Silversea Luxury Cruises To SHIMIZU

SHIMIZU

The salt and pepper cone of Japan's most famous natural landmark won’t fail to take your breath away, as it soars into the sky in a vision of spectacular symmetry. Make sure your camera is fully prepared before you dock in Shimizu’s port, where unparalleled views of the extraordinary Mount Fuji’s dramatic peak await. Take your time to soak up one of Japan's most iconic views, before dipping your toes into the rest of what this destination of tranquil temples has to offer. View more

While there’s a bustling fish market, and a charming amusement park waiting close to the port, most new arrivals immediately set off in pursuit of the best views of Mount Fuji, or to see the stunning panorama on offer from the heights of the Kunozan Toshogu Shrine. Take the cable car up to the top, to experience the tranquillity around the forested shrine, and to enjoy its stunning architecture of deep scarlets and gleaming golds. You can also enjoy heart-stopping views out over the Bay of Suruga, and the tea plantations below.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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Excursions in SHIMIZU

Geiko Performance & Sumpu Castle Park

Explore the history and traditions of Shizuoka and its surrounds during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Shimizu, Shizuoka Geiko Performance

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 40-minute drive to Shizuoka. Upon arrival, take in an authentic Shizuoka Geiko performance. 'Geiko' is a woman trained in the art of music, singing and dancing, often including the traditional stringed instrument, the shamisen, and various dances that celebrate the coming of changing seasons. The Geiko are also trained to move and speak elegantly, pour drinks eloquently, be charismatic and charming, and wear the kimono, complicated hairstyle and iconic white makeup with red lips.


Lunch, Sumpu Castle Park and Ruins

Next, re-board your coach and proceed for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, continue on to the Sumpu Castle Park. Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu built the castle in 1585, and lived there on two occasions. Upon arrival, proceed for a guided tour of its ruins, which hint at its former grandeur. This Edo Period castle was surrounded by moats and stone walls whose size and fortitude can still be seen among the ruins.


Higashi Gomon Gate, Tatsumi Yagura Turret, Sumi Yagura

During your tour, visit the Higashi Gomon Gate and Tatsumi Yagura Turret. The restoration of the Higashi Gomon Gate area was completed in 1996 utilising traditional Japanese carpentry techniques. It was a strategic gate with gun slits where defenders could drop stones on attackers, and archers could fire on attackers in a narrow space. The double-layered, three-story Sumi Yagura, one area of the Tatsumi Yagura, was restored in 1989. It has a unique 'L'-shaped layout, which is very rare in Japan and was crucial to the defence of the Sumpu Castle. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 50-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.6 miles (about one kilometre), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 100 steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests are required to remove their shoes at the Higashi Gomon Gate and Tatsumi Yagura Turret. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Mt Fuji Sengen Shrine and Sake Brewery tour

Explore the history, traditions and flavours of Japan during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Fujisan Hongu Sengen Shrine

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to the Fujisan Hongu Sengen Shrine. Fujisan means 'Mt. Fuji' in Japanese, and this shrine was built in 27 B.C. by the emperor at that time to calm Mt. Fuji's huge eruptions. This shrine has enshrined Mt. Fuji, and was the first of the Sengen Shrines that were subsequently constructed throughout Japan. Upon arrival at this expansive, approximately 67,200-square-yard (about 56,188-square-metre) property, take a guided stroll. Along the way, see the main building, Mt. Fuji and other picturesque sights of interest.


Japanese Sake Brewery

Next, re-board your coach and head to the nearby Fuji Takasago Sake Brewery. Founded in 1831, Fuji Takasago is situated in an ideal location where Mt Fuji's groundwater is abundant for use. Today, this brewery combines traditional brewing methods with current technology to produce their sake. During your visit, take a guided tour of the facility, then proceed for a sake tasting. Afterward, you can purchase sake products to take home with you. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 70-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.6 miles (about one kilometre), at times over uneven surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages. Guests are advised that at Shizuoka Sengen Shrine, some buildings might be covered due to renovations. The view of Mt.Fuji depends on weather conditions. Japanese yen is required for any purchases: guests are advised to exchange money at the airport prior the cruise.

Mt.Fuji 2nd Station & World Heritage Centre

Experience the breath-taking beauty and magnificence of the highest mountain in Japan from a few unique perspectives during this panoramic, full-day Mt. Fuji excursion.


Shimizu, Mt. Fuji, 2nd Station, Dynamic Mountain Views

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive to the approximately 12,388-foot-high (about 3,776-metre-high) Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mt. Fuji is also the national symbol of Japan, and has been immortalized in art and worshipped through the centuries. Mt. Fuji is divided into stations, with the first being at the base of the mountain and the 10th being the summit. Upon arrival at Mt. Fuji's 2nd Station, located at a height of approximately 4,700 feet (about 1,432 metres), enjoy a breath-taking dynamic view of the mountain's magnificence.


Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre, Spectacular Panoramic View of Mt. Fuji

Next, proceed to the Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre, which was newly-opened in December 2017 and consists of three buildings. The central building is covered with wood lattice made from Fuji cypress, and the characteristic shape of the inverted cone. From the top floor, enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of Mt. Fuji.


Traditional Japanese Lunch at the Nippondaira Hotel, Superb Views of Suruga Bay and Mt. Fuji

Following your visit, re-board your coach and proceed for a traditional Japanese lunch at the Nippondaira Hotel. The hotel is located inside Nihondaira, the natural prefectural park. The concept is 'A Museum of Scenic Beauty', and this site offers superb views of Suruga Bay and Mt. Fuji. The scenery changes like 'art' as time goes by.


Nihondaira Yume Terrace, Panoramic Views Overlooking Mount Fuji and its Surrounds

After lunch, head to the Nihondaira Yume Terrace for incredible, 360° panoramic views overlooking Mt. Fuji (weather-permitting), along with iconic sites such as the Shimizu Port, Miho Pine Grove, Izu Peninsula and the Southern Alps. Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.6 miles (about one kilometre), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, 20 steps at Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre and 80 steps at the Nihondaira Yume Terrace. This tour is not suitable for guests with a fear of heights, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a sweater or light jacket from the ship. The tour sequence may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Panoramic Shimizu

Discover the exquisite natural beauty of Shimizu during this scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Nihondaira Ropeway and Kunozan Toshogu Shrine

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to the Nihondaira Ropeway, gateway to the Kunozan Toshogu Shrine. Upon embarking the ropeway en route to the shrine, take in spectacular panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean, as well as Byobu-dani and Jigoku-dani, or 'Deep Valley'.

Upon arrival, ascend the steps and visit the Kunozan Toshogu Shrine. Built at the request of the first Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, this shrine exhibits wonderful craftsmanship in its pillars, decorative roofs and strong gate.


Miho no Matsubara

Following your visit, descend the Nihondaira Ropeway, re-board your coach and head to another picturesque viewpoint, Miho no Matsubara. Upon arrival, take a guided stroll through the pine tree forest en route to the sandy beach, and marvel at splendid views of Mt. Fuji (weather-permitting). At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.5 miles (about 2.4 kilometres), at times over uneven surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 100 steps at the Kunozan Toshogu Shrine. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes. The view of Mt.Fuji depends on weather conditions. Japanese yen is required for any purchases: guests are advised to exchange money at the airport prior the cruise.

Shiraito Waterfall

Embrace the grandeur of Mt. Fuji and its surrounds during this memorable, half-day excursion to the Shiraito Waterfall.


Fujisan Hongu Sengen Shrine

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to the Fujisan Hongu Sengen Shrine. Fujisan means 'Mt. Fuji' in Japanese, and this shrine was built in 27 B.C. by the emperor at that time to calm Mt. Fuji's huge eruptions. This shrine has enshrined Mt. Fuji, and was the first of the Sengen Shrines that were subsequently constructed throughout Japan. Upon arrival at this expansive, approximately 67,200-square-yard (about 56,188-square-metre) property, take a guided stroll. Along the way, see the main building, Mt. Fuji and other picturesque sights of interest.


Shiraito Waterfall

Next, re-board your coach and proceed to the Shiraito Waterfall, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Renowned as a beautiful waterfall, Shiraito means 'white thread'. During your visit, marvel at the scenic splendour of the waterfall and its surrounds. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.6 miles (about one kilometre), at times over uneven and slippery surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, 15 steps at the Fujisan Hongu Sengen Shrine and 50 steps at the Shiraito Waterfall. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, raingear and a towel from the ship. The view of Mt.Fuji depends on weather conditions. Japanese yen is required for any purchases: guests are advised to exchange money at the airport prior the cruise.

Explore the architectural and historic highlights of Shizuoka City during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Sumpu-Jo Castle and Momijiyama Park

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 40-minute drive to the Sumpu-jo Castle and Momijiyama Park. The Sumpu-jo Castle was built at the command of the first Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu. Today, the main building does not exist; however, the entrance gate was restored to its original design. Upon arrival, enter the gate and pass by a high stone wall surrounded by a moat, then proceed to Momijiyama Park. The park is a lovely Japanese garden surrounding a pond, and was designed with four different themes; Mountain, Mountain Village, Sea and Rural Area. All can be viewed during your guided stroll.


Shizuoka Sengen Shrine

Next, re-board your coach and proceed to the Shizuoka Sengen Shrine. This shrine is unique in that it is comprised of three different shrines, each with a different god. During your guided visit, marvel at some of the different shrines and gates, each of them adorned with elaborate minute sculptures and craftsmen's works.


Miho no Matsubara

Your final stop is at Miho no Matsubara. Upon arrival, take a guided stroll through the pine tree forest en route to the sandy beach, and marvel at splendid views of Mt. Fuji (weather-permitting). At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.6 mile (about 2.6 kilometres), at times over uneven surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship. Japanese yen is required for any purchases: guests are advised to exchange money at the airport prior the cruise.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Shimizu at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 5 days prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Please note that private services in this part of the world are at a high premium and we thank you for your understanding. Guides may be heavily accented. Japanese yen is required for any purchases: guests are advised to exchange money at the airport prior the cruise.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Shimizu at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 5 days prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Please note that private services in this part of the world are at a high premium and we thank you for your understanding. Guides may be heavily accented. Japanese yen is required for any purchases: guests are advised to exchange money at the airport prior the cruise.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Shimizu at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 5 days prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Please note that private services in this part of the world are at a high premium and we thank you for your understanding. Guides may be heavily accented. Japanese yen is required for any purchases: guests are advised to exchange money at the airport prior the cruise.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Shimizu at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 5 days prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Please note that private services in this part of the world are at a high premium and we thank you for your understanding. Guides may be heavily accented. Japanese yen is required for any purchases: guests are advised to exchange money at the airport prior the cruise.

Steam Locomotive Experience & Wooden Bridge on Guinness Book

Discover the local history, lifestyles and natural beauty of Shimizu via coach, vintage train and on-foot during this scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Shimizu, Yaizu Fish Market, Seafood, Souvenirs, Tea Leaves and Other Local Specialities

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the Yaizu Fish Market. The hustle-and-bustle of this lively shopping area delights locals and visitors alike. Upon arrival, peruse the aisles of this colourful shopping mall, where 70 booths sell everything from souvenirs to tea leaves and other local delicacies. Seafood is always on the menu, and many of the stalls are operated by wholesalers, fishing boat owners and fish processing companies. Small restaurants sell sushi and sashimi, should you wish to try the catch-of-the-day.


Horai Bridge

Next, re-board your coach and head for a photo stop at the Horai Bridge. At a length of approximately 2,943 feet (about 897 metres), Horai is recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's longest wooden pedestrian bridge. The Horai Bridge crosses the Oi River, a treacherous task, as the waters can often flood after heavy rains. Before the completion of the bridge, feudal lords relied on the river to protect them from attacks, but after feudal domains were abolished in 1871, local tea farmers requested the construction of the bridge to expand their trading possibilities. Floods damaged the bridge multiple times. As a result, the bridge's wooden supporting poles were replaced with concrete ones in 1965. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction and photo stop.


Vintage Steam Train-Ride from Shin-Kanaya Station to Ieyama Station, Oigawa Valley, Oi River

Afterward, transfer to the nearby Shin-Kanaya Station for a ride aboard an authentic steam locomotive, the highlight of this tour. Enduring and timeless, this heavy-rail transport takes you back to a different era on a vintage, 1930s steam locomotive. Enjoy the gentle rhythm of the train as you gaze out the windows at the picturesque banks of the Oigawa Valley. As you travel along the Oi River, which flows gracefully from the Southern Alps, take in specular mountain vistas (weather-permitting). The route from the Shin-Kanaya Station to Ieyama Station is approximately 30 minutes in duration. Following a photo stop at Ieyama Station, re-board your coach and commence the approximate 90-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.5 miles (about 0.8 kilometres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, ten steps at the Horai Bridge, ten steps at the steam train-ride, 30 steps at Yaizu Fish Market, and a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. The tour sequence may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Ukiyoe Museum

Explore the legacy and treasures of Ukiyoe during this splendid, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Miho no Matsubara

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to Miho no Matsubara. Upon arrival, take a guided stroll through the pine tree forest en route to the sandy beach, and marvel at splendid views of Mt. Fuji (weather-permitting).


Yui Honjin Park and Hiroshige Ukiyoe Museum

Next, re-board your coach and head to Yui Honjin Park, built as a park and information centre in memory of the local lords who ruled during the Edo Samurai period. During your visit, take a guided tour of Yui Honjin Park and the Hiroshige Ukiyoe Museum, which is located within the park's grounds. The museum houses the original works of Hiroshige Utagawa, one of the most famous Ukiyoe artists during the Edo period. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 1.1 miles (about 1.8 kilometres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 60 steps at the Ukiyoe Museum. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes. The view of Mt.Fuji depends on weather conditions. Japanese yen is required for any purchases: guests are advised to exchange money at the airport prior the cruise.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.