Shizuoka Prefecture

Shizuoka
Shizuoka, the centre of Japan

Shizuoka Prefecture is situated almost at the centre of Japan, with Mt. Fuji in the north, and the Pacific Ocean and Suruga Bay to the south. Shizuoka is blessed with a bounty of beautiful nature, a rich historical and cultural heritage, and a mild climate, ideal for the cultivation of exceptional Japanese green tea.

Shizuoka Prefecture stretches almost 100 miles from east to west. Shizuoka’s mountains, rivers, plains, coastline, hot springs and lakes fill the prefecture with constantly changing natural beauty. Mount Fuji and the ever changing seasons attract many visitors to the region, Mount Fuji is the symbol not only of Shizuoka prefecture but also of Japanese scenery as a whole. Mount Fuji International sells green tea and delicious foods from the Shizuoka region.

Information about Shizuoka

  • Superexpress Shinkansen TrainGetting to Shizuoka could not be easier be from Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya as the superexpress Shinkansen train (bullet train speeds through the heart of the prefecture, stopping at Atami, Mishima, Shin-Fuji, Shizuoka City, Kakegawa, and Hamamatsu.
  • The Tomei Expressway, a major road connecting eastern and western Japan , links Tokyo with Nagoya. Highways and major railroad links also intersect with it, forming a network that extends throughout Japan. The expressway has 15 interchanges in Shizuoka prefecture.
  • Shizuoka is also known for its woodcrafts and other traditional crafts using natural materials such as bamboo. Throughout history in Shizuoka, many famous artisans-including carpenters, sculptors, craftsmen who made architectural fittings, and lacquerware makers-were brought here to help construct Sumpu Castle, which Tokugawa Ieyasu built as his place of retirement; the magnificent lacquered Kunozan Toshogu (the precursor of the Toshogu Shrine in Nikko) and the Sengen Shrine commissioned by the third shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu, in 1634.