Nihondaira Plateau 日本平
An ancient plateau with panoramic vistas of Mt. Fuji, the Pacific and tea plantations
Once a true plateau, upheavals have turned Nihondaira into a gently rolling hill. This hill in Shizuoka Prefecture overlooks the Pacific and vast, verdant fields of tea and flowers, with Mt. Fuji , the Southern Alps, and the Izu Peninsula also visible when the weather is clear.
The view from Nihondaira is just as stunning at night
You can take a ropeway to Kunozan Toshogu Shrine
Strawberry farms line the coast, and you can pick and eat berries there from January to May
How to Get There
The plateau is best accessed by bus or car.
Take a bus from Shizuoka Station to the Nihondaira stop, which takes about 50 minutes. The plateau is a short walk away. If you're driving, it takes about 40 minutes from the Shizuoka Shimizu Interchange on the Tomei Expressway. There is parking on the hilltop.
Wasabi ice cream and more
The area has treats filled with variations on tea, but its most popular delicacy is wasabi ice cream. Shizuoka is a major wasabi producer, and in ice cream the spicy-hot condiment has a pleasant bite that you won't forget. The region is also famous for gyoza.