Shizuoka prefecture is one of the prefectures that face the Pacific Ocean and is part of the Chubu and Tokai region. The two cities designated by ordinance, that is, the capital city of Shizuoka approaching Kanagawa prefecture to the east and Hamamatsu to the west approaching Aichi prefecture are the two most thriving cities. Since the entire prefecture fall
s under the Pacific Coast climate, its weather is generally mild and comfortable to live. However, heavy snow falls in the mountainous areas in the north. Since Shizuoka mostly consists of sloping lands with little flat area, farming for vegetables, fruit, and tea are thriving. It is especially known as the production site of green tea, and the prefecture has a 40 percent share of the entire tea production in Japan. Green tea is grown in different areas such as on Makinohara Plateau, on the foothills of Mt. Fuji, and along the Abe River, Tenryu River, and Oi River. Okabe-cho is known for its production of gyokuro green tea. Ise lobster is a signature food of Izu Peninsula that is rich in marine products, and many tourists visit the peninsula to enjoy lobster dishes and the magnificent view from outdoor baths. Suruga Bay is the only place in Japan where Sakura shrimp are caught, and people can enjoy freshly boiled Sakura shrimp here. Seasonal beauties of Mt. Fuji can be enjoyed from the Gotenba and Fuji area, a gateway to climbing Mt. Fuji. This area is also one of the most famous areas for dairy farming in Japan. Many recreational facilities, including museums, camp sites, and golf courses, are scattered throughout this area. In 2013, “Fujisan: Sacred Place and Source of Artistic Inspiration” was added to UNESCO’s world heritage list. "Miho no Matsubara" (Miho Pine Grove), which is attracting attention as a component asset of Mt. Fuji’s beauty, is a scenic area in Shimizu-ward in the city of Shizuoka. Its breath-taking beauty is considered one of the “New Three Views of Japan” and one of the country’s most beautiful pine groves. It is designated as a National Scenic Beauty. Furthermore, toy production is also flourishing in Shizuoka since companies such as Bandai, known for its Gundam series plastic models, and Tamiya, which manufactures radio-controlled toys, are located here.
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