Unveiling Japan’s Secrets: Shizuoka

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  • Nestled between Tokyo and Nagoya, Shizuoka Shi is the second largest city in Shizuoka Prefecture. But the city is more than tall buildings, busy streets and bustling crowd. These Shizuoka Shi travel destinations are worth a side trip when visiting the prefecture.

    1. Sumpu Castle

    Located in the Center of Shizuoka, Sumpu castle is the residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first of the powerful feudal family that ruled Japan for 300 years during the Edo period. It is compared to a secret garden amidst the busy city of Shizuoka Shi. With only 10 minutes walk from the JR Shizuoka Station, be enthralled with the castle’s moat enclosure, its Japanese garden and picturesque surroundings. Visit on Sakura season and the place is a contrast of white-pink trees and cold stonewalls.

    2. Shizuoka Sengen Shrine

    Just a stone throw away from Sumpu Castle, the Shizuoka Shengen Shrine is an old shrine in the middle of the city which is listed as an “Important Cultural Property” of Japan. It can be dated back in the 6th or 7th century AD, however it was burned in 1804 and was rebuilt in over a 60 year period costing around 100,000 gold ryo by the Tokugawa Shogunate. Within the vicinity, a small museum can be found where displays artifacts regarding Tokugawa Ieyasu and the shrine’s history.

    3. Toro Archeological Site

    Are you wondering what Japan looks like in Ancient times? The Toro archeological site in Shizuoka will bring you back in time. Explore the huts This archeological site in Shizuoka city is a village of well preserved Toro ruins dating way back before the invention of Sushi, Samurai and even the days of feudal lords.

    4. Hirono Seaside Park

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    The Hirono Seaside Park is a huge sandbox. Children and adults, even babies, can play in the sand. The shipwreck is modified as a huge play boat in a pirate ship design. It is not just a picturesque scene in Shizuoka but a fun place to bring your kids as well.


    Japan is home to a lot of beautiful landscapes and sceneries: famous landscapes such as Mt. Fuji, Kyoto’s shrines and castles and Tokyo’s metropolitan atmosphere. But if you dig deeper to its cities there are so many destinations to discover.