The majestic Mt. Fuji straddles the border between Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures. Though much of the main Fuji-related attractions are on the Yamanashi side, Shizuoka is home to the ancient Fujisan Sengen Shrine in Fujinomiya, built by the founder of the Edo Shogunate Tokugawa Ieyasu and where climbers pray for protection before making the trek up the mountain. You can combine a shrine visit with a trip to the nearby Shiraito falls which are said to resemble hanging threads of silk.
Shizuoka’s most recommended natural attraction is the beautiful Izu Peninsula, which is popular to both Tokyo and Nagoya tourists. Atami, Ito and Shimoda along the eastern coastline are famous for their beautiful beaches and hot springs. It’s only about two hours from Tokyo an easy day trip away from Tokyo.
Among the hundreds of scuba divers in Japan, Izu peninsula has been and will be the place to dive in Japan. “Yes”, there are beautiful dive areas all around japan but, Izu peninsula offers so many different choices of dive spot to cater for all different types of divers, from Macro to Wide underwater photographers and nature lovers to TEC divers. If you dive on the West coast of this peninsula, you may be able to see the Majestic Mt. Fuji between your surface breaks.