Located on the Pacific coast of central Honshū, Shizuoka Prefecture is home to Mt. Fuji, a well-known symbol of Japan. The prefecture is also blessed with abundant forests and this natural resource enabled a wooden model manufacturing industry to develop and flourish in Shizuoka in the years before and after the Second World War. Following the introduction of the first plastic models to Japan in 1958, many of Shizuoka’s wooden model manufacturers switched to the new medium and continued to evolve into a modern industry. Shizuoka’s hobby manufacturers have not only collectively achieved a dominant share of the domestic Japanese hobby market, but their high-quality products have also helped them become world-famous brands and turn Shizuoka into “The World Capital of Models”. The Shizuoka Hobby Square aspires to showcase the proud tradition of this industry as well as introduce even more people to the enjoyment offered by Shizuoka’s hobby products. The Permanent Exhibition Area features examples of Shizuoka’s historically-significant crafts culture as well as displays of the latest products from the various Shizuoka-based hobby manufacturers. The Event Area will host a variety of different hobby-related events which visitors of all ages can enjoy.
|Name||Shizuoka Hobby Square|
|Address||3rd Fl., SouthSpot Shizuoka, 18-1 Minami-cho, Suruga-ku, Shizuoka City, Shizuoka 422-8067|
* For enquiries about a particular event, please contact the number given in the information for that event.
|Hours||Weekdays 11:00-18:00, Weekends and National Holiday 10:00-18:00|
|Closed||Mondays (Closed on the following day if Monday is a national holiday)|
|Admission fee||Admission to the Permanent Exhibition Area is free. Admission fee for Event Area varies according to the event.|
|Sponsorship||Hobby Promotion Council of Shizuoka|
From the South Exit of JR Shizuoka Station, take the escalator up to the pedestrian walkway and enter Shizuoka Hobby Square via an escalator at the SouthSpot’s 2nd Floor entrance. You can also take the elevators up from the ground floor of SouthSpot.
|●||About a one-hour ride on the Hikari Super Express on the Tokaido Line either from Tokyo or Nagoya Station.|
|●||About a two-hour ride on the Hikari Super Express on the Tokaido Line from Shin-Osaka Station.|
By bus from Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport
|●||About a 50-minute ride on the Shizuoka Airport Liner bound for Shizuoka Station.|
|●||About a 25-minute ride on the Shizuoka Airport Liner to Shimada Station (South Exit).
Change to a JR Tokaido Line train (going towards Tokyo) and disembark at Shizuoka Station.