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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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Scott and the team did an outstanding job in accommodating all of our requests. We were especially impressed with the arrangement of the Chinese-speaking tour gide, Kitagawa-san, and that he managed to book the best room at Arima hot springs resort, plus the microbrewery for sake in Kyoto, the Matsui Shuzo brewery. We had such a good time, especially as it was my parents' first time visiting Japan. They now like it so much they want to visit the country every year! The Arima hot springs was truly a once in a lifetime experience. Everything from the in-room kaiseki cuisine to the in-room soaking tub on the balcony and the views! We could not have asked for more. We would probably pick a cooler time to visit, which of course is not the fault of any agency! We would like to come at a different time such as April or March to experience the sakura blossom season, and so we can walk around and it wouldn't be so warm. We would also probably space out the major meals, such as the kobe beef lunch and the hot springs kaiseki meals, as we were super full after that day! Finally we would probably have spent more on the hotel rooms in Tokyo, the accommodations were neat and clean and the breakfast was great, alongside a great location, but the rooms were quite small even for Japan.... READ MORE

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