Shizuoka

Guardhouse at Sumpu Castle in Shizuoka

Shizuoka (静岡) is the capital city of Shizuoka prefecture in Japan's Chubu region. In 2005, Shizuoka absorbed the neighboring city of Shimizu (清水).

Get in

Shizuoka is a stop on the Tokaido Main Line and Tokaido Shinkansen Line between Tokyo and Osaka, and on the Tomei Expressway.

By plane

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.

By train

You can ride all of these trains for free with the Japan Rail Pass.

By bus

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).

Get around

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.

See

Do

There is a rotemburo (unisex communal bath) for those brave enough to try it in beautiful surrounds on the coast called Fujiyoshi Onsen.

Buy

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.

Eat

Near the port, we can eat fresh fish, such as sushi.

Drink

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Go next

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


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