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Shizuoka Town History Tour

by Koji
(18) Reviews
4h $ 244 Price up to 4 people


  • Shizuoka Sengen Shrine (designated as an Important Cultural Asset of the nation)
  • Sumpu Castle Ruins (East Gate and Tatsumi Yagura Arsenal Tower)
  • Momijiyama Japanese garden and the adjacent tea house
  • Nihondaira Mt. Fuji Observatory or Prefectural Office Mt. Fuji Observatory (only when the weather is fine)

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244.40 USD

Price up to 4 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior


The main destinations of this tour are located in the downtown area of Shizuoka City, which is about a 30 to 40-minute drive away from Shimizu Port. I made this small-group taxi tour mainly with clients arriving at Shimizu Port in mind, but I can also accomodate people travelling in the Shizuoka City area.

What to Expect

・Shizuoka Sengen Shrine was revered by each ruler of Japan for many centuries, and its magnificent buildings and elaborate carvings are well worth seeing.The guide will explain how this shrine has been closely connected with the lives of local residents.
・After strolling through the Momijiyama Japanese garden, you can take a rest and enjoy a cup of local green tea at the adjacent tea house, where there are chairs.
・The large-scale stone foundation and the moats at the Sumpu Castle Ruins are the wonderful sights to see. And the inside of the Tatsumi Yagura Arsenal Tower is now a museum where you can learn about the bygone Sumpu Castle Main Tower and the history of the region.
・If you still have time, you might have a chance to walk down the old Sengen-Dori Street and taste famous local dishes like Shizuoka oden. (Please note some of the shops on this street are closed on Mondays.)
・If the weather is fine, we might view Mt. Fuji from an observatory, either the Nihondaira Observatory or Prefecural Office Observatory. (Please note P.O.O. is closed on the third Saturday and the third Sunday every month.)

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  • Shizuoka Sengen Shrine (designated as an Important Cultural Asset of the nation)
  • Sumpu Castle Ruins (East Gate and Tatsumi Yagura Arsenal Tower)
  • Momijiyama Japanese garden and the adjacent tea house
  • Nihondaira Mt. Fuji Observatory or Prefectural Office Mt. Fuji Observatory (only when the weather is fine)


1. This tour has a 4-guest capacity. But, if you are a group of 5 or 6 and are interested in this itinerary, please contact me anyway and I will see if it's possible.
2. Sumpu Castle Park (Sumpu Castle Ruins) contains several attractions in its huge compound, including a Japanese garden, two arsenal towers (museums), a statue of Tokugawa Ieyasu and the excavation site (as of July, 2018) of the original castle tower, among others. But, because of the long walking distance between each attraction, seeing all of them might tire you out. So you can freely skip some of them, and I will help you decide where to go.
3. Please refrain from resorting to the "direct booking." I hope you'll book after we reach an agreement over the itinerary and the total price (including the taxi fare) through the exchange of text messages. read more

What‘s included
Guide fee, tour guide's transportation fees
What‘s not included
1. Taxi fare (we mainly use taxis for transportation. I'll contact you via text message with an approximate price).
2. Admission fees (if applied).
3. Food or drink you might buy along the way.
Meeting Point
Shimizu Port (or JR Shizuoka Station or your hotel in Shizuoka City)
Ending Point
Shimizu Port (or JR Shizuoka Station or your hotel in Shizuoka City)
4 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 4 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Tell me about the wheelchair accessibility on this tour.

Among the destinations of this tour, Shizuoka Sengen Shrine is very wheelchair-friendly. About 90 percent of the shrine's compound can be reached by wheelchair. Momijiyama Japanese garden is also very accessible to wheelchair users.

In this itinerary, are there any facilities which require admission fees?

The following facilities require admission fees (but of course, you don't have to visit all of them):
Shizuoka City Cultural Properties Museum: 200 yen per person
Tatsumi Yagura Arsenal Tower: 200 yen per person
Hitsujisaru Yagura Arsenal Tower: 100 yen per person
Momijiyama Japanese garden: 150 yen per person
Please note that the above facilities are usually closed on Mondays.

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 18 )
Barbara Barbara United States ( Couple )
3 months ago

“ Tour from Shimizu port ”

A wonderful day with an excellent guide and driver, despite rain. Koji greeted us with a supply of towels, handled our bulky umbrellas, stopped to purchase a poncho for my husband before we headed out. My husband was not able to negotiate stairs, but stayed with our driver while Koji and I explored Kunozan Toshogu Shrine (in more rain). Informative explanations with additional stops at a tea field and Miho Pine Grove made this day.


Dear Barbara, Thank you very much for taking my tour and writing the generous comment about it! Well, It was a rainy day, and we managed to see the traditional ceremony at the shrine and the legendary sword in the museum, but Mt. Fuji was always thickly covered with clouds. Nevertheless, I spent an enjoyable time with you and your husband, and I hope you could enjoy some aspects of the tour, too. I thanked the taxi driver for helping us a lot during the tour and will thank him again the next time I meet him. Please be well, and if possible, please visit Japan again some day in the future.

Teresa Teresa United States ( Friends )
3 months ago

“ Private Tour from Cruise Ship in Shimizu ”

From the outset (e-mails prior to booking the tour), I could tell Koji was an exceptional guide. We wanted an ambitious version of his Tour #2 and he was more than accommodating. He did not promise us the moon as a lot depended on traffic. He said he would be at the port a half hour early, and if we could manage to debark early, we could probably get every single thing in! We did get off early...and he and our taxi driver couldn't have been more wonderful. Knowledgable and entertaining, our day flew by. He managed to include all kinds of little extras...seemed like he knew everyone everywhere. We are a very experienced traveling threesome...we have booked private tours everywhere in the world as we have found they are the most efficient use of limited time. Koji really is EX... read more


Dear Teresa, Thank you very much for writing the exceptionally good review! I know it is more than I deserve, but still these words encourage me a lot. I am also grateful that you paid attention to, and evaluated highly, my work at the e-mail-exchange stage prior to the tour. Looking back at the actual tour in mid-April, it was regrettable that I couldn't take you to Lake Tanuki due to the poor visibility of Mt. Fuji, but I hope you three eventually enjoyed the six-hour tour on the whole. You and Maila-san were extremely energetic and curious, and Richard was unassuming and very gentle. The taxi driver and I also had a fun time with you three. Please take care, and contact us anytime if there is anything we can do for you.

Dale Dale United States ( Friends )
4 months ago

“ Mt. Fuji day tour from cruise ship ”

Koji was excellent. Especially his ability to control the weather, which allowed us fantastic views of Mt. Fuji! He is very knowledgeable and knows all the little 'secret places' to take us. We highly recommend booking Koji.


Dear Dale, Many thanks for your comment and high rating! Of course, I am always praying to the Shinto deities for good weather. Sometimes it works, but not every day... Anyway, we (the taxi driver and I) will never forget the kindness we received from all of you during the trip. And also thank you for telling us a lot about your region, Ohio. Hope you will revisit Japan some day!

Jim Jim United States ( Family )
4 months ago

“ Great Day with Koji and Mt Fuji ”

Had a great day with Koji in Shimizu. Booked for party of 5 well in advance and Koji was clear and concise on particulars of tour and pricing. Communicated well during planning. Pick up was seamless and trip was great, saw clear view of Mt Fuji, new observatory, Shrine, tea fields, pine grove and ate great Strawberries. Back to cruise ship in plenty of time. Koji is well versed in all aspects of the local scene and landmarks and has very good English language skill. Highest 5 star rating. Thanks Koji!


Dear Jim, Thank you very much for evaluating my tour highly. I am greatly honored. Encouraged by your words, I have already decided to study more in order to become a better guide. And also thank you for teaching me a lot of things during the tour. I also had a great day with you five, and please convey my best regards to everybody.

Donald Donald United States ( Couple )
4 months ago

“ Shimizu Tour 1 ”

Very knowledgeable and polite.


Dear Donald, Many thanks for joining my tour yesterday and writing the good review. We (the taxi driver and I) had an enjoyable time with you six, mainly because you were all very gentle and nice people. Please send my best wishes to the other participants. Thank you very much.

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