Region
Chubu
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Shizuoka
Population
3,767,427

Shizuoka

Everyone's cup of tea

It's resorts galore in serene Shizuoka.

Situated roughly at the halfway point between Kanto and Kansai, Shizuoka is a relaxing rest stop for those travelling around the main island of Honshu. Mount Fuji rises in the west of the prefecture, its volcanic foothills extending out to the Izu Peninsula and filing the area with hot springs and an abundance of resorts. The prefecture also produces more than half of all of the green tea in Japan and is the best place to sip sencha straight from the source.

The majestic Fuji-San straddles the border between Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures. Though much of the main Fuji-related attractions are on the Yamanashi side, Shizuoka is home to the ancient Fujisan Sengen Shrine in Fujinomiya, built by the founder of the Edo Shogunate Tokugawa Ieyasu and where climbers pray for protection before making the trek up the mountain. You can combine a shrine visit with a trip to the nearby Shiraito falls which are said to resemble hanging threads of silk.

Shizuoka’s star player though is the beautiful Izu Peninsula, which is well-equipped for the crowds of tourists that descend on the numerous resorts during the holidays. Atami, Ito and Shimoda along the eastern coastline are the most famous, rated for their excellent beaches and hot spring facilities. It’s less than two hours from Tokyo via a scenic coastal train line but worth more than a day trip – you definitely won’t be short of a place to stay. Head to the Dogashima-Kaigan coast for a more remote resort experience. There you can walk across the water between the mainland and the rocky Sanshiro-jima islands at low tide.

Southwest are the cities of Shizuoka and Hamamatsu. Shizuoka is the prefectural capital where tea is religion. Hike the tea-covered slopes of Nihon-daira to see some great views of Mount Fuji and the city below. Hamamatsu has sprawling sand dunes where kite fliers come to take part in the annual kite-fighting festival. Nearby Lake Hamana offers scenic boat tours of the area, as well as the unsurprising but welcome addition of the Kanzanji hot spring resort.

Places to visit

Mt. Fuji, Japan viewed from Chureito Pagoda in the autumn

Mount Fuji

An unforgettable experience to check off your bucket list.

Snow Hiking on Mount Fuji

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to climb to the top of snow-covered Mt. Fuji and ski or snowboard down from the summit.


Sumatakyo Gorge

Make a wish while suspended over dream-like crystal-blue water.

Ryugashido Cavern

An underground waterfall at one of the largest stalactite caves in central Japan.


Autumn scene of Shiraito waterfall

Shiraito and Otodome Falls

Easily accessible waterfalls rush like “white silk” adding to the magnificent Mount Fuji area.

Okuoikojo Station

Ever been to a station that’s on a cliff? Here’s your chance.


Nishiizu and Dogashima-Kaigan Coast

Japan’s unique geography in an untouched paradise with rocky sightseeing.

Komakado Kazaana Cave

Explore Mt. Fuji’s lava tunnels not too far from Gotenba.


Numazu Deep Sea Aquarium & Coelacanth Museum

See the wonders of the deep,deep blue sea.

Hamamatsu Castle

Check out Shizuoka's "Castle of Success."


Shimizu Port

A view of Mt. Fuji and Japan’s first “sushi theme park.” What more could you need?

Kunozan Toshogu Shrine

Hike or take a ropeway up to this historic ocean-side shrine that is just as impressive as Nikko's Toshogu Shrine.


Fujinomiya

Prize-winning yakisoba, Japan’s top Sengen shrine and the new Mt. Fuji World Heritage Center make this an essential stopover.

Umi Bozu Izakaya

Oden on a stick! Bite into this Shizuoka-style dish at an iconic izakaya.


Mishima Skywalk

Walk on the wobbly side to get a whole new view of Mount Fuji.


Nakatajima Sand Dunes

Move over Tottori — Nakatajima has baby turtles & kite battles.

Clematis No Oka (Art Complex)

Modern art, flowers and good ol’ slow food.


Fukuroi Enshu Fireworks Festival

Head to Fukuroi for the biggest fireworks fest in Shizuoka.

Beaches of Shimoda

Go beach-hopping in Shimoda this summer!


Enshu Flying Dragon Festival

See a dragon spit fireworks into the night sky.

Shimizu Tanabata Festival

Can’t make it to the Sendai celebration? Do 🎋 early!


Dontsuku Festival

Don’t call it a penis festival… then again...

izu

Izu Peninsula

A goldmine of beaches and hot springs with an enticing history to go along with it.


Shirahama Beach, Shimoda, Shizuok

Shirahama Beach

Head to the white sand beach closest to Tokyo pronto!

Other Destinations in Chubu

Nagoya, Japan city skyline, Aichi Prefecture

Aichi

Aichi prefecture is the dynamic capital of Japanese industrialization.

Karamon Gate in Fukui Prefecture

Fukui

Discover dinosaurs and the art of Zen in fossil-filled Fukui.

Traditional street in Takayama, Gifu prefecture

Gifu

Scenic Gifu prefecture is a rewarding stopping point on the way from Kanto to Kansai.

Kenrokuen Gardens, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Pref

Ishikawa

Rich cultural heritage, great seafood and some stunning coastal scenery - if you're into that sort of thing.

Monkeys bathing in the onsen in Nagano

Nagano

World-class winter sports, hot springs (occasionally monkey-filled), delicious local food and a foreigner-friendly vibe.

Maruyama rice terraces at sunset, Mie prefecture

Niigata

The rice is right in Niigata prefecture where there's skiing in winter, festivals in summer and sake all year round.

Lake Kurobe in Toyama Prefecture

Toyama

Toyama's speciality is mountains and there's no better place to experience them than here.

View of Mt Fuji Yamanashi Prefecture

Yamanashi

Pack a prized Yamanashi piece of fruit in your camping bag and head for the hills.