If that’s not your cup of tea, a lazy afternoon sunbathing is perfectly acceptable too.
Find below some of Shizuoka’s best.
18. Miho No Matsubara
Miho No Matsubara Beach is a place of art and spirituality known for its breathtaking view of Mount Fuji. This beach lined with a pine forest is known for being the place of a Japanese popular legend and part of a No theater festival. The walk under the pine trees to the beach of Miho (Miho no Matsubara) is famous for its view of Mount Fuji in all its splendor, a landscape immortalized in his time by Hiroshige. A nice little museum is also dedicated to him.
Station: JR Shimizu Address: Miho, Shimizu Ward, Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture 414-0901
19. Tatadohama Beach
Although well over an hour’s drive outside of Tokyo, Tadohama Beach is a beach in Shimoda city on the southern tip of Shizuoka. The city itself is quite tiny, consisting of several restaurants, coffee shops, apartment complexes and resort areas. Tadohama beach is a beautiful strip of fine white sand land with clear blue waters. This beach is really nice to relax and is well-cleaned. lots of surfers and bodyboarders enjoy the good waves of the beach. Be aware of the strong waves, if you are coming with children.
Station: Izukyu-Shimoda Address: 47 Kisami, Shimoda-shi, Shizuoka
20. Shirahama Beach
Shirahama Beach lives up to its name. Located on the southern coast between in Shimoda, Shirahama (White Beach) is an 800-meter stretch of fine white sand beach and clear blue water. It’s just past the town of Izu, and it’s probably one of the best-known beaches in Shizuoka. A small shrine is located on the beach, Shirahama shrine a unique red Shinto shrine, stands along boulders and the beach and is a famous spot to take pictures. Shirahama beach is also a good place to enjoy windsurfing as the sea benefits from a good waterflow for any beach activities
Station: Izukyu-Shimoda Address: 415-0012, Shirahama, Shimoda, Shizuoka
21. Hirono Beachside Park
Located in Hirono, in South-Easter Shizuoka, Hirono Beachside Park is a wonderful place for the whole family. Just in front of the beach, there is a large recreational area that is popular with locals for kids and “big” kids to have fun and feels like an adventuresome buddy! The playground offers a large pirate ship. The area is also a nice view spot for You can fish while Mt. Fuji observation when the weather is clear.
Station: Ito Address: 1 Hirono-Kaigan-doori, Suruga-ku, Shizuoka
22. Mochimune Beach Park
Mochimune beach park is another popular beach resort. Located on the coastline of Shizuoka, Mochimune Beach Park is a popular place for families. Extending about 1,000 meters in length, the beach’s golden sand beach is perfect for sunbathing and sand sculptures. This beach is usually quite crowded and noisy. If you’re looking for something a little quieter, walk along the coast. Go past the harbor and then cross a park, a smallish beach much quieter can be found
Station: Mochimune Address: 4-17-12 Mochimune, Suruga Ward, Shizuoka
23. Atami Sun Beach
Atami Sun Beach is situated along Nishikigaura bay in Atami. The beach is for families with quiet waves and clear water quality. Also close from the city, only a short walk from the bus stop and train stations. You can also enjoy fishing in nearby areas. Lots of nice restaurants, coffee around and onsens around this area. Every Summer, a firework festival is displaying in Atami Sun Beach for a memorable scenery, one of the biggest fireworks in Shizuoka!
Station: Atami Address: Higashikaigancho, Atami, Shizuoka
24. Hirizo Beach
Hirizo beach is renowned as the best snorkeling spot in Shizuoka, even in Japan! The water and scenery feels like a tropical paradise, just only few hours from Tokyo. Located on the extremity of Izu Peninsula, Hirizo Beach is a drop dead goergous island, with a crystal clear water, hosting a huge variety of tropical bright fish of differents sizes teeming with lots of coral and more. To go to Hirizo Beach, you will need to board a ferry and rent equipment at the Nakagi Port to enjoy snorkeling, is a great place to first discover the underwater treasures. Hirizo beach is very rocky and not meant for sun-bathing. We recommend to go visit the beach on a week day, to avoid the crowd.
Station: Izukyu-Shimoda Address: Nakagi, Minamiizu, Kamo District, Shizuoka
25. Sotoura Beach
Sotoura Beach has some marvelous beaches that are surrounded by towering mountains and lush rainforests. The beaches here offer a wide range of water sports. This beautiful white sandy beach is a perfect place to watch the sunrise, its quite limpid water offers a relaxing time during summertime. The beach is located in Shimoda and definitely have something to offer when you’re considering your beach trip options.
Station: Izukyu-Shimoda Address: Kakisaki, Shimoda, Shizuoka
26. Nakatajima Sand Dunes
Nakatajima Sand Dunes is a “desert” beach resort in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka. This place is a popular for filming movies and dramas and in one of the three biggest sand dunes in Japan. It is a beach you’ll need to visit while visiting Hamamatsu. If you want to feel like walking in the desert, this beach it’s for you! Very imposing and peaceful, you will need to walk few minutes to arrive near to the sea. Be aware this is not a beach for swimming, only surfing is allowed as the waves are pretty strong on this side of the sea. Cool spot for sunbathing, this is also known as a sea turtle spawning ground, and sea turtles appear on the sand beach during spring to summer. In the evening you can see the beautiful sunset contrasting with the sand dunes.
Station: Hamamatsu Address: 1313 Nakatajimacho, Minami-ku, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka
Renowned for its green tea fields, Shizuoka is producing between 45 and 55% of the Japanese green tea, in Japan. Makinohara and Shimada are especially famous for their green tea factory and tea fields. With a warmer than average climate for mainland Japan, it provides the perfect growing conditions for Japanese green tea. With its stunning landscapes formed by huge tea fields on hillsides and Mount Fuji in the background, Shizuoka is a must-to-visit!
Located in Makinohara Shizuoka’s Tea city, Greenpia offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of Japanese green tea by participating in the tea picking in the beautiful tea fields of a famous tea producing areas. The tour starts from April to October, you will need to pay a fee of 800 yen. If you have never tried tea picking before, fear not, it’s an incredible experience and you will learn a lot about the Japanese green tea as through the tour you will be able to see how picked green leaves, turn into tea – a heart-warming mind-clearing drink. You may also take some of it home with you! The lazy one can simply visit the green tea plant. Greenpia also offers a restaurant renowned for its cuisine based on … green tea of course! On the menu: fish sashimi, soba noodles with green tea, tempura of green tea leaves and green tea desserts, the smoked tea ice cream is to die for!. Enough for any Japanese green tea lovers!
Station: Kikugawa Address: 1151 Nishihagima, Makinohara, Shizuoka Business Hours: 10:00 - 17:00 Phone: 0548-27-2988 Website: Grinpia
28. O-Cha No Sato Museum
Ocha No Sato Museum is rather more an experience than a museum. It offers an educative experience around the tea by discovering the tea culture in Japan. Located in Shimada, the museum covers the traditional culture associated with the arts of the tea ceremony such as customs, industries, shops, beneficial effects of tea… A tea house is located in the Museum garden where visitors can spend a quiet and peaceful time with a tasting set of several types tea and tea ceremony performance. You can also produce your own green tea powder by reducing tea leaves, all for free The museum’s restaurant, Moegi is devoted to using tea with into various assortments dishes and vegetable specialties from the region. The different varieties of tea as well as light dishes, such as green tea powder, matcha ice cream can be purchased at a souvenir shop.
Station: Kanaya Address: 3053-2, Kanaya, Shimada Shi, Shizuoka Business Hours: 09:00 - 19:00, Closed on Tuesdays Phone: 0547-46-5588
29. Nanaya Matcha
Located in Aoi, Nanaya Matcha is green tea ice cream shop boasting 7 differents matcha flavor ice cream with the most intense matcha-flavored ice cream in the world. Visitors can choose from seven levels of intensity, Level 1 being the mildest. Aside from matcha, various flavors are offered such as sesame, roasted green tea, and various milk flavors.
Station: Shizuoka Address: 2-3-1 Ryogaecho, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka Business Hours: 11:00 - 19:00 Phone: 054-251-7783 Website: Nanaya
Shizuoka Food and Restaurants
Sakura Ebi (Shrimp)
Sakura Ebi is a tiny pink shrimp and it is only caught in one area in Japan: Suruga Bay in Shizuoka, which is full of fish and shellfish. The main fishing seasons are about 4 to 6 weeks from April to June and from October to November. You can enjoy them fresh, boiled, or deep-fried and prepared in tempura batter. It is the most popular staple food in Shizuoka.
30. Hama No Kakiageya
Hama No Kakiageya is a comfy restaurant providing the famous Sakura Ebi. Located along the Yui coastline, the main road called “Sakura Ebi Street” about 15 minutes away from Yui station, boasting a stunning beachfront view. Hama no Kakiageya, literally “Kakiage on the beach” is a seafood izakaya, providing sakura Ebi Don (bowl), sakura ebi kakiage (tempura), sakura ebi soup… The seafood are fresh and truly exquisite and the price is unbeatable, the restaurant is worth a visit and also is a good opportunity to visit Yui which has quite a lot to offer, especially the Hiroshige Ukiyoe Museum
Station: Yui Address: 1068-2 Yuiimajuku, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka Business Hours: 10:00 - 15:00, Closed on Mondays Phone: 054-376-0001 Website: Yuikou
As a coastal prefecture, there’s no shortage of fresh seafood in Shizuoka.
31. Fish Market Kashi No Ichi
Located in Shimizu, Kashi no Ichi is one of the best food markets in Shizuoka. Covering more than 400 meters, the market is marked by its wealth of street food and fish. It is packed with 20 shops of which most are mainly selling seafood and vegetables where you can eat fresh sushi, sashimi with reasonable prices. Here you can eat seafood abundantly such as Uni rice, crab legs rice, sashimi rice bowl and a tempura rice bowl… There is a ferry that continuously travels between the fish market and the Marine Science Museum, makes you a great spot to eat your lunch before visiting the museum.
Station: Shimizu Address: 149 Shimazaki Cho, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka Business Hours: 10:00 - 18:00, CLosed on Wednesdays Phone: 054-355-3575 Website: Kashi No Ichi
32. MaruTakashi Fish Market Shop
Located on the waterfront of Numazu, MaruTakashi fish market is a busy place where the locals come and buy the catch of the day. Full of small seafood restaurants, this fish market is a nice walk to get out to stretch your legs, explore the port and build up an appetite for your lunch. The most famous restaurant served a crispy Kakiage-don (seafood tempura tower), the portion is pretty big, and is providing with a rice bowl and a miso soup. It’s crispy so not heavy in the stomach. Very delicious with flavors of local ingredients such as vegetables and seafood. The restaurant also offers sashimi don, sushi, seafood and vegetable tempura…Some seats are tables and chairs, and some are in Japanese style (sit on a tatami).
Station: Shimizu Address: 114-1 Senbonminatochō, Numazu-shi, Shizuoka Business Hours: 10:00 - 18:00, CLosed on Wednesdays Phone: 054-355-3575 Website: Kashi No Ichi
Unagi No Kabayaki
Unagi (eel) is a famous dishes in Japan, the most popular way to enjoy eel is grilled covered with a sweet-savory sauce based on mirin, soy sauce. This technique is called kabayaki. It is then usually served on a bowl of rice called unadon from the word unagi (eel), and the word donburi (bowl). Shizuoka is renowned for its unagi no kabayaki serving fresh eel from Shizuoka’s coast.
33. Unagi Yaotokuekiminamiten
Hamamatsu is famous for its unagi restaurant but one of the best is Unagi Yaotokuekiminamiten. This little restaurant is a cozy and warm unagi restaurant. Famous for its unagi Kabayaki and Hibimushi, serving soft and juicy grilled eels with a rice bowl and a green tea. Food is delicious and its popularity with the locals is a testament to that. Courses are fixed and cost about 3,000-5000 yen.
Station: Hamamatsu Address: Sunayamacho, Nakaku, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Business Hours: 11:00 - 20:15, Closed on Mondays Phone: 0465-23-1011 Website: Tokai
When winter strikes Japan, we must do all we can to warm our frozen bodies. The Japanese have the best food for that: the “Oden” (で ん ん). This is a dish, not only nourishing and comforting but also cheap. Oden has been created years ago and was found in the Edo period when they were called Kanto-daki, meaning “stew of the Kanto region”. At that time, they were mainly prepared with a strong soy sauce and a bottom extracted from konbu (seaweed), whale meat and beef tendons.
The whale meat has disappeared, but the broth is still prepared with soy sauce, kombu and beef tendons in eastern Japan and Shizuoka compared to others part of Japan.
34. Shizuoka Oden at Oden Yokocho
Oden Yokocho is a pathway lined with cozy food stalls and izakaya selling traditional Shizuoka Oden which the broth in Shizuoka is characterized by its dark, almost black color. Shizuoka Oden ingredients include a dark beef and soy broth with a strong, rich and salty flavor. The ingredients are varied and mostly served on skewers with beef skewers, Kurohanpen (sardines and mackerel), fish cakes, boiled eggs, daikon (Japanese radish), konyakku, tofu… In Oden Yokocho, 25 varieties of Oden are on offer, served alongside cups of Shizuoka green tea and local beer. Oden Yokocho maintains the traditional feel with a cozy atmosphere and friendly service, it’s a great place to try this authentic traditional Japanese dish or wander during the night enjoying the lantern light alleyways
Station: Shizuoka Address: 1-8-7 Tokiwacho Aoi-ku, Shizuoka Business Hours: 16:00 - 23:00 Phone: 054-221-7400 Website: Odenya Obachan
Edo Era Food
Edo era was an influential period for Japanese Cuisine and still is currently used in the modern Japanese Food. Edo Era staples foods are no other than rice (no surprise), Potatoes were with rice, daily basic food. Vegetables were also eaten mostly radishes, cucumbers, beans, chestnuts, persimmons, tofu, yams (Tororo, which was often made into a soup)… The Buddhist/Shinto injunctions that tended to prohibit the eating of meat was lifted, allowing the reintegration of meat in Japanese Cuisine.
Chojiya is one of the oldest restaurants in Shizuoka (400 years old!), and provide only traditional foods from Edo-Era, the restaurant’s highlight is the “Tororo soup” of Takezo, which is a yam gravy over rice for a reasonable price of 1397 yen. When you step inside the restaurant you feel like a wayfarer walking into a traditional tavern. After enjoying your meal, go to the second floor and make a stop at the small museum, which is dedicated to Tokaido fifty-three drawn by Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige. There are also many shrines that are located in the vicinity. Given the historical significance of this restaurant as well as the reasonably priced cuisine, Chojiya is a must-go place in Shizuoka.
Station: Abekawa Address: 7-10-10 Mariko, Suruga-ku, Shizuoka Business Hours: 11:00 - 19:00, Closed on Thursdays Phone: 054-258-1066 Website: Chojiya
Manju is a Chinese steam bun filled with Azuki Beans but also others filling such as Custard cream, chocolate, matcha… Onsen Manju was Manju which had been steam from an Onsen (Hot Spring), now “onsen Manju” are popular Manju souvenirs sold at onsen spot all over Japan. Atami City in Shizuoka is a renowned onsen resort and beach area. It’s typical for visitors to bring back Omiyage Atami’s staple souvenir, the onsen Manju.
36. Atami Station Ekimae Heiwa Shopping Street
This shopping street is located only a few meters from Atami JR station. From the intersection, you’ll see an arc at the entrance of Atami Heiwa Dori – it is the start of the shopping street. You’ll find cheap eats, clothing (brand new and used), local souvenirs as well as antique displays. Atami station ekimae Heiwa shopping street is a vibrant and a great place to hang around and there are plenty of stores to choose from. Do not forget to try different onsen Manju such as Atami sakura Manju, I-ra Manju, Karinko Manju…
Station: Atami Address: Taharahoncho, Atami Shizuoka Business Hours: Depends on shops, some of them close from 18:00/19:00 Website: Atami Ekimae
Genkotsu Hamburger is a Shizuoka specialty, with Japanese Hamburger and onigiri. Literally “Genkotsu” means “Father’s fist”, then, “Onigiri” means “Rice ball that mother made”, both of these dishes represent the love from your parents. Accompanied by two different sauce: Onion sauce or Demiglace sauce. Usually, the Genkotsu Hamburger is grilled with charcoal and is served medium rare.
Sawayaka is a Japanese family restaurant specialized in Genkotsu Hamburger. This is a popular local spot to savor this specialty in Shizuoka. With more than a 28 restaurants located in Shizuoka, it will be difficult for you to miss one! In this restaurant, Genkotsu hamburger steak is made out of 100% Japanese beef and can choose from 170g to 250g. Reasonably priced, Genkotsu Hamburger is a delicious treat for any cravings.
Station: Nishi-Yaizu Address: 696-1 Sumiyoshi, Yoshida, Haibara, Shizuoka Business Hours: Weekdays: 11:00 - 00:00, Weekends: 10:45 - 00:00 Phone: 0548-32-6110 Website: Genkotsu HB
Shizuoka Nightlife and Bars
38. Beer Yokota
Located in the back streets of Shizuoka, Beer Yokota offers affordable but excellent craft beers. This casual dining pub also offers a nice assortment of food from sausage to fried chicken. Smoking is only permitted on the balcony.
Station: Shizuoka, Shin-Shizuoka Address: 2−5−22 Gofukucho, Aoi, Shizuoka Business Hours: Tue-Sat: 17:00 - 00:00, Sun: 15:00 - 22:00 Phone: 054-255-3683 Website: Beer Yokota
39. Aoi Beer Stand
One of the few places on Shizuoka to get craft beers, this smallish bar is a standing bar (no seating), where you can enjoy well-crafter fresh Japanese craft beer. Aoi beer stand rotates their beers relatively quickly and supplies a good selection of styles (about 8 differents types). Their food menu is kind of small, but their food is pretty good also. They have about 15 standing spots to enjoy your drinks and foods while chatting about beers with the bartender, who speaks English and is happy to share his love for beer with his customers.
Station: Shin-Shizuoka Address: 4-6 Miyukicho, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka Business Hours: 11:00 - 23:00 Phone: 054-260-5203 Website: Aoi Beer Stand Facebook
40. Sound Shower Ark
Ark Sound Shower is a live music bar with a big capacity of 600 seats for the biggest music venue. An awesome place with lovely vibes and offering a wide range of music live from Rock band to Jpop idol. A place like no other! Always a great time! Love the band, love the staff… Hendrix would be impressed with their guitar skills. Amazing music and musicians. Don’t be surprised to see on Weekends night, some local businessmen stepping up to the stage and absolutely killed it on the guitar with the band! A good place to chill after walking and visiting all day long.
Station: Shin-Shimizu Address: 10-20 Irifunecho, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka Business Hours: 363-3983-3838 Phone: 054-354-3577 Website: Ark Sound Shower
An exceptional hotel nestled on the heights of Shizuoka. Quite far from the center ( about 25 min by the hotel shuttle). Ideal hotel for a relaxing rest for a day or two. The hotel is fairly new and zen type in design, boasting a breathtaking view of Mount Fuji from the lobby restaurant surrounded by huge bay windows along with big Japanese garden. Staff are English friendly and check in is a breeze. Room size is reasonable, most of them you can enjoy with Fujiyama’s amazing scenery from the room and its nice balcony and amenities are plenty (free wifi, coffee, tea and bottled water). Food in the Lobby restaurant is good and served a buffet breakfast from 7:00 to 10:00.
Station: Kunozan Address: 1500-2 Mabase, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka Phone: 054-335-1131 Website: Nihondaira Hotel
Located few minutes from Shizuoka station, Jyumaisou is a typical Japanese Ryokan, run by a Japanese Family. The owners are incredibly welcoming and always here to help you, you will feel like home. The Ryokan offers typical Japanese inn services with amazing Japanese Onsens, good for soothing relief after an exhausting day in Shizuoka. Rooms are Japanese style with tatami mats and futons, rooms are spacious and very cozy. The ryokan provides dinner and breakfast with a typical Shizuoka Kaiseki with locals ingredients from rice to seafood.
Station: Shizuoka Address: 1-8-10 Uto Suruga-ku Shizuoka Phone: 054-285-0452 Website: Juymaisou
Marukyu Ryokan, Shuzenji
Looking for a traditional Japanese Style experience, Marukyu Ryokan is your best bet! Located in the Onsen town Shuzenji, in Izu Peninsula, the ryokan is nestled in the heart of the mountains with various between onsen, ryokan, bamboo forests, temples and historical spots interest. Shuzenji is a fantastic onsen alternative to Hakone- less touristy, more rustic, and cheaper! Marukyu Ryokan is exactly what you see on the pictures. It’s not a luxurious 5-star hotel, but it’s cozy and traditional with good value for money comparing to other ryokans. The Onsens are of the best in the region, providing peaceful outside setting and relaxing. Rooms are spacious, clean, and traditional. Both dinner and breakfast are served and are delicious- local dishes as part of a 7-course kaiseki.
Station: Shuzenji Address: 1146-6 Shuzenji, Izu-shi, Shizuoka Phone: 0558-72-0260 Website: Shuzenji Onsen Mizunosato Marukyu
Guest House Tokiwa
Guesthouse Tokiwa gets you the best bang for your buck. Just minutes from the train station, this Japanese-style hostel is clean and its staff are more than accommodating. If they aren’t too busy, they might even take you to see the sunrise by Mount Fuji!
Station: Fujinomiya Address: 14-15 Chuocho, Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Phone: 0544-55-1199 Website: Tokiwa
How to get to Shizuoka
Shizuoka from Tokyo
To get to Shizuoka from Tokyo you have many options: By shinkansen, about 70 minutes, it will cost 6000 yen one way, by local trains, it will take about 3 hours and cost 3350 yen one way and by bus, about 3 hours, around 2600-3000 yen.
Shizuoka from Kyoto
To get to Shizuoka from Kyoto you have many options: By shinkansen, about 90 minutes, it will cost 8500 yen one way, by local trains, it will take about 4 hours and cost 4000 yen one way and by bus, about 5 hours, around 4500-5000 yen.
Shizuoka from Nagoya
To get to Shizuoka from Nagoya you have many options: By shinkansen, about 50 minutes, it will cost 6500 yen one way, by local trains, it will take about 3 hours and cost 3800 yen one way and by bus, about 3:40 hours, around 2500-3000 yen.