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Shizuoka tours for Olympic and Paralympic spectators

From Japan’s highest Mt. Fuji to Japan’s deepest Suruga Bay, Shizuoka Prefecture has many highlights found nowhere else in the country. And with transportation networks including the Tokaido Shinkansen and the Tomei and Shin-Tomei Expressways, Shizuoka is convenient to both Tokyo and Osaka.
Let’s look at some highlights of Shizuoka Prefecture and cycling courses handpicked for spectators of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Plan your perfect Shizuoka tour around the cycling competitions.

Highlights around Izu Velodrome and Izu MTB Course

The Izu Velodrome and the Izu MTB Course are located on the Izu Peninsula in eastern part of Shizuoka Prefecture. Izu is inscribed on the list of UNESCO Global Geoparks for its dynamic topography with a fascinating contrast between the mountains and the sea. With local specialities delights including Japanese spiny lobster and splendid alfonsino, and hot springs including Atami, Shuzenji, Amagi, and Shimoda, this is one of the greatest tourist destinations in Japan.
The area is home to many cycling courses with picturesque views of Izu’s mountains, Suruga Bay, and Mt. Fuji, including the cycling enthusiasts’ favorite “Izu Ichi” course running along the perimeter of the Izu Peninsula.

Tours Including Izu

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Highlights around Fuji International Speedway and Road Race Courses

Fuji International Speedway, with the finish line for the road races, is located in Oyama Town, perched on the prefectural border of Shizuoka and Kanagawa. The race courses run through the three Shizuoka municipalities of Susono City, Gotemba City, and Oyama Town, all lying at the foothills of Mt. Fuji and offering a spectacular view of the mountain that fills your entire field of vision. Nature, history, and culture—get up close and feel the complex allure of Mt. Fuji.
Cycling courses in the Mt. Fuji area also command breathtaking views. Try the course that visits the cultural properties of Mt. Fuji inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Or go for the dynamic course and demonstrate the performance of your sports bike.

Tours Including Mt. Fuji

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Highlights around Shizuoka City and Hamamatsu City

Shizuoka Prefecture will host six Tokyo 2020 Live Sites, where everyone is invited to watch live coverage of sports competitions and take part in events. Let’s look at the major highlights around the venues in the Shizuoka City and Hamamatsu City.
* The Nirayama and Ito venues will be included in the Izu Velodrome and Izu MTB Course area, and the Gotemba and Oyama venues in the Fuji International Speedway and road race courses areas.

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Highlights of Shizuoka City

Shizuoka City, situated in central Shizuoka Prefecture, is dotted with spots that command picturesque views of Mt. Fuji, like the Mihonomatsubara pine tree grove, a cultural property of Mt. Fuji inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Nihondaira plateau, and the Satta Pass. A major highlight is Kunozan Toshogu, designated as a National Treasure and enshrining Tokugawa Ieyasu, who founded the Edo shogunate in 1603.
Delicious must-tries are fresh sushi at the Port of Shimizu, boasting the largest catch of tuna in Japan, and Shizuoka oden, a signature of the city’s retro yokocho alley.
Cycling courses covering the major tourist destinations in Shizuoka City’s neighboring municipalities are recommended even for novice cyclists. Pedal along the bicycle lane enjoying the feel of the sea breeze.

Tours Including Shizuoka City

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Highlights of Hamamatsu City

Hamamatsu City, situated in western Shizuoka Prefecture, is known for motorcycle, eel, and gyoza dumplings, and as a city of music. Take in the scenic views of Lake Hamana from spots such as Kanzanji hot springs. Hamamatsu Flower Park and the JASDF Hamamatsu Air Base Publication Center are ideal for families. Popular activities include a pilgrimage of the five temples north of Lake Hamana, and a factory tour of the standard Shizuoka souvenir Unagi Pie.
The “Hama Ichi” cycling course, running along the shoreline of Lake Hamana, covers all of the spots with a stunning view of the lake, including Bentenjima and Hamanako Service Area.

Tours Including Hamamatsu City

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