Capital of the prefecture of Shizuoka, the homonymous city of Shizuoka is located halfway between Tokyo and Nagoya. It is an important economic center but the city is also famous for the wonderful views it offers from Mount Fuji and for its production of green tea appreciated all over the world.
In addition, Shizuoka is the hometown of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the shôgunal system. The city developed around the castle of the Tokugawa clan and still retains an «old Edo» atmosphere.
The ruins of the Sumpu Castle, built by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1585, are surrounded by a fosado interior and beautiful compact stone walls. The southwest tower and the entrance have been restored, allowing a clear idea of the appearance of the castle during the Edo period.
10 min walk from JR Shizuoka station.
Toro Archaeological Park
The ancient ruins of Toro constitute a trip back in time to the agrarian culture of the Yayoi period (more than 1,800 years ago). These archaeological excavations have been included in the list of Places of Historical Interest. You can discover buildings dedicated to housing and restored warehouses. They will also have the possibility to try to make fire or polish rice in the old style.
Serizawa Keisuke Art Museum
In the precincts of the Toro Archaeological Park you will find a museum where you can see the works as well as the Keisuke Serizawa collection, a National Living Treasure in the field of katazome or the art of dyeing paper using the stencil technique (from a template).
25 min by bus from JR Shizuoka Station.
These hills, which rise to an altitude of 307 m, have been declared a National Natural Park and are, above all, one of the most beautiful landscapes in all of Japan, with unparalleled views of Mount Fuji. In addition, the cable car that reaches the Kunozan Toshogu Sanctuary allows to contemplate the spectacular Byobudani cliffs that rise before the Pacific Ocean. This place also offers the possibility to take a walk among plum trees, cherry trees, tea plantations and mikan mandarins. At the Nihondaira Tea House you will find different varieties of this tea available for sale. They will also be able to experience the unforgettable experience of harvesting the leaves of the tea tree from mid-April to early October for 500 ¥.
35 min from JR Shizuoka Station.
Kunozan Toshog Sanctuary
In his cemetery lies the tomb of Tokugawa Ieyasu. The sanctuary, whose architectural style is representative of Shinto shrines, has been inscribed on the list of Culturally Important Goods. The museum houses some 2,000 weapons and documents belonging to the Tokugawa generals.
5 min by cable car from Nihondaira
In greenhouses for strawberries, they can pick up and consume (with a little condensed milk if they feel like it) as many strawberries as they wish for an hour and for a price that varies depending on the season. The greenhouses that extend along the Ichigo-kaigan-dôri (the coastal route of the strawberry, or route 150), which is sighted from the Toshogu Sanctuary, are completely destined to the cultivation of the strawberry that constitutes one of the specialties of Shizuoka. The harvest season goes from January to the beginning of May. They will be able to consume the fruit in situ but it is not allowed to pick it up to take away. However, they can buy strawberries to take away in the store of the crops. From the foot of the stairs of the Toshogu Sanctuary, you will need approximately 35 minutes of walking to travel route 150 from start to finish.
This town was the twentieth stage of the ancient Tokaido route that connected Edo (Tokyo) with Kyoto. Equally prosperous than famous during the Edo period, it continues to enjoy some renown thanks to the Tororo-jiru (yam soup). Mariko retains the quiet and peaceful atmosphere of the Edo period.
25 min by bus from Shizuoka station.
With its traditional rock and sand garden and bamboo groves, it is the perfect place to contemplate the moon. A walk through the temple will transport you to the period
Hokkaido Government Office
This red brick building was built in 1888 to house the Colonization Commission. It currently houses documents on the early development of Hokkaido. The building is listed as a cultural asset.
200 meters southwest of Sapporo station.
Speciality ingredients, the soul food of Shizuoka citizens; there are many things that you would want to eat in Shizuoka. You will not be able to finish all in one trip, and there are many ingredients that can be found only in certain seasons. Please come visit Shizuoka multiple times. There will always be new discoveries.
Games in SHIZUOKA
About 275 kilometers from Tokyo, Fukuroi, Shizuoka Prefecture, is home to the 50,889-seat stadium. The venue hosts some games for Jubilo Iwata and Shimizu S-Pulse of the J. League and the site held some of the 2002 FIFA World Cup group stage matches, as well as the quarter-final between England and Brazil, which would go on to win the tournament. The stadium is about 1.6 kilometers from Aino Station on JR Central’s Tokaido Main Line.
|MATCH NO||DATE||POOL||MATCH||KICKOFF TIME|
|14||Saturday, Sept. 28||A||Japan vs. Ireland||16:15|
|23||Friday, Oct. 4||B||South Africa vs. Italy||18:45|
|31||Wednesday, Oct. 9||A||Scotland vs. Russia||16:15|
|33||Friday, Oct. 11||D||Australia vs. Georgia||19:15|