Overview of 島田市

The city of Shimada is located near the very center of Shizuoka Prefecture, and the Makinohara Plateau famous as a tea producing region is in its southwest. “Horai Bridge” spans the Oi River running through the center of the city, and it is the longest wooden pedestrian bridge in the world at 897.4 meters. It is popular as an auspicious bridge, symbolizing long life and freedom from misfortune. There are many charming and historic sightseeing destinations, such as the “Oigawa Railway” operating steam locomotives or “Shimadajuku” and “Kanayajuku” which flourished as post towns on the 53 station of the old Tokaido road, and the area has a warm and welcoming townscape.