Shizuoka: Fuji In Your Backyard

Image credit: iStock/goodze via Gaijinpot Beautiful scenery during sunset time of Mountain Fuji view point at Gotemba Premium Outlets, Shizuoka, Japan.

What does it feel like to wake up every morning, stretch, turn around and be greeted by the sight of the majestic snow-capped Mount Fuji from your room window?

I would bet you that the typical response if you ask anyone living at the foot of Japan’s iconic mountain, that is, Shizuoka, is a nonchalant: “別に…” (I don’t feel anything…)

Well, for the rest of us, this would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, unless of course, you decide to migrate and live there. But there’s more than just Mt. Fuji in this sun-kissed coastal prefecture.

Ride the waves at Hamamatsu, or that sounds too woke for you, go island-hopping or fish your own dinner at the breathtaking Izu Peninsula. And when the sun sets, put up a lounger in the backyard of your Airbnb and admire Mt. Fuji over a cup of locally brewed tea. In case you haven’t realised, Shizuoka is the mecca of Japanese green tea, as much as Mt. Fuji is the mecca of all visitors to Japan.

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