Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport (IATA: FSZ) opened in June 2009 between Makinohara and Shimada. Startup carrier Fuji Dream Airlines is based at the new airport. Flights are limited: there is no service to Tokyo, Nagoya or Kansai; only a few international flights to Seoul and Shanghai plus domestic connections to Kyushu.
Buses run from Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport to the Shizuoka train station in about an hour at a cost of ¥1000. Interestingly, the airport was built right over the Tokaido Shinkansen line, but there is no train station serving the airport.
The nearest major airports are Haneda and Narita Airports in Tokyo, and Chubu International Airport in Nagoya. It takes approximately two hours to reach Shizuoka from Haneda or Chubu on the fastest train services, a little longer from Narita.
- The Tokaido Shinkansen runs one Hikari train per hour which stops at Shizuoka (and pauses for about 5 minutes while faster Nozomi trains barrel through the station). It is one hour from Tokyo, and 50 minutes from Nagoya (both costing ¥6180), 90 minutes from Kyoto (¥9950), and 1 3/4 hours from Shin-Osaka (¥10580) using this train.
- All-stopping Kodama trains take a bit longer, and the same prices are charged for normal reservations. However, you can take advantage of the Puratto (Platt) Kodama Ticket, which offers a discount for Kodama services if you purchase at least one day in advance. You get a reserved seat and a coupon for a free drink (including beer) which can be redeemed at a "Kiosk" convenience counter inside the station. With this ticket a trip to Shizuoka costs ¥4600 from Tokyo (90 minutes), ¥4600 from Nagoya (80 minutes), ¥7600 from Kyoto (2 1/4 hours) and ¥8100 from Shin-Osaka (2 1/2 hours). Kodama trains run once an hour from Shin-Osaka and Kyoto; twice per hour from the other cities. All Kodama trains can be used, except for early morning departures.
- Standard local trains from Tokyo take about 3 1/4 hours at a cost of ¥3260, requiring at least one change of trains at Atami.
- Wide View Fujikawa limited express trains make several daily round-trips to Shizuoka from Kofu on the Chuo Line. The ride, in train cars with larger windows, costs ¥4300 and takes about 2 1/4 hours.
- Hamamatsu can be reached by either Shinkansen (30 minutes) or regular JR (1 1/2 hours).
You can ride all of these trains for free with the Japan Rail Pass.
JR Kanto Bus and JR Tokai Bus run frequent daytime services to Shizuoka on the Tomei Expressway between Tokyo and Nagoya. Shizuoka-bound Tokkyū buses from Tokyo reach the Shizuoka train station in about 3 hours, at a cost of ¥2850 one way (¥4500 round-trip). JR/Shizutetsu Sunpu Liner buses run several times per day from Shinjuku Station; this service also takes 3 hours and also costs ¥2850, but makes fewer stops.
Buses not terminating in Shizuoka will only stop at the Shizuoka interchange of the expressway. Local buses run frequently to Shizuoka station from another bus stop close to the interchange (15 minutes, ¥180).
The Shizutetsu train line runs from Shin-Shizuoka station in the Cenova shopping mall to Shin-Shimizu station. It is worth noting that none of the stations are integrated into the JR train system. However, Shizutetsu Buses do operate service from Shizuoka station to the Cenova mall. Shizutetsu buses can be used to get anywhere in the city.
- Miho no Matsubara (三保の松原). A spot on the Miho peninsula with pine trees and views of Mount Fuji on a clear day. One of Japan's New Three Views.
- Nihondaira (日本平) (35 min by Nihondaira Line bus from Shizuoka Station; also accessible by ropeway from the Kunozan Toshogu Shrine). A 308-meter hill in central Shizuoka, with good views of Mt. Fuji, the Izu Peninsula, Shimizu Bay and more.
- Kunōzan Tōshō-gū (久能山東照宮). The original burial place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Dynasty. (His remains are now entombed at Nikko.) Most structures here date from 1617.
- Sunpu Castle (駿府城 sunpu-jō) (a few blocks up the main street from the north exit of the subway station, with several arrow signs pointing the way). The castle itself has not been restored, but the restored guard house is very interesting. The original castle was started in 1585 by Ieyasu Tokugawa, one of the founders of the Edo government. In 1607 Lord Ieyasu retired as shogun and started repairing and expanding the original castle. The tower and other buildings that now exist were constructed following blueprints from the 1630's. There is a lifelike statue of Tokugawa and many small replicas of the castles and surrounding buildings, as well as a small but beautiful display of dolls. Nearby is a children's park and a garden with a tea ceremony available. Certainly a place to explore if you have a couple of hours or more to spare. Admission 200 yen.
There is a rotemburo (unisex communal bath) for those brave enough to try it in beautiful surrounds on the coast called Fujiyoshi Onsen.
Each Saturday there is a flea market at the shrine in central Shizuoka. The vendors sell mainly Japanese knick knacks such as tea sets, lacquerware and the like. You can haggle about 30% off their asking prices without working too hard, or try for more if you`re especially stingy.
Near the port, we can eat fresh fish, such as sushi.
- Freakyshow Bar (フリーキーショウ) (Near the Gohuku-cho area, a 10 minute walk from Shizuoka Station), ☎ +81 54-273-5588. One of the finest local places to drink in downtown Shizuoka. The bar often features local live entertainment on weekends but has limited seating so arrive early. The menu is not typical of most Japanese izakaya instead focusing on a more eclectic mix of western and European fare. All menu items and drinks are reasonably priced with no tax or cover charge. Recommended are the Godzilla Burger and White Russian. The proprietor, Toshiyuki Kosaka, is also reasonably fluent in English so foreigners visiting the area will have little trouble communicating with the staff.
- Hippy Shake (ヒッピーシェイク) (A short walk from either JR Shimizu or Shin-Shimizu.), ☎ +81 54-364-1748. Caters to foreigners, giving them discounts or sometimes free food. It's got great atmosphere and an inventive menu of original cocktails. Drinks ¥500.
- Shizuoka Orange Hotel (オレンジホテル) (Near Shizuoka Station.), ☎ +81 120-19-5100, +81 54-283-5100, fax: 054-284-3308, e-mail: email@example.com. This is a barebones but reasonable business hotel. Breakfast is available in the restaurant on the ground floor. Singles ¥5250-5500, twins ¥8500.
- Yasouya-Furyu (野草や＆風流), Makigaya 140-14, Aoi Ward (6 km from the city center.), ☎ +81 54-659-0285. A backpacker's hostel. ¥2500.
- Associa Shizuoka Terminal (アソシア), 56 Kurogane-cho (1 minute walk from Shizuoka Station.), ☎ +81 54 254-4141, fax: 054-255-3721. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. Non-smoking rooms available. Singles from ¥11,200, Twins from ¥15,600. Discounts for JR Pass holders.
- Hotel Dorf Shizuoka (ホテルドルフ静岡), 2-23-6 Takajo (7 minute walk from Shizuoka Station.), ☎ +81 54-251-5000, fax: 054 253-3000, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. In-room LAN, non-smoking rooms, and shuttle bus service to the station are available. Singles ¥7000-8300, doubles ¥11,000-13,000, twins ¥15,000, triples ¥21,000.
- Hotel Garden Square Shizuoka (ホテルガーデンスクエア静岡), 11-1 Koyamachi, Aoi Ward (3 minute walk from Shizuoka Station.), ☎ +81 54-252-6500, fax: 054-252-8411, e-mail: email@example.com. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Modern hotel with minimal, well designed rooms. Free in-room internet access. Singles ¥6800-7800, doubles ¥9700-11,000, twins ¥11,700-12,800.
- Sun Palace Hotel (サンパレスホテル), 11 Minami-cho, Sugura Ward (Take the train station's south exit and go down the main street two blocks. The hotel is next to the Shizuoka Bank.), ☎ +81 54-282-2277. Check-in: 3:30PM, check-out: 11AM. Clean and nice mid-range business hotel. Has a laundry room. Singles ¥6800, doubles ¥7300, twins ¥8000, triples ¥13,000.
- Hotel Kona Besso (古奈別荘), 31 Kona, Izunokuni City (A 20 minute walk or 3 minutes by taxi from Fushimi Izunagaoka Station), ☎ +81 55-948-1225, fax: +81 55-947-1225. A spa hotel with 8 independent cottages with a taste of traditional Japan. These guest rooms (tea-ceremony house style) are high valued architectural beauty. ¥21,735 per person for 5-person groups, ¥48,300 per person for 2-person groups.
- Mount Fuji, the iconic Japanese volcano
|Routes through Shizuoka|
|Nagoya ← Kakegawa ←||W E||→ Shin-Fuji → Tokyo|
|Hamamatsu ← Kikugawa ←||W E||→ Fuji → Tokyo|
|Hamamatsu ← Fujieda ←||W E||→ Shin-Fuji → Gotemba|
|Hamamatsu ← Kikugawa ←||W E||→ Fuji → Tokyo|