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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Spirited Away (Part 1)

DSC03904I’ve been toying with the idea of this post for a while, but haven’t really got down to penning it until today. Spring vacation has just started, and it’s a much needed welcome change to see more of the sun. It’s also a time for many going away for short trips to recharge their batteries.

I’m not sure how this idea fits in with spring or cherry blossoms but nevertheless, if you’re planning to visit these spots, just read this with a light heart. What’s all this mystery ’bout these spots, you might ask. I’m of course referring to power spots in Japan. Now you may have come across this term from your research on the Internet, Tripadvisor or Lonely Planet. So I’m going to put forth a few disclaimers before we dive right into them.

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(to be continued in Part 2)