ShizuokaShizuoka prefecture in Japan's Chubu region. In 2005, Shizuoka absorbed the neighboring city of Shimizu (清水).
Shizuoka is a stop on the Tokaido Main Line and Tokaido Shinkansen Line between Tokyo and Osaka, and on the Tomei Expressway.
Mt. Fuji Shizuoka AirportFuji Dream Airlines is based at the airport, operating flights to Sapporo, Fukuoka and Kagoshima. All Nippon Airways operates flights to Sapporo and Okinawa. International flights operate to and from Taiwan and several cities in China.
Buses run from Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport to the Shizuoka train station in about an hour at a cost of ¥1000. While the airport was built right over the Tokaido Shinkansen line, there is no train station serving the airport.
The nearest major airports are Haneda and Narita Airports in Tokyo, and Chubu International Airport in Nagoya. It takes approximately two hours to reach Shizuoka from Haneda or Chubu on the fastest train services, a little longer from Narita.
- The Tokaido Shinkansen runs one Hikari train per hour which stops at Shizuoka (and pauses for about 5 minutes while faster Nozomi trains barrel through the station). It is one hour from Tokyo (¥6350), 50 minutes from Nagoya (¥6350), 90 minutes from Kyoto (¥10240), and 1 hr 45 min from Shin-Osaka (¥10880) using this train.
- All-stopping Kodama trains take a bit longer, and the same prices are charged for normal reservations. However, you can take advantage of the Puratto (Platt) Kodama Ticket, which offers a discount for Kodama services if you purchase at least one day in advance. You get a reserved seat and a coupon for a free drink (including beer) which can be redeemed at a "Kiosk" convenience counter inside the station. With this ticket a trip to Shizuoka costs ¥4600 from Tokyo (90 minutes), ¥4600 from Nagoya (80 minutes), ¥7600 from Kyoto (2 hr 15 min) and ¥8100 from Shin-Osaka (2½ hr). Kodama trains run once an hour from Shin-Osaka and Kyoto; twice per hour from the other cities. All Kodama trains can be used, except for early morning departures.
- Standard local trains from Tokyo take about 3 hr 15 min at a cost of ¥3350, requiring at least one change of trains at Atami or Numazu.
- Wide View Fujikawa limited express trains make several daily round-trips to Shizuoka from Kofu on the Chuo Line. The ride, in train cars with larger windows, costs ¥4620 and takes about 2 hr 15 min.
- Hamamatsu can be reached by either Shinkansen (30 minutes) or regular JR (1½ hours).
You can ride all of these trains for free with the Japan Rail Pass.
By busFrom Tokyo, JR/Shizutetsu Sunpu Liner buses run every 1-2 hours from the Shinjuku Highway Bus Terminal (Busta Shinjuku), arriving at the Shizuoka train station in 3 hours (¥2930). These buses make a 20-minute rest stop at the Ashigara Service Area on the Tomei Expressway.
Some buses between Tokyo and Nagoya only stop at the Shizuoka interchange of the expressway, on the outskirts of the city. Local buses run frequently to Shizuoka station from another bus stop close to the interchange in 15 minutes.
Overnight buses run from Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.
NihondairaA 308-meter hill in central Shizuoka, with good views of Mt. Fuji, the Izu Peninsula, Shimizu Bay and more.
Sunpu CastleThe castle has not been restored, but the restored guard house is very interesting. The original castle was started in 1585 by Ieyasu Tokugawa, one of the founders of the Edo government. In 1607 Lord Ieyasu retired as shogun and started repairing and expanding the original castle. The tower and other buildings that now exist were constructed following blueprints from the 1630s. There is a lifelike statue of Tokugawa and many small replicas of the castles and surrounding buildings, as well as a small but beautiful display of dolls. Nearby is a children's park and a garden with a tea ceremony available. Certainly a place to explore if you have a couple of hours or more to spare.
There is a rotenburo (unisex communal bath) for those brave enough to try it in beautiful surrounds on the coast called Fujiyoshi Onsen.
phone: +81 54-273-5588One of the finest local places to drink in downtown Shizuoka. The bar often features local live entertainment on weekends but has limited seating so arrive early. The menu is not typical of most Japanese izakaya instead focusing on a more eclectic mix of western and European fare. All menu items and drinks are reasonably priced with no tax or cover charge. Recommended are the Godzilla Burger and White Russian. The proprietor, Toshiyuki Kosaka, is also reasonably fluent in English so foreigners visiting the area will have little trouble communicating with the staff.
Hippy Shakephone: +81 54-364-1748Caters to foreigners, giving them discounts or sometimes free food. It's got great atmosphere and an inventive menu of original cocktails.
phone: +81 120-19-5100, +81 54-283-5100This is a barebones but reasonable business hotel. Breakfast is available in the restaurant on the ground floor.
phone: +81 54-659-0285address: Makigaya 140-14, Aoi WardA backpacker's hostel.
phone: +81 54 254-4141address: 56 Kurogane-choNon-smoking rooms available.
phone: +81 54-251-5000address: 2-23-6 TakajoIn-room LAN, non-smoking rooms, and shuttle bus service to the station are available.
phone: +81 54-252-6500address: 11-1 Koyamachi, Aoi WardModern hotel with minimal, well designed rooms. Free in-room internet access.
phone: +81 54-282-2277address: 11 Minami-cho, Sugura WardClean and nice mid-range business hotel. Has a laundry room.
phone: +81 55-948-1225address: 31 Kona, Izunokuni CityA spa hotel with 8 independent cottages with a taste of traditional Japan. These guest rooms (tea-ceremony house style) are high valued architectural beauty.