Shizuoka Prefecture

Shizuoka Winter Festivals

December Fire Festival at Akiha Shrine on the summit of Mt. Akiha, Hamamatsu City (Hamamatsu-shi) Festival Period: 15-16 December This festival in the western part of the prefecture includes arrow, sword and fire dances. Akihasan Hongu Akiha Shrine has been well known since old days as the home of the God of fire protection. Many people visit here every year during...

Shizuoka Autumn Festivals

September Mitsuke Hadaka Festival, Iwata City (Iwata-shi) Festival Period: A naked festival in honor of the shrine deity, held on the Saturday preceding August 10 under the old lunar calendar. Misakubo Matsuri, Hamamatsu City (Hamamatsu-shi) Festival Period: Saturday and Sunday in mid September A disguise contest, which is very unique and nationally well known, is...

Shizuoka Summer Festivals

June Dontsuku Festival, Higashi Izu-machi (Higashi-izu Town) Festival Period: June 2-3 During this humorous festival, local geisha parade through the streets carrying a phallus representing the deity's shape. The festival praying for harmonious marital relations and the prosperity of one's descendants goes back two thousand years. Spectators invariably smile at the...

Black Ship Festival (Kurofune Matsuri)

Black Ship Festival (Kurofune Matsuri) The most famous festival of Shimoda celebrates in honor of the arrival on the Blackship and Commodore Perry landing in Japan to the world. The three-day festival commemorates the arrival of US Commodore Mathew Perry 152 years ago. It was US Commodore Mathew Perry and a squadron of nine so-called black ships that forced the opening of Shimoda port in 1854. His statue...

Shizuoka Spring Festivals

March Okichi Memorial Festival, Shimoda City (Shimoda-shi) Festival Period: March 27 The geisha in Shimoda offer a mass on behalf of Tojin Okichi, who was appointed by the Japanese government to serve as the mistress of Townsend Harris, the first consul in Japan. Hofukuji Temple, a 4-min. walk from Shimoda Station, is a temple erected for the repose of the soul...

Shizuoka Festivals - Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter

Shizuoka boasts a great many traditional festivals, which are noted for their thoroughly easygoing, cheerful nature, befitting the sunny local climate. The following are just a few of the major festivals that are held during the year.

Izu Peninsula Scuba Diving Areas - PADI, NAUI Certified Diving Shops, Resorts & Courses

Izu Peninsula underwater world Japan is an island nation sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Sea of Japan to the east. The country's main islands, as well as smaller islands scattered throughout the archipelago, make it a great place for scuba diving. From the spectacular ice flows in the Sea of Okhotsk to the north to the tropical waters of Okinawa, there is something for...

Izu Peninsula Popular Beaches and Surrounding Hot Spots

Izu Peninsula Popular Beaches and Surrounding Hot Spots Izu Peninsula area mainly consists of the beach breaks around Shimoda city, with white sand and beautiful water. Because of its jagged coastline, every point has different ideal conditions. It's a very popular area due to its scenic location and sightseeing spots, so a lot of city surfers visit here. Owing to its rolling verdant hills, numerous hot springs, sunny...

Shizuoka Marine Sports - Fishing, Surfing, Windsurfing, Boating, Scuba Diving

Shizuoka Marine Coast. With almost 500 kilometers of coastline, rivers that have their origin in the Japan Alps and lakes that flow into the Pacific Ocean, Shizuoka is a great place for marine sports. Whether you enjoy body or board surfing, sailing or fishing, you will find it here in our many easily accessible spots for marine sports enthusiasts. FISHING You can enjoy fishing in almost...

Shizuoka Arts & Folk Crafts

Shizuoka Arts & Folk Crafts Shizuoka is famous for its woodcrafts and other traditional crafts, and has a historical reason for the presence of so many traditional crafts in the area: Many famous artisans -- carpenters, sculptors, lacquer ware makers, as well as the craftsmen who made architectural fittings -- were brought here to help construct Sumpu Castle, where the feudal Lord Tokugawa...

Shizuoka Green Tea - National Beverage of Japan

Shizuoka Green Tea - National Beverage of Japan Shizuoka is the largest producer of this national beverage. You too can become a tea expert, as you learn about Tea. Green tea could be called the "national beverage" of Japan. So you've come to the right place to try this delicious and healthful drink; Shizuoka prefecture produces half of all the tea grown in Japan. Clean air and plentiful water supply aid the...

Unique Local Festivals Around Mt. Fuji

Within Japan, a land of festivals, Shizuoka prefecture stands out for offering some of the most colorful, unique and exciting festivals. The visitor to this prefecture will have ample opportunities to enjoy and participate in festivals as they are held year-round. Shizuoka's friendly people welcome all to share their enthusiasm for their traditional festivals and...

Suggested Mt. Fuji Tour Routes of Shizuoka

Route 1 - Izu Peninsula: Highlights: A resort area rich in hot springs, ocean views and verdant greenery. Jutting into the Pacific Ocean, with Sagami Bay to the east and Suruga Bay to the west, the Izu Peninsula is an attractive resort area easily reached from Tokyo. With green, undulating hills, numerous hot springs, sunny seaside resorts and plentiful...

Climbing Mount Fuji and Suggested Trail Routes

MOUNT FUJI - This symbol of Japan has its home in Shizuoka prefecture High up on the list of "must see" for all visitors to Japan is Mount Fuji. This world-famous mountain has its home in Shizuoka prefecture, where its sunny southern side can be seen from many excellent vantage points. One of the world's most beautiful mountains -- its graceful outlines are...

Holiday Experience and Historical Spots in Fukuroi

Fukuroi City (Fukuroi-shi) in Spring Holiday Trip Experience: Asaba Coast Designated a Prefectural Natural Park, the Asaba Coast is a beautiful shoreline stretching 5.6 km east and west where emerald green waves wash up on white beaches. In summer, the beaches are crowded with young people enjoying marine sports such as windsurfing. Beach net fishing Demonstration and Experience Tourists can have...