Embrace Mt. Fuji & Make New Discoveries in Shizuoka
Shizuoka is located between Tokyo and Osaka; since ancient times, the city flourished because it served as the link for cultural and economic exchanges between eastern and western Japan. During the Sengoku ("Warring States") period, Shizuoka was also the Jōkamachi "castle town" for Sunpu, the castle where Tokugawa Ieyasu resided. Even now, there are still many historical landmarks associated with Ieyasu throughout the city. At the foot of Mt. Fuji, Shizuoka prefecture has landscapes that include natural forests, lakes, as well as rugged and magnificent coastal terrain. Many tourists choose to vacation here because they are attracted by the natural scenery and the quiet, secluded atmosphere.
With a strong local flavor, there are many sides of Shizuoka for visitors to discover, such as the Izu Kogen Highlands, which are filled with dense forests, stunning lakes, and rugged coastline; Shuzenji Onsen, a hot spring resort town filled with the traditional ambience of the Heian period; Shimoda, a port city with heavy Okinawan influence; some of the best old Japanese hot spring villages; Atami, such a great place to beat the heat… Thanks to each region's special characteristics, Shizuoka has become a key destination for tourists.
In terms of local products, when someone mentions Shizuoka, the first things that come to mind are the beer from Gotemba Kogen, Shizuoka green tea, sushi from Shimizu, and unadon (braised eel over rice) from Lake Hamana. Among these, tea plantations covered by mists with Mt. Fuji sitting in the background has been selected as one of the top 100 most beautiful landscapes of Mt. Fuji. Perhaps Shizuoka Prefecture is not as well-known as other large prefectures or cities, but under the tender gaze of Mt. Fuji and with the region's blessings in natural resources, the region exudes a unique atmosphere that touches people's hearts. Visit Shizuoka, stay in Shizuoka, and be quietly moved by this well cared-for land.