Nihon-daira Plateau Area日本平エリア
Enjoy panoramic views of Mt. Fuji from prefecture natural park. 17th century's treasures exhibited in the Kuno-zan Toshogu Museum.
Nihon-daira is a hilly area located in the central part of Shizuoka on the northern side of Mt. Udo-Yama facing the Izu-hanto Peninsula, with Suruga Bay lying in between. From the area designated as a prefecture natural park you can enjoy a panoramic view of Mt. Fuji and Suruga Bay.
On the southern foot of Mt. Udo-san is Mt. Kuno-zan, a mountain rising 216 meters above the sea level. Kuno-zan Tosho-gu Shrine was built by the second shogun, Tokugawa Hidetada, the son of Tokugawa Ieyasu, in accordance with Ieyasu's will. It is designated as an important cultural asset. Tokugawa Ieyasu became the first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate in the early 17th century, and established the foundation for the Edo Period, an approximately 300-year-long period of stability. Its treasures are stored and exhibited in the Kuno-zan Toshogu Museum.
Kuno-zan Toshogu and Nihon-daira are connected by a 1,065-meter-long cable car. You can gaze at Byobu-iwa, a chain of towering cliffs, and Suruga Bay below while listening to a guide on board explaining the history and geography of the area. Also located in the vicinity are cultural facilities, like the Shizuoka Prefectural Museum with great works of art by Monet and Gauguin, and the Nihon-daira Museum.
From Tokyo :
[Rail] 1h to Shizuoka Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen "Hikari", and 30 min from Shizuoka Station to Nihon-daira by bus.
From Osaka :
[Rail] 2h from Shin-Osaka to Shizuoka Station by Shinkansen.