Chibimaruko-chan

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 Even though, the story is a bit out of date, people and kids love it because it’s just so ordinary and many parts of the stories could often be the cases in our real life.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!

CHIBIMARUKO-CHAN LAND
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!

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Chibimarukochan land shimizu shizuoka Japan S-Pulse dreamplaza shrine

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

CHIBIMARUKO-CHAN LAND
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.

 

FIND THIS “SPECIAL” UTILITY HOLE!
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!!

Onsen

When you think of Onsen in Shizuoka area, Izu and Atami are famous for it and you might come with these places. BUT, no, you don’t have to travel so far! Did you know that we have natural hot spring Onsen in Shizuoka city? There are actually several places where you can relax and just relax! 

TENJIN no YU
Onsen,tenjinnoyu,shizuoka,furo,hotspring,japanese,japan, TENJIN no Yu has 7 different types of Onsen. Out door bathtub where you can relax the most, Hydrogen Onsen that would make you look younger, Carbonic acid Onsen that would help you to improve blood circulation, Onsen contains Dead Sea salt that contains full of minerals, Medicinal bath which sounds definitely good for you somehow, Hinokisui Onsen which contains some essence of cypress that would keep your skin clean, and some sauna rooms. 

They have a Japanese style restaurant inside, so it might be a good idea to enjoy the Onsen and fulfill your stomach at the same time. You can stay there all day long with your 1 day pass. They also have a relaxation area like massage place and gym.

TENJIN no YU
Open10am-9am
ClosedThey are open all year long!(except the maintenance days)
Address5-5-1 Magarikane, Suruga-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka-ken, Japan 422-8006
Tel+81-54-287-1126
AccessFree bus: From North entrance of JR Shizuoka st.(Departing @10:05,11:05am,3:05,4:05&5:05pm.)
Bus: From JR Shizuoka st. Terminal @8, take either #34 to 38(Miwa Ooya line), get off at Magarikane Shizuoka shikaku tokubetsu shien gakkou mae) approx. 10min ride.190yen/adult, 100yen/child.
Admission FeeWeekday: 1day Free pass 1,500yen. Early Morning pass(6am-9am. no later than 8am)1,000yen. 60min pass(anytime during the hour)1,000yen, Night pass(after 6pm)1,300yen. Additional fee 2,000yen will be charged after 2am to 9am.
Weekends : 1day Free pass 2,000yen. Early Morning pass(6am-9am, no later than 8am)1,000yen. 60min pass(anytime during the hour)1,000yen, Night pass(after 6pm)1,500yen. Additional fee 1,500yen will be charged after 2am to 9am.
NoteAnyone under 12 years old are not allowed to get in.
Tenjin no Yu Website.

 

YUNOKI no SATO
Onsen,yunokinosato,yunoki,shizuoka,furo,hotspring,japanese,japan,YUNOKI no SATO is a brand new Onsen place that opened in April of 2016. It’s natural hot spring, of course! The building is very modern and stylish and I was always wondered what it would be before they opened.(sorry about the pic, I’d update with better pic!) It’s across from MARK IS Shizuoka, so you might wanna swing by after or before shopping. Inside is also modern looking stylish design, and you will find it really Japanese!

The interesting part of YUNOKI no SATO is that they have sauna called “Torokko Sauna”. There’s a box looking thing in the middle of the room and it radiates far-infrared with the heat. They have over 15,000 Manga comics for you to read there while you are relaxing. They also have a restaurant and relaxation area there, so it’s the best place to spoil yourself!

YUNOKI no SATO
Openweekdays:9am-12am
weekends:7pm-12pm
ClosedThey are open all year long!(except the maintenance days)
Address577 Naganuma, Suruga-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka-ken, Japan 420-0821
Tel+81-54-261-1101
AccessJR Train: From JR Shizuoka st. take Tokaido-line, just one stop ahead is "Higashi Shizuoka", get off. You'll see it outside.
140yen/adult
70yen/child(under12)
Admission FeeWeekdays : 850yen/adult, 400yen/child(free under 3)
Weekends : 950yen/adult, 450yen/child(free under 3)
Extra 1,000yen for Ganbanyoku(rock bathing)
NoteYunoki no Sato Website