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.
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|