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Koji

Licensed Guide
  (21) Reviews
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$ 54 Hourly rate Price up to 4 people
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Cities where I can guide: Shizuoka , Other Shizuoka Locations , Shimizu

Languages English ( License ), Japanese ( Fluent )

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(21) Reviews
Hourly rate 54 USD Price up to 4 people
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About

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.

Private Tours

Private Tour from Shimizu Port #1

(21) Reviews
by Koji
This is a small-group taxi tour for cruise ship passengers anchored in Shimizu Port. Although several bus tours might be offered for them on the ship, some...
4h $ 244 up to 4 people

Private Tour from Shimizu Port #2

(21) Reviews
by Koji
This is a small-group taxi tour for cruise ship passengers anchored in Shimizu Port. Although several bus tours might be offered to them on the ship, some ...
5:30h $ 281 up to 4 people

Shizuoka Town History Tour

(21) Reviews
by Koji
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...
4h $ 244 up to 4 people

Kakegawa Historical Walking Tour

(21) Reviews
by Koji
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, ...
4h $ 197 up to 8 people

Ukiyo-e Tour in the Old Town of Yui

(21) Reviews
by Koji
Yui is a small fishing town in Shizuoka City, and it is not so far from Shimizu Port by taxi. On this tour, we will mainly follow the footsteps of Hiroshig...
4h $ 244 up to 4 people

Give-it-a-try Tour beside Mt. Fuji #2

(21) Reviews
by Koji
Set in the Asagiri Highlands at the western foot of Mt. Fuji, this small-group taxi tour is a rather unorthodox one. The theme of this tour is "Challenge a...
6h $ 253 up to 8 people

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Is the price per person or per group?

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.

Can I add more people to my booking?

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.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

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.

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 in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date, there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 21 )
Susan and Phillip Susan United States
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Shiraito Falls, sake brewery, Mt Fuji World Heritage Center ”

We had a wonderful tour. Koji was an excellent tour guide, and we had a most enjoyable day. Unfortunately, it was cloudy, so we did not see Mt Fuji. Nevertheless both Koji and his driver made sure that we had an enjoyable time, making sure that we saw all we wanted to see. Thank you for a lovely day.

Koji:

Dear Susan, I am glad you seem to have arrived back at home safely. Many thanks for your kind review! I am relieved you could find some sort of pleasure in the tour despite the weather. The driver and I also enjoyed the time with you two. Please take care, and send our regards to Phil. Thank you very much.

Marylin Marylin United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Half day tour from Shimizu port ”

Koji kept in constant touch with me once we agreed to hire him. The issue, of course, was the best time to see Mt Fuji. As it happened we had a most glorious day. We were a group of 5 with varying physical limitations. Koji adapted to and kept watch over us and was so very knowledgeable about what we were viewing I feel so very fortunate to have selected Koji as our guide. 5 stars +++

Koji:

Dear Marylin, Many thanks for taking my tour yesterday and writing the generous and wonderful review! It was a great pleasure for me to guide you five through the Shimizu area. Well, I am sorry some of you, especially your husband, couldn’t see all of Kunozan Toshogu Shrine (mainly because of its daunting stone steps), but I wish they could find enjoyment, in some form or another, in the tour. Thank you very much, and please take care for the rest of your trip.

Irene Irene United States ( Couple )
Excellent
4 weeks ago

“ Exceptional guide ”

Koji adjusted our tour during the cruise stop in Shimizu to take into account my disability. He was very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful; we couldn't find a better guide. Everything was very well planned.

Koji:

Dear Sir, Many thanks for writing the warm comment. It was an honor for me to guide you two. You might have thought that it was unfortunate Mt. Fuji was too shy to appear during the tour, but I hope you will think about it in a positive way: for example, now you have one reason to revisit Japan in the future! Please be well, and send my best regards to your wonderful wife Irene.

Barbara Barbara United States ( Couple )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Tour from Shimizu port ”

A wonderful day with an excellent guide and driver, despite rain. Koji greeted us with a supply of towels, handled our bulky umbrellas, stopped to purchase a poncho for my husband before we headed out. My husband was not able to negotiate stairs, but stayed with our driver while Koji and I explored Kunozan Toshogu Shrine (in more rain). Informative explanations with additional stops at a tea field and Miho Pine Grove made this day.

Koji:

Dear Barbara, Thank you very much for taking my tour and writing the generous comment about it! Well, It was a rainy day, and we managed to see the traditional ceremony at the shrine and the legendary sword in the museum, but Mt. Fuji was always thickly covered with clouds. Nevertheless, I spent an enjoyable time with you and your husband, and I hope you could enjoy some aspects of the tour, too. I thanked the taxi driver for helping us a lot during the tour and will thank him again the next time I meet him. Please be well, and if possible, please visit Japan again some day in the future.

Teresa Teresa United States ( Friends )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Private Tour from Cruise Ship in Shimizu ”

From the outset (e-mails prior to booking the tour), I could tell Koji was an exceptional guide. We wanted an ambitious version of his Tour #2 and he was more than accommodating. He did not promise us the moon as a lot depended on traffic. He said he would be at the port a half hour early, and if we could manage to debark early, we could probably get every single thing in! We did get off early...and he and our taxi driver couldn't have been more wonderful. Knowledgable and entertaining, our day flew by. He managed to include all kinds of little extras...seemed like he knew everyone everywhere. We are a very experienced traveling threesome...we have booked private tours everywhere in the world as we have found they are the most efficient use of limited time. Koji really is EX... read more

Koji:

Dear Teresa, Thank you very much for writing the exceptionally good review! I know it is more than I deserve, but still these words encourage me a lot. I am also grateful that you paid attention to, and evaluated highly, my work at the e-mail-exchange stage prior to the tour. Looking back at the actual tour in mid-April, it was regrettable that I couldn't take you to Lake Tanuki due to the poor visibility of Mt. Fuji, but I hope you three eventually enjoyed the six-hour tour on the whole. You and Maila-san were extremely energetic and curious, and Richard was unassuming and very gentle. The taxi driver and I also had a fun time with you three. Please take care, and contact us anytime if there is anything we can do for you.

Blog

Places to visit near Shimizu Port

by Koji
Here I would like to introduce some of the interesting spots that are very close to Shimizu Port. All the places I have listed below are loc...

Religion and Kunozan Toshogu

by Koji
A National Treasure shrine, Kunozan Toshogu is located at the top of Mt. Kuno, which is not so far from Shimizu Port, Shizuoka Prefecture. I...

Tours from Shimizu Port

by Koji
Currently I have two small-group tours starting from Shimizu Port, referred to as Private Tour from Shimizu Port #1 and #2, on the Tripl...