Numazu (沼津市) is a city in Shizuoka. It is one of the gateway cities to the Izu Peninsula. As of March, 2021 Numazu City had a population of approximately 192,600 people.
Numazu is located on the JR Tokaido Main Line between Atami and Shizuoka.
Some direct local trains on the Tokaido Line depart from Tokyo Station, otherwise you will have to change trains in Atami (2 hours, ¥2310). You can also take a Tokaido Shinkansen Kodama train to Mishima and change there for a local train to Numazu (60 minutes, ¥4070, adult unreserved seat). These trips are free with the Japan Rail Pass.
Odakyu also runs a "Romance Car" limited express train service, the Asagiri, four times per day from the Odakyu line platforms at Shinjuku. Operating via the Odakyu Odawara and JR Gotemba lines, the all-reserved service reaches Numazu in 2 hours 10 minutes at a cost of ¥3890.
- Numazu Deep Sea Aquarium (沼津港深海水族館), 83 Senbonminatocho, Numazu, ☎ 055-954-0606, . 10AM–6PM. Exhibits a large number of sea creatures including fish, sharks, mollusks, crabs, shellfish and more. ¥1600. edit
- Awashima Marine Park (あわしまマリンパーク), 186 Uchiurashigedera, Numazu, ☎ 055-941-3126, . 9:30AM–5PM, last entry 3:30PM. Located on the small island of Awa offshore, this marine park has large dolphin shows, penguins, frogs, aquariums with numerous fish, rays, starfish etc. ¥1800. edit
- Senbonhama Beach (千本浜海岸), Senbon-1910-6 Hon, Numazu. It is famous for sightseeing. You can see Mt. Fuji, and there are many pine trees in the Senbon Pine Grove. Also, you can walk in a long pine grove. You can escape reality and kick back and relax. However, there is no swimming there. edit
- View-O Water Gate with Observatory (沼津港大型展望水門 びゅうお), Senbon-1905-27, Numazu, ☎ 055-934-4746, . 10AM–8PM, Closed Thu. The tsunami water gate is located at Numazu Port. During a tsunami, the floodgates can be shut in order to protect the boats parked within its walls during a tsunami. Tourists can visit the floodgate and for the admission of 100 yen, they can ride an elevator to the top. The top floor is a great place to look out towards the surrounding mountains, particularly Mt Fuji and Mt. Ashitaka. ¥100. edit
- Nagahama Castle Ruins (長浜城跡), Uchiuraomosu, Numazu, . There is next to nothing left from an old castle going back 700 years, but those who have a keen curiosity about Japanese history may have an interest, and there are very nice views over the bay as well as Mt. Fuji when the weather cooperates. edit
- Izu Mito Sea Paradise (伊豆・三津シーパラダイス), 3-1 Uchiuranagahama, Numazu, ☎ 055-943-2331 (fax: 055-943-2336), . 9AM–5PM. Yet another big aquarium, this one made more for small kids. Includes dolphins, sea lions, walruses, otters, and giant crabs. Website admissions discount coupon on their homepage. ¥2200. edit
- Numazu Fish Market (沼津魚市場), 128-3 Senbonminato, Numazu, ☎ 055-962-3700, . 5AM-4:30PM, Closed Sat & other irreg days - see website. If you can get there at 5 AM, you can see Numazu's seafood wholesale market - a smaller version of Tokyo's Toyosu Market, or really what the former Tsukiji Market used to be. There are also numerous seafood restaurants making sushi, sashimi, and other seafood as fresh as it gets. For seeing the wholesale market, the same precautions still apply as in Tokyo though - don't be a nuisance and in the way. edit
- Walking or biking a dike. On the beach, there is a long dike from Numazu to Fuji city. So many people walk, run, and ride a bike here to exercise and relax while watching Mt. Fuji and Suruga Bay. The scene is so beautiful.
- Walk to the sea. From the Numazu Station, you can take a walk to the sea along the Kano-river, the largest river in Numazu. People will relax, ride a waterbike and so on along the banks. In summer, the city has a fireworks display which draws a good crowd of spectators.
- Coastal Scenery - For those driving, there is some excellent seaside scenery driving down Rte 17 southwards down the Izu Peninsula.
There is some hiking in the hills of Kanukiyama Park, as well as some campsites deeper into the mountains.
- LaLaport Numazu (ららぽーと沼津店), 301-3 Higashishiiji, Numazu, ☎ 055-929-9000, . 10AM–8PM. A large contemporary shopping mall with numerous stores for clothes, accessories, home goods, and restaurants. edit
- Near the fishing port Numazu, you will find the restaurant Maruten. A big bowl of seafood-kakiage is recommended. Seafood-kakiage is the food that mixture of seafood and flour is fried. When you enter the shop, you can be surrounded by lively atmosphere. You can feel an active atmosphere of a fishing port there.
- Noppo-bread - This is made only in Numazu. This bread is so long roll like giraffe, so the character is giraffe. There are a lot of kinds like strawberry jam, chocolate, rusk, peanut butter and so on.
- Cat Cafe (キャット), 14-6 Masago-cho, Numazu (Numazu eki North exit). Small cafe tucked away in a residential neighborhood, close to Senbonhama Park. edit
- Bandana, 4-3-1 Otemachi, Numazu (Numazu Station south exit, 2 blocks down the Nakamise), ☎ 055-962-2202. Good Indian restaurant. Meals from 1000 and above. ¥1000~. edit
- Alladin, 28-2 Takashimacho Numazu, Shizuoka 410-0056 (From north side of station go north to next traffic light. It'll be on left.). 10-11, closed on Weds. Another decent Indian restaurant 1000 and above. edit
Izu-Kogen Beer is a locally produced craft beer with several varieties.
- Fishmarket Taproom, 19-4 Senbonminato-cho, Numazu (Located at Numazu Port, overlooking the fish market.). A brewery-pub with a friendly atmosphere that serves fresh food and the locally brewed Baird Beer. edit
- Bar Roco House, 10-34 Nishihoncho, Mishima, ☎ 055-951-1747, . 6PM–1AM. Small but cozy bar that specializes in many kinds of whisky. ¥700~. edit
- Repubrew (リパブリュー), 2-1-1 Otemachi, Port Numazu B1, Numazu-shi, ☎ 055-939-8877, . 5PM-11PM, Sat-Sun 1PM-11PM, Closed Mon. A brewpub right next to Numazu Station. edit
The majority of hotels are fairly close to Numazu Station.
- Numazu Grand Hotel (沼津グランドホテル), 3-6-12 Otemachi, Numazu (close to Numazu Stn), ☎ 055-962-0001, . checkin: 15; checkout: 10. Simple but comfortable and clean business hotel with breakfast buffet. ¥5200~. edit
- Toyoko Inn Fujisan Numazu-eki Kita-guchi No.1 (東横Inn富士山沼津駅北口1), 21-4 Takashimacho, Numazu (close to Numazu Stn), ☎ 055-924-1045, . checkin: 15; checkout: 10. Japan's largest business hotel chain - spartan, but clean, comfortable and decent. With free breakfast buffet. ¥6500~. edit
- Toyoko Inn Fujisan Numazu-eki Kita-guchi No.2 (東横Inn富士山沼津駅北口2), 13-3 Takashimacho, Numazu, ☎ 055-926-1044, . checkin: 15; checkout: 10. Another Toyoko Inn on the north side of Numazu Station, slightly further away and less expensive. ¥5800~. edit
- Hotel Miwa, 7-2 Takashimacho, Numazu, ☎ 055-922-3000, . checkin: 15; checkout: 10. Inexpensive hotel on the north side of Numazu Stn, spartan but clean, comfortable and decent. With restaurant and bar. ¥4600~. edit
- Atami - Seaside hot spring resort a short hop away.
- Ito - An active city on the east coast of the Izu Peninsula, with hot springs, museums, beaches, Mt. Omuro and the rugged Jogasaki Coast.
- Izu - Home of famous hot springs of Shuzenji that is nicknamed "Little Kyoto of the Izu Peninsula", and that has many tasteful ryokan inns with Japanese gardens.
- Izunokuni - Home of Izu-Nagaoka hot springs and many historical spots.
- Mishima - It is nicknamed city of water in Japan with fountain of meltwater from Mt. Fuji. It is also famous for its Mishima Taisha shrine.
- Shimoda - The southern city in Izu Peninsula, famous as the place Commodore Perry landed and helped end Japan's feudal isolation.
- Odawara — Houses the only Japanese castle in greater Tokyo area.