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Until it was incorporated into Shizuoka City in 2003, Shimizu () was a city of its own centered around its port. Shimizu Port has a number of attractions but is most famous for being among Japan's most scenic ports thanks to views of Mount Fuji on clear days.

There were references to Shimizu Port already in Japan's oldest historical texts, which were compiled in the Nara Period (710-784). After Tokugawa Ieyasu chose Sumpu Castle as his place of retirement in 1605, the port increased in importance considerably. In the early 1900s the port was used extensively for exporting Shizuoka's tea, while in modern times the port handles a variety of cargo including raw materials, container shipments, natural gas and fish.

The S-Pulse Dream Plaza is a four story shopping mall along the waterfront that includes museums, movie theaters, a food court and a Ferris wheel. The mall is named after the local soccer team, Shimizu S-Pulse, whose stadium is located on the nearby Nihondaira plateau. The mall's most unique attraction is the Shimizu Sushi Museum with informative displays and models about sushi (unfortunately in Japanese only) and several sushi restaurants.

About a kilometer north of the S-Pulse Dream Plaza, not far from JR Shimizu Station, is the Kashi-no-Ichi Market, the local fish market where some of the port's fresh seafood is sold. A short walk in the opposite direction from the mall is the Verkehr Museum with displays about the history of Shimizu Port and boats and ports in general.

Getting there and around

Shimizu Port stretches for many kilometers along the waterfront. Access is provided from both JR Shimizu Station (a short walk from Kashi-no-Ichi Market) and the Shizuoka Railway Shin-Shimizu Station (a 15 minute walk from S-Pulse Dream Plaza). There are a number of bus lines that travel along the main road parallel to the waterfront.

Another way to travel around the port is by water bus. These boats travel once or twice per hour from the Ejiri Pier at Kashi-no-Ichi Market to the Hinode Pier beside the S-Pulse Dream Plaza and the Miho Pier near Miho Beach before returning to Ejiri Pier. The fare is 400 yen per ride.

How to get to and around Shizuoka

Hours and Fees

S-Pulse Dream Plaza

Hours

10:00 to 20:00 (some variations between shops)

Closed

No closing days

Shimizu Sushi Museum

Hours

11:00 to 18:00 (restaurants until 21:00)

Closed

No closing days

Admission

500 yen

English

None

Verkehr Museum

Hours

9:30 to 16:30

Closed

Mondays (except if Monday is a national holiday)

Admission

400 yen

English

Minimal

Kashi-no-Ichi Market

Hours

9:30 to 17:30

Closed

Wednesdays

Hotels around Shizuoka

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    • Guesthouse Hitoyado
      Budget-friendly
      Located within 3.5 km of Twin Messe Shizuoka and 3.6 km of Ofuro Cafe Bijinyu, Guesthouse Hitoyado provides rooms with air conditioning and a shared bathroom in Shizuoka. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Sauna Shikiji is 6 km from the guest house and Mochimune Port Spa is 6 km away. All units will provide guests with a microwave. A continental breakfast is available daily at the guest house. Blossom Garden Shizuoka is 3.7 km from Guesthouse Hitoyado, while Tenjin no Yu is 3.9 km away. The nearest airport is Shizuoka Airport, 27 km from the accommodation.
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    • Nippondaira Hotel
      Luxury
      Featuring free WiFi and a terrace, Nippondaira Hotel offers accommodation in Shizuoka. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and has a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. You will find a kettle in the room. All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom equipped with a bath. For your comfort, you will find slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer. You will find free shuttle service and gift shop at the property. Shizuoka Airport is 33 km from the property.
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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. Ka-Un 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 GRAND HILLS SHIZUOKA
      Luxury
      Conveniently situated just a 1-minute walk from JR Shizuoka Station, Hotel Century 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 Century 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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    • 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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    • Garden Hotel Shizuoka
      Budget-friendly
      Offering air-conditioned rooms in the Aoi Ward district of Shizuoka, Garden Hotel Shizuoka is 2.8 km from Twin Messe Shizuoka. This 2-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage space and free WiFi. Guests can enjoy city views. All rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. At Garden the rooms include a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet or an American breakfast. Tenjin no Yu is 2.8 km from Garden Hotel Shizuoka, while Blossom Garden Shizuoka is 3.3 km from the property. The nearest airport is Shizuoka Airport, 27 km from the hotel.
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    • Shizutetsu Hotel Prezio Shizuoka-Ekikita
      Mid-range
      Under 5 minutesf stroll from Shizuoka Shinkansen Station, Shizutetsu Hotel Prezio Shizuoka-Ekikita offers an on-site restaurant and free property-wide WiFi. Each simply decorated room are carpeted and comes with a flat-screen TV, a work desk and a refrigerator. En suite bathroom is fitted with a large bath, a shower and free toiletries. Pronto, the on-site restaurant located on the ground floor, serves breakfast from 06:45 until 10:00. It serves snacks and soft beverages from 10:00 to 17:30 and then alcoholic beverages from 17:30 until 23:00. Guests can also purchase snacks at the convenience store located in the building next door. From the hotel, the famous Shizuoka Hobby Square is a 5-minute walk. Sunpujo Park is a 15-minute walk away. The hotel is a 15-minute drive from Shizuoka Interchange and a 20-minute drive from Shin-Shizuoka Interchange.
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    • Hotel Quest Shimizu
      Mid-range
      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 the public areas 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. Wi-Fi can be used in the rooms with a deposit that will be returned at time of check-out. A coin-launderette is on site and dry cleaning services are offered at the 24-hour front desk. 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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    • HOTEL MYSTAYS Shimizu
      Mid-range
      Just a 3-minute walk from the West Exit of JR Shimizu Station, HOTEL MYSTAYS Shimizu offers comfort in its well-equipped modern rooms with free WiFi access. Featuring wooden furnishings, each room is equipped with a work desk, a flat-screen TV and a fridge. Private bathroom includes a shower and free toiletries. HOTEL MYSTAYS Shimizu offers 24-hour front desk and internet-connected PCs on the ground floor. There are drinks vending machines throughout the property. Dry cleaning service is available at a surcharge. Daily breakfast buffet featuring Japanese, Western and Chinese dishes are available at the on-site restaurant at the hotel. HOTEL MYSTAYS Shimizu is a 6-minute walk from Shimizu Port. Nihondaira Ropeway and Kunozan Toshogu Shrine are each a 20-minute drive away.
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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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