Only a 40-minute ride with the Shinkansen south of Tokyo, Japan can be discovered from its original side. There, in Shizuoka Prefecture, can be found famous Mt. Fuji and the largest green tea cultivation area in Japan. The prefecture enchants with an early cherry blossom already at the beginning of February and offers active travellers a great variety of possibilities: For example, you can explore the magnificent mountain landscape in an old steam locomotive, wander the old Tokaido trade route, stay with green tea farmers and get to know their everyday life, attend fish auctions, and much more. Yvonne Proske reveals what to discover on your next trip.