We booked this tour for four people because we wanted to see sights without being shuttled on and off a tour bus with a crowd of people. We chose well!
Our guide, Miyuki, met us at Shimizu Marine Terminal where our cruise docked.
We drove to the Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine where Miyuki showed us the purification ritual, shared the significance of different parts of the Shrine area, and helped us find some cool photo opps.
We followed the Shrine with a break in a nearby courtyard with tasty local snacks and drinks, then off to Shiraito Falls.
We had some nice views of Mt. Fuji and the two waterfalls were beautiful.
Our last stop was Lake Tanuki.
We had a few clouds, but still some visibility of Mt. Fuji.
On a great day, the views here would be fantastic.
The park surrounding the lake is spacious and was full of campers the day we were there. There was nothing resembling a crowd anywhere and we had a great time strolling, taking in the natural beauty and getting to see some normal Japanese life.
On the drive back to port, Miyuki talked about Japanese history and culture, taught us origami and answered our random tourist questions.
She was excellent every step of the way, from coordinating itinerary changes on the fly to giving us fundamental information about each stop we made.
Great day and highly recommend this excursion!