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Shizuoka Prefecture

Shizuoka Prefecture in Tokai DistrictShizuoka PrefectureShizuoka Prefecture is located at the southeast corner of Honshu Island.

And it is positioned just between Tokyo metropolitan area and Nagoya area.
Nagoya area is not so far from Kansai area with Kyoto and Osaka, so Shizuoka Prefecture is at the center of "Pacific belt zone" which is the most important belt-like area of industry and transportation in Japan.

Shizuoka Prefecture faces Pacific Ocean. And the area is broad from east to west.
The northern area is mountainous, so most of the cities are along the southern coastline.
There is Mount Fuji on the northeast prefectural border.

At the east part of the prefecture, there is Izu Peninsula.
Originally it was an island in the Pacific Ocean. The island had moved slowly toward north with plate movement.
At last it collided against Honshu Island about a million years ago, so it has become a peninsula.
It is still pushing Honshu Island, so swarm earthquakes sometimes occur.

Izu Peninsula is very mountainous. But many hot springs are dotted in whole area and it is not so far from Tokyo area, so it is the popular resort area.

The west coast of Izu Peninsula faces Suruga Bay.
It is the deepest bay in Japan, which reaches a depth of about 2,500 meters though it is not so large.

To visit Shizuoka Prefecture, Tokaido Shinkansen is very convenience.
From Tokyo, we can reach Atami in about 50 minutes and Shizuoka in about an hour.

There is Mt.Fuji Shizuoka Airport is in Shimada city at the nearly center of the prefecture.
It has the flights from Shin-Chitose (Sapporo), Fukuoka and some other cities.
And it has the international flights from Seoul, Shanghai.
The express buses to Shizuoka station run from the airport, and it takes about 56 minutes.

Shizuoka Guide : Shizuoka Prefectural Tourism Association official website

The climate in Shizuoka city
Highest Temperature (deg C) 11.5 12.0 14.8 19.5 23.0 25.7 29.5 30.8 27.9 23.1 18.4 14.0
Lowest Temperature (deg C) 1.8 2.5 5.7 10.4 14.7 18.8 22.7 23.8 20.8 15.0 9.4 4.1
Mean monthly rainfall (mm) 75 103 217 210 213 293 278 251 292 200 132 63

Tourist spots in Shizuoka Prefecture

Mount Fuji and Izu Peninsula area map

Around Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji /1/
Shiraito Falls /2/
Asagiri highland /3/
Fuji Safari Park /4/

Izu Peninsula

Atami hot spring resort /11/
Ito hot spring resort /12/
Shimoda city /13/
Cape Irozaki /14/

Mishima Shrine /21/
Shuzenji temple and hot spring resort /22/
Around Mount Amagi /23/
Western Izu /24/

Around Shizuoka city

Sunpu Castle /31/
Toro Ruins /32/
Kunozan Toshogu shrine /33/
Nihondaira hill /34/
Miho pine grove /35/

Shizuoka prefecture map

Other spots in Shizuoka Prefecture

Hourai Bridge /41/
Ooigawa Railway /42/
Sumata Gorge /43/
Lake Hamana /44/

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Temple or Shrine / Museum or Laboratory / Market or Commercial facility / Factory /
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Main events in Shizuoka Prefecture

Obi FestivalObi Festival (Mid-October every three years)

It is one of the events of the triennial festival of Ooi Shrine in Shimada city, and is held for three days.
It is the reenactment of feudal lord's procession. But the style of retainers is unique, and they hang a few "Obi" (sash of kimono) at their sides.
Once, the brides who had come to Shimada from the other town had to parade with the weddind dress in front of Shimada citizens.
But the citizens felt sorry for the brides, so their own Obi instead of the pride has been carried by the the retainers in the procession since 1695.

Daidogei World Cup in ShizuokaDaidogei World Cup in Shizuoka (Early November)

"Daidogei" means "street performance" in Japanese.
This is the largest event of street performance in Japan, and has been held every year since 1992.
More than 150 performers from Japan and many other countries are invited, and they show their performances to win first prize.
The performers must act at the predetermined place and time. Several places for performances are set in Shizuoka city.
Each performance goes beyond the borders of mere street performance, and it is like performing art.

Daidogei World Cup in Shizuoka official website

Local foods and products in Shizuoka Prefecture

Green teaGreen tea

Japanese tea is mostly "green tea". Shizuoka Prefecture has nearly half of Japan's tea production.
The teas are cultivated on the hilly area from the central part to the western part of the prefecture.
When we travel by Tokaido Shinkansen, we can see the scenery of tea farms between Shizuoka and Kakegawa.

Sakura shrimpSakura shrimp

It is a kind of shrimps living in deep sea.
It is about 4 cm long and is transparent with light pink. So the name of "sakura" (cherry blossom) has been given.
This shrimp is allowed to catch only in Suruga Bay in Japan. And the open seasons are from April to June and from October to November.
Yui fishing port at the northeast part of Shizuoka city is known as the landing of this shrimp.
We can eat raw. And dried shrimp is used as one of the ingredients of tempura and okonomiyaki.

Oden in Shizuoka cityOden in Shizuoka city

Oden is the popular Japanese stewed dish consisting of several ingredients such as various foods made of minced fish, daikon (Japanese radish), kon'nyaku.
General oden is stewed in Japanese dashi broth, but Shizuoka oden is stewed in beef tendon broth containing blackish soy sauce.
And in Shizuoka oden, all ingredients are on bamboo skewers, and a little powder of dried fish and laver are dusted on it before eating.

Yakisoba in FujinomiyaYakisoba in Fujinomiya

Yakisoba is the fried Chinese noodle with Worcester sauce, and is one of the popular noodle dishes in Japan.
Fujinomiya is a small city at the southwestern foot of Mount Fuji, and there are more than 140 restaurants serving yakisoba in the city.
Fujinomiya yakisoba uses the very springy Chinese noodle made in the city. And the pork residue which lard has been pressed is added when cooking.
Before eating, the powder of dried sardine or mackerel are dusted on the dish.

Gyoza in HamamatsuGyoza in Hamamatsu

Gyoza is a kind of dumpling stuffed with minced pork and vegitables. Originally, it is one of Chinese foods, and is called "jiaozi" in Chinese.
In Japan, it has been popular since the cooks who had learned in Manchuria (current northeastern China) came back to Japan and served after World War II.
In Hamamatsu, some demobs from Manchuria opened food stalls near Hamamatsu station around 1955, and they served gyoza. Since that, it became popular in Hamamatsu.
Before serving, fried bean sprout is certainly topped on the dish.

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