Area Sightseeing Spots
S-Pulse Dream Plaza
This is a popular spot to try gourmet seafood and go shopping, the likes of which you can only find in the port city of Shimizu. It features a Ferris wheel, and when the weather is nice, you can see Mt. Fuji, Suruga Bay, and even the Izu Peninsula. “Chibi Maruko-chan Land” recreates the world of its namesake anime, and has many photo taking spots.
Verkehr Shimizu Port Terminal Museum
This museum introduces the history and roles of Shimizu Port through elaborate models of ships with a connection to Shimizu Port, and exhibits of cargo handling tools used by dock workers. In addition to the permanent exhibits, various special exhibits are held about 6 times per year. There is also a “Canning Museum” that introduces the history of the canning industry in Shimizu.
The Shimizu Port Shipping Agent Memorial House “Suehiro”
This museum operates in a renovated shipping agent house that was built in the Meiji Period (1868 – 1912) by Shimizu Jirocho, the man said to be the greatest yakuza boss of the Tokaido region. Household items from the time and Jirocho’s personal effects are exhibited in the museum.
At the tea shop, you can try the famous “Yubi Manju” (finger-sized sweet buns filled with sweet bean paste) and matcha tea, and buy Jirocho themed merchandise.
This is a scenic spot where a pine grove continues all the way along the coastline for nearly 5 kilometers, and Mt. Fuji stands majestically behind the sea and the pine grove. There is also the legendary “Hagoromo-no-Matsu”, a pine tree where it is said that a celestial maiden hung her feathered robe. It has been portrayed in paintings and Japanese poems since ancient times, and is one of the constituent of the Mt. Fuji world heritage site.
Kami-no-Michi & Miho Shrine
Kamino-Michi is a path connecting Miho Shrine and Hagoromo-no-Matsu from the Legend of Hagoromo. A row of pine trees more than 200 years old stretches for about 500 meters, and you can feel the sanctity of the place just walking down the path. There are benches along the way, and lighting at night makes for a fantastical atmosphere.
Shizuoka City Miho-no-Matsubara
Culture & Creativity Center Miho Shirube
This center explains the historical connection between Mt. Fuji and Miho through videos and exhibits, promoting the charm and culture of Miho-no-Matsubara. On days with fine weather, you can see Mt. Fuji from the roof of the building. There is a wide range of Miho-no-Matsubara merchandise available, and at the café you can enjoy freshly ground “Miho-no-Matsubara Coffee”.
Marine Science Museum, Social Education Center TOKAI University
This museum has won many fans because of its look differing from typical aquariums, thanks to its theme of marine science. In addition to the stunning large aquarium, where you can see more than 1,000 live specimens of nearly 50 species of fish, you can also see specimens of the ever popular anemonefish, oarfish, and megamouth shark on display.
Shimizu Fish Market Kashinoichi
Shimizu Port is home to the largest catch of frozen tuna landed in Japan. At this facility, you can find intermediate wholesalers who work diligently to make fresh and delicious fish more affordable. It comprises the “Ichiba Kan” (Market Building) and “Maguro Kan” (Tuna Building), and has shops offering a wide range of options for dining, seafood and marine products, vegetables, and even handmade tofu.