Shizuoka castle
Shizuoka castle
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donavan94563
Orinda, CA210 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
The Shin Shizuoka Station lets you off right next to the Shizuoka Castle Park Ruins and downtown area. The castle park is free and good for a short visit. We waked the grounds for little bit and then walked the downtown area. There are plenty of banks/atms, shops and restaurants in the downtown occupy your morning.
Written 30 July 2016
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TokyoEric
Tokyo106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011
Not much remains of the actual castle but the stone fortifications, moats, and some gate buildings remain. There is a also a beautiful garden inside with a small admission charge. You can drink nice green tea at a tea house in this garden. I will return to this park again!
Written 25 April 2011
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streetdragon
Manchester, UK154 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
Unlike some reviewers , we visited in order to see the gardens. We were not disappointed!
The detail , harmony and balance that the Japanese strive so hard to produce was an absolute delight and I would not hesitate to recommend this destination to anyone who admires the beauty of a Japanese Garden.
Written 22 May 2019
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SFBayAreaTrekker
San Francisco Bay Area (CA)563 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
At first you believe you are entering the remains of another castle. You experience and see the massive walls and buttresses. Once inside, it is like a walled garden, however, there are sights within that will surprise you.

Tucked in a corner, you should visit the Momijayama Garden - walled within the park. There are so many themed "stations" that represent so many inspirational locations in Japan and elsewhere.

In another corner, you will find the statue Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan.
Written 15 September 2016
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bradstow2
Mishima, Japan240 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Family
The castle, originally built by local hero Tokugawa Ieyasu, is set in peaceful surroundings a short walk from Shizuoka city centre. It is a series of walls and remains, surrounded by a moat. The walls are impressive, and the whole structure is grand and resilient (albeit somewhat restored).

There are attractive open areas within. They are often the setting for a number of local events.

It is a photogenic place, although regrettably I do not have any photos right now.
Written 15 June 2016
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DYA717
Honolulu8,949 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Solo
Sumpu castle was built by the first Tokugawa Shogun, Ieyasu, and he used it as his retirement home. During the Meiji conversion, much was destroyed. They restored the East gate and there is a nice statue of Ieyasu. This castle ruins park is a 10-minute walk from the JR Shizuoka Shinkansen train station.
Written 18 March 2014
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Mike2011ca
Shizuoka, Japan19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Couples
Don't let the name mislead you - Sumpu Jo Koen (Sumpu castle Park) is made up of a large park surrounded by the original moats and the outer wall mostly intact. However, apart from the entrance gate and turret - there is no castle here as it burnt down a long time ago.
Written 4 September 2012
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rrambler
Port Phillip, Australia20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
From our Ship berthed in Shimizu we traveled the half-hour to the prefectural capital of Shizuoka. A little confusing, there are two railway lines linking the towns. One is JR, the other Shizutetsu, and each has its own station in both Shimizu and Shizuoka. Both lines take the Suica card. At the JR Shizuoka station there's an information centre where we got some good advice and city guide brochure.

A 20-minute walk from the JR station or 10 minutes from the Shizutetsu line station (called Shin-Shizuoka) is the Shizuoka Castle site, or more correctly the Sumpu Castle Park. Much of the history of the region dating back to the 1500's is centred on the Castle and its Shogun founders. Today only two of the original buildings have been restored, in addition to the moat and walls that surround the large expanse of landscaped park. Within the latter is an extensive fenced-off archaeological dig where old foundations and relics are being uncovered. Some of the small finds are displayed in a pop-up information centre on site. Interestingly, amateur archaeologists are allowed in at certain times. We found the whole scene fascinating, aided by the brochure from the Info Centre and signage within the Park.

To round off the excursion we crossed the road outside the south-west wall of the Park to the Shizuoka Prefectural Offices and took the lift up to the 21st floor public observation level. From there we enjoyed great views of Mt Fuji as well as the whole of the Sumpu Castle Park and surrounding areas. My camera was getting tired, so we went down a level within the same building to the Terrace Restaurant for lunch. This eatery seems to serve mostly the local civil servants, but we were warmly welcomed and enjoyed a delightful bento-style lunch for 1500 yen each.

After a short look around the pleasant town centre, we caught a train back from the Shin-Shizuoka station to Shimizu in plenty of time for our Ship's departure.
Written 2 January 2018
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Craig P
Brisbane, Australia390 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
We visited Sunpu Castle Park after arriving in Shimizu.
The place is surrounded by a moat, rock walls and located in the middle of modern day high rise buildings.
A wooden drawbridge leads you into the east gate entrance.
Originally built by shogun Tokugawa Leyasu in 1585.
This is an Edo Period castle where the East Gate & guard tower have been reconstructed using original construction plans.
There is a bronze statue of Leyasu as well as an orange tree that was full of fruit when we were there believed to have been planted by him.
A miniature version of Mt Fuji, a tea plantation with nice gardens and flowing water running through the area.
The buildings & landscape is all in good condition.
An enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.
Written 22 November 2017
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paul d
fuji65 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Family
Sadly the city of Shizuoka was mostly destroyed during WW2. Shizuoka castle was used as a bombing marker by the US airforce to line up their runs on the nearby Mitsubishi factory. As a result the castle was destroyed and the city burned to the ground.
However the Japanese have done a fairly good job of reconstructing the castle, albeit not nearly as nice as the original. The surrounding moat and walls are in good condition too.
There is now a playground and park on the castle grounds where many people spend time on weekends.
Once a year the city hosts Daidogei which is a street performance festival. Its quite popular and acts from all over the world come and compete for prize money. The city turns into a bit of a zoo as people flock to the castle park and surrounding areas to view the performers.
Written 5 June 2015
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