The Oi River and vicinity

About Oigawa

The Oi River flows from the South Alps standing over 3,000 meters high into Suruga Bay. Clear water accumulates in abundance upstream in one of the main rainy regions in Japan. It has been an important water source since ancient times that underpins the lives and agriculture of the people.

A landscape of beautiful tea plantations extends in the river basin where tea cultivation prospers. There are many activities that excite all five senses, including the very romantic Oigawa Railway Steam Locomotives (SL) that run along the Oi River, paragliding that lets you view the magnificent nature below, and hot springs with water flowing directly from the hot spring source. Use the airport, shinkansen bullet train, and expressways for easy access from the Tokyo metropolitan area and Kansai area. Why not get away from the daily hustle and bustle, and refresh both your body and spirit?

Getting to areas in the Oi River vicinity

Approx.30min.from Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport to JR Shimada Station by bus It takes approx. 20 min. by bus from the airport to Shin-Kanaya Station operated by Oigawa Railway, which serves as the base for travel in the Oi River basin. The area can also be conveniently reached from Tokyo and Osaka using the shinkansen bullet train and expressways. We recommend visiting in combination with Mt. Fuji and its surrounding area.

Getting to Shimada Station / Kanaya Station

  • Approx. 1 hr. 40 min. from Tokyo Station by shinkansen bullet train
  • Approx. 2 hr. 40 min. from Osaka Station by shinkansen bullet train
  • Approx. 30 min. from Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport by car
  • Approx. 30 min. from Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport by car
  • Approx. 1 hr. 15 min. from Mikkabi IC by car

Traveling around areas in the Oi River vicinity

The JR Tokaido Main Line runs east-west, with Shimada Station on the east side and Kanaya Station on the west side of the Oi River. Kanaya Station is also the terminal for the Oigawa Railway that goes north along the Oi River. Enjoy a railway journey that travels upstream deep into the South Alps from downstream where there is an expanse of plain and plateau.
We also recommend driving by car to historical and cultural places of interest that remain on the Old Tokaido Road, and picturesque spots that afford a view of tea plantations and Mt. Fuji. Cycling is also a great way to travel that allows you to experience the allure of the Oi River basin first-hand.