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    hi all..i was wondering if any of you have spent any time in shizuoka? i landed a job in shizuoka-city, and I plan to start in about a month. I'm curious to hear what it's like..
    Apparently the ocean is a 20 minute bike ride from downtown.. and the countryside is only about 10 mins. sounds like the perfect location to me.

    the fact that it's easy to escape the city if i ever feel like it seems like a big plus, although when i think of "japan countryside" i think of extra-carefully manicured natural surroundings with cellphone ads hanging from branches. tell me i'm wrong.

    are these areas very touristy? i've been to chiba, tokyo & yokohama.. none of these places really appealed to me, but for some reason i'm convinced that this place will be much better. did any of you feel as though it was a majorly (but obviously not completely) toned-down version of the highly materialistic and hectic major cities? i can't really tell these things just by looking at pictures.