Mt. Fuji ©︎ Makoto Murasawa
Picture rolling hectares of tea crops, vast lakes shimmering in the sun and rivers rushing to the ocean. Next, picture stretching and dramatic coastlines as well as jaw dropping views of Mount Fuji. This is Shizuoka Prefecture. It’s hard to believe this nature-lover’s paradise is only an hour from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. Historically, Shizuoka City (the prefecture’s capital) has deep roots in Shogunate Japan. Even today, echoes of samurai culture and the ruling Tokugawa Clan still remain in the town’s historic buildings and gardens. Shizuoka makes for a great day trip (or longer trip) while you’re visiting Tokyo. To help you get around, check out some of our favourite things to do in Shizuoka.