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 and Experience," with opportunities for you to actually participate in various activities.
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JR Shin-Fuji Station or your hotel in Fuji City
JR Shin-Fuji Station or your hotel in Fuji City
・You can experience a paraglider flight off a 300-meter-high cliff, with Mt. Fuji visible in the background when the weather is good. This is not a solo flight but a tandem flight with the instructor sitting right behind you. Before flight, the guide translate for you all the instructions so that you can grasp necessary information and precautions.
・Clad in only your birthday suit, you can enjoy soaking in a Japanese-style communal bathtub. Prior to bathing, the guide provides you with the necessary information so that you know just what to do.
・The Asagiri Food Park contains several facilities on the premises, where you can experience various hands-on activities, including butter-making, cookie-making, and tea-blending, among others. There is also a buffet-style restaurant using a lot of local ingredients, and a sake brewery offering a brief factory tour and sake tasting.
・The Jimba Waterfalls is a small but beautiful waterfalls hidden in a remote, rural area. Since this is not a nationally famous spot but rather a pristine, hidden-gem type one, it is not necessarily "kind" to visitors, meaning that, for instance, there is not necessarily a path where you would expect one. So, sometimes you may need to step over some stones to cross a small stream. And if you slip, your shoes might get wet. So, please be forewarned.
・As an option, you can experience animal-related activities, like riding a horse, walking a goat, feeding a rabbit, and milking a cow.
・You can also choose to enjoy rainbow trout fishing in one of the fishing ponds. This region is known as the largest trout farming area in Japan, mainly thanks to the clear spring water provided by Mt. Fuji.
Guide fee, tour guide's transportation fees.
・Taxi fare (we use a chartered taxi for transportation. I'll contact you via text message with an approximate price).
・Price for the tandem paraglider flight: 10,000 yen per person (10,000 yen is about 91 USD as of May 2019).
・Admission to the Japanese-style bathhouse: between 600 and 900 yen per person.
・Asagiri Food Park is admission-free, but some of the activities it offers require fees and prior booking (the prices and details are different for each activity).
・The (optional) animal farm requires an admission fee, and so does the trout fishing pond.
・In the event of rain or strong wind, paraglider flight are not offered. But fortunately, this area provides a relatively large number of alternative options to choose from. So, if you take this tour, I hope you will also consider alternative activities in that case.
・For a paragrider flight, you are kindly advised to wear long-sleeve shirts, pants, and sports shoes.
・If your weight exceeds 100 kilograms (220 pounds), I am sorry but you are not permitted to take the paraglider flight.
・For the Japanese-style bathing, you are kindly advised to bring your own towel and bath towel if possible, because renting or buying these at the facility requires an extra cost.
It is not impossible, but I am afraid it might be a little difficult unless you have plenty of time in Shimizu (at least 9 hours). For one thing, the main area of this tour (the Asagiri Highlands) is simply a little bit too far from the port of Shimizu, and for another, the time management would be not so easy in the case of this tour due to its characteristics. Considering that the first priority for cruise ship passengers is to return to the port well before the ship's departure time, this tour has several risk factors.
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.
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.
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 +++
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.