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Shizuoka (prefecture)

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Shizuoka prefecture (静岡県 Shizuoka-ken) is in the central Chubu region of the main Japanese island Honshu.


Shizuoka (prefecture)
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Flag of Shizuoka Prefecture.svg
Quick Facts
Capital Shizuoka
Government Japanese Prefecture
Currency Japanese Yen (¥)
Area 7,779.63 km2
Population 3,774,471(2010 est)
Language Japanese(No official language)
Religion n/a
Electricity 100V/50 or 60Hz (U.S. plug, commonly 2-prong without ground)
Time Zone UTC +9(No DST)

Western Shizuoka was once the province of Tōtōmi-no-kuni (遠江国), also known as Enshū (遠州), which you'll still see in many company names and place names in the area today. The eastern part of the prefecture was once the province of Suruga-no-kuni (駿河国), while the Izu Peninsula was its own province, Izu-no-kuni (伊豆国) The famous mountains are Mt. Hakone(箱根山), Mt. Amagi(天城山), Mt. Fuji(富士山) and Mt. Akaishi(赤石山脈).


Enshū (Western region)[edit]

Suruga (Central region)[edit]

  • Shizuoka - The prefectural capital, known for its Mt. Fuji views from Miho no Matsubara beach and the Nihondaira Plateau.
  • Fujieda - Formerly Old Tokaido Stations of Okabe and Fujieda
  • Shimada - Best known by Obi Festival. Former Fording Town to cross Oi River
  • Fuji - One of the Bases of Mount Fuji climbing, also former Tokaido Stop Yoshiwara.
  • Fujinomiya - Famous for Yakisoba (Japanese stir-fried noodle), the start of Mount Fuji climbing.
  • Gotemba - Located at the foot of Mt. Fuji, with its large premium outlet shopping, and summer resorts because of the cool climate.
  • Numazu - Gateway city on the northwest end of the Izu Peninsula.

Izu Peninsula[edit]

  • Atami - Seaside hot spring resort a short hop from Tokyo.
  • Ito City - An active city on the east coast, 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 in former Nirayama town (that has been merged into Izunokuni City).
  • 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.

Other destinations[edit]


The dialect in Western Shizuoka is known as Enshū-ben (遠州弁).

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • Chubu International Airport outside of Nagoya is the nearest major international airport with flights from a variety of locations in Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia. There is a direct shuttle bus from the airport that runs to Hamamatsu and Iwata for around 3000 yen.

By train[edit]

Shizuoka is primarily served by the JR Tokaido Main Line and the Tokaido Shinkansen between Nagoya and Yokohama.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Castles and castle ruins in Shizuoka, Hamamatsu, Kakegawa and other locations.
  • Izu Peninsula - A beautiful coastline full of resort towns.
  • Mount Fuji - The iconic beauty rests near Gotemba and can be seen from many parts of the prefecture, as far away as Lake Hamana.
  • Sand dunes in Hamamatsu and Omaezaki.
  • Wildlife parks such as Fuji Safari Park near Gotemba or the Atagawa Tropical and Alligator Garden in Higashiizu.
  • The wobbly, Indiana Jones-like suspension bridges of the Sumatakyo (Kawanehoncho).

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Ride a steam engine and cog railway. The Oigawa Railway operates one of less than a handful of steam locomotives left in Japan. Catch the train from Kanaya Station one stop west of Shimada and take it to Senzu deep in Kawanehon-cho. From there you can catch a bus to Okuizumi Station and catch the cog railway (originally built to support the construction of dams on the Oigawa) as far north as Ikawa, at the foot of the Southern Alps. Both train rides are especially beautiful during sakura season (there is a 1km section of track called the "sakura tunnel") and autumn leaf season.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Local specialties include eel, turtle, and melons.
  • Sawayaka (さわやか), [1]. This Shizuoka-only chain has many locations all over the prefecture, specializing in beef dishes such as their famous genkotsu hamburger steaks the size of your fist.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Shizuoka is famous for having some of the finest green tea in Japan.

Baird Brewery is a regional craft beer maker on the Izu Peninsula, with 20 different beers on tap.

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