Shizuoka Prefecture
Best months:
June to November

Shizuoka Prefecture

Chubu, Japan
LAST UPDATED 07/01/2008
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introduction

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Lincun: Map of Japan with highlight on Shizuoka-ken; 4 March; 2007

Shizuoka Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan, located in the central Chūbu region of the main Japanese island Honshu. The capital is the city of Shizuoka.

surfing

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Aoki Shigenobu: Map of Shizuoka; 2006

Lying well south of Tokyo, Shizuoka Prefecture offers less crowded and more consistent alternatives for the travelling surfer. The coast here is just open to the more common NE swell window and well exposed to all energy from the south. A land of sometimes difficult to access points and breaks best explored in the Northern Hemisphere winter  (Dec-Feb)

where to stay

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Japanese Breakfast; Micheal Maggs; 17.06.2007

In most parts of Japan you’ll find a wide range of accommodation available both of typical Japanese and more westernised styles – as well as more novelty variations such as capsule hotels and temple lodgings.  One note worth taking though is that all prices advertised are per person and not per room.
Accommodation types you’re likely to come across are as follows:-

Ryokan

Ryokan are truly traditional Japan style Inns with authentically decorated rooms and Japanese meals included. These are a good option for a traveller wanting a real taste of traditional Japanese culture.

Minshuku

These are like a Japanese bed and breakfast, usually small places run by families that again offer a good Japanese cultural experience and the price includes a Japanese breakfast.

Western style hotels

You can find all the major hotel chains in Japan – particularly in the larger cities, this option can be expensive however.

Dormitories and Hostels

Backpacker hostels offering dorm style rooms can be found all over Japan for the traveller on a budget for a reasonable price and many offer single sex dorms.

Capsule Hotels

These offer bare the  minimum requirement of a single bed in a capsule – no standing room – these are pretty unique to Japan and not for the claustrophobic! Though it’s worth a night in one for the novelty value, some have a mini TV in there too and all have shared bathrooms, of course.

Temple Lodgings 

Some Buddhist temples allow travellers to spend a night there for the cultural experience, worth doing as a one off.

Longer stays

There are many apartment blocks all over the major towns and cities in Japan offering weekly or monthly rates of rent for those wishing to stay longer – these can work out as a cheap option over a long period.

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