Enjoy the flavor of Shizuoka to your hearts content. Magnificent panoramas from Suruga Bay to the slopes of sacred Mt. Fuji and Southern Japan Alps, green expanses of tea plantations and many historical sites. The calming vistas of the Nihondaira hold the essence of Shikuoka’s natural and cultural charm.
Natural Beauty of Nihondaira
The Nihondaira Prefectural Nature Park was chosen as the first out of 100 elected tourism sites in Japan. It is noted for its plum and cherry blossoms, the tender green of tea plantations and other gorgeous scenery. Also, there is a fireworks festival every summer.
On the top of the Hill, a sweeping view can be enjoyed that includes the magnificent sight of Mt. Fuji, Suruga Bay, Izu Peninsula, Shimizu port, South Alps and Cape Omaezaki. The hill is 308m high. Omaezaki is the southernmost cape of Shizuoka, the lighthouse and its surroundings are good harmony of land and sea. You can enjoy the 1.5km stretch view from the observatory. You can also enjoy Ume and Sakura Garden for spring flowers.
There are many strawberry picking farms, plum groves, tea fields, and tangerine orchards along the coast under the mountain, and you can pick and eat strawberries from January to May. This scenic spot has also been ranked number one in one hundred select tourist destinations in Japan. Also See: Nihondaira (views of Mt. Fuji) – 3 days Tour in the Shizuoka Golden Route
Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art
The museum’s collection includes landscapes and other paintings from the 17th century to the present. Not to be missed is the Rodin gallery with 32 works including “The Gates of Hell” and “The Thinker.” More Details: Shizuoka History and Culture
Toro Ruins – Ruins of Toro Agricultural Village and Museum
Residences and a raised-floor storehouse have been reconstructed amid the ruins of one of Japan’s earliest agricultural settlements from the late Yayoi period (1st to 3rd century AD).
The Toro Ruins in Shizuoka Prefecture mark where a village used to exist around AD100 to AD 300. The large-scale ruins consist of dwelling areas, rice paddies, and forests and are thought to have been buried by a river flood caused by a typhoon. The Toro Ruins were designated as a national Special Historic Site in 1953. The houses and storehouses have been restored to their original state, and the site is open to the public as a historic park. That life has been reconstructed in the park surrounding the Toro Ruins Museum, where several Yayoi dwellings, excavated articles and storehouses have been set up.
Address and Contact
Toro Ruins and Museum 5-10-5 Toro Suruga Ward, Shizuoka City (Shizuoka-shi), Shizuoka Prefecture 422-8033 Japan Tel: 054-285-0476 Fax: 054-287-1466
Essential Nihondaira Area Visitor Information
Numerous ropeway services operate in Shizuoka. These include the Nihondaira Ropeway in Central Shizuoka operating between Nihondaira and Kunozan; the Kanzanji Ropeway in Western Shizuoka operating between Kanzanji and Okusa; the Katsuragi-yama Panorama Park Ropeway in the Izu area operating between Izunagaoka Spa and Katsuragi-yama; and the Shimoda Ropeway operating between Shimoda and Mt. Nesugata. Each of these offers a 3 – 7 minute (one-way) aerial view of the area.
Contact – Nihondaira Ropeway 597-8 Kusanagi, Shizuoka, Shimizu Ward, Shizuoka Prefecture 424-0886, Japan Tel: 054-334-2026
Nihondaira Golf Club and Nippondaira Hotel
Out-Sourcing Stadium Nihondaira
Nihondaira bird house – Restaurant 428-70 Kusanagi, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka-ken 424-0886, Japan TEL: 0543-34-1536 FAX: 0543-34-1908
Nihondaira Kawasakiya – Restaurant 673 Kusanagi, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka-ken 424-0886, Japan TEL: 054-334-1326 FAX: 054-334-2323
Nihondaira Shimizuya (Nihondaira and Tsuki hi boshi) – Restaurant 4047-18 Muramatsu, Shizuoka, Shimizu Ward, Shizuoka Prefecture 424-0926, Japan TEL: 054 (334) 1485 Fax: 054 (335) 3879
Shizutetsu Restaurant 597-8 Kusanagi, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka-ken 424-0886, Japan TEL: 054-334-2828
Nihondaira Sightseeing Association
1500-2 Mabase, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka-ken 424-0875, Japan Tel: 054-335-1131 FAX: 054-335-8955