Shimizu Port is one of the three most beautiful ports in Japan. It is close to downtown Shizuoka. You can take a ferry to visit the port. Enjoy the view of the port, taste the freshest catch, and admire the spectacular Mount Fuji not far away. In spring, Kawaji Sakura wakes up from the cold of winter and welcomes the arrival of spring with pink petals. Every year Kawajin holds a cherry blossom festival, so this early cherry tree will bring the message of spring to everyone. In the best viewing season, about 800 cherry blossoms on both sides of the Hejin River are in full bloom, decorating the banks of the river extremely beautifully.
Here is the lesser-known Mt. Fuji area. You can have the mountain all to yourself. Our private shore excursion offers the most memorable way to see the Mount. You'll explore Miho No Matsubara Beach in Shimizu to see Mt. Fuji from a fantastic coastal place of sand, sea, and sky.
Our Japan shore adventures are created by Western destination experts who live in Japan combined with local Japanese tour specialists to showcase all the best attractions in Japan and provide a unique understanding of Japan from a Western point of view. This is why our Japan tour packages are the most comprehensive and unparalleled.
Cruise passengers: You may get this excursion for FREE if you book the cruise through us or transferring your existing reservation to us (meaning we are your travel agent who booked the cruise for you with nothing changed). Please contact us to learn how.
Shimizu port has been admired as one of the three beautiful ports in Japan along with Kobe and Nagasaki, for its scenery and mild climate. The view of Mt. Fuji with the ocean and tea plantation is breathtaking, which symbolizes Japanese beauty. Even in winter, there is no snow and oranges of the trees are glittered by warm sunshine.
The itinerary is supposed to be structured by two or three destinations you select in the list below (like as #1+3+5). All sights are in Shimizu and maximum 30min traveling between each.
Major tourist sights, you must visit to. . .
1. Nihondaira hilltop and Yume Terrace observatory
2. Rope-way ride and Kunozan Toshogu Shrine
3. Miho Pine Tree Grove as the Mt. Fuji World Heritage site
4.Mt. Fuji World Heritage site
and if time permits, let's also stop by :
5. Lake Tanuki
6. Fujisan Hongu Sengen Shrine
In-deep locals, fun to experience. . . (on request)
7. Explore downtown; Old district of Shimizu famed for a gamble star "Jirocho" (2 hours)
8. Private tea farm; Learn about Japanese green tea and taste some brands (2 hours)
*Optional: Tea leaves picking (more 1 hour, dependent on season)
9. Local Buddhism temple; Look inside the temple and listen to the priest's story (2 hours, availability on request)
*Optional: Zazen meditation (more 1 hour)
10. Export packing factory and look around the industrial port zone (2 hours, weekdays only)
11. Local fish market and enjoy fresh seafood lunch (2 hours, except for Wed. )
We will show you as much as Shimizu has to offer. Ropeway stations are very crowded when cruise ships arrive at the port. Therefore, we will go to the world heritage site and the Sengen shrine (45 km away from Shimizu port) first, and then return to Shimizu. Next, we'll visit the Nihondaira plateau and ride the ropeway to Kuno Toshogu Shrine. Afterward, if there's still time, we'll visit Miho beach. If not, we'll return straight to the port. Admission tickets are about $45/person.
We will show you the most popular places: Yume terrace, Rope way, Toshogu Shrine, and Miho Pine Grove. Admission tickets are about $28/person.
Located on the JR Tokaido line between Okitsu and Yui stations, Satta Pass is a 300-meter pass along the historical Tokaido Road. During the Edo period, Tokaido Road served as a main artery between Tokyo and Kyoto. The hike to the Satta Pass is exhilarating, but rewarding when you get to see Suruga Bay and the Izu Peninsula. On a clear day, Mount Fuji can be seen majestically.
The beautiful views from Satta Pass have captivated the hearts and eyes of people since the Edo Period. There is still a sense of enchantment when it comes to Mount Fuji and the deep blue waters of Suruga Bay. On the way down from the passes, you'll find small villages in Kurasawa-Terao. There are also traces of the bustling days when travelers crossed the pass-over. Now is the time to leave your mark at Satta Pass. The tour lasts about 4 hours.
Shimizu 9-25 Hinode-cho, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka 424-0922
We highly recommend that you book our shore excursions now if you will be taking a cruise in 2024. 2023 has already seen large crowds, and 2024 will see even more. We expect many tourists will be unable to book their shore excursions in 2024, so please make your plan as soon as possible.
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