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Shizuoka Town History Tour

by Koji
(8) Reviews
4h $ 401 up to 4 people

Highlights

  • Shizuoka Sengen Shrine (designated as an
  • 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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400.50 USD

total price for up to 4 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Overview

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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Highlights

  • Shizuoka Sengen Shrine (designated as an
  • 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)

Important

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, 2017) 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 if you want to skip some of them, please inform me beforehand.

City Shizuoka

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)

Duration 4 hours

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people up to 4 people

What‘s included
  • Guide fee
  • taxi fare
  • tour guide's transportation fees


What‘s not included
  • 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.
  • Food or drink you might buy along the way.

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.

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?

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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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

Organized by Koji


National Certified Guide

(8) Reviews

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Response Time 4 hs

Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

Since 2007 I have been an English-speaking tour guide, visiting most of the major sightseeing spots in Japan with international travelers. At the same time I have been working as an translator, mainly dealing with technical documents.
Shizuoka prefecture has a number of spots for sightseeing, but they have not been fully covered in English-language travel books or on the Internet. So, as a local tour guide, through the TripleLights services, I am hoping to introduce some of the attractiveness of this region to the international visitors.


Reviews ( 8 )

Excellent
1 month ago |   by Ada

“ Our visit to Shimizu ”

Koji was a wonderful guide. During all the months that we were planning our day in Shimizu, he was always very responsive and flexible. He did everything in his power to show us all that we wanted to see. Koji was punctual on the day of the tour and was very thoughtful. He brought us water, umbrellas and towels because it was raining. He explained everything to us very well. His English is very understandable. I would recommend Koji to any of my friends who visit Shimizu. Thank you, Koji!

Excellent
1 month ago |   by Oliver

“ A great day in Shimizu ”

Perfect! Koji was extremely friendly, well organized and very knowledgeable! He made our day in Shomizu (Mt. Fuji) unforgettable.

Excellent
7 months ago |   by Joel

“ Great half day tour of Shimizu ”

Koji explained the history and highlights of the shrine and the pine forest with the exceptional view of Mt Fuji. The couple we weee with could not climb to some of the sights so Koji explained the significance which painted a picture of the sight for them

Excellent
7 months ago |   by Alexandra

“ Shore excursion from port Shimizu ”

We were meet at the pier by Koji. Easy to find and on time. We had booked a day tour online. Very easy to get in contact whit Koji and fast reply. We went to the waterfalls, it is beautiful. Koji was informing underway and talked about the sights we visited. Great stop at a sake brewery and the best, a stop at a the farm. It was a great day and we would book Koji again if we have the opportunity.

Excellent
7 months ago |   by Paul

“ Toshugu Shrine, Might Pine Grove, tea farm ”

Koji-san was most professional with full knowledge of the sites we visited. He was very well prepared. Our group of 8 was happy and satisfied. Would recommend his services. Mahalo nut loa...

Excellent
7 months ago |   by Elaine

“ Our great 4 hour tour in Shimizu from the ship. ”

I had booked this 4 hour tour for when our ship docked in Shimizu for the day. Koji was waiting for us when we disembarked. We had a marvellous day visiting Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, Mt Fuji Observatory, a green tea plantation and Miho Pine Grove. One of our group was 90 yrs old and Koji was very considerate of her needs. His English was excellent. At the end of our tour he offered good recommendations for what we could do/ see for the remainder of our time in Shimizu. He was a great guide and we were extremely happy with his tour for the day.

Excellent
8 months ago |   by Jerry

“ Excellent Day in Shimizu ”

If you are visiting Shimizu and want to book a private tour, this is the one for you. Koji is a very professional guide with good knowledge of the local area. He speaks English quite well. He met us at the cruise ship pier. We visited all of the sights on the itinerary, spending the amount of time we wanted. Some very unique experiences---Mt Fugi viewing, pine grove forest/beach, tea tasting fresh from tea field, cable car ride and famous shrine visit, plus cherry blossom viewing. What could be better.

Very Good
1 year ago |   by Alisa

“ A pleasant, flexible tour ”

This is a new tour Koji has produced, focussed especially on cruise ship passengers on shore excursions from Shimizu. Its main advantage is its flexibility, since the fickle weather makes planning rigidly in advance somewhat risky. Within reason, Koji will tweak the tour to fit the weather. Also, he takes you with flexibility to the sites, thus beating the big groups to what are essentially small sites, thus enhancing their charm. Koji himself is very pleasant and personable. Notwithstanding the horrible weather we had, we enjoyed our morning with Koji a lot.

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