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Did you know that Shizuoka is the leading manufacturer of “plane models,” Model Miniatures,” scaled down figures and hobby figures in Japan, and as a city in the world? It is a mind-boggling experience for the fans to visit this city and its companies but you can start south of Shizuoka JR Station to prepare yourself for a great adventure.

Japan miniature modelModel plane by Hasegawa Co

Japanese miniature model museum

The SHIZUOKA HOBBY SQUARE is a city-sponsored Museum of the hobby industry in Shizuoka City. It is located in the same building housing the Century Hotel just across the street on the left of Shizuoka JR Station South exit. Just go through the “South Spot” entry and go to the 3rd floor!

Japanese plane pilot Shizuoka plane miniature model museum

Shizuoka City has a long history of civilian engineering and manufacturing. The first-ever civilian Japanese plane took off there in 1923 by Jirou Aoshima/青島次郎.

Japanese model plane miniatureInvaluable relics from the maiden flight plane

Japan train model miniature Shizuoka hobby museumThe museum is comparatively small but packed to the brim with top-quality samples

It also includes a shop, a workshop where you can try your hand for free and an event room (for a fee). Entrance is free, so even if you are only mildly interested visit the place on a rainy day and you will learn a lot ranging from history to science fiction.

Japanese hobby museum Shizuoka HobbyThey even have a full-size authentic vintage Harley-Davidson

Note that that I have hyperlinked to the different companies’ homepages. Even if you don’t read Japanese, the pictures will be enough to captivate you all night long.

Star Trek Japanese miniature hobby modelStar Trek spaceship model by HASEGAWA HOBBY KITS

Japanese hobby miniature model planeThe Hasegawa hobby Kits display window

Japanese miniature model plane train automobileTAMIYA is the oldest of them all and are famous in Europe and anywhere else for their car models

Japanese Yamator miniature hobby model warship shipBut they also have an incredible collection of war history models be it Navy, Air Force or Army

Japanese miniature hobby model cars bicycles  EBBRO MINIATURE MODELS specializes in car and bike models of all kinds

Japan arts model car automobileAnd in jumbo-sized models

Japan arts hobbies miniature model temples shipsIf you like ships and castles in particular, you must have a good look at the models of WOODY JOE

Japan arts hobbies miniature model temples shipsFor a closer look

Japan arts crafts hobbies models Edo military miniaturesA rare scene of Japanese artillery in Edo Era

Japan arts hobbies miniatures model ship planeThey have also started WWII ships and planes

Japan arts hobbies miniatures model planes motorcycles automobiles AOSHIMA  Co is remarkable for its varied sope

Japan arts hobbies miniatures model science dinosaurs animals insects birdsThey are famous for detailed science models representing not only the outside but also the inside view of animals, humans, machines and vehicles

Japan arts hobbies miniatures model figures anime

BANDAI Co is a newcomer to Shizuoka . Their offices are in Nagoya but the whole factory has been moved to Shizuoka a few years ago thus earning the city the title of being the world’s miniature models capital.

Japan arts hobbies miniatures model GundamThese Japanese comics characters are known all over the World

And they boast an incredible range

This Museum is certainly not for kids but for adults who need all their money to indulge in their hobbies!

Name Shizuoka Hobby Square
Category Hobby shop
Address 18-1 Minamicho, Suruga-ku | Southpot Shizuoka 3F, Shizuoka 422-8067, Shizuoka Prefecture
Access [map]18-1 Minamicho, Suruga-ku | Southpot Shizuoka 3F, Shizuoka 422-8067, Shizuoka Prefecture[/map]
Opening Hours 11:00-18:00, 10:00-18:00 (Saturdays & Sundays & National Holidays);Closed on Mondays
Price Range free except for special events (Separate room)
Payment options
Robert-Gilles Martineau

Robert-Gilles Martineau

Robert-Gilles Martineau, a 40-year French resident in Shizuoka and japan has been blogging and writing about his love for Japanese gastronomy and tourism in three languages since 1998. His motto: "There is always a new place to visit and a new food to taste out there!"

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