Our first (and only) tour during our Diamond Princess Cruise last May took place in Shimizu. We didn’t sign up for any of the other tours because we wanted to explore the places ourselves. But we did join a tour in Kobe after we got off the ship because we had some time before our flight back to the Philippines.
Our Shimizu tour started really early that morning. We had a quick breakfast at the Horizon Court before heading off to the Princess Theater to wait for our briefing. We were placed in the Yellow group:
There was a little bit of light rain that day
Our first stop was the Miho Shrine. On the way there we spotted this Kanjani8 ad. Hello Ryo-chan!
At the shrine, our guide taught us the proper steps to pray and make offerings
One reason why we don’t like joining tours is because we like taking pictures of everything, and there’s usually not enough time to do that when you’re with a group. In fact, since we hung around to take pictures at the temple here, we got left behind. But our guide told us to just follow the boardwalk if we get separated
Ezra hates boardwalks because she fell off of one in Alaska. Not that it was the boardwalk’s fault – she’s just really clumsy.
The path lead us to Miho no Matsubara (Miho Pine Grove)
We saw this huge pine tree while walking
Behind us is the legendary tree where the angel hung her feather robe while she took a bath in the sea
Supposedly this is one of the places in Japan which offers a clear and unobstructed view of Mt. Fuji. Unfortunately it was raining that day so the clouds blocked our view.
Where are you Mt. Fuji? :(
This was our guide’s solution:
Ta-dah! Pretty clever! I have to give her props for being prepared XD
We made the most of the situation. Here’s our obligatory family portrait with “Mt. Fuji”:
We tried XD