After last month’s post 6 things to do in Shizuoka City, we’re back with 5 more ideas of day trips and places to go in Shizuoka city and in Shizuoka prefecture. All of these are easily accessible on foot from the city centre, or by public transport. Along with some more famous places, we’ve included some of our personal favourites too~
Hike up Yatsuyama
Kiyomizu dera (no, not the one in Kyoto) is a small and calm temple a few minutes walk from My Hotel Ryugu and Shizuoka station. Carry on along the path past the temple for an enjoyable hike, and views of Mount Fuji at the top. The path goes along to Shizuoka Gokoku Jinja, a large and impressive shrine. From from there you can walk further, turn back, or visit the nearby Mark is shopping centre. You could also ride the Shizuoka Tetsudo train back to the town centre for only 120 yen.
The Izu peninsula is a bit further afield but easily accessible by train from Shizuoka city, (especially for those with the JR pass!) it’s beautiful and a must-do if you are in Shizuoka for enough time. It’s famous for its onsen hot springs and the coastal scenery.
Fujinomiya is a great day trip from Shizuoka city, and there is a beautiful view of Mount Fuji up close from the main Sengen shrine. There are lots of places to buy omiyage souvenirs, and we recommend you try some Fujinomiya yakisoba. You can also visit the recently opened Mount Fuji World Heritage Centre. A bit further afield is the waterfall shiraito no taki.
Kakegawa city is just a short train ride from Shizuoka. The castle is beautiful and was reconstructed using wood, unlike many others in Japan which are made of concrete. Kakegawa is also home to Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido, and the Shiseido art house and the company museum are both free to enter and interesting, so are a great way to spend the afternoon after visiting the castle.
Utsu no ya and the Meiji tunnel
To get to this area you have to take a bus ride from Shizuoka or Shin Shizuoka station. This area is great for hiking as it is near the Tokaido and the old Tokaido routes. A short hike from Okabeshuku is the Meiji tunnel, which is now disused but was the first tunnel in Japan that you had to pay to get through. Now it is disused and is peaceful, if a little spooky. Also in the area is the Tsuta no hosomichi, which was first recorded in the Ise monogatari. There are also several picturesque post towns along the tokaido, including okabeshuku and mariko shuku
We hope you enjoyed our post! Hopefully now you have got some more ideas for where to go on your next trip to Shizuoka!
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