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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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Scottie was the BEST! He kept in good contact with updates and planned our trip based on OUR needs and wants. We felt we got a great overview of Japan for our 2week trip and the Cherry Blossoms were off the charts! 10+++ As were our guides. Very good English and not your typical guide that repeats themselves over and over. That is very annoying as a tourist! The variety of all the cities and landscapes we saw. Seeing all the UNESCO sites and having my Temple book with all its stamps! only have 3 empty pages. Kanazawa - The Park was exquisite! Love the chi & feel of this city! The hotel was fabulous and we had 2 of the best meals based on their recommendations. Kyoto - having a driver for all the temples was the best! And then Scottie taking us out for the whole day to sip Whisky & Sake plus takes us to the secret temple not in any guide books was very special! (Personal remarks) 4 star hotels are not the same in the US. We would have only stayed at 4.5 and above. for the Wide view train – seats 1 are least desirable – farther back is better. Honjin Hiranoya has a free shuttle - found that out when we asked for a taxi - not sure if they will pick up guests arriving & the walk with luggage takes more like 15 minutes – TI next to station with map was very helpful. In Hakone we had no guide and communication was difficult as we wanted a driver to take us to see the temple, the lake & then to Odawara. It didn't happen but we did see Mt Fuji from the train..better than nothing. Ryokans - I thought we would be staying at a place more like a B & B than a hotel. Not as charming as I had envisioned. The one in Takayama really did a better job of creating more hominess and explaining how it all works. Osaka Hotel was in the train station which would have been helpful to know on our itinerary. Slight mix up as guide was on the platform and we assumed she would be on the other side of the exit gate. My personal thoughts - the trip should get better as it goes along and Kyoto was the main reason we even went. That hotel was only 4 star because they put a toothbrush & some cheesy amenities in the bathroom. The room was small with cheap furniture. it was disappointing after the Kanazawa experience.... READ MORE

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