The picturesque Shizuoka Prefecture, located just an hour away from Tokyo by bullet train, is set to unveil new experiences and attractions in 2023.
With a new hiking adventure, the reopening of Kakegawa Castle, and three new cruises docking in the area, there’s never been a better time to explore this charming corner of Japan.
Uncover the Ancient Trails of Shizuoka: The Fuji, Hakone, Izu National Park Hiking Tour
Embark on a thrilling five-day hiking tour through Shizuoka’s rich cultural and natural heritage.
The journey begins with a day on the ancient Tokaido hiking route, which connected Tokyo with Kyoto and Osaka for over five centuries.
Following that, hike alongside the Old Shimoda Foot Highway in the heart of the Izu Peninsula UNESCO Global Geopark.
Next up, explore the picturesque port town of Shimoda, and marvel at the stunning Jogasaki Coastline on the Izu Peninsula.
Finally, ascend Mt. Kurotake for breathtaking panoramic views of Mt. Fuji (weather permitting).
The tour starts from JPY 498,000 (approximately £3,100) per person, based on double occupancy, and includes guiding fees, four nights of accommodation, and meals.
Step Back in Time: Kakegawa Castle’s Grand Reopening
After nine months of meticulous renovation, Kakegawa Castle reopens its doors on April 1.
Just a short walk from the town’s Shinkansen station, the castle offers an immersive experience of Japanese history. Constructed in the 16th century and restored using traditional techniques, the hilltop fortress boasts stunning views and exhibits of samurai artefacts.
It’s also one of only four castles in Japan with a preserved ‘goten’ or Samurai Lord residence.
Visit in April to witness the vibrant cherry blossoms that surround the castle grounds.
New Cruise Excursions in Shizuoka: Discover the Wonders of Japan’s Coastline
Three new cruises are set to dock in Shizuoka in 2023:
- Oceania Nautica & Seven Seas Explorer’s 10-Night Japanese Immersion Cruise and Diamond Princess’ Round Trip to West Japan and 10 Days in Korea will both include eight-hour stops at Shimizu Port. Explore the nearby Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, dedicated to the famed shogun Tokugawa Leyasu, and enjoy the delights of Shimizu Fish Market.
- Westerdam’s 15-day Japanese Archipelago Cruise will dock at Omaezaki Port, providing easy access to Omaezaki Lighthouse and Omaezaki Long Beach, a popular surfing and windsurfing destination.
Why Visit Shizuoka?
Nestled just an hour from Tokyo by bullet train, Shizuoka is home to the iconic Mount Fuji and offers a stunning natural landscape of coastlines, mountains, and lakes.
With the beautiful Izu Peninsula, dubbed “Japan’s Riviera” and designated a UNESCO Global Geopark, the region is steeped in history and boasts an array of traditional ryokan inns, onsen hot springs, and gourmet delights.
Shizuoka is also Japan’s largest producer of green tea, making it an essential destination for any traveller seeking to experience the best of Japan.