Surprising Photos of Shizuoka

Inspiring Photos of Shizuoka


Shrines / Temples

[Shizuoka Gokoku Shrine]

Tangible Cultural Property

[Old city hall of Shizuoka]

[The Shizuoka Bank]



Those of you who are interested in Japanese culture, you might have heard of the anime called “Chibimaruko-chan”. It’s a popular nationwide Manga series written and illustrated by Momoko Sakura, who has sadly passed away in 2018. It’s a simple but fun and heart warming story of her childhood. And where she was born and has grown up?

YES, in Shimizu-ku of Shizuoka-city!

It’s a story back in 80’s, so you can see how the ordinary life could be in Japan. Even though, the story is a bit out of date, people and kids love it because it’s just so ordinary and many parts of the stories could often be the cases in our real life. And “Chibimaruko-chan” has been running on TV anime nationwide since 1995! And I’m going to introduce some places to visit for “Chibimaruko-chan” fans!

Chibimarukochan land Chinese Japan Shizuoka Shimizu The “CHIBIMARUKO-CHAN LAND” is located in S-PULSE DREAM PLAZA. It’s a big amusement shopping mall, so you can actually shop and have fun there. I guess it’s really a popular place for people from overseas, so they have a sign written in Chinese. (I have no idea what it says though.)


At the “CHIBIMARUKO-CHAN LAND“, they reproduce her neighborhood town where Chibimaruko-chan lives. So they have her house, school, stores she goes to, park, and so on. There are must-take-photo places inside of this amusement area. So if you are big fan of Chibimaruko-chan, this is “gotta go” place!

Just outside of the “CHIBIMARUKO-CHAN LAND“, they have an area where you can buy souvenirs of Chibimaruko-chan products. Some of them are only found in Shizuoka area, so make sure to check them out! (I love the handkerchiefs, personally!)

There’s also a shrine, so you can just stop there and hope your trip to Shizuoka is going to be a great one! They also have a post where you can “actually” mail from. So buy a pretty post card of Chibimaruko-chan, then write a message to your friends back home and mail it from the pink post!

Chibimarukochan land S-PULSE dream plaza Shizuoka Shimizu Japan Manga Anime

Chibimarukochan land shimizu shizuoka Japan S-Pulse dreamplaza shrine

For location info, please go check out “S-PULSE DREAM PLAZA” page!

Open-Closed10am-8pm(no later than 7:30pm)
They're open all year long
Admission Fee600yen(anyone who are older than Jr.high student)
400yen(anyone who are younger than above)
Free under 2 years old.
Group of over 20 ppl discount is available.
NoteChibimarukochan land Website.


Chibimaruko-chan,ulityhole,specialutilityhole,Shizuoka,Cenova,manhole,maruchan,SakuraMomoko,This is such a special “Chibimaruko-chan” utility hole that can be found in somewhere in Shizuoka city! It was donated by Momoko Sakura who is the author of Chibimaruko-chan anime. There are actually 2 of utility holes with different illustration on each one in Shizuoka city. This one is placed in Aoi-ku, Shizuoka city. And the other one can be found in Shimizu-ku. You could find this one somewhere near “Cenova” shopping mall! It’s really close from there. When you come out from the main entrance of “Cenova“, cross the street, then you should carefully walk on this stone pavement. You will fin it at your feet!!

Cherry Blossoms-Sakura

Sunpu Park


We all love Cherry blossoms, Sakura. You can only see them in spring. The best season is supposed to be the beginning of April, but it  really depends on the climate. Every year, the best timing can be different, but mostly around the beginning of April.

Our climate in Shizuoka is really nice and warm during this time of the year. In 2016, for example, the best beautiful Sakura were seen in the 1st and the 2nd week of April. I can’t really guarantee you when to come for the best Sakura. It’s mother nature thing, so just come in spring and see if you are lucky enough or not!

In other words, we know that spring has come when the cherry blossoms bloom. April is the time of entrance into schools or companies. So Sakura can be considered as a symbol of “new start”.

Sunpu Park
Sakura can be seen in many places in town. But especially around the moat. They even look more beautiful with those historical back ground. (stone walls.)


See, many people are enjoying the Sakura, but mostly beer and foods! If you are going to do “Hanami“, cherry blossom viewing picnic, then, “Sunpu park” is the best place you should to go.   See info of Sunpu castle for its location.