Sumpu Castle (x{, Sumpujō) was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1586 and later served as his retirement home. Shizuoka City, at that time called Sumpu, developed around the castle, which remains at the center of the city, a ten minute walk from JR Shizuoka Station. None of the original castle buildings remain, and the grounds now mostly consist of park space.

Throughout its history, Sumpu Castle was destroyed and rebuilt many times. With the Meiji Restoration in the late 1860s, the Tokugawa family was stripped of its power and the country's new rulers dismantled the castle. In 1949, the innermost courtyards of the former castle grounds were converted into a public park, Sumpu Park, which remains surrounded by a moat.

In recent decades, efforts have been made to restore parts of the former castle. The East Gate and an adjoining guard tower were reconstructed according to original construction plans. The reconstruction can be entered and contains informative exhibits about the castle.

In 2001, the attractive Momijiyama Japanese Garden was opened in the park's northeastern corner. In the style of a traditional landscape garden, it features a central pond, a man-made hill and a network of walking trails. The hill represents Mount Fuji and is surrounded by azaleas that represent tea leaves, Shizuoka's most famous product, while a pebbled part of the pond's shores represents nearby Miho Beach. Local tea is served in the garden's teahouse.

Getting there and around

Sumpu Castle is a ten minute walk north of JR Shizuoka Station, and even closer to Shin-Shizuoka Station of the Shizuoka Railway.

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Momijiyama Japanese Garden

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    • HOTEL OLE INN
      Mid-range
      In a prime location in the Aoi Ward district of Shizuoka, HOTEL OLE INN is located 19 km from Rengejiike Park Fuji Festival, less than 1 km from Shizuoka Station and 12 km from Shimizu Station. This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk. Private parking is available on site. At the hotel, every room has a desk. All units will provide guests with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV. Twin Messe Shizuoka is 2.9 km from HOTEL OLE INN. The nearest airport is Shizuoka Airport, 32 km from the accommodation.
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    • Guesthouse Hitoyado
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      Well set in the Aoi Ward district of Shizuoka, Guesthouse Hitoyado is located 19 km from Rengejiike Park Fuji Festival, 1.2 km from Shizuoka Station and 13 km from Shimizu Station. Located around 3.4 km from Twin Messe Shizuoka, the guest house is also 12 km away from Nihondaira Ropeway. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen, and luggage storage for guests. All units in the guest house are equipped with a kettle. Featuring a shared bathroom with a shower and slippers, units at the guest house also provide guests with free WiFi. The units include bed linen. There is a coffee shop and lounge. A bicycle rental service is available at the guest house. The nearest airport is Shizuoka Airport, 32 km from Guesthouse Hitoyado.
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    • Hotel Associa Shizuoka
      Luxury
      Boasting a 15th-floor Italian restaurant, massage services and a spa, Hotel Associa is right next to JR Shizuoka Train Station. Rooms offer free wired internet, video-on-demand movies and a minibar. The air-conditioned rooms at Hotel Associa Shizuoka feature wood furnishings and a flat-screen satellite TV. The en suite bathroom includes a bathtub and hairdryer. Shizuoka Sengen-jinja Shrine and the Toro Iseki Village Ruins are a 10-minute drive away. Sunpu Park is a 15-minute walk. Shizuoka Prefectural Office is 1 km away, and has a free 21st-floor observation deck with Mount Fuji views. KYOTO TSURUYA Restaurant serves Kyoto-style Japanese specialities, and Lin-Ka offers a Chinese menu. Seafood and meat are freshly grilled before your eyes at Nakotei Teppanyaki. Pergola has coffee and light meals, while Estmare Bar offers drinks and top-floor views.
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    • Hotel Quest Shimizu
      Luxury
      Only a 2-minute walk from the West Exit of JR Shimizu Train Station, Hotel Quest Shimuzu offers modern rooms with free wired internet access. Free Wi-Fi is available and relaxing massages can be requested for an extra cost. Guests can enjoy a breakfast buffet at the dining room. The air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV and a fridge. Guests can wear the provided night wear and make green tea using the electric kettle. The en suite bathroom comes with a hairdryer. A coin-launderette is on site. Luggage storage is provided as well. Guests can enjoy a breakfast buffet featuring various local ingredients and a morning curry dish. Quomo restaurant serves Italian dishes. Shimizu Quest Hotel is a 25-minute drive from Nihondaira Stadium and a 10-minute drive from S-Pulse Dream Plaza.
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    • Garden Hotel Shizuoka
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      Set in Shizuoka, 700 metres from Shizuoka Station, Garden Hotel Shizuoka features views of the city. This 2-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage space and free WiFi. The property is non-smoking and is situated 19 km from Rengejiike Park Fuji Festival. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At Garden Hotel Shizuoka the rooms include bed linen and towels. Shimizu Station is 12 km from the accommodation, while Twin Messe Shizuoka is 2.7 km from the property. The nearest airport is Shizuoka Airport, 32 km from Garden Hotel Shizuoka.
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    • HOTEL GRAND HILLS SHIZUOKA
      Luxury
      Conveniently situated just a 1-minute walk from JR Shizuoka Station, Hotel Grand Hills Shizuoka offers comfortable guestrooms with great views, all located above 18th floor. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the property. Fitted with large windows and modern simple d?cor, each room features a flat-screen TV with pay-per-view programmes, a fridge and an electric kettle. The en suite bathroom includes a bath tub and toiletries. While staying at Hotel Grand Hills Shizuoka, guests can request in-room massages or laundry services at an extra charge. A range of items like DVD player and air humidifier can be borrowed from the 24-hour front desk. Rental laptops are available, and coin-operated internet PCs can be used in the lobby. The Century Hotel is a minute's walk from Shizuoka City Museum of Art and a 15-minute walk from Sumpu-jo Park. Nihondaira Zoo is a 20-minute drive away. A hearty Western breakfast buffet is offered at THE TABLE, an all day dining restaurant, on the ground floor. Keyaki restaurant serves delicious Teppanyaki dishes, while Hisuikyu offers sophisticated modern Chinese cuisine. Cocktails and whiskies can be enjoyed at the Email bar lounge on the top floor.
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    • Hotel Wing International Shizuoka
      Mid-range
      Located in Shizuoka, 19 km from Rengejiike Park Fuji Festival, Hotel Wing International Shizuoka provides air-conditioned rooms and a restaurant. The property is around 1.1 km from Shizuoka Station, 13 km from Shimizu Station and 3.6 km from Twin Messe Shizuoka. Set in the Aoi Ward district, the hotel is within 12 km of Nihondaira Ropeway. At the hotel, all rooms are equipped with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a shared bathroom. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom with a shower, free toiletries and a hairdryer. Guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Guests at Hotel Wing International Shizuoka can enjoy a buffet breakfast. The accommodation can conveniently provide information at the reception to help guests to get around the area. The nearest airport is Shizuoka Airport, 33 km from Hotel Wing International Shizuoka.
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    • Hotel Citio Shizuoka
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      Located a 5-minute walk from JR Shizuoka Station, and within a minute's walk from Shin-Shizuoka Station and Shin-Shizuoka Bus Terminal, Hotel Citio Shizuoka offers rooms with free WiFi access in the heart of the city. large food courts, department stores, convenience stores, restaurants and Sunpu Castle Park are all within a 5-minute stroll from the Hotel. All rooms come equipped with a Simmons bed and are air-conditioned. Rooms feature high-tech toilets, a refrigerator, an electric kettle and free toiletries. All rooms have been renovated in August 2016. The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and an iron service. Guests can borrow items such as a trouser press, air purifier and air humidifier from the front desk. Drink vending machines are available on site. There is a public paid parking space situated within a 3-minute walk from the hotel. Hotel CITIO Shizuoka is a 5-minute walk from Sunpu Castle, and a 7-minute drive from Sengen Jinja Shrine.
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    • Shizutetsu Hotel Prezio Shizuoka Ekinan
      Mid-range
      Featuring free WiFi, wired internet and bicycle rentals, Shizutetsu Hotel Prezio Shizuoka Ekinan is conveniently located just a 2-minute walk from JR Shizuoka Shinkansen (bullet train) Station. Coin launderette and free-use PCs are available in the public area. Fitted with chic colours, all rooms come with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. An air purifier/humidifier is also provided in each room. The bathroom has a massage shower head, a bathtub and free toiletries. The Prezio Hotel provides drinks vending machines and a mini shop on site. The 24-hour front desk offers luggage storage services. The hotel is a 15-minute walk from Sunpu Castle Park. Guests can enjoy a healthy breakfast buffet what includes homemade Japanese dishes and local specialities.
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    • Kur and Hotel Suruga
      Mid-range
      Kur and Hotel Suruga offers accommodation in Shizuoka. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. Bathing facilities are shared with other guests at this accommodation. Shizuoka Airport is 43 km away.
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