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By Air

The nearest airport is Shizuoka Airport, between Makinohara and Shimada. The more distant Tokyo International Airport (Haneda), Narita International Airport, and Chubu Centrair International Airport are commonly used.

By Train

Shizuoka lies on the Tokaido Main Line, the JR main rail line from Tokyo to Osaka, and is well-served by the Tokaido Shinkansen, limited express and regional trains.The central station of Shizuoka is in the city centre. Shizuoka also has an LRT line, the Shizuoka Railway, administered by the Shizuoka Railway Co., Ltd. (Shizuoka Tetsudou Shizutetsu) Shizuoka Station.

Key places to visit
Shizuoka Sengen Shrine, Sunpu Castle, Shizuoka Festival, Daidogei World Cup


Places to Visit

Shizuoka Sengen Shrine

is the name for a collective group of three Shinto shrines now forming a single religious corporation, located at Mount Shizuhata in Aoi-ku, Shizuoka in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. These shrines are the Kambe Jinja, Sengen Jinja, and Ohtoshimioya Jinja.The main festival of the shrine is held annually on April 5.The date of the Shizuoka Sengen Jinja’s foundation is unknown. The area has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and a Kofun period burial mound has been excavated at Mount Shizuhata. Per the Nihon Shoki, the area was colonized by the Hata clan during this period. According to unsubstantiated shrine legend, the foundation of the Kambe Jinja dates to the reign of Emperor Sujin, that of the Ohtoshimioya Shrine to the reign of Emperor Ojin, both from the Kofun period.Today, 26 structures in the shrine complex are protected by the national government as Important Cultural Properties (ICP), forming one of the largest such complexes in the country.The shrine has a small museum, which displays finds from the Shizuhatayama Kofun archaeological site, artifacts pertaining to Tokugawa Ieyasu and the history of the shrine, as well as the shrine’s non-structural ICPs, including a Muromachi-period tachi Japanese sword and 17 diagrams of the shrine prior to its late Edo-period rebuilding.

Sunpu Castle

was a Japanese castle in Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan. The sobriquet of this feudal fortress was the "Castle of the Floating Isle."It was also referred to as Fuchu Castle (Fuchu-jo) or Shizuoka Castle (Shizuoka-jo).During the Muromachi period, the Imagawa clan ruled Suruga province from their base at Sunpu (modern-day Shizuoka City). It is not certain exactly when a castle was built on this site. After Imagawa Yoshimoto was defeated at the Battle of Okehazama in 1560, Suruga Province passed to the Takeda clan, and then to Tokugawa Ieyasu, who had spent his youth in Sunpu as Yoshimoto's hostage.The castle grounds became property of Shizuoka city from 1889. Much of the moat system was filled in, and portions of the bailey either became a park, or were used as for prefectural government offices. In 1896, a large portion of the inner castle grounds was turned over to the Imperial Japanese Army as a base for the IJA 34th Infantry Regiment.In 1949, the army base was abolished, and the area turned over to the city government, which transformed the area into "Sunpu Park." Reconstruction projects in 1989 and in 1996 recreated the Tatsumi Yagura and eastern gate.

Shizuoka Festival

The City's April festival during the high point of the year for Cherry Blossoms.A flower-viewing procession imitates the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu's custom of taking daimyo (feudal lords) to Sengen Shrine to view the cherry blossoms.

Daidogei World Cup

Probably the biggest event on Shizuoka's Calendar, it is an annual international busker's festival, held in November. It includes various shows such as juggling, pantomime, magic, etc.Performers come from around the world and perform throughout the central part of the city as well as in some peripheral locations.From 2005, it expanded from a 3-day to a 4-day festival.

Right Time to Visit

January - June
October - December