Shizuoka Golden Route – 3 days Tour in the Japan's Manufacturing City of Hamamatsu

  1. From Mt. Fuji, Shizuoka Airport to Hamamatsu Station takes Approximately 110 minutes by Bus.

  2. From Hamamatsu Station to Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments takes Approximately 7 minutes by Taxi.

  3. The largest dedicated musical instrument museum in the Far East. This features gorgeous pianos and horns from 19th century Europe, as well as 1,200 instruments from around the world.

    Access – From JR Hamamatsu Station an approximately 7-minute walk.

    Nakatajima Dunes – A little further away…

    Massive sand dunes that stretch for four kilometers along the Sea coastline.

    Access – From JR Hamamatsu station, Approximately 20 minutes by taxi.

    From Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments to Eel Pie Factory takes Approximately 30 minutes by taxi.

  4. Hamamatsu is famous for its “eel pies,” which are a popular type of butter cookie that contains extract of eel. Take an interesting factory tour where you can see how these, are made.

    Access – From JR Maisaka Station, an approximately 15 minutes by taxi.
    From Eel Pie Factory to Kanzanji Spa takes Approximately 30 minutes by taxi.

  5. An onsen on a peninsula on the north-east shore of Lake Hamana Nearby are a range of leisure spots, including sea swimming areas amusement parks, and fishing areas. Enjoy the luxurious feeling of soaking in an onsen, while surrounded by the lake on three sides.

    Access – From JR Hamamatsu Station, 40 minutes by bus.

    Column – Lake Hamana famous for its eel

    The area around Lake Hamana is famous for its eels, with many restaurants where you can enjoy this cuisine. Unadon is eel grilled in a salty-sweet sauce and placed on rice and is a uniquely Japanese taste.

    Day 2:

    Get a full taste of Japan, experiencing the culture of tea, views of Mt. Fuji, and a tour of historical landmarks.
    From Kanzanji Spa to Kakegawa Castle takes Approximately 60 minutes by taxi and Shinkansen.

  6. A famous castle, also closely connected to Tokugawa leyasu. The daimyo’s mansion, which is a national important cultural asset, still remains as it was. There is also a fantastic view from the top of the keep.

    Access – from JR Kakegawa Station, an approximately 10-minute walk.

    A little further away – Kakegawa Kacheon Park

    A theme park where you can encounter parrots and owls among the blooming of the many seasonal flowers.

    Access – From JR Kakegawa Station, an approximately 10-minute walk.

    From Kakegawa Castle of Musical Instruments to Gyokuro-no-Sato takes Approximately 65 minutes by JR train and Bus.

  7. The Hyogetsu-tei tea house was carefully constructed using traditional methods, and here you can experience the Japanese tea ceremony while looking out over the beautiful Japanese-style garden and Pond.

    Access – From Yaizu Station, an approximately 30 minutes by taxi.

    From Gyokuro-no-Sato to Mariko-Shuku takes Approximately 20 minutes by taxi

  8. Mariko Shuku, one of the fifty-three stations of the Edo period Tokaido, Even now, this town retains its former appearance. Why not try its famous cuisine made from grated yams?

    From Mariko-Shuku to Nihondaira (views of Mt. Fuji) takes Approximately 40 minutes by taxi.

  9. A range of hills 308 meters high that have been selected as one of the best 100 sightseeing spots in Japan. This looks down on Shimizu Port and Miho-no-Matsubara, and you can see the Izu Mountains, Shizuoka City, and in the distance the outline of the Akaishi Mountains.

    Access – From JR Shizuoko Station, approximately 35 minutes by bus

    A little further away … Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art

    This contains a variety of works, including those from Gauguin and Yokoyama Taikan, and 32 works by Rodin, including The Gates of Hell, permanent exhibits, making of unique in Japan.

    Access – From Shizuoka Railway keryitsu-bijutsukan-mae Station, an approximately 15-minute walk.

    From Nihondaira to Kunouzan Toshogu Shrine takes Approximately 5 minutes by ropeway.

  10. A Shinto shrine associated with Tokugawa Ieyasu. at the summit of Kunouzan. The shrine pavilion and worship hall are well worth viewing; and the exquisite sculptures and colors both inside and out are a sight to behold.

    Access – From JR Shizuoka Station, approximately 35 minutes by bus and then 5 minutes by ropeway.

    From Kunouzan Toshogu Shrine to Suruga Bay Ferry takes Approximately 30 minutes by ropeway and taxi.

  11. Cross Suruga Bay in a ferry from Shimizu Port to Toi the Izu Peninsula, You can relax in the deluxe cabins, or from the deck, gaze upon Mt Fuji as it appears to float above the coastline.

    Access – (to Shimizu Port pier) From JR Shimizu Station, free shuttle bus.

    From Suruga Bay Ferry to Dogashima Spa takes Approximately 65 minutes by ferry.

  12. An onsen on the beautiful West Izu coastline. There are many ryokan inns and hotels that have baths from which you can view the beauty of islands largo and small that dot the sea.

    Bonnet Bus – “The Dancing Girl of Izu”

    “The Dancing Girl of Izu” that runs from Shuzenji Station is a renovated, unique type of bus from Japan of yore, with a guide dressed up us a dancer.

    Day 3:

    Travel around the Izu Peninsula, and enjoy encountering Japanese history.

    From Dogashima Spa to Toi Gold Mine takes Approximately 40 minutes by taxi.

  13. This tourist spot originally flourished as a gold mine during the Edo period. Visitors can try panning for gold dust, and can touch the largest gold bar in the world as registered in Guinness World Records.

    Access – From Izuhakone Railway Shuzenji Station approximately 50 minutes by bus.

    From Toi Gold Mine to Shuzenji takes Approximately 55 minutes by taxi.

  14. Walk around Shuzenji an onsen town typical of mid-Izu. Authentic Japanese-style ryokan inns are built along the Katsura River which flows through the town. Here you can enjoy visiting historical spots and bathing in onsens.

    Access – Izuhakone Railway Shuzenji Station.

    A little further away… Joren Falls

    One of Izus famous waterfalls where water gushes over a luxuriantly forested 25-meter cliff. Wasabi, a specialty of this region, grows in farms along these mountain streams.

    Access – From lzuhakone Railway Shuzenji station approximately 30 minutes by bus.

    From Shuzenji to Mishima Station takes Approximately 40 minutes by taxi.

  15. From Mishima Station back to Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport takes Approximately 60 minutes by Shinkansen (Bullet Train) and bus.