4 Must-See Nature Escapes in Shizuoka Prefecture

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Shizuoka Prefecture is home to a rich landscape of lush nature that’s hugged by the sea, many mountains, and of course, Mt. Fuji.
The region is easily accessible from Tokyo by train, making it a great destination add-on for visitors to the big city.
Here’s a roundup of 4 must-see nature escapes in Shizuoka Prefecture.

1. Mt. Fuji

The first goes without saying: Mt. Fuji stands as Japan’s tallest mountain, seated between Shizuoka and Yamanashi Prefectures. With its silhouette shrouded in the grandeur and beauty, the mountain is loved from across Japan as a national symbol.
There are 4 different hiking routes to take to the top, and once at the summit, you’ll find an unforgettable view that’s truly breathtaking!

Mt. Fuji and Tea Fields in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Mt. Fuji and Tea Fields in Shizuoka Prefecture.
A view of emerging light from Mt. Fuji’s summit
A view of emerging light from Mt. Fuji’s summit

2. Tanuki Lake

A lake tucked into the expansive Asagiri Highlands. It’s famed as a picture-perfect spot to catch Mt. Fuji. The tree-lined lakeside offers a wash of bright colors across each season, but the cherry blossoms in spring and autumn leaves are particularly beautiful.
Many know and love this spot for its camping, boating and hiking.

“Diamond Fuji” occurring at Mt. Fuji over Tanuki Lake.
“Diamond Fuji” occurring at Mt. Fuji over Tanuki Lake.
Address
Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)

3. Shiraito Falls

The largest waterfall in the Mt. Fuji foothills.
This destination is included in the general World Heritage Cultural Site designation granted to Mt. Fuji as a “Sacred Place and Source of Artistic Inspiration”.
If you take the long set of adjacent stairs leading down from the observation space, you’ll find the basin of the waterfall. The falls are especially impressive and mystical up close. Even in the summer this area stays quite cool, so you might want to bring a coverup just in case.

Shiraito Falls
Shiraito Falls

4. Yume no Tsuribashi (Suspension Bridge of Dreams) – Sumata Gorge

This 90-meter long suspension bridge hangs 8 meters above the Sumata Gorge Oma Dam Lake. Visitors are often overcome by its unexpecting beauty, while the bridge itself is full of thrills for anyone who takes the trembling walk across.
The bridge is located a 30-min. walk from the Sumata Hot Springs Village. Remember to bring walking shoes and comfortable clothes for traversing this rocky gorge.

Yume no Tsuribashi
Yume no Tsuribashi
Address
Senzu, Kawanehoncho, Haibaragun, Shizuoka
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)