Shizuoka Town History Tour

Day Trip

Koji I.

4.95(21) reviews
Shimizu
English
4 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 4 people

The main destinations of this tour are located in the downtown area of Shizuoka City, which is about a 30 to 40-minute drive from Shimizu Port. I made this small-group taxi tour mainly with clients arriving at Shimizu Port in mind, but I can also accomodate people travelling in the Shizuoka City area.

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

Shimizu Port (or JR Shizuoka Station or your hotel in Shizuoka City)

Shizuoka Sengen Shrine (designated as an "Important Cultural Asset" of the nation)

Sumpu Castle Ruins (East Gate and Tatsumi Yagura arsenal tower)

Momijiyama Japanese garden and the adjacent tea house

The Nihondaira Mt. Fuji Observatory or the Prefectural Office Mt. Fuji Observatory (only when the weather is fine)

Ending Point

Shimizu Port (or JR Shizuoka Station or your hotel in Shizuoka City)

What to Expect

・Shizuoka Sengen Shrine was revered by each ruler of Japan for many centuries, and its magnificent buildings and elaborate carvings are well worth seeing.The guide will explain how this shrine has been closely connected with the lives of local residents.

・After strolling through the Momijiyama Japanese garden, you can take a rest and enjoy a cup of local green tea at the adjacent tea house, where there are chairs.

・The large-scale stone foundation and the moats at former Sumpu Castle are the wonderful sights to see. And the inside of the Tatsumi Yagura arsenal tower is now a museum where you can learn about the bygone Sumpu Castle Main Tower and the history of the region.

・If you still have time, you might have a chance to walk down the old Sengen-dori Street and taste famous local dishes like Shizuoka oden (please note some of the shops on this street are closed on Mondays).

・If the weather is fine, we might view Mt. Fuji from an observatory, either the Nihondaira Observatory or Prefecural Office Observatory (please note the Prefectural Office Observatory is closed on the third Saturday and the third Sunday every month, as of 2018).

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee, tour guide's transportation fees.

What‘s not included

1. Taxi fare (we mainly use taxis for transportation. I'll contact you via text message with an approximate price).

2. Admission fees (if applied).

3. Food or drink you might buy along the way.

Important Information

1. This tour has a 4-guest capacity. But, if you are a group of 5 or 6 and are interested in this itinerary, please contact me anyway and I will see if it's possible.

2. Sumpu Castle Park (Sumpu Castle Ruins) contains several attractions in its huge compound, including a Japanese garden, two arsenal towers (museums), a statue of Tokugawa Ieyasu and the excavation site (as of July, 2018) of the original castle tower, among others. But, because of the long walking distance between each attraction, seeing all of them might tire you out. So you can freely skip some of them, and I will help you decide where to go.

3. Please refrain from resorting to the "direct booking." I hope you'll book after we reach an agreement over the itinerary and the total price (including the taxi fare) through the exchange of text messages.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Frequently Asked Questions

Tell me about the wheelchair accessibility on this tour.

Among the destinations of this tour, Shizuoka Sengen Shrine is very wheelchair-friendly. About 80 percent of the shrine's compound can be reached by wheelchair. Momijiyama Japanese garden is also very accessible to wheelchair users.

In this itinerary, are there any facilities which require admission fees?

The following facilities require admission fees (but of course, you don't have to visit all of them):

Shizuoka City Cultural Properties Museum: 200 yen per person

Tatsumi Yagura Arsenal Tower: 200 yen per person

Hitsujisaru Yagura Arsenal Tower: 100 yen per person

Momijiyama Japanese garden: 150 yen per person

Please note that the above facilities are usually closed on Mondays.

Reviews

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Susan and phillip B.

Nov 1, 2019

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 I.

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.

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Marylin N.

Oct 31, 2019

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 I.

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.

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Irene K.

Oct 18, 2019

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 I.

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.

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Barbara V.

May 2, 2019

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 I.

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.

$229/ per group

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