Shizuoka

  • 豊かな水産資源 (著作権)公益社団法人静岡県観光協会

  • 豊かな水産資源 (著作権)公益社団法人静岡県観光協会

  • 豊かな水産資源 (著作権)公益社団法人静岡県観光協会

  • 豊かな水産資源 (著作権)公益社団法人静岡県観光協会

  • 豊かな水産資源 (著作権)公益社団法人静岡県観光協会

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Best known for Mount Fuji

Shizuoka Prefecture is perhaps best known for Mount Fuji, Japan's tallest mountain and a World Heritage Site. This, however, is only one of many outstanding natural formations here. From Suruga Bay, the deepest bay in Japan, to the Minami-Alps Biosphere Reserve, Shizuoka is a place of colourful landscapes and stunning natural beauty, accented by a mild climate. Strategically located right in the center of the country, the region enjoys easy access to Japan's capital, with Shizuoka city being two and a half hours from Tokyo by car and only one hour by bullet train.

Noteworthy in the world of sports

Shizuoka is particularly noteworthy in the world of sports and is distinguished by its multitude of both fans and players. It is the home base of leading teams in Japan's soccer, rugby, and volleyball leagues, who avail themselves of the extensive athletic facilities in the area. Among these are government-designated National Training Centers for equestrianism, archery, and cycling; seven track-and-field stadiums capable of hosting international events; three indoor 50 m pools (including diving pools); and nine gyms equipped with 10 or more badminton courts.

As a result of these top-class resources and its proximity to Tokyo, the prefecture is no stranger to global competitions. During the 2002 FIFA World Cup, following training camps for Uruguay, Russia, Senegal, and Japan, Shizuoka also hosted matches at ECOPA Stadium, one of the venues for Rugby World Cup 2019. For the Tokyo Olympics, Izu Velodrome and Izu Mountain Bike Course will be welcoming competitors for the track race and mountain bike events, respectively.

Local cuisine and hot springs

For athletes hoping to unravel from a long day's work, opportunities to relax are endless. Local cuisine, such as fresh sushi and sashimi from Suruga Bay, provides a great way to reenergize from a tough training session. Shizuoka's ubiquitous hot springs, some of which overlook waterfalls or the ocean, are known to melt away exhaustion from even the most intense regimens. Lodging facilities are second to none in both quantity and quality of service provided to guests, helping explain Shizuoka's popularity among tourists from both Japan and the rest of the world.

With warm hospitality and generous support for athletes, Shizuoka Prefecture provides the perfect environment to train for the Olympics. We look forward to seeing you in the Home of Mount Fuji in 2020.

Camp grounds in this area