There is something about Shizuoka (静岡) that is special, I would say it is a very “Japanese” place. You might think, “I’m in Japan anyway, is there anything else more “Japanese” than being in Japan?”
Well, Shizuoka is home to Mt. Fuji (along with Yamanashi Prefecture), Japan’s main green tea production area, and the birthplace of wasabi that grows only in pristine environment. If that is not intriguing enough, it is also known as the Strawberry Kingdom in Japan, and seafood such as tuna, shirasu (whitebait) and sakura shrimps are also among the specialty products of Shizuoka.
Historically, it is the place where Tokugawa Ieyasu (徳川家康), the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate which ruled Japan for hundreds of years, spent his childhood and retirement. Traces of this first shogun of Edo Period (1603-1868) can be found easily in many places such as arts and crafts from Shizuoka.
Shizuoka is a place with classic Japanese charm so don’t miss this if you are travelling to the Land of the Rising Sun. Let me introduce to you some of the attractions in the Shizuoka City.
Getting around the city
Before I begin, keep in mind that Shizuoka has two city centres: Shizuoka and Shimizu (清水), which are connected by two local train lines, JR Tokaido Line and Shizuoka Railway (or Shizutetsu, 静鉄). It is also served by local Shizutetsu Justline buses by Shizutetsu. Most attractions in the city area is accessible by these transportation options, although some walking may be necessary.