The real journey starts here! Access Shizuoka from some of Japan’s key transport hubs.
Image: Fuji Dream Airlines (Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport Co., Ltd.)
The capital of Shizuoka Prefecture is the city of Shizuoka. While not the most populous city in the prefecture it is the most central and the best overall point of access to much of the region’s green tea plantations, sights, and experiences.
Shizuoka City train station can be found in Kurogane-chō. The station handles Shinkansen and Tōkaidō Main Line services. Most intercity bus services to Shizuoka (the city) arrive / depart at the train station.
Trains To Shizuoka
|From Tokyo||Tōkaidō Shinkansen run between Tokyo Station and Shizuoka Station. The journey takes around 60 mins on Hikari trains. Around 90 mins on the slower Kodama trains. Fares for both start from around 6,000 yen for the cheapest unreserved seats.
The JR Tokaido Line runs from Tokyo Station to Shizuoka (sometimes requiring changes at Numazu or Atami). Journey times are 3 - 3.5 hrs. Fares around 3,500 yen.
|From Narita International Airport / Haneda International Airport||From Narita - Narita Express (N’Ex) trains depart from Terminals 1, 2&3 to Shinagawa Station in Tokyo. From here you can catch the above Shinkansen and JR Tokaido services to Shizuoka. Journey times from Narita to Shinagawa are around 1 hr. Fares from 3,000 yen.
From Haneda - Keikyu Main/Airport Line Rapid Limited Express trains take around 15 mins to Shinagawa Station where you can connect to Shinkansen and JR Tokaido services to Shizuoka. Fares 410 yen.
|From Osaka and Kansai International Airport||From Osaka -Tōkaidō Shinkansen run between Shin-Osaka Station and Shizuoka Station. Hikari (some services) and Kodama (all services) trains stop at Shizuoka. Journey times are around 1 hr 50 mins and 2 hr 30 mins respectively. Fares from 10,360 yen.
From Kansai International Airport - Limited Express Haruka services operated by JR take 50 mins to Shin-Osaka from where you can connect with Shinkansen to Shizuoka. Fares from 2,330 yen.
|From Nagoya||Tōkaidō Shinkansen, Hikari (some services) and Kodama (all services), run from Nagoya Station to Shizuoka. Journey times are around 50 mins and 1 hr 15 mins respectively. Fares from around 6,000 yen.|
Buses to Shizuoka
|From Tokyo||JR Tokai Bus and JR Bus Kanto run services between the Yaesu South Exit of Tokyo Station and Shizuoka Station, along the Tōmei Expressway. Journey times are 3 hrs - 3 hrs 20 mins.
Shizutetsu Justline run the Sunpu Liner bus service between the bus terminal at Shinjuku Station (Busta) and Shizuoka Station. Journey times around 3 hrs 20 mins.
Fares at the time of research were around 3,000 yen, although these often subject to change.
|From Narita International Airport||Shizutetsu Justline operate a bus service between Narita terminals and Shizuoka Station. Journey times are over 5 hrs. Fares around 6,000 yen.|
|From Osaka||Willer Travel operate a number of night buses between Osaka and Higashi Shizuoka Station. Departure points vary depending on the service. There is also a wide variety of seat / price options, although most journeys take around 8 hrs. Fares are typically between 3,000 - 7,000 yen.
Shizutetsu Justline run Kyoto/Osaka Liner buses between Osaka (Hankyū Umeda) and Shizuoka Station. Journey times around 8 hrs. Fares around 7,000 yen.
JR Tokai Bus run services between JR Osaka Station Bus Terminal and Shizuoka Station. Afternoon/evening services take around 5 hrs. Overnight services around 8 hrs. Fares from around 4,000 yen.
Flights to Shizuoka
Shizuoka Prefecture is serviced by Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport (FSZ) which handles domestic flights from / to Sapporo (Shin-Chitose / Okadama), Fukuoka, Kagoshima, and Okinawa. International flights arrive from / depart for destinations in China, Taiwan, and South Korea.
Shizutetsu Justline buses from the airport take around 50 mins to Shizuoka Station. Fares are 1,000 yen.
Driving to Shizuoka
The Shin-Tomei and Tomei Expressways flank the north and south sides of Shizuoka Station. The main artery though is the latter. Coming from Tokyo, the Tomei Expressway splits into two (the new part being Shin-Tomei) around Gotemba. Heading out of Shizuoka towards Kyoto / Osaka, the Shin-Tomei ends before Nagoya while the Tomei turns into the Meishin Expressway passing the outer reaches of Kyoto and Osaka. Shizuoka Station is a 15-min drive from the Tomei Expressway's Shizuoka Interchange.