The Miyajima tour was the first of two tours that I took with Kazumi and the second tour were visits to my family monument in the Saeki district and the Peace Park. Both tours were excellent, but the visit to my family monument was special and this is where Kazumi shined. Kazumi arrived at my hotel at the prearranged time and we took the JR train, then Ferry to Miyajima. We arrived at high tide and the water covered the entire base of the Itsukushima Shrine. After a short lunch, we were off to Mt Misen and after two tram rides, we were ready to hike to the top. Kazumi indicated that it would take about 1 hr to the top, but I read that it was a 30-min hike. Kazumi was right, it took a good hour to reach the top. The cool October weather was perfect. The uphill hike is mainly on stone steps and many areas do not have hand railings. We both made it to the top and earned a good rest at the top and enjoyed the great view. Downhill was easy and the two tram rides down provided great views of the surrounding areas. When we arrived back down, the tide had begun to recede and people we walking halfway out to the Itsukushima Shrine but its base was still covered by water. I felt the trails up/down Mt Misen were not well marked in English and without Kazumi, I would have been more cautious and worried about taking a wrong path then having to backtrack. I found the hike up to Mt Misen to be challenging and Kazumi was in great shape to handle the hike and was knowledgeable about the various trails so I was not worried about getting lost. I would not recommend doing the hike up Mt Misen when the weather is hot or when the trail is wet. The second tour with Kazumi was my visit to my family monument in the Saeki district, then to the Peace Park. About 6 months before my trip, I made a unique and special request tour to locate my family stone monument built somewhere in Hiroshima in 1917 documenting my family history going back to 1545. I had a pdf document written in Japanese & English with an old address and police record of the monument but due to address changes, I could not locate the monument myself. I asked for help and Kazumi tracked down the location going to city hall and found the location, then visited the monument and sent me a photo. I knew my Hiroshima trip was going to be a success and I was really looking forward to my trip. I visited my family monument and also my family cemetery and met several family relatives who I could see from the family tree contained in the pdf document. This trip was special and wonderful experience. Thank you very much Kazumi for making this experience possible. My second tour with Kazumi concluded with a visit to the Peace Park, hypocenter, A-bomb dome, and museum. The first stop was the hypocenter where Kazumi showed me the small plaque marking the hypocenter by the Shima hospital on a small street about 50-100 yards from the A-bomb dome. I would have missed the hypocenter if not for Kazumi. Next we walked around the A-bomb dome and observed the structure from all sides. Finally, we went to the museum which was very interesting with the large photos and movie about the explosion. The information in the museum was well worth the visit. Again, tours well done, Kazumi and thank you very much for making my trip very memorable. This was my first time using a guide and I found it saved me time and relieved my worries from taking a wrong turn or wrong train/connection. I normally venture out on my own, but with Kazumi leading the way, it saved me hours and made my tour worry free. Thank you, Kazumi, for all tours well done.
Hi Lyle Thank you very much for your great review. I also had a unique and memorable experience through your tours not only as a guide but also as a person. I hope you can have a safe and wonderful time in rest of your trip . Please write me when you come to Hiroshima again. Kazumi