These places are easily accessible by car, providing a great way to kill some time while waiting for your flight.
Located in the Hatsukura Ward of Shimada, Yagi is a beloved confectionary
famous for its miso sweet buns (misoman). The saltiness of the miso paste folded into the dough provides the perfect complement to the sweetness of the bean
paste inside. You can’t eat just one! Close to the airport, these make great
souvenirs, for yourself or a friend.
Try your hand at salt making in the green hilly tea fields with a gang of old-timers
from Kawane using the famous Kawane Hot Spring paleo-seawater that Shimada
is famous for. Sure to put a smile on your face, you can give this a try on the way
from your hotel to the airport.
This is the first big wave pool for surfers in Japan, which opened in 2021. The café and second floor observation deck are free of charge. Watch waves that have
challenged surfing medalists during your down time.
1 hr. 30 min.
You can take a factory tour of the tea processing plant or give tea picking a try in
the tea fields here at Grinpia Makinohara. Tea samples and matcha gelato are
available in the gift shop. There is a wide variety of teas you could take home as
souvenirs, making this one perfect way to end your trip.
This castle performed a valuable role in the western defenses of Sunpu Castle,
and Tokugawa Ieyasu stayed here several times on falconry trips. The inner ring of the castle including the castle tower and gardens of the Tanaka estate have been
relocated and restored to as it was at the end of the Edo era, and you can stroll
through its beautiful gardens.
This classic confectionary located on the site of the Tokaido road Fujieda travelers’ station has a long, proud history. Official confectioner to Tanaka Castle,
their Choju Persimmon dessert is their most popular, and has its origins in persimmon confections once presented to Tokugawa Ieyasu. It consists of a soft dried persimmon stuffed with sweet white bean paste, topped with rice cake
Take a trip to the location of the famous battle between Takeda Shingen and
Tokugawa Ieyasu. See the giant sago palms at Nomanji Temple that feature in
legends about Tokugawa Ieyasu and Abe no Seimei, and climb to the observation deck to gaze down on the moat that Takeda Shingen built. Finally, stop by the
Shirasu no Madoguchi Visitor’s Center and Gift Shop for some souvenirs of
Freshwater eel, a specialty of Yoshida
The eels that live in the clear groundwaters of the Ooi River are satisfyingly plump and tender. There are many eel restaurants and shops located around Yoshida.
The Shizuoka Eel Fishermen’s Cooperative store sells only Japanese eel, available grilled either with or without sauce.
3 hr. 30 min.
This tea house and rest area lets you get a taste of not only Kawanehoncho’s
famous Kawane tea, but some culture and history, too. You can try the tea
ceremony in an atmosphere laced with elements of traditional Japanese design,
a fun experience for groups of friends or couples. The wide lawns are also a great place for families to relax and play.
Get a thrill from crossing this unique 220m suspension bridge which passes
over the Ooi River, roads, train tracks, and houses. Enjoy the view of
Kawanehoncho as you cross, and if your timing is just right, you may be lucky
enough to see the steam locomotive as it chugs beneath you.
2 hr. 30 min.
Have fun shopping for fish caught fresh in Omaezaki Port such as bonito, red
snapper, baby sardines and other types of seafood. You can get seafood bowls,
set meals and fisherman's rice "Gawa" at a Seafood Restaurant. Then for dessert, you can try the popular baby sardine gelato,
or green tea gelato made with Omaezaki’s
This Hawaiian-style café and restaurant has a fantastic view of the ocean,
stretching all the way to the horizon. Try the local specialties like the Wave Rider’s burger with a mahi mahi patty!
Cultivation in this area began about 400 years ago, and the name “Sengamachi” means “1000 rice paddies”. Watching the sunlight glinting off the stepped
surfaces will make you feel like you’ve gone back in time. Spring sunsets reflected in the water are truly beautiful.
①1 hr 15 min
A famous confectioner from the west side of Shizuoka, Takoman has over 50 types of sweets available, including their famous Daisakyu cream cakes. In the adjoining Enshu Tea House, you can get parfaits made with seasonal fruit! You can also relax in their spacious tatami room. Popular with a wide range of age groups.
There are a variety of prefectural teas, sweets, and tea ceremony products
available on the first floor, and on the second floor you can have deep-roasted
green tea or matcha while enjoying the view of the Japanese garden outside.
Relax over some dessert made with Kimikura’s original tea leaves.
1 hr. 30 min.
This peaceful rest area is located in an area full of natural greenery, and is near
Kotonomamahachimangu Shrine, famously described in Sei Shonagon’s Pillow
Book as “a place where your wishes will come true”. They have a farmer’s market and local souvenirs for purchase, as well as restaurants, a café, and a convenience store open 24 hours.