Snow-dusted peaks tumbling into emerald lakes, rolling tea fields scattered among lush valleys, fresh seafood served up at quaint fishing ports; sprawling Shizuoka fuses impressive scenery and intriguing history with authentic culture and exceptional cuisine, and somehow still manages to escape the crowds.
This geologically diverse prefecture bills itself as the lesser-visited home of Mount Fuji, and it doesn’t disappoint, offering impressive views over its cloud-capped cone from “the other side” and providing an alternative to the better-known Hakone.
One of Japan’s biggest tea producers, you’re never far from a family who’ll invite you in for a tasting, share their farming stories and talk you through its heritage, making the region an excellent bet if you’re looking to truly get under the skin of the country.
But while you feel happily remote and away from it all, you aren’t totally cut off either, with Shinkansen trains connecting Shizuoka to the major cities within a couple of hours.
Wondering where to start? Our Japan specialists can help you discover the best of this diverse region with group and tailor-made tours taking you to the heart of unearthed Japan.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Richard, who's travelled extensively in Japan. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the tea devotee who'll introduce you to the ceremony surrounding Japan's national drink, the noodle guru who'll teach you how to make the perfect bowl of soba and the ryokan owner who'll tutor you in the relaxing art of the onsen.
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