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Parks, Zoos, Amusement Parks & Theme Parks in Shizuoka Prefecture (Regularly amended)

FUJI SAFARI PARK IN SUSONO CITY

Fuji safari Park in Susono City at the foot of Mount Fuji in Shizuoka Prefectures is one of only six full-scale zoological parks you can enjoy visiting all year round.
Open in 1980, it includes a vast Safari Zone where many animals live in controlled freedom. They can be observed from your own car or from the car bus inside seven different zones for bears, lions, tigers, cheetahs, elephants, and many other animals from rhinos to flamingoes.

The “Jungle Bus” with wire netting over windows is popular because visitors can feed fierce animals at close quarters.
The “Animal Village” or “Fureai” in Japanese, allow visitors to come into direct contact with more than 22 kinds of small animals.
Depending upon the season, a “Night Safari” allows visitors to observe animals at night.

Guides available with guided tours (fees apply)

Address: Shizuoka Prefecture, Susono City, Suyama, 2255-27
Phone enquiries: 055-998-1311
Access: About 15 minutes by car (10 km) from Susono IC on Tomei Expressway
About 25 minutes by car from Gotenba IC
About 35 minutes from Fuji IC.
By train: Shinkasen for Tokyo to Mishima Station~bus service to Fuji Safari Park 50 minutes)
Normal train to Gotemba Station~bus to Fuji Safari Park (35 minutes)

Opening hours: 09:00~17:00 (Mar 16th~Sep 30th)/09:00~16:30 (Oct 1st~Oct 31st)/10:00~15:00 (Nov 1st~Mar 15th)
Entry fees: Adults, 2,700 yen. 4 years old~Junior High School students, 1,500 yen. Group discount available from 15 people or more.
Over 65 years old: 2,000 yen.
Jungle Bus fee: 1,200 yen
Night Safari: + 1,000 yen
Free parking available for 1,400 passenger cars.
Website: http://fujisafari.co.jp/ (Japanese)
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SUMPU PARK IN SHIZUOKA CITY

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The remains of Sumpu Castle built by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1585 are surrounded by an outer moat, inner moat and beautiful stone walls. The south east tower in one corner of the park, and the east gate were restored, and the scenery makes it easy for you to imagine what it was like in the Edo Period.

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Shizuoka City, Aoi ku
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TORO RUINS PARK IN SHIZUOKA CITY

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The Toro historic Ruins bring the life of the agrarian culture of the Yayoi Period over 1,800 years ago.
Designated as a Place of Historical Importance.

〒422-8033 静岡県静岡市5丁目 登呂公園内
Shizuoka city, Suruga Ku, Toro, 5 Chome
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FRUIT PARK IN HAMAMATSU CITY

The main entrance
The park is truly enormous and the car park is even bigger.
We realised that we had to limit this visit to the main attraction, the Tropical Fruit Dome!

The hall leading to the dome was full of information but the air-conditioning did not prepare us to the heat inside the dome!
By the way if you can read japanese check their HOMEPAGE as it will help you recognize some very strange fruit!

Cocoa!

Red bananas!

Insects and pests had better beware!

Outside the dome a cafe/restaurant will welcome you inside a beautiful park.
But actually the Tropical Fruit Park and the big park with ponds outside represent only one fourth of the whole complex!
You will have to plan half a day for a complete visit even with the help of a mini train!

Among others, you will discover fields of plum trees, orange trees, apple trees, strawberries, grapes, blueberries, kiwi fruit, almond trees, figs, peach trees, pomegranate trees, a field of nut trees including chestnuts and a lot more inside greenhouses and experiment fields!

This park will warrant a least a couple more visits to describe it all!

FRUITS PARK
431-2102 Hamamatsu City, Kita Ku, Miyakoda Cho, 4263-1 (get down at Fruits Park Station on the Tenhama private Railway line. 10 minute walk)
Tel.: 053-428-5211
Fax: 053-428-52000
Business hours: 09:00~16:30 (October~April), 09:00~17:00 (May~September)
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
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KAKEGAWA FLOWERS & BIRDS PARK/KAKEGAWA KACHHOUEN

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Kakegawa Flowers & Birds Park, or Kakegawa Kachouen in Japanese, is a rare park in Japan because it holds arguably the greatest collection of live owls in the country!

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It is also well-equipped making the visit comfortable for wheelchairs and physically impaired tourists.
It is also within 15 minutes walking distance from Kakegawa JR Station.

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The birds include owls of all origins and sizes, predators, penguins, emus, paradise birds, parakeets and more!

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as for the flowers it includes a truly remakable collection of water lilies!

Bring your cameras!

436-0024 Kakegawa City,nanseigo, 1517
静岡県掛川市南西郷1517
TEL:0537-62-6363 FAX:0537-62-6868
HOMEPAGE
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YAMAHA RESORT TSUMAGOI

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Yamaha Resort Tsumagoi is a vast amusement and tourist resort including hotel, restaurants, hot spring baths and caters for all kinds of sports and activities over a very large area in Kakegawa City. It is also conveniently placed for eventual tourism in the region if you decide to spend a night or two there!

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YAMAHA RESORT TSUMAGOI

436-0011 Shizuoka Prefecture, kakegawa City, Banzui, 2000
静岡県掛川市満水2000
Tel.:0537-24-1111
HOMEPAGE
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GRINPA AMUSEMENT PARK, SUSONO, SHIZUOKA PREFECTURE

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A great complex at the foot of Mount Fuji with many attractions:

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Fuji Subaru Line,
5th Station –Yoshida entrance
The 5th Station of Mt. Fuji is located on the side of Mt. Fuji. It is accessible by buses coming from various stations located at the foot of the mountain.

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Fuji-Q Highland
This is Japan’s uniquely Japanese amusement park. There are loads of rides and attractions for all ages at Fuji-Q Highland, including Guinness World Record holding roller coasters.

All in formations in English on their HOMEPAGE
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NIJI NO SATO/RAINBOW VILLAGE in Shuzenji, Izu peninsula

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This is a whole touristic area in Shuzenji, Izu peninsula, you can access by train from Mishima JR station, which includes a “British Village, a Canadian Village, a Japanese Garden, a Fairy Garden, a Takumi/crafts Village and Izu Village!

All in formation in English on their HOMEPAGE!
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IZU ANIMAL KINGDOM IN IZU PENINSULA

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A complex located on the west coast of Izu peninsula in Inatori (accessible by train) grouping an animal kingdom, sports zone, play zone, restaurants and shops!

IZU ANIMAL KINGDOM
Shizuoka Prefecture, Higashi izu, Inatori, 3344
Tel.: 0557-953535
HOMEPAGE
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HAMAMATSU FLOWER PARK

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A recent addition to the City of Hamamatsu, the Hamamatsu Flower park is fast becoming an attraction famous nationwide!

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Apart of magnificient flower gardens it also includes event spaces, restaurants and shops!

HAMAMATSU FLOWER PARK
431-1209 Hamamatsu City, Nishi Ku, Kanzanji Cho, 195
静岡県浜松市西区舘山寺町195番地(かんざんじちょう)
TEL.053-487-0511 FAX.053-487-0833
HOMEPAGE
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NIHONDAIRA ZOO in Shizuoka City

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This first class zoo was entirely refurbished as part of a renewal scheme carried out between April 2007 and the end of March 2013 to ensure that visitors will always discover something new, no matter how many times they come. New animal exhibits were also opened up, such as Wild Animal House 299, a petting zoo, Flying Megadome and The Castle of the Mysterious Forest.

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422-8005 Shizuka City, Suruga Ku, Ikeda, 1767-6
静岡県静岡市駿河区池田1767−6
Tel.: 054-262-3251
HOMEPAGE (ENGLISH)

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Hamana Lake Garden Park & Hamamatsu Flower Park Coming Events in Shizuoka Prefecture!

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Just outside Hamamatsu JR Station North Exit you will find an annoucement board you might do well to consult next time you travel to Hamamatsu City!

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Just to put you in the mood, you will discover a tree trimmed into the shape of Ieyasu Kun!

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The Hamana Lake Garden Park will hold its special opening from April 5th thru June 15Th!
Check their ENGLISH HOMEPAGE for great information!

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The Hamamatsu Flower Park will hold its special opening from march 21st thru June 15Th!
Check this ENGLISH HOMEPAGE for great information!

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Koike Village Chief House in Yui!

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Because Shizuoka City and Prefecture were more an area of intense travelling than Kyoto or Tokyo where people gathered and built according to the size of their population (and money), it seems that our region lacks in historical and cultural assets.
Actually, until Tokugawa Ieyasu made his retreat at the beginning of the 17th Century in Sumpu (Shizuoka City) travelers had still to stay there overnight and eat and drink. Accordingly, many old houses and lodgings can still be discovered along the Old Tokaido Route.
Tourists should not overlook them as their smaller size, easier access and cheap/free entrances provide them with a rare glimpse of life of past times. Sometimes such sightseeing off the beaten tracks is more rewarding than grandiose but crowded monuments!
One house worthy of a visit lies along the Old Tokaido Route in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, only a few minutes away on foot from Yui JR Station: Koike Village House which was incidentally registered as a National Important Cultural Asset in October 1998.

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The entrance!

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Note the “namako/seaslug wall”!

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Time to study Japanese! Don’t worry most of what is written on the board is mentioned in this article! LOL

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The entrance and the noren/暖簾/entrance curtain!
Such a village house would also serve as a registar house in Edo Times hence another historical source of importance!

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A small room has been refurbished into a small museum you will get into through another noren!

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Take time to look at old pictures of Yui Village!

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Through the bay window of the small museum you will discover a tiny but adorable Japanese garden!

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Important documents are still preserved there!

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Life articles of a time past!

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The modest size of the very well preserved living quarters will give you a chance for great photogtraphy of a true Japanese abode of yore.

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You actually may walk inside if you take your shoes off! That will permit you to not only take great photographs but experience a real feel under the soles of your feet!

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Contrary to the interminable lodgings of ancient nobles, it has the merit to introduce you to a real size living house!

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If you are am antique buff you will be surprised to find this very heavy antique shave ice machine worth a fortune at auctions!

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Take all your time to admire the small exquisite garden full of surprises!

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I have never seen that lantern-supporting sumo wrestler anywhere before!

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Every season will offer you a different glimpse!

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Very unusual moss!

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An ancient well!

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Having a second look before departing…
Irori/firplace!

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Mobile partition!

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Old hanging scroll!

I would advise you to take a good camera along as the place is dark inside, but you must have also a look at the raftings, the ceiling and theattic!

KOIKE VILLAGE CHIEF HOUSE/小池邸

421-3112 Shizuoka Prefecture, Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku, Yui, Terao, 464-9 (10 minutes on foot from Yui JR Station. Proceed left of the Station exit!)
Tel.: 054-376-0611
Opening hours: 09:30~16:30 (March~October), 09:30~16:00 (November~February)
Closed on Mondays and National Holidays (except if happening on week-ends), December 26th~January 5th
Entrance: free
Parking for 6 cars

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Seikenji Temple in Okitsu, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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I’m an agnostic and cares little for religion but it would be a grave oversight to ignore some of the grand Buddhist temples or Shinto Shrines in Japan and Shizuoka Prefecture as they are a great source of history, architecture, art and culture.
I can always leave the obvious religious connotations to the care of friend bloggers with different priorities!
There is a major Buddhist Temple in Okitsu, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, which definitely deserves a lot of attention, namely Seikenji Temple/清見寺 along the Tokaido Road.
Just follow me and I’ll explain along the way!

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First take a train on JR Tokaido Line and get off at Okitsu Station.

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Get out of the station and walk till the main road and turn right.
At the station you will see this sign clearly indicating you are about to discover Seikenji Temple!
Bear in mind this is a good 15~20 minute walk, so choose a bright shiny (no hot) day!

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While you are at it take the time to read the other signs describing the Tokai Nature Trail Bypass Course!

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Definitely worth reading it!

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Halfway find this sign along the right hand side signboard for a little history of the Tokaido Road!

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You cannot miss it and take the time to read the board there, too!

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Walk up the stairs and through the first portal before you cross over the Tokaido Railway Line!

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Take your time for plenty of pictures!

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From the railway line overhead bridge!

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Trains run along every 5~10 minutes!

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Past the bridge proceed to your right.

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The main entrance Gate!

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Temples are always well protected!

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Buddhist temples as a general look after a big cemetery.

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Being religious or not there are always plenty of quaint sights!

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One of the main buildings!

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Walking across the outside plum tree garden!
In the right season the place is exploding into superb colors!

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But before proceeding any further turn left and penetrate a strange place with even stranger figures!

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All the faces and in some many cases most of the postures of these “deities” are different!

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In daytime they look quite benign!

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This is one of these oldest parts of Seikenji Temple built during the Nara Era!

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Great contrast between old wood and tiles and the bright sky!

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The entrance portal overlooking Okitsu Harbor!

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The “bonsho” bell tower!

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The “garyubai/臥龍唄” plum tree variety was developed there by the Overlord Tokugawa Ieyasu in the beginning of the 17th Century.
It is also the name of a famous Japanese sake brand brewed by Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku!

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Over the entrance you will find the Hollyhock/Aoi/葵 represented on Tokugawa Ieyasu Mon/Japanese Arms/文!

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Past the entrance, ring the (real bronze) bell and a monk will collect a 300 yen visiting fee (very small considering the importance of the place!)!

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Don’t forget to take off your shoes and put on slippers before climbing the small stairs to the main room!

Note: There are plenty of “washrooms” there so take your time!

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There is an advised route to follow but you are free to wander, so I went to have a look at the inner garden!

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But I couldn’t walk back to take a picture of this magnificent phoenix!

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The space dedicated to Buddhist services.

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Plenty to read overhead!

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back to the garden, which is small but is still nationally designated as a place of scenic beauty!

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Wave-patterned gravel bed!

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There are plenty of cultural assets including this coffer with the hollyhock crest!

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Sorry for the disorder but this the real order I took pictures! Professional are going to kick me! LOL

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The temple not being too big you can get a good impression of the architecture!

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Guest/meeting room and sliding doors.

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Another picture of the garden taken through an opening!

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The main room with a “tokonoma”!

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Yet another view into the garden!

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A verdant island!

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The famous monk, Hakuin!

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An antique “shamisen”!

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A colorfully decorated “tansu”!

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A view of the front plum tree garden!

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The real pictures of the whole crew of 104 sailors aboard the Tsukijima Maru Ship which got marooned in the Suruga Bay just in front of Okitsu.
The ship was subsequently attacked by rebel samurais who had not surrendered in spite of their defeat in Hakodate and roamed the country for many years after.
The whole crew was killed and thrown overboard.
Jirochoo, a notable of Shimizu City became a local hero when he personally collected all their bodies to give them a decent funeral.
But that is the official story… A volunteer guide confided me that the so-called hero actually was in a hurry to clean the sea and shore to allow fishing again as soon as possible…

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The place does contain many precious drawings!

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One can walk up to a smaller meeting room on the next floor.

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For another grand view of Okitsu Harbor!

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An overhead view of the entrance lobby!

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Hakuin again!
His face can be seen on the labels of Hakuin Masamune Japanese Sake bottles produce by Takashima Brewery in Numazu City!

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Back through the outside garden!

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When you leave take the side exit down the stairs and across the railway line!

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See you there again next February when the plum trees will be in full bloom!

SEIKENJI TEMPLE
Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku, Okitsu
Tel.: 054-369-0028
Hours: 08:30~16:30 (closed during services)
Admission: 300 yen (adults), 200 yen Junior and Senior High School Students), 100 yen (Primary School Students)

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“Invisible Barrier” by Bruno Maroni in Mishima City!

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If you have the chance to visit Mishima City in the eastern part of Shizuoka Prefecture I would recommend you to visit the Clematis Gardens, the more for it that they offfer a free limousine service from and to Mishima JR Station!

The Gardens include a large museum showing the works of Bruno Maroni but his most remarkable creations are exhibited all year round in the very large park either on the luscious lawns or in front of other buildings!

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This statue is standing abutting a glass pane figuring the invisible barrier which had stopped the man!

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Very important detail!

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Fuji Safari Park

Fuji safari Park in Susono City at the foot of Mount Fuji in Shizuoka Prefecture is one of only six full-scale zoological parks you can enjoy visiting all year round.
Open in 1980, it includes a vast Safari Zone where many animals live in controlled freedom. They can be observed from your own car or from the car bus inside seven different zones for bears, lions, tigers, cheetahs, elephants, and many other animals from rhinos to flamingoes.

The “Jungle Bus” with wire netting over windows is popular because visitors can feed fierce animals at close quarters.
The “Animal Village” or “Fureai” in Japanese, allow visitors to come into direct contact with more than 22 kinds of small animals.
Depending upon the season, a “Night Safari” allows visitors to observe animals at night.

Guides available with guided tours (fees apply)

Address: Shizuoka Prefecture, Susono City, Suyama, 2255-27
Phone enquiries: 055-998-1311
Access: About 15 minutes by car (10 km) from Susono IC on Tomei Expressway
About 25 minutes by car from Gotenba IC
About 35 minutes from Fuji IC.
By train: Shinkansen for Tokyo to Mishima Station~bus service to Fuji Safari Park 50 minutes)
Normal train to Gotemba Station~bus to Fuji Safari Park (35 minutes)

Opening hours: 09:00~17:00 (Mar 16th~Sep 30th)/09:00~16:30 (Oct 1st~Oct 31st)/10:00~15:00 (Nov 1st~Mar 15th)
Entry fees: Adults, 2,700 yen. 4 years old~Junior High School students, 1,500 yen. Group discount available from 15 people or more.
Over 65 years old: 2,000 yen.
Jungle Bus fee: 1,200 yen
Night Safari: + 1,000 yen
Free parking available for 1,400 passenger cars.
Website: http://fujisafari.co.jp/ (Japanese)

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Fruit Park in Hamamatsu City!

Half way along our trip riding the Tenhama private Railway Line the other day we decided to pay a visit to the Fruits Park of Hamamatsu City.

We had only one hour until the next train and the walk to the Fruits Park takes 10 minutes.
We knew we would be limited in time and the blistering heat didn’t help!

At least looking at the pavement we knew we couldn’t lose our way!

The main entrance
The park is truly enormous and the car park is even bigger.
We realised that we had to limit this visit to the main attraction, the Tropical Fruit Dome!

The hall leading to the dome was full of information but the air-conditioning did not prepare us to the heat inside the dome!
By the way if you can read japanese check their HOMEPAGE as it will help you recognize some very strange fruit!

What is this fruit?

The temperature inside must have been well above 30 degrees with an incredible humidity.
The sweat prevented me to jot down notes and I’m afraid I don’t remember the names of some fruits! Let’s see if you can help me!

Fortunately there was plenty of running water to help cool down the dome!

Not only tropical fruit, but also plenty of beautiful flowers!
All in all, 80 varieties for 300 trees and plants!

Cocoa!

Start of the quizz!
What’s the name of those flowers?

What’s that fruit?

And what are these?

I’ve seen these flowers before…

It’s not a pineapple. What could it be?

Limes/ I doubt it…

Now, this a lime!

I’ve seen that one before, too!

Beautiful orchids there!

A pineapple!

What are these fruit?

Another pineapple!

Bananas!

Red bananas!

Insects and pests had better beware!

Banana flower!

Papaya!

More papayas!

And another pineapple!

Outside the dome a cafe/restaurant will welcome you inside a beautiful park.
But actually the Tropical Fruit Park and the big park with ponds outside represent only one fourth of the whole complex!
You will have to plan half a day for a complete visit even with the help of a mini train!

Among others, you will discover fields of plum trees, orange trees, apple trees, strawberries, grapes, blueberries, kiwi fruit, almond trees, figs, peach trees, pomegranate trees, a field of nut trees including chestnuts and a lot more inside greenhouses and experiment fields!

This park will warrant a least a couple more visits to describe it all!

FRUITS PARK
431-2102 Hamamatsu City, Kita Ku, Miyakoda Cho, 4263-1 (get down at Fruits Park Station on the Tenhama private Railway line. 10 minute walk)
Tel.: 053-428-5211
Fax: 053-428-52000
Business hours: 09:00~16:30 (October~April), 09:00~17:00 (May~September)
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

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My White Kitchen, 47 Japanese Farms Through The Eyes of Its Rural Communities, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento,Adventures in Bento Making, American Bent, Beanbento, Bento No, Bento Wo Tsukurimashou, Cooking Cute, Eula, Hapabento , Happy Bento, Jacki’s Bento Blog, Kitchen Cow, Leggo My Obento, Le Petit Journal Bento & CO (French), Lunch In A Box,
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