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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.

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)

Information

City Shizuoka
Meeting Point JR Kakegawa Station
Ending Point JR Kakegawa Station
Departure 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Duration 4h   Flexible
Languages English (License)
Tour Type Private Tour ( only for you )
Number of people 1 ~ 8
Booking
4h
When?

People

189.00 USD

total price for up to 8 people

FREE cancelation 14 days prior

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.


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

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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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It depends on the location of your hotel and places you visit. But to give you an idea, it costs about 200-300yen for one place to the other, and the total is about 1,000yen for a full day tour.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Yes you can, but you have to pay an extra charge per person. The price depends on which guide you choose.
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Reviews

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Joel
2 months ago , ( Friends ) , From: United States

“ 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

Koji:
Dear Joel, Many thanks for writing the good review! I am relieved you seem to have arrived home safely. Although it was only regrettable that Rechard and Laurie couldn't see Kunozan Toshogu to the fullest, I hope that they enjoyed the four-hour tour as a whole, regardless. Please send my best wishes to everybody (including your wonderful wife Jamie), and contact me anytime if you like. Thank you very much.

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Alexandra
2 months ago , ( Couple ) , From: Norway

“ 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 drove to the waterfalls, it is beautiful. Koji was informing underway in the car 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.

Koji:
Dear Alexandra. Thank you very much for writing the good review! I'm glad you seem to have finished your cruise ship travel safely. I also had an enjoyable time with you four. Please send my respects to Jarle, Michael and Kristina. And contact me anytime if there is anything. I look forward to seeing you again someday.

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Paul
2 months ago , ( Family ) , From: United States

“ 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...

Koji:
Dear Paul-san. Many thanks for your good review! I also enjoyed the time with you and liked the Hawaiian atmosphere you had. Please send my best regards to everybody, and contact me anytime if you visit Japan again. Thank you very much.

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Elaine
2 months ago , ( Friends ) , From: Australia

“ 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.

Koji:
Dear Elaine. Thank you for writing the good review. Your warm comment about me is more than I deserve, and I am very glad you seem to have enjoyed the tour in Shimizu. Looking back..., the sight of you facing and overcoming the one hundred stone steps in Kunozan Toshogu was impressive, and I do hope even that experience have already been turned into a good memory of Japan in you. And to know that she was actually 90 was a big surprise to me. I thought she was a wonderful person, being good-natured and very understanding (as with the rest of you). Thank you very much anyway, and I hope someday you will visit Japan again!

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Jerry
3 months ago , ( Couple ) , From: United States

“ 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 and drove up in his personal auto. 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.

Koji:
Dear Jerry. Thank you very much for your kind words, and I also thank you for teaching me the proper way to drink Scotch whisky. I am glad to know that you seemed to enjoy the tour in Shimizu. I had a fun time with you, too, and learned a lot from you. Well, although I am not sure I am "that" good as a tour guide, I am studying every day to improve my guiding skills as well as English skills. So I hope you and Janice will revisit Shimizu someday to confirm my progress(!) and to learn more about the region. May you both be happy and blessed with good health!

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