Upon taking the bullet train (shinkansen) to Kakegawa station – the location of Ecopa Stadium, which will serve as a venue for the Rugby World Cup in 2019.The first landmark you might witness is Kakegawa Castle. Kakegawa Castle is a hilltop (hirayama-type) castle, which has been listed as one of the Top 100 Castles of Japan. It is considered to be one of the finest examples of reconstructed Japanese castles. Visitors can take a tour to the castle, also have a chance to visit the Ninomaru Goten, the residence of the former Daimyo. Visitors can bask in the magnificence of his suit of armour, standing in a dimly lit corrido, museum, shops, and occasionally ninja performances.
The Ninomaru tea house, established in 2002, is located in between Kakegawa Castle and the palace, in harmony with the beautiful Japanese garden. Take a chance to enjoy a serene moment over the famous Kakegawa green tea, prepared by a tea master.
Shizuoka Prefecture boasts many hot springs resorts. It sports a collective 1,882 hotels and ryokans to be exact, making it is the prefecture with the most accommodating facilities in Japan (according to the Ministry of Environment in 2014.)
Whether in Izu Peninsula scattered with scenic hot springs full of health benefits, or in Fuji area surrounded with stunning scenery, or in Western Shizuoka, amid relaxing destinations such as Enshu coast or Lake Hamana, there are no shortages of places to unwind with a healing bath after watching the rugby.