Peaceful MItaki Temple, then sushi en route to the famed landmark Kintai Bridge, the elegant, wooden bridge of five bold arches spanning massive stone pillars across the Nishiki River. Afterwards, as an option, we will drive up into the hills to the thatch-roofed restaurant Irori Sanzoku, an elaborate Japanese themed restaurant for a relaxed, delicious meal before returning you to your hotel.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Hugh.
A wonderfully relaxed day starting with a quiet stroll through the peaceful gardens (a rare experience in Japan these days) of Mitaki Temple. After that, we’ll head to Kintaikyo Bridge. It's a one hour drive but we will stop along the way for sushi. From the restaurant, it’s a short drive to the Kintaikyo Bridge and environs that include temples, shrines dating back to the feudal Edo period, museums and a lovely park.
- Choko-kan Museum: This museum focuses on articles of everyday life, and also features some scroll paintings and displays on Kintaikyo Bridge.
- Kikkawa Museum: This small museum displays the possessions of the Kikkawa family, which includes documents, swords, and weapons. closed Wednesdays
- Iwakuni Art Museum: This museum's collection includes glassware, samurai armor, ceramics, and the furniture of Iwakuni's feudal lords. closed Thursdays (following day if
Thursday is a national holiday)
From there we have the option of heading (20 min drive) up into the hills to the traditional and very novel restaurant Irori Sanzoku (aka the Chicken Shack) for a light meal before returning you to your hotel.
**If you are arriving for a day trip from Kyoto or Osaka, I will be happy to recommend your best inbound train schedule and make return bookings for you.
lunch approx. ¥2000
dinner approx ¥1500
chauffeur driven car, fuel, toll and parking fees total ¥16000 paid in cash to guide
**Not available on Mondays
I am very familiar with leading tours throughout Japan so on occasion, I would be happy to create a bigger experience in other parts of the country if you would like to discuss directly with me.
***Please note that this is three stage process: We would agree on destinations to be included. 2. I would compile an overview. 3. If that is accepted, the guest agrees to receive a detailed itinerary including information about attractions, activities and transit details.
**Depending on the guest's length of stay and the time required to produce the tour itinerary document the guest may be quoted a fee of my hourly rate up to a maximum charge of (8) eight hours and if satisfied, to agree to accept that (subject to some reasonable amendments), the agreement to receive the itinerary would be a binding contract to agree to pay for the itinerary with no further obligation to accept it as a tour offer.
Involves approximate 1.7 km (1.25 miles) Involves walking for approximately 1.7 kilometres (about 1.1 miles) with a steep path at Mitaki. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Wear comfortable clothing in You will need comfortable walking closed-toe walking shoes.
Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email
After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.
Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.
No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.
Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
We work for a television station from America who came to Hiroshima to gather material for a human interest story that will be seen in the USA during the 2020 Olympics. We hired Hugh for two days. High was prompt with communication and was a tireless worker who helped coordinate interviews. Hugh provides important interpretation for two interviews with Hiroshima bomb survivors. His Japanese was excellent. He helped coordinate our visit with the museum and showed us various sites around Hiroshima. We interviewed Hugh on camera too. He did an excellent job providing background on the city and the important landmarks we wanted to film. He was knowledgeable and fun to be around. I would highly recommend Hugh as a tour guide for anyone visiting Hiroshima. And, he would be an excelle... read more
Hey Scott and Steve, Thanks for the outstanding review. It was a real pleasure working with you. Best, Hugh
Had a great day in Hiroshima thanks to Hugh! Lots of information and details about the city and its history. Even when some of the places were crowded due to the Japanese summer holidays Hugh managed our time efficiently. Highly recommended!
Thanks, Joan! Very glad you enjoyed it as much as I did sharing it with you. Best, Hugh
Hugh gave us a very complete tour in a short amount of time! We were very pleased with the information that was provided! Not only was Hugh very helpful during the tour he also gave us tips for the rest of the trip!
Hi Gabriella! Thanks for the great review. Wishing you all a wonderful remainder of your tour. Best, Hugh
He was punctual and very friendly. He shared his experiences of the Buddhist and Shinto temple sites. He was very good at getting us around with public transport. He is Australian though he has lived here for approximately 15 years, His English is flawless and his insights were very welcome, especially at the peace museum and the temple sights.
Thanks Brannon, Christine and James. It was a real pleasure spending the day with you.
Hugh prepared a great 5 hour tour to Hiroshima. He is very knowledgeable & friendly. The 5 hours went very quickly and he ensured that my teenage son was engaged at all times. Really enjoyable and I would highly recommend Hugh. His approach is friendly and he set the tone for a great 10 days in Japan. Thanks Hugh. James & George Cheney
Hi James, So glad you enjoyed the tour and it was a pleasure spending the time with you. I hope you have returned home safe and sound and this followed a great trip. Thanks very much for a great review! Best, Hugh