After living in Tokyo and in England, I eventually came back to Shizuoka and I have been living here with my family for many years. As a mother of two children, I think Shizuoka is a comfortable place to live. It is located just one hour from Tokyo by Shinkansen (bullet train).
I'm always glad to guide my guests around not only popular tourist destinations but also off-the-beaten-path. Shizuoka is the No. 1 tea producer in Japan. Green tea has gained more and more popularity in the world. If you are tea lovers, visiting here including tea farm fields, a factory and tasting a variety of tea will be an exclusive opportunity. Since I got a certificate as a Japanese tea instructor, it would be my great pleasure if it can be a help you to learn more about tea.
The most popular tourist destination here in Shizuoka is obviously Mt. Fuji. There are many points to see its magnificent view but also many places to enjoy around it.
The mountain has been an object of worship and a source of artworks since ancient times and has given to us its blessings. Its pure underground water helps to make good sake and wasabi. I'd like to introduce Mt. Fuji from a different angle as well.
Have you ever heard of the Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa? I think he is the most famous shogun in Japanese history because he united the nation for the first time about 400 years ago. After he retired from the position of the shogun, he decided to spend his last years here in Shizuoka. You can find out the reason if you visit here, but I can list at least three points. First, a great view of Mt. Fuji. Secondly, abundant delicious food, such as seafood fresh from the sea and various kinds of fruits and vegetables. Shizuoka is often called the "Kingdom of Food". Lastly, the mild climate. I think it affects the nature of local people. We are often described to be calm, easy-going and warm-hearted. As one of the happy Shizuokans, I will always welcome you here!
Hoping to see you!!
A Recent Review of this guide
Wonderful day tour with Hiroyo! What can be better than spending the morning picking tea leaves and having tea with a local tea farmer, the early afternoon at the Mt.Fuji Cultural Heritage Center and late afternoon taking a tour of a 200 year old sake brewery? Thank you Hiroyo for introducing us to the customs, traditions and culture of Japan! We will try to live until 108 drinking Emiko's green tea :-).
-National licensed English tour guide
-Local Licensed guide for Shizuoka
-National Travel Itinerary Control Manager(Authorized Tour Conductor)
-Japanese Tea Instructor
-Certificate in Shizuoka Green Tea workshop
-Ikebana Sogetsu(Japanese flower arrangement) The Fourth Certificate (Ikkyu)
-Kendo(Japanese martial art of fencing) Shodan(First Dan level)
I'm not a driver because a national licensed guide is not permitted to drive during the tour according to Japan's tourism law. However, I know some local taxis and bus companies to arrange the transportation.