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.
We had a long list of things we wanted to do, and Hiroyo arranged the tour in a perfect order. We had good time to see everything and didn't have to stress when eating lunch. We even got time for an unplanned detour, because it was a beautiful site close by! In the bus (when it could have been boring) she taught us songs and origami to pass time. In all a perfect planned day!
Thank you very much for your warm message! I’m so happy to know that you and you family enjoyed the tour. It was really a great opportunity for me to spend such a beautiful day with your beautiful family. I hope you’ll have another chance to visit Japan! Best wishes, Hiroyo
We really enjoyed our time touring around Fujinomiya with Hiroyo. She is very professional, knowledgeable, and speaks English quite well. She took us to some very nice places that probably would not have been possible if I did not have her as our guide, particularly the tea farm and sake brewery. She shared some very nice stories with us as we learned historic cultural meanings and about Japanese life and traditions. My wife and I highly recommend Hiroyo for tours around Shizuoka.
Dear Geoffrey & Judy, Thank you very much for your warm message. I also enjoyed to be with you on the day! The happy time has been always all too short. I hope you'll have another opportunity to visit Japan. I'll always welcome you here, hopefully with Mt. Fuji! Thank you so much!! Best wishes, Hiroyo
Hiroyo is very friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive guide. She not only took us to beautiful tea farm and wholesaler, she showed us many things around Shizuoka, teach us many new tea facts, translated our discussion with the people we meet, and always on her toes to notify everyone what is going on next. Even took us for ice-cream even though it was not on the itinerary. Very sweet lady and highly recommend her guiding service.
Dear Bena, Thank you for your kind message! I'm really happy to hear from you!! It was a great day for me to welcome you and your family here in the begining of the new year. As you know, Shizuoka is the No.1 tea producer in Japan and there are more interesting places and also more other places to enjoy. I hope you'll have another opportunity to visit Shizuoka. I'll always welcome you. Thank you so much!! Best wishes, Hiroyo
Hiroyo is a very friendly and well-informed guide. We are very pleased and enjoyed our trip with her. She told us a little bit of Japan History, and teach us a LOT of Japanese tea and production processing. She taught us 2 Japanese songs and translated them so we could sing together. At the end of our trip, she brought us to try Japanese "cha-ffle", a light and very refreshing snacks. Very recommended guide 👍👍👍
Thank you very much for your warm message! I'm really happy to hear from you. It was a good opportunity for me to spend the day with you! I hope you can enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan and also you'll have another chance to visit here. Shizuoka has more to visit and enjoy. I'm always happy to welcome you!! Thank you!! Hiroyo
Her knowledge & enthusiasm is beyond words! She sing song to us, in both “languages- English & Japanese”. And end of the tour, she even gave us souvenir. What more can u ask for! Totally impressed.
Thank you very much for your kind and warm message! The time has been all too short, but I'm happy to know that you enjoyed today. I hope that you can enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan! Thank you so much!! Hiroyo