Shizuoka 静岡

Mount Fuji as seen from Shimizu Port in Shizuoka City

Shizuoka Prefecture is located in the southern part of the Chubu Region along the Pacific Sea coast. The prefectural capital is Shizuoka City with a population of around 703,400 people.

Things to see in Shizuoka

Some of the most visited sightseeing spots in Shizuoka.

  1. Mount Fuji

    Mount Fuji seen from Fuji Five Lakes area in the Shizuoka Prefecture

    Mount Fuji is one of the most famous symbols of Japan and with its 3776 meters also the highest mountain in Japan. Mount Fuji is located at the border of Shizuoka and Yamanashi Prefectures and can on clear days be seen from as far as Tokyo and Yokohama. The mountain is an active volcano and is open for climbing from July to August.

    Mount Fuji in Shizuoka Prefecture

    How to get there

    Ride the JR Tokaido Shinkansen from Shizuoka to Mishima, the ride takes about 25 minutes. From Mishima transfer to a bus heading for Kawaguchiko Station. The bus ride takes about 2 hours.

    Alternatively, ride a highway bus from Shizuoka directly to Kawaguchiko Station. The bus runs only once per day with a one way trip taking about two and a half hours.

  2. Izu Peninsula

    Jogasaki Coast at Izu Peninsula in the Shizuoka Prefecture

    The Izu Peninsula is a popular resort area located about 100 kilometers west of Tokyo, in the Shizuoka Prefecture. The area is popular for its beautiful coastlines and hot springs and its close proximity to Tokyo makes the peninsula a popular traveling spot during weekends and holidays. The western coast of the penninsula is relatively undeveloped with rugged shorelines and offers views of Mount Fuji. In comparison the eastern coast is more developed and is home to larger cities like Atami, Shimoda and Ito.

    Shirahama beach in Izu Peninsula in the Shizuoka Prefecture

    How to get there

    From Tokyo the fastest way is by riding the JR Tokaido Shinkansen to either Atami or Mishima Stations, that are located at the entrance to the Izu Peninsula. A one way ride takes about 40 to 60 minutes.