While there’s a bustling fish market, and a charming amusement park waiting close to the port, most new arrivals immediately set off in pursuit of the best views of Mount Fuji, or to see the stunning panorama on offer from the heights of the Kunozan Toshogu Shrine. Take the cable car up to the top, to experience the tranquillity around the forested shrine, and to enjoy its stunning architecture of deep scarlets and gleaming golds. You can also enjoy heart-stopping views out over the Bay of Suruga, and the tea plantations below.
The Shizuoka Prefecture produces some 40% of Japan's tea, and you can get a flavour for the industry at Greenpia tea plantation. Pick leaves for yourself, and gain an all new respect for the processes involved in brewing the perfect cup of absurdly healthy green tea.