Get involved with the tradition and culture. Culture & History

The tradition of manufacturing is still alive and well,
and we have many museums and theaters in Shizuoka.

Culture Learn about our traditions and culture

Discover traditional culture and traditional crafts unique to Shizuoka.

A Sacred Place for Animation
Bentenjima Seaside Park in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka, was selected as one of the “88 Anime Holy Places in Japan to Visit.”
Shizuoka is also famous as a sacred place for animation, as it was used as a model for the “EVANGELION:3.0+1.0 THRICE UPON A TIME”.
Suruga Hina Dolls
Suruga Hina Dolls are made in Shizuoka City and surrounding areas. They have been quite popular in Japan for celebratingl Hina Doll Festival on March 3.
Plastic Models
The culture of manufacturing that has continued since the time of Tokugawa Ieyasu, has now been passed down to products such as plastic models and mini 4WD.
The amount of plastic model shipments from Shizuoka is the largest in Japan (as of 2019).
Art Museums, Museums,
Theaters, and Music Halls

Shizuoka has many art and music facilities per capita,
making them easily accessible.

  • Shipment value of plastic models: No.1 in Japan (2019)
  • Number of museums (per 100,000 people)
    Shizuoka: 1.35 Tokyo: 0.62
  • Number of theaters and music halls (per 100,000 people)
    Shizuoka: 1.49 Tokyo: 0.85


History Learn about
our history

Places Associated with Tokugawa Ieyasu

Tokugawa Ieyasu, the famous warlord, spent more than 40 years of his 75-year life in Shizuoka,
leaving behind achievements that have been handed down to the present generation.



He spent his early life at Shizuoka Sengen Shrine,
in Sunpu (now Shizuoka) as a hostage of the Imagawa clan.


Youth to Mature Years

He allied with Nobunaga Oda.

Through the experience suffered a crushing defeat in the Battle of Mikatagahara,
he grew up to be a great military commander.


Tenkabito (The country’s ruler)

After Ieyasu became a Shogun and established the Edo Shogunate, he returned to Sunpu again.
Sunpu Castle, where Ieyasu resided at that time, and Kunouzan Toshogu Shrine,
where Ieyasu now rests, are both located in Shizuoka.