Experience Shizuoka City art, history, and nature all at once! Start with the Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art and its environs near Shizuoka Station

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This route lets you experience all that Shizuoka has to offer, such as the Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art; the Nihondaira Yume Terrace, a new spot to see Mt. Fuji; Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, a national treasure; and the Museum of Natural and Environmental History, Shizuoka, a museum in a renovated high school.

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JR Shizuoka Station

30 minutes by bus

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Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art

15 minutes by bus to JR Higashi-Shizuoka Station followed by approx. 30 minutes by bus from Higashi-Shizuoka Station

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Nihondaira Yume Terrace

5 minutes on the Nihondaira Ropeway

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Kunozan Toshogu Shrine

45 minutes by bus from Nihondaira to JR Shizuoka Station followed by 30 minutes by bus from Shizuoka Station

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Museum of Natural and Environmental History, Shizuoka

30 minutes by bus

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JR Shizuoka Station

Sample route guide

Teruko Kobayashi, Tokoha University

The Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art has a wide collection on view, as well as special promotions that vary from time to time. On clear days, you can see Mt. Fuji in all its glory from Nihondaira Yume Terrace. The illuminated Port of Shimizu at night is beautiful. The route to Kunozan Toshogu Shrine sees you boarding a cable car, with lovely views. Listen to the guide’s description of the local culture to learn more. The Museum of Natural and Environmental History, Shizuoka is a unique museum that was built into a renovated schoolhouse. The classrooms have become exhibit rooms, and the faculty room is now a cafe with almanacs to browse. Going to this unusual museum will provide you with surprising insights, so it’s a great place to go with friends or family.

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JR Shizuoka Station

30 minutes by bus

1Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art

See the careful sculpture and cast work on display in The Gates of Hell

The Rodin Hall features a permanent exhibit of 32 Rodin sculptures and other works

The Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, located in the foothills of Nihondaira, acts as a cultural hub for special exhibits, a curated collection, the Rodin Hall exhibits, lectures, and workshops. The museum is styled around the idea of housing a collection of works befitting the rich natural landscape. The collection primarily revolves around Japanese and Western landscapes from the 17th century and beyond, as well as work featuring Mt. Fuji. The vast collection includes the work of Turner, Monet, Tanyu Kano, Ike no Taiga, and Utagawa Hiroshige. The Rodin Hall is also quite popular, featuring The Gates of Hell and other notable Rodin sculptures. After viewing the exhibits, stop by the restaurant to savor dishes made with vegetables from local farms. You can also stroll the Art Promenade outside, which features various sculptures.

Address:53-2 Yada, Suruga-ku, Shizuoka City
Inquiries:054-263-5755

Rodin’s “The Thinker”

A restaurant and cafe can also be found within the facility. The Rodin TERRACE restaurant serves lunches that include a fresh pasta set meal and various desserts.

An attractive verdant space

Point!

At the center of the Rodin Hall stands The Gates of Hell, impressive in its scale and impact. As you approach, you will see that every detail has been finely sculpted, creating a totally new appearance than when seen from a distance. Even within the same piece, the time and location of casting produce subtle differences. Examining this work goes beyond art appreciation and lets you learn about metalcasting techniques.

15 minutes by bus to JR Higashi-Shizuoka Station followed by approx. 30 minutes by bus from Higashi-Shizuoka Station

2Nihondaira Yume Terrace

From the terrace, signature Shizuoka views unfold before you: Mt. Fuji, Suruga Bay, the Port of Shimizu, and Miho-no-Matsubara.

You will find an exhibit space on the first floor, and a lounge on the second floor with tea and sweets. Free admission

This observation facility is located at the top of Nihondaira, a hilly area at 307m elevation. The building heavily draws on use of local lumber, and it is the work of Kengo Kuma, who was chosen to design the new National Stadium to serve as the main venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Projection mappings and touch panels about the history and culture of the Nihondaira area allow you to learn more, and the lounge serves matcha tea and seasonal sweets. There is also an observation floor that is wide open on all sides for unbroken views. The outdoor observation corridor spans 200m around and gives you a 360 degree panoramic view of Mt. Fuji, Suruga Bay, Miho-no-Matsubara, and other vistas.

Address:600-1 Kusanagi, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Inquiries:054-340-1172

The photogenic scenery is perfect for posting on social media!

Have some tea in the lounge with a front and center view of Mt. Fuji

Stained glass inspired by “Mt. Fuji in the Clouds” by Taikan Yokoyama

5 minutes on the Nihondaira Ropeway

3Kunozan Toshogu Shrine

A shrine with exquisite national treasures featuring elaborate lacquer work

Kunozan Toshoghu Shrine, which is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, is famous as a spiritual site

The Kunozan Toshogu Shrine was built per the last will and testament of Tokugawa Ieyasu. The site retains its original structure, with the main hall and worship hall sharing a roof and being connected by a passageway. This building is designated as a national treasure. The shrine has a rich natural environment, and the tower gate, kagura hall, and many other parts of the shrine are important cultural properties. The Toshogu Museum contains a collection of 2,000 articles pertaining to Ieyasu, from his favorite possessions, to various arms and armor used by Tokugawa generals. If visiting from the foothills, you must climb 1,159 stone steps. The view of Suruga Bay from the stone steps is breathtaking.

Address:390 Negoya, Suruga-ku, Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Inquiries:054-237-2438

The tower gate features a carving of a tapir, a symbol of peace. There are various decorations throughout the grounds symbolizing peace.

45 minutes by bus from Nihondaira to JR Shizuoka Station followed by 30 minutes by bus from Shizuoka Station

4Museum of Natural and Environmental History, Shizuoka

The wide variety of animal and insect specimens inhabiting Shizuoka is truly diverse -- it’s astonishing to see such biodiversity!

Bright light slants into the library/cafe, where you can read various books and almanacs about animals.

As Shizuoka Prefecture’s first prefecturally-run natural sciences museum, it features a range of exhibits about the global environment and its history that are a first in Japan. Aiming to be a museum about contemplation, the museum holds exhibits on natural and environmental history in order to explore the way people and nature have coexisted with Shizuoka in past and present, and how they might in the future. An old high school building was renovated to create unique exhibits which utilize actual school desks and chairs.

Address:5762 Oya, Suruga-ku, Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Inquiries:054-260-7111

Specimens of lovely butterflies native to Shizuoka

There are various skeletal specimens of vertebrates, as well.

This building retains the traditional look and feel of an old high school. The exhibits, featuring school desks and chairs, have won many awards.

30 minutes by bus

JR Shizuoka Station

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