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Kakegawa Historical Walking Tour

by Koji
(8) Reviews
4h $ 187 up to 8 people

Highlights

  • Meet at the north side of JR Kakegawa Station
  • Explore the castle tower of Kakegawa Castle
  • Tour the Ninomaru Palace on the castle grounds
  • Taste green tea at a Japanese-style tea house
  • Time permitting: Ninomaru Museum of Art, the old merchant's house, and souvenir shops (armour-wearing experience)
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186.90 USD

total price for up to 8 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Overview

Kakegawa is a middle-size city famous for its castle and its green tea production. As the city is located at almost the mid-point between Tokyo and Osaka, I hope that, during your Japan tour, you will get off a bullet train (shinkansen) here at Kakegawa Station and enjoy a short walking tour featuring the attractiveness of this region.

What to Expect

・The highlight of this tour is Kakegawa Castle, which was originally built about 500 years ago and flourished in the Edo Period. Although the castle tower was destoryed in the earthquake of 1854, it was rebuilt in 1994, using the original blueprints from 1644. The guide explains the history of the castle.
・The present structure of the Ninomaru Palace was built in the late Edo Period. Taking off our shoes, we can tour the inside, and the guide explains how each room was used.
・You can also taste the local Kakegawa green tea served in the authentic, traditional-style tea house.

Highlights

  • Meet at the north side of JR Kakegawa Station
  • Explore the castle tower of Kakegawa Castle
  • Tour the Ninomaru Palace on the castle grounds
  • Taste green tea at a Japanese-style tea house
  • Time permitting: Ninomaru Museum of Art, the old merchant's house, and souvenir shops (armour-wearing experience)

Important

・To go to the top of the castle tower, you need to climb a lot of stairs. Some stairs are steep and may be a little demanding for some people. So please tell me beforehand if that's going to be a problem.
・If you are not very much familiar with the transportation system of Japan, it may not be very easy to get to JR Kakegawa Station. I think we will have an opportunity to exchange text messages prior to the tour. So I hope I will be able to help you get there and answer any of your travel questions via text.

City Shizuoka

Meeting Point JR Kakegawa Station

Ending Point JR Kakegawa Station

Duration 4 hours

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people up to 8 people

What‘s included
  • guide fee


What‘s not included
  • Entrance fee for Kakegawa Castle (combined ticket for the castle tower and the palace) : 410 yen per person
  • Entrance fee for the Japanese-style tea house (including the charge for a cup of local green tea) : 510 yen per person

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get to JR Kakegawa Station, the meeting point of the tour?

You can get there by the Tokaido Shinkansen or the regular JR lines. If you use the shinkansen, please take the Kodama train because only Kodama stops at Kakegawa Station. The Nozomi and Hikari don't.

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.

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

Contact Koji
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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
7 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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