We recently went on a Windstar cruise in Japan and had a short stop in Shimizo. We pre-booked a half day tour with local expert, Yasuko, to visit Shizuoka. We found Yasuko from a list of available private tour guides from the TripleLights.com website. From the planning stages, she communicated thoroughly with our itinerary and answered any and all questions very promptly. We had only half a day at port and so we wanted to see the Kunozan Toshogu Shrine and Mt. Fuji. She met us at the port and from there, she navigated our way effortlessly to the Nihondaira Ropeway by means of subways and bus. She was amazing with her time scheduling, knowing where and when we should be at any one moment. Yasuko's English is excellent. She explained the history, culture and meaning of the various aspects of the Shrine and Shinto religion. We were fortunate that day because other areas of the shrine were opened to the public due to a bow and arrow competition. In the morning, we had excellent views of Mt. Fuji. After our visit to the Shrine, she escorted us near a tea farm and then to a small rest area where she purchased us a small treat to enjoy as we waited for the bus. Because our time on land was so limited, we could not see any more sights. She escorted us all the way back to our ship with no hiccups. Besides being a true professional and understanding guide, she was very kind and sweet. There is no doubt if we should ever return to Shimizo, we would contact Yasuko again - even just to say hello to our dear friend.
Dear Jamie san, Thank you for writing the review about my tour, I' m really happy to hear that you enjoyed very much on that day. We were really lucky to visit Toshogu shrine on the special day, could through the main gate and see the special decoration. I could manage the tour schedule punctually, but it depended on your ship schedule for helpful with transport timetable. New observation deck will be opening on Nov. 3rd, you will be back in shimizu sometime. Thank you so much.