Kunosan Toshogu shrine is one of the most popular historical sites in Shizuoka city. The first shogun of the Edo feudal government, Ieyasu Tokugawa ...
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Kunozan Toshogu shrine
A View from Nihondaira
Other places in Shizuoka are available to be added to your itinerary
Kunosan Toshogu shrine is one of the most popular historical sites in Shizuoka city. The first shogun of the Edo feudal government, Ieyasu Tokugawa was enshrined here about 400 years ago. I think he is the most famous shogun in Japanese history, because he united the nation for the first time. After he retired from the position of shogun, he spent his last years in Sumpu, the former name of Shizuoka because he loved the place very much. When he died in 1616, according to his living will, he was buried on the top of Mt. Kuno and Toshogu shrine was built the following year to enshrine his deified spirit. The main building was designated as a national treasure in 2010. The beautiful building is worth seeing and its design also exemplifies Ieyasu Tokugawa’s message of peace. I think you will find out why he wanted to be buried there and understand his spirit for pursuing peace.
After visiting Toshogu shrine, you can fully enjoy a panoramic view of the Shimizu port, Miho pine grove and Mt. Fuji, if the weather allows. We can visit Sushi Museum in the Shimizu Dream Plaza(which includes a shopping mall, a movie theater, museums, restaurants etc.). There are some good sushi restaurants around the port and a sushi lunch there is recommended since it boasts Japan’s largest catch of tuna. You will love the fresh seafood there!
☆ As an option, you can visit the fish market near the Shimizu port as well.
☆ If you are interested in other places in Shizuoka, I can add it to your itinerary.
Please don’t hesitate to ask.
■ transportation fee(you and guide)
・ Total Taxi fare from Shizuoka station to Nihondaira and from Nihondaira to around Shimizu port
1 to 3 persons: a regular taxi 8,000 to 9,000 yen
・ JR Tokaido line from Shimizu to Shizuoka 240yen/person
or Chartered taxi for 4 hours： a regular taxi(1 to 3 persons)20,860 yen
a taxi van(4 to 8 persons) 39,820yen
■ ropeway&entarance fee of Toshogu shrine 1,750yen/person
■ Sushi museum 300yen/person
■ lunch(you and guide)
The tour will take 5 hours if a fish market visit is added and the guide fee will be 25,000yen.
Depending on the places to visit, if the tour takes 6 hours, the guide fee will be 29,000yen.
Hiroyo was a great guide. She seemed to know her way around very well and was very patient with my kids. She was able to get us to a Green Tea Farm and a Wasabi Farm which was fascinating to see in person. The Green Tea Farm actually ended up being one of my kid's favorite part. We had a great time. Thank you again!
Thank you very much, Joseph! I’m very happy to hear from you! It was a great fun for me to spend the day with you and your children. They are really cute and it’s amazing to know that they are very much interested in Japanese wasabi and tea production. I hope you and your family will have another chance to visit Japan! Best wishes, Hiroyo
Hiroyo was very knowledgeable of sites and history of the areas we visited as well as other areas we were in which we were interested.
Dear Melanie, Thank you very much for your message! I hope you could enjoy Shizuoka. It was really a wonderful time for me to be with you and your friends. If you have anotehr opportunity, I'm always happy to welcome you!! Best wishes, Hiroyo
Hiroyo is a wonderful guide. She took the effort to familiarise herself with the farm which we suggested to visit by getting in contact with the owner and later preparing factsheets for us so that our cultural immersion is complete. In addition, Hiroyo checked to see that we have driven in mountainous areas before & asked us to consider insurance cover for our rental car in case of accidents. Hiroyo was very well prepared, she taught us a tea harvesting song and some origami + had origami gifts to take away for us. Al in all, we had a great experience with Hiroyo - we highly recommend Hiroyo.
Dear Christine, Thank you very much for your comment! I'm very happy to hear from you!! I just talked with the farm. It was our great pleasure to welcome your wonderful family here. I hope that you can enjoy making Hojicha(roasted tea) by yourself at home as well. If you have another chance to visit here in Shizuoka, I'm always ready to welcome you!! Thank you! Hiroyo
We had a delightful day excursion in the countryside of Shizuoka tea region. Hiroyo is very knowledgeable and taught us a lot about green tea processing. We enjoyed the tea tastings and lunch as well. Overall we had a wonderful time with our guide, Hiroyo.
Dear Melanie, Thank you very much for your warm message! I'm very happy to know that you and your daughter enjoyed the day. It was a wonderful time for me to spend a beautiful day with you! Shizuoka is a beautiful place to stay and has more to enjoy. I hope you have another opportunity to visit Japan! Thank you!! Hiroyo