Shizuoka, City in Japan
General Information about Shizuoka
Shizuoka (Shizuoka) is a city and prefecture capital within Shizuoka prefecture in the Chūbu region. Sister cities of Shizuoka are Stockton in the USA, Omaha in the USA and Shelbyville in the USA.
You can travel directly to Shizuoka via an airport. There is a fishing, commercial and passenger port in the city. The city is quickly accessible by the Shinkansen. You can easily reach the suburbs of Shizuoka by local rail services in 26 stations.
Famous persons connected with Shizuoka are Enni (1202 - 1280), Ikku Jippensha (1765 - 1831) and Yoshio Tamiya (1905 - 1988).
Travel tips for Shizuoka
Top Shizuoka destinations for your sightseeing are the Pine grove of Miho (三保松原) throughout the year, the Mt. Kuno Toshogu (久能山東照宮) throughout the year and the Sunpu castle park (駿府城公園) throughout the year.
The Sunpu castle park, nowadays in ruins, was built in the year 1589.
The Shizuoka Tokaido Hiroshige art gallery (静岡市東海道広重美術館), another great attraction where you can experience the Ukiyoe exhibition (浮世絵の展示). Go to Shimizu-ku 297-1 (清水区297-1) for this. Another experience is the Shizuoka - city of tea concierge (しずおか・茶の町コンシェル) in Aoi-ku Dodayu-cho 27 (葵区土太夫町27). Of interest here is the Culture and experience of the tea city (お茶の町の文化や体験).
Culture and History
Cultural roots make Shizuoka tourism particularly attractive. The Pine grove of Miho (三保松原) is listed as world heritage. National heritage respectively national treasure are the Mt. Kuno Toshogu (久能山東照宮) and the Sword named "Sanetsune" (太刀 銘 真恒).
The oldest building in the city was constructed in the year 1516 and is named Deva gate of Reizan temple (霊山寺 仁王門).
Do you want to see fireworks in Shizuoka? The Abe river fireworks (安倍川花火大会) with 15.000 rockets is popular. You can best watch from the Abe riverbed. Another fireworks is the Shimizu port festival (清水みなと祭り) with 10.000 rockets. Have a good view from the Shimizu port.
If you want to take a hot bath in Shizuoka, the spa Umegashima Onsen (梅ヶ島温泉) brings you relaxation and is also good for Beautiful skin. The address: Umegashima-kyo (梅ヶ島郷). Another hot spring here is Shimizu Nishizato Onsen "Yamase-no-Yu" (清水西里温泉「やませみの湯」), which helps amongst other things in Incisions. Go to Shimizu-ku nishizato 1449 (清水区西里1449) for this.
You want to eat well and enjoy a drink in Shizuoka? Shizuoka Oden (静岡おでん) is recommended by locals. Another recommendation for gourmets: The Cherry prawn (桜えび).
Do you already own a souvenir from Shizuoka? You could buy for example the Shizuoka tea.
Flowers and Foliage
The plum flowers from 02/11 to 03/10 and is the most beautiful in the Nihondaira plum grove (日本平梅園). Discover the cherry blossom in Shizuoka from 03/21 to 04/10, best in the Sunpu castle park (駿府城公園). A feeling of summer freshness brings the lotus blossom from 06/11 to 08/31, to view in the Asahata retention basin (麻機遊水地). The maple trees changing colour in Shizuoka is the highlight in the romantic autumn. Discover in the Umegashima Onsen village (梅ヶ島温泉郷), how the leaves turn from golden yellow to shining red. Start is around the 10/21 and the foliage lasts until 11/30. To mention in Shizuoka is the Cold kamelia in flower, which you can see in the Camelia village (Seiho garden) (椿の里（静峰園）) from 01/01 to 03/31.