What to do in Shizuoka: Travel Guides and English Language resources

We love Shizuoka city, but it’s a bit of a hidden gem, and that means that sometimes it can be hard to find out what the city has to offer, especially when it comes to English language travel guides. So in this post we’re going to round up our favourite resources and ways to find out what’s going on in Shizuoka City

Tourist information centre

First stop is the tourist information centre! There are two in Shizuoka, and the staff are always really helpful. They are both near the train station, so it’s definitely worth stopping by and grabbing a map and asking the staff for their recommendations.

Japan Guide

Japan Guide is an amazing travel resource, but unfortunately does not have that much information about Shizuoka city besides the main tourist spots. That being said, their itinerary for a day in Shizuoka city is informative and includes a great mix of places and activities.

Explore Shizuoka

Explore Shizuoka is an easy to use website focused on Shizuoka, so is much more detailed than other websites. It’s stylish and easy to use, and is run by Tourism Shizuoka Japan. Definitely worth a read.

Shizuoka Guide

This website, like Explore Shizuoka, is easy to use, informative and is also operated by TSJ. This site also has the option to display information in Korean and Chinese, and has a free downloadable guide that you can print out too.

Must See Japan this website has lots of information about Shizuoka city and the surrounding area in both Japanese and English, although the English is machine translated. It’s not the prettiest or easiest to use website on this list, but it does have lots of information.


Instagram is another great resource for finding places off the beaten track (don’t forget to follow us at @myhotel_ryugu ♡)

Searching for specific hashtags like #shizuoka can give you lots of ideas about where locals like to go and where the most picture perfect locations are in Shizuoka (and trust us, there are so many to choose from!). Try searching by location, and also try searching in Japanese: try #静岡おすすめスポット or Shizuoka City’s offical hashtag, #恋する静岡市

Don’t forget to bura bura

We’d recommend having a look at a few different resources while you’re planning your visit, but don’t forget to leave some time to bura bura– wander around aimlessly- because that’s how you’ll find the most unique places.

And of course, all of our guests at My Hotel Ryugu are welcome to ask the hotel reception- we have lots of resources and can tailor suggestions to individual guests.

We look forward to seeing you in Shizuoka soon!!