Hello, I’m Hiroyo. I was born and brought up in Shizuoka. After living in Tokyo and in England, eventually I came back to Shizuoka. It is really a good place to live.
I have been interested in Japanese traditional culture. I used to be in a Kendo(Japanese fencing) club and a Japanese flower arrangement club when I was a student. I got a degree of Sho-dan(first-dan) in Kendo, and a diploma in follower arrangement. I also got a certificate as a Japanese tea instructor. It would be my great pleasure to help you find out more about Japanese culture.
Shizuoka is a lovely place to visit. It has many historical sites, traditional culture, abundant nature and a wide variety of local specialties including green tea, wasabi, many kinds of fruits and sea food fresh from the sea! You will be sure to enjoy them. Hope to see you here in Shizuoka!
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 8 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 9 hours maximum per day.
* People: 9 maximum
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
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.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lovely lady with quite a few tricks up her sleeve to entertain her guests.
Thank you very much for your warm message! The goddess of Mt. Fuji was shy yesterday, but I hope she will appear next time you visit. I hope that you will enjoy the rest of your trip in Japan!! Best wishes, Hiroyo
We had a wonderful experience visiting the tea farm etc. because of Hiroyo. She was very accommodating. She patiently explained to us everything we needed to know, waited for us to take photos and buy souvenirs, and also moved at a slower pace since my mother was on a wheelchair. We will definitely recommend her to our friends.
Hello Velerie! Thank you very much for your review! I'm very happy to hear from you and to know that you and your family enjoy the tour. I hope you have another chance to come to Japan. Shizuoka has more places to see, visit and enjoy. I'll always welcome you! Thank you so much!! Hiroyo
Excellent day!!! Hiro is kind and very smart! Speaks flluent English!!
Thank you very much, Lili! It was a memorable day for me as well, to be with you and your family!! I hope that you could also enjoy the rest of the days in Japan and that you will have another opportunity to visit here! Thank you so much!! Hiroyo
I had a marvelous experience with Hiroyo, and I would recommend her service to anyone looking to learn more about teas offered from the Shizuoka region. It was clear that Hiroyo has done her research thoroughly, and I had the opportunity to visit a well thought out list of tea farms. She was able to translate from English to Japanese and vice versa effectively and efficiently, and I'm very happy about the other tea related activities that she recommended, such as touring the tea museum and having matcha flavored ice cream, which was all very entertaining. Always punctual, professional, and courteous, I would highly recommend Hiroyo!
Hello Betsy, Thank you very much for your review!! I’m very happy to hear from you and to know that you enjoyed the teat tour here in Shizuoka! It is always my great pleasure if I can be any help for guests. I also enjoyed myself to be with you. Shizuoka is the best destination to discover Japanese tea, as it is the No. 1 tea producer in Japan. I’ll always welcome you to have such a tour including off-the-beaten places. Thank you! Hiroyo
Hiroyo was an excellent guide. She was able to organise a private van for our group 8pax and customised our tour to suit our interest. We loved the flexibility and enjoyed the activities very much.
Hello Jasper! Thank you very much for the review for me! I'm very happy to know that you enjoyed the tour. It was a good day for me as well to be a guide of your group. I hope you'll have another visit to Japan! Thank you!! Best wishes, Hiroyo