Trip with a Rent a Car in Shizuoka pref: Shizuoka residents recommend a trip around three sightseeing spots in Shimizu City
What we'll do
This tour is for enjoying Shimizu, Shizuoka. First head to Miho No Matsubara Pine Grove with its picturesque scenery that has been chosen as one of Japan's three new beauty spots. You can also take a walk to nearby areas well known for being mystical spots that are registered as part of the Mt. Fuji World Heritage assets. At the Yamauchiya Mt. Kuno Strawberry Farm, you can enjoy picking strawberries depending on the season, so be sure to taste Japan's strawberries. At Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, there is the first grave of Tokugawa Ieyasu who is famous even in Japan as a feudal warlord.
*You may not be able to take part in strawberry picking depending on the season. Please check the official website for details.
We can meet here, at the TOYOTA Rent a Car Shimizu Station Shop.
Go out JR Shimizu Sta. West Ext. At the Seiyu Store (Route 1) Intersection in front of the Sta., turn right, and go for 100 meters. The shop will be on the right.
The type of car we rent and the rental fee will depend on the number of people participating in the tour.
*One-way: Available inside / outside the prefecture
- Price per person
- 6,325 JPY ~ / person
- Max participants
- Up to 4 people
- Hosted in English
- Things you need to know before the tour
Things you'll need:
-Money to buy lunch
-Transportation fees to get you to the meeting place
1Miho No Matsubara Pine Grove
The Miho No Matsubara Pine Grove spans about 7km along the Miho Peninsula coastline which protrudes into the Suruga Bay. This beautiful place where about 54 thousand black pine trees grow has been the subject of literature and art since ancient times. In Japanese folklore, it is known for a legend in which a celestial being descended to the earth. When sunny, Mt. Fuji can be glimpsed beyond the pine forest. The combination of Mt. Fuji, the pine forest, and the sea give the pine grove the aesthetic of a still-life paining.
2Yamauchiya Mt. Kuno Strawberry Farm
Yamauchiya is a family-run strawberry plantation. Shizuoka Prefecture, with a relatively mild climate compared to other areas of Japan, is one of the top production areas for strawberries. At Yamauchiya, strawberry picking is open to the public from January through May. Fresh strawberries just picked that morning are also available for purchase, as well as slow-simmered strawberry jam with no preservatives, coloring, or additives. We recommend trying the akihime strawberries, a variety that has been developed over the years to be sweeter than other types.
3Kunozan Toshogu Shrine
The shrines dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first general of the Edo Era (1603-1868), are all named "Toshogu" and are scattered throughout Japan. Among them, the Kunozan Toshogu is a shrine where Tokugawa Ieyasu was first enshrined, and it has a history of over 400 years. The beautiful Spring cherry blossoms, the fresh Summer greenery, and the colorful autumn leaves from Fall to Winter are sure to inspire visiting travelers. Photographers will have a special appreciation for Kunozan Toshogu Shrine.