Ukiyo-e Tour in the Old Town of Yui

Day Trip

Koji I.

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

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 Hiroshige, a renowned ukiyo-e artist from the early 19th century, through the old, narrow streets of Yui.


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Meeting Point

JR Shizuoka Station or Shimizu Port (your choice)

The Tokaido Hiroshige Art Museum

The Janases-style tea house Miyuki-tei

Old streets of Kurasawa area

Satta Pass (view of the Pacific Ocean and Mt. Fuji on a clear day)

Time premitting: Seikenji Buddhist Temple, Shousetsu Dyer (an old dye shop), shops dealing with local foods and handicrafts.

Ending Point

JR Shizuoka Station or Shimizu Port (your choice)

What to Expect

・The Tokaido Hiroshige Art Museum exhibits a number of ukiyo-e artworks of Hiroshige, and is where you can not only appreciate these works, but also learn about how ukiyo-e is made.

・Miyuki-tei is a charming Japanese-style tea house, where you can enjoy a cup of local green tea while gazing at two beautiful Japanese gardens.

・Strolling through the old streets of Kurasawa area is in itself a highlight of the tour, as the atmosphere of the historical Tokaido Road is relatively well preserved there, although some of the old houses have been replaced with new modern-style ones in recent years.

・On a clear day from Satta Pass, you can see a magnificent view of Mt. Fuji with the Pacific Ocean in the foreground, which is the exact view depicted in Hiroshige's famous work called "The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido." Even when the weather is bad and Mt. Fuji can't been seen, it is worth visiting this place, because at least you are still able to enjoy viewing the wide expanse of the Pacific Ocean, with some main transportation arteries of Japan running below you.

・If we still have time, we might be able to visit Seikenji Buddhist Temple, which is famous for its 500 rakans (small Buddhist statues) in the garden. Or we also might have a chance to eat sakura shrimp, a famous local specialty, or buy some products that use it.

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

The Tokaido Hiroshige Art Museum: 510 yen per person (closed on Mondays),

The Miyuki-tei tea house: 150 yen person (closed on Mondays).

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

Important Information

1. Some of the facilities, shops, or attractions included in this tour are closed on Mondays. So please let me know beforehand if the date of your visit falls on a Monday.

2. This tour has a 4-guest maximum 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.

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

Do I need to take off my shoes at some of the facilities?

If you visit the Miyuki-tei tea house, you are kindly requested to take off your shoes before you go inside.

Tell me about the wheelchair accessibility on this tour.

Tokaido Hiroshige Art Museum is very wheelchair-friendly, but Miyuki-tei tea house has some steps at the entrance. Both of the facilities don't charge handicapped persons (and their accompanying persons) if they show proof of disability.



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.


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.


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.


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.

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