Located at the southernmost tip of Shizuoka Prefecture, Suruga faces the Sea of Japan. The best way to access Japan’s number 1 tea-producing region is from Tokyo or Shin-Yokohama to the north, or from Nagoya to the southwest.
Reached from Tokyo in under one-and-a-half hours, Suruga offers visitors a wide variety of sights and attractions, like a trip to one of the many tea farms or vistas of pristine nature such as the Sumata Gorge.
Sumata Gorge Area
If you're visiting Suruga by train, plan to arrive at Shizuoka Station. All of these routes make use of the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen (part of the JR Pass).
From Tokyo: It’s a quick 1.5-hour ride from Tokyo Station to Shizuoka Station on the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen.
From Shin-Yokohama: Take the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen and ride for just over 1 hour.
From Nagoya: Head northeast on the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen bound for Tokyo and get off after 1 hour and 20 minutes.
From Shin-Osaka: It’s a 2-hour and 20-minute ride from Shin-Osaka Station on the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen.
- From Tokyo: Hop on the Expressway Bus at Shinjuku Terminal and ride for 3.5 hours to Shizuoka Station’s north side.
- From Tokyo: Leave Tokyo via the Tomei Expressway (E1) until exit junction Shizuoka IC to arrive at Shizuoka Station in Suruga in just under 2.5 hours from Tokyo (181 km/ 112 miles) via toll roads.
- From Shin-Yokohama: A 2-hour drive from Shin-Yokohama to Shizuoka (163 km/ 101 miles) using toll highways.
- From Nagoya: Reach Shizuoka Station in under 2.5 hours from Nagoya (183 km/ 114 miles) using toll highways.
- From Shin-Osaka: From Shin-Osaka to Shizuoka Station is a 4-hour drive (333 km/ 207 miles) following the highway and includes toll roads.