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SHIZUOKA

Shizuoka Prefecture, located in the foothills of Mt. Fuji, is rich in natural scenery, hot springs, and local cuisine! We go in-depth in this exclusive! The warm climate means cherry blossoms bloom as early as February!

Cuisine & Hot Springs

Hot springs are said to be one of the secrets to Japanese longevity. Shizuoka Prefecture is home to Izu, Atami, and the Kanzanji Onsen area (near Lake Hamana-ko), all of which boast numerous well-known hot springs. It's a veritable hot springs heaven! Beautiful ocean views, temperate climate, and fresh seafood -- everything the perfect resort destination needs.

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Must-eat meals in Shizuoka!

Fresh seafood at fishing villages
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Omaezaki Seafood Nabura Ichiba

The Omaezaki Seafood Nabura Ichiba brings fresh seafood direct from boat to table. The freshest seafood and shellfish caught in the port of Omaezaki, along with local delicacies and regional fish dishes, are provided here.

Access: Take Shizutetsu Just Line limited express from JR Shizuoka Station bound for Sagara Eigyosho (1 hr.). Disembark at last stop.
Hours of operation: aquarium -- 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (opens at 8:30 on weekends and holidays), food court -- 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM (varies by restaurant)
Holidays: Tuesdays

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Numazu Port Restaurants

People come every day to the port of Numazu in pursuit of the freshest seafood. The "restaurant row" here lets you enjoy seafood just as it was caught. There is sushi, sashimi, rice bowls, set meals, and more. You'll be hard-pressed to choose just one item!

Access: Board Izuhakone Bus or Numazu Tozan Tokai Bus from west gate of JR Numazu Station. Disembark at Numazu-ko Shokudogai (10 mins.). Short walk from there.
Hours of operation and closings: varies by shop

Tea is a signature of Shizuoka – experience the tea culture
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Hyogetsu-tei Teahouse

The Asahina area is considered, alongside Uji in Kyoto and Yame in Fukuoka, among Japan's top three growing regions for gyokuro tea. Hyogetsu-tei is brimming with traditional Japanese nostalgia. Sample the finest grades of gyokuro and matcha tea alongside seasonal sweets in the subdued atmosphere.

Access: 10 mins. by car from the Okabe on the Shin Tomei Expressway
Hours of operation: tearoom -- 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; souvenir shop -- 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Holidays: Fourth Monday of the month (for holidays falling on a Monday, closed the next day), year end/New Year (12/28-1/2); open all month during April, May, and August

Pick strawberries along the “strawberry coast”
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The Kuno-kaido stretches from Suruga to Shimizu in Shizuoka and is also called the "strawberry coastline." You will see lots of plastic greenhouses operated by strawberry farmers, as well as strawberry fields for picking by the public. One famous product here are ishigaki (stone wall grown) strawberries. Strawberry seeds are planted in the nooks and crannies between stones, and the heat from the stones helps make large and luscious fruit. Strawberry picking can be enjoyed between January and May.

Access: Shizutestsu Just Line bound for Kunozan-shita from JR Shizuoka Station (35 mins.) Disembark at last stop. Short walk from there.

Eel: a Lake Hamana-ko specialty
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Lake Hamana-ko is where eel aquaculture got its start. The temperate climate and naturally-drawn water make for the ideal climate for eel. Lake Hamana-ko is located in Hamamatsu, with numerous famous eel establishments. The meat is thick and plump, yet has a nice tooth and fat. You must try Lake Hamana-ko eel at least once! In this area there is a factory that produces the famous Hamamatsu souvenir "eel pie," and tours are offered as well.

Access: Entetsu Bus bound for Kanzanji Onsen from JR Hamamatsu Station

Shizuoka Prefecture’s soul food! [Standard]
  • Fujinomiya Yakisoba (Eastern region)

    This yakisoba(fried soba) is a specialty of Fujinomiya city. The noodles here are distinct for containing less moisture, and are harder and and more springy than regular yakisoba noodles. There are many yakisoba restaurants in the city known for their distinct dedication to flavors.

  • Shizuoka Oden (Central region)

    Oden is a traditional Japanese dish that combines a variety of ingredients such as paste products, deep-fried foods and vegetables simmered in dashi(Japanese soup stock). Shizuoka oden is a bit different than the oden that can be eaten in other regions, featuring a soup stock that is simmered daily with additions of dashi, and ingredients prepared on skewers.

  • Hamamatsu Gyoza (Western region)

    Hamamatsu gyoza, a cheap and delicious delicacy that is famous nationwide, features fried dumplings arranged in a circle on a dish, with the center of the circle filled with bean sprouts. Because these dumplings are heavily flavored with spices at the ingredient preparation stage, they can be enjoyed without dipping into any sauce.

Recommended hot springs by area

Things to enjoy in Atami/Ito

Atami

Located at the entrance of the Atami Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park excursion, this is a historical Atami hot springs renowned for having been visited for medicinal purposes by Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu during the Edo period when he was Seii Taishogun. In addition to being a long-standing resort area, the area has seen an increase in modern accommodations in recent years, developing into a major hot springs resort and boasting the second largest population of hotel guests in the nation.

Access: Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo to Atami
Fare: from ¥3,670; minimum travel time: 40 mins.
*Note that some Tokaido Shinkansen trains do not stop at Atami

Things to enjoy in Izu

Shuzenji

A scenic and nostalgic hot springs resort town
Shuzenji Onsen is the most historic hot springs resort on the Izu Peninsula. The historic buildings and classic appearance have given rise to the area being called a "miniature Kyoto in Izu." Near the Katsura River that flows through the area are stunning bamboo groves with footpaths. As the wind blows over the banks, it gently shakes the bamboo reeds, producing a clear and lovely sound. At the center of town is the Shuzenji River, with inns and restaurants along its banks.

Access: Take Izuhakone Bus, or Tokai Bus bound for Shuzenji Onsen. Disembark at Shuzenji Onsen stop.

Things to enjoy at Sumatakyo

Sumatakyo

Natural virgin forests at the foothills of the Southern Alps
Sumatakyo was selected as "one of the top 100 Japanese sites to preserve for the 21st century" and the "new 100 best views of Japan".
Starting where the Oigawa River and Sumata River merge and continuing upstream for 20 kilometers is a deep valley with views out into the mountains. This is truly a secluded and beautiful spot. If you want to see the dynamism of nature up close, take the footpath from Sumatakyo Onsen to the hanging ropeway and walk the "Sumatakyo Promenade“.

Access: From Oigawa Railway Senzu Station, board Oigawa Railway bus bound for Sumatakyo Onsen (40 mins.) and disembark at Sumatakyo Onsen stop

Things to enjoy at Hamanako Kanzanji Onsen

Hot springs resorts

Kanzanji Onsen opened up its waters in 1958. The saline springs are carefully heated to provide benefits such as the soothing of nerve pain and rheumatism. The hot springs here are very popular among Japanese for their rich saline content, which is held to be beneficial. Kanzanji Onsen is still not so well known among tourists, so this is your chance to try a secluded cult favorite.

Access: From Hamamatsu Station, buses depart from bus terminal 1 in front of station every 10 mins.
Fare: ¥570; from 45 mins. travel time
By taxi: about 35 mins.

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