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.
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!
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.
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.
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 spaceship model by HASEGAWA HOBBY KITS
TAMIYA is the oldest of them all and are famous in Europe and anywhere else for their car models
If you like ships and castles in particular, you must have a good look at the models of WOODY JOE
AOSHIMA Co is remarkable for its varied sope
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.
This Museum is certainly not for kids but for adults who need all their money to indulge in their hobbies!
|Name||Shizuoka Hobby Square|
|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)|