The Best of Japan – Shizuoka Prefecture at the base of Mt. Fuji

  • Shizuoka Prefecture, dominated by the sheer presence of Mt. Fuji, Japan’s highest peak.

    Shizuoka Prefecture is in the Chubu region, situated in the middle of Japan. This prefecture boasts a rich natural environment dominated by Mt. Fuji, locations steeped in history, and a diverse culture of manufacturing ranging from traditional items to the latest technologies. Furthermore, Shizuoka boasts a number of firsts. Beautiful landscapes, historic towns and castles, soothing hot springs, and a plethora of cuisines…Shizuoka Prefecture – replete with the charm and excitement of Japan.

    • Japan’s highest peak and the sight that says “Japan“ – right here in Shizuoka! With a broad and beautiful base, this is Japan’s tallest mountain. In 2007, Mt. Fuji was registered on the tentative list to become a World Cultural Heritage site. More Details: Mt. Fuji & Nature
      Eating – Sushi Eel rice bowl – Enjoy all kinds of freshly caught sea food!

      Relaxation – Hot springs – In spa resorts by the coast or in the mountains, the scenery is also a joy. More Details: Shizuoka Beachside & Mountain Fuji Onsen (Hot Springs Spa)

      Tea plantation scenery – Tea – Japanese tea is widely popular for its health benefits as well as its taste. More Details: Enjoy Japanese Tea and Delicacies of Shizuoka

    • Home to Japan’s sole Abt system railway (a specialized railway for steep inclines) and the location of a track portion with Japan’s steepest incline.

    • Pink and nearly translucent, this “gem of the sea” can only be found in Suruga Bay.

    • Spanning across the Oi River, this bridge was recorded as the world’s longest wooden bridge in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1997.

    • Hosting approximately 1,000 species of fish, Suruga Bay is also the deepest in Japan.

    • Groundwater from rain and melting snow from Mt. Fuji flows into the Kakita River. This spring water is also ranked in the 100 best spring waters of Japan.

    • Recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1992.

    • Japan’s foremost tourist prefecture has a warm climate, nature, history and culture, in addition to hot springs and cuisine.

    • Registered as a National Historic site, Kyo-Mitsuke Gakko is the longest-standing wooden, western-style school.

    • With advanced cultivation techniques and quality control, these melons have received high marks.

    • Ejiri Elementary School, the first to offer youth soccer, located Shimizu City (presently Shizuoka City).

    • With a suitable climate and advanced manufacturing techniques, Shizuoka boasts a number of famous tea farms

    • Home to Aoshima Unshu, a main producer of popular quality mandarin oranges with a high sugar content and rich flavor.

    • Shizuoka Prefecture enjoys inexpensive, delicious, and safe water from the Sunzu, Hainan, and Enshu water supplies.

    • A leading growing area for flowers, Shizuoka is also number one in Japan in terms of shipping volume and crop acreage.

    • One of Japan’s traditional articles of clothing, the yukata is a summer kimono made of cotton that is often worn at festivals and at hot spring spas.

    • Number one producer of an instrument that can detect and amplify very faint light, which contributed to the 2002 Nobel Prize.

    • After producing the first domestic piano in 1900, Shizuoka continued to establish the foundation of the musical instrument industry.

    • Elaborately made dolls by traditional methods. Suruga Hinagu and Suruga Hinaningyo are registered by the national Traditional Craft Industries Council.

    • Shizuoka boasts the number one position in plastic model production in Japan. The superiority of its models is recognized worldwide and is building Shizuoka a leading position. With a history of making wooden model airplanes, Shizuoka currently leads the country in the production of plastic model racing cars and four-wheels, Gandum-cartoon models, and other popular toys.

    • Famous Yaizu Port also boasts the highest catch of albacore white tuna, yellowfin tuna, and bonito fish.

    • The world’s largest crab, reaching 2-3 meters in length, is caught in Suruga Bay.

    • The average household in Shizuoka City purchases and consumes the most tuna in a ranking of prefecture capitals.

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