Numazu is very scenic, with a view of Mt. Fuji to the north, beautiful coastlines and mountains, and the Kano River flowing through the town.
The refreshing seasons of spring and autumn are perfect for hiking. In the summer, you can go swimming at the beaches.
In winter you can see an incredible view of Mt. Fuji while driving along the coastline.
Another charming point of Numazu is the chance to enjoy freshly caught seasonal fish in all four seasons, including horse mackerel, chub mackerel, sardines, and red bream.
Numazu City in the Spring
Within the city of Numazu, which is surrounded by the sea and the mountains, there is a variety of hiking courses. “Mt. Kanuki” is a low mountain at just 193 meters, but it has an excellent view.
From the observation deck, you can see the curved shoreline and greenery of pine forests, look down on the cityscape of Numazu, and even see Mt. Fuji if the weather is good.
It is also famous as a place to see cherry blossoms. The “Ose Festival” held every year on April 4th is a peculiar festival to pray for a big fishing catch and safe navigation.
The “Isamiodori” dance performed on ships by men dressed as women with flashy makeup and long kimono-like garments is also a must-see.
Cherry Blossom Viewing Market at Sengen Shrine (late March)
Flower Festival at Hie Shrine (April 1st – 10th)
Numazu Fishing Festival (middle of May), Ganyudo Hamacho Fudoson Hot Coal Walking Ceremony (late May)
Numazu City in the Summer
“The Numazu Summer Festival and Kano River Fireworks Festival”, which will be held for the 70th time in 2017, are a tradition of Numazu in the summer.
It has been held on the last Saturday and Sunday of July, with the town enthralled by shagiri music competitions, mikoshi parades, and local drummer performances in the afternoon.
The fireworks festival is the largest held in a downtown area in the Tokai Region, with a colorful program of nearly 10,000 fireworks decorating the night sky of Numazu in the summer over the course of 2 days.
In the middle of July, the beach swimming area opens up.
Numazu Beach Festival at the Ushibuse Coast (late June)
Numazu Tanabata Festival (middle of June to July 7th), Heda Port Festival (late July)
Heda Floating Lantern Festival (August 16th)
Numazu City in the Autumn
“Yosakoi Tokaido” is a typical late autumn scene of Numazu, held every year in the middle of November.
Teams gather from across Japan to perform “yosakoi” dances in various forms around Numazu Station.
Over 60 teams participate, and onlookers heartily cheer them on, as the downtown area is roiled with their enthusiasm.
In the autumn, seasonal fish get fat and juicy. You can enjoy delicious sardines, horse mackerel, and blackthroat seaperch.
Annual Festival at Hie Shrine (September 23rd and 24th)
October: Numazu Bokusui Festival, Hizen Festival (middle of October)
Heda Sansan Festival at Mihamamisaki Park (early November)
Numazu City in the Winter
Along the coastline within Numazu, there are many spectacular spots where you can see Mt. Fuji across Suruga Bay, and you can even view the snow-capped peak of Mt. Fuji from late November.
Here you can drive along the coast while enjoying the majestic sight of Mt. Fuji, which appears alongside other scenery such as the glittering ocean, islands, ships, the port, and pine forests.
Waiwai Numazu Nabe Festival (beginning of December)
Senbonhama New Year’s Day Swimming Competition (January 1st)）
Peach Festival Hina Dolls Display at Numazu Imperial Villa Memorial Park (February 1st – March 31st)