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Shimada, Shizuoka

"Shimada, Japan in 8K HDR – Shimada Together with Oi River" (島田市 大井川と生きるまち) is a video created by "Shimada JAPAN," which introduces the charms of Shimada in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Shimada is a tourist destination replete with attractions such as the beautiful Oi River flowing through the city, historical sites, and local specialties like green tea.
It's a place rich with nature and abundant with photogenic spots perfect for your Instagram.

It's a well-recommended destination for anyone seeking to enjoy the scenery and different food cultures of Japan.
In this article, you'll find some of the most famous tourist attractions and hidden areas in Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture.

The Attractions of the Famous Tourist Destination Shimada, Shizuoka

Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture, in the Tokai Region (東海地方, Tokai-chiho) is a place of various attractions such as culture and history, centered on scenic spots with beautiful nature.
The Oi River that cuts through Shimada is the symbol of the town and there are many popular sightseeing spots in the vicinity.

Particularly popular is the Oigawa Main Line (大井川本線, Oi-gawa Honsen) operated by Oigawa Railway Company (大井川鐵道株式会社, Oi-gawa Tetsudo Kabushiki-gaisha) which is full of opportunities to take nice photos with its rare steam locomotives and beautiful scenery.
Thomas from Thomas & Friends is here as well.
There are many highlights, such as the nostalgic, wooden Ieyama Station, the historic railway bridge, the sight of a steam locomotive running through town, and the cherry blossoms in the spring.
We recommend visiting Kawane Onsen Fureai Spring (川根温泉ふれあいの泉, Kawane Onsen Fureai-no-Izumi) and Roadside Station Kawane Onsen (道の駅川根温泉, Michi-no-eki Kawane Onsen) to relax and wind down after a day of sightseeing.

In the video, you can see Kawane Onsen Sasamado Station from 1:11 and the steam locomotive from 2:24.
In front of Shin-Kanaya Station, which is the base of the Oigawa Railway, there is an SL express ticket sales counter, a souvenir shop, a coffee shop, and the SL Museum at Plaza Loco.
Shimada is famous as "the most green tea-loving city on earth" and produces delicious tea leaves.
This is shown at 0:11 in the video.

You can also see how the artisans make green tea.
The production of other seasonings such as miso and soy sauce, which can be seen at 1:46 is also popular.

Shimada is also characterized by its mild climate, which is pleasant all year round.
Enjoy touring around Shimada on a beautiful sunny day!

Historical Sites in Shimada, Shizuoka

Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture, is full of tourist sites where you can learn about Japan's history.
Chimanji Temple (智満寺, Chiman-ji), which can be seen at 1:03 in the video, is a temple with a long history and is said to have been revered by warlords, such as the Tokugawa Shogun.

The main deity, the Senju Kannon, has been designated an Important Cultural Property, and its imposing form is a sobering sight.
Suwahara Castle Ruins (諏訪原城跡, Suwahara-joseki) is the ruins of a historic castle from the Warring States Period (戦国時代, Sengoku-jidai) and where Suwa-daimyojin (諏訪大明神, Suwa-daimyojin) was enshrined.
The ruins are surrounded by tea fields creating a unique landscape.

There are also many other historical sites, such as the Shimada-shuku Oi River Kawagoshi Ruins (島田宿大井川川越遺跡, Shimada-shuku Oi-gawa Kawagoshi-iseki), Oi Shrine (大井神社, Oi-jinja), the Fujinokuni Tea Museum (ふじのくに茶の都ミュージアム, Fuji-no-kuni Cha-no-miyako Museum), Shimada Museum (島田市博物館, Shimada-shi Hakubutsukan), and more.

Scenic Areas in Shimada, Shizuoka

Shimada, Shizuoka has many places where you can enjoy the natural scenery as well.
Makinohara Park (牧之原公園, Makinohara-koen), is a signature scenic spot in Shimada with Mt. Fuji (富士山, Fuji-san) in front of it, Suruga Bay to the right, and the Minami-Alps (南アルプス, Minami-Alps) to the left.
From here, you can observe the Oi River and the tea fields, capturing every the beautiful natural scenery of Shimada.

Other places we recommend are Horai Bridge (蓬莱橋, Horai-bashi), shown from 2:09 in the video, Shimada Rose Hill Park (島田市ばらの丘公園, Shimada-shi Bara-no-oka Koen), and Makinohara Highland (牧之原台地, Makinohara-daichi).

You can see a spring view with blooming cheery blossoms at 2:45 in the video as well.
You can also enjoy festivals and events such as the Kawane Sakura Festival (かわね桜まつり, Kawane Sakura-matsuri), where thousands of Somei Yoshino cherry trees are in full bloom.

Summary of Shimada, Shizuoka

"Shimada, Japan in 8K HDR – Shimada Together with Oi River," created by "Shimada JAPAN," is a video introducing the nature and culture of Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture.
One day is probably not enough to look around the city with all of the appealing tourist attractions it has to offer, but there are many hotels in the area, so you can also stay overnight.

Shimada in Shizuoka Prefecture is a great place to visit for those looking to relax in the tranquil landscape of Japan.
Consider visiting Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture, on vacation to rid yourselves of all the stress and exhaustion of everyday life.

【Official Website】Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture City Hall Homepage
https://www.city.shimada.shizuoka.jp/

Written By
May. 1, 2021
Japan
鈴木 正孝(Masataka Suzuki)
Soak up the Beautiful Scenery Around the Oi River and Enjoy the Fascinating Historical Sites in Shimada, Shizuoka! Don’t Miss the Steam Locomotive Running Through Town, Either!
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