Let’s start from JR Shizuoka Station. A walk of about 10 minutes from the station brings you to Sumpu Park, which contains the ruins of Sumpu Castle built by Tokugawa Ieyasu, who established the Edo shogunate, in 1585. There is a beautiful Japanese Garden named “Momijiyama Teien” on the premises.
Shizuoka is famous for producing figure models, such as plastic models. The history of models production began with the advanced wood processing industry in the area, which was effectively applied to plastic models production. Shizuoka Hobby Square opened in front of Shizuoka Station in 2011. The permanent exhibition area displays various plastic models and figure models, including Gundam figures, car figures, and military-related figures. Some of the latest products of local manufacturers may be available exclusively at the official shop.
Nihondaira, at an altitude of 307 meters, is famous for the view of Shizuoka City, Mount Fuji, and Suruga Bay, as well as for the night view. Get on a ropeway car from the top of Nihondaira to Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, which enshrines Tokugawa Ieyasu. The premises contain many structures that have been designated national important cultural properties. The museum exhibits weapons, armor, and historical documents of successive Tokugawa shoguns.
Miho no Matsubara (literally meaning “Pine Groves of Miho”) on the Miho Peninsula in the Shimizu area is famous for the hagoromo (robe of feathers) legend, the legend of a swan maiden. Stand on the beach to enjoy the view of Hagoromo no Matsu, a pine tree looking out toward Mount Fuji, where it is said the beautiful celestial maiden hung her robe.
Yui used to be a post town of the old Tokaido Highway. Tokaido Hiroshige Museum houses works of Utagawa Hiroshige (aka Ando Hiroshige), one of the greatest Japanese ukiyo-e artists of the Edo Period (1603 to 1867). Satta Pass, which is depicted by Hiroshige in the famous series of drawings called the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido, is a perfect place to enjoy the view of Mount Fuji. Suruga Bay is famous for being the only place in Japan to catch sakuraebi (small pink shrimp). The ocean surface in the Yui area is beautifully tinted with pink color in the sakuraebi season. Crispy kakiage tempura made with fresh sakuraebi is truly exquisite!
Don’t miss Shizuoka oden on your Shizuoka trip! This unique oden, which features a black soup and ingredients on skewers, is served with toppings, such as dried bonito shavings and ground seaweed. There are many oden shops on the famous oden street, Aoba Yokocho.
A bus ride of about 30 minutes from JR Shizuoka Station takes you to another post town of the old Tokaido Highway, called Mariko-juku. The long-established restaurant Chojiya serves its famous tororojiru, which is grated yam combined with flavorful soup. Sumpu Takumishuku in the same area is a try-it-yourself facility for making traditional crafts. There is also a famous store that first started to sell Shizuoka City’s local specialty, Abekawa mochi, a freshly-prepared rice cake covered with a mixture of dried soybean powder and sugar.