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Mt Fuji

Shizuoka is located between Tokyo and Osaka, and is most famous for Mt. Fuji, but there is so much more to see and visit. Breaking it down into four different areas, there are many attractions, historical spots, and a lot of great dining. The four areas of Shizuoka are as follows.

EASTERN AREA / FUJI

This area spreads out at the base of the World Heritage Site of Mt. Fuji. Enjoy highland leisure pursuits with a view of Mt. Fuji, and sightseeing taking in the beauty of the area's waterfalls and flowing streams. Dining is highly recommended here for the local produce: pasture-grown dairy products, Fujinomiya yakisoba noodles, and dipping "Neapolitan" spaghetti.  Please look at the Lake Kawguchi Section which is located in the North-East area of Mt Fuji.

EASTERN AREA / IZU

This area is known throughout Japan for its onsen hot springs. Views of blue ocean and lush, undulating nature spread out, and each area: Higashi Izu, Naka Izu, Nishi Izu, can be enjoyed for its own distinct look. The food features the bounty of sea and mountain: fresh marine produce, fruit, Amagi wasabi grown with crystal clear water, and more.

CENTRAL AREA

This area in the middle of Shizuoka prefecture lives and breathes history and culture. Visit its famous historical spots, enjoy the picturesque scenery of Mt. Fuji, and the thermal mountain springs. Here is also home to Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport. There is food here of a flavor not to be found anywhere else in Japan: wasabi, green tea, strawberries, sakura shrimp, and Shizoka's own kuro-hanpen fishcake. Here in the Central Area you can sample gourmet delights from all over the prefecture.

WESTERN AREA

This area, bordering on Enshunada, is blessed with rich natural resources. Enjoy the variety: marine sports and onsen hot spring resorts on and around Lake Hamanako, boisterous local festivals, and more. Hamamatsu City is renowned nationwide for the eel produced there, and the streets of the town are lined with famous eel restaurants. Also popular are fruit harvested from around Lake Hamanako, and Hamamatsu gyoza dumplings, which make ideal gifts to bring home.

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Japan is beautiful, the people are friendly and helpful and polite. Their public transport system must be the envy of the world, from the Shinkansen bullet tran down to local intracity buses. We asked Experience Japan Travel to craft a highly custom trip that emphasized culture and gardens. Scott worked all our requests into an itinerary that took us through Okayama, Kurashiki, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Kameoka, Kanazawa, and Takayama with very little time in Tokyo. This was a tour of great ancient cities. Two days in Takayama coincided with the annual Spring float festival, and it was crowded, but not unpleasantly so. Experiences, not sights. We had lessons in ?Tea ceremony and its historic meaning ?Ikebana flower arranging ?Traditional bare bow archery. ?Wandering through formal gardens, where the view changes every few meters for the attentive viewer. These are what we'll remember after we have forgotten the names of the Temples, Shrines, and gardens.... READ MORE

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