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 a three-stage process: We would agree on destinations and activities 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.
**Please note that once step three has been started the guest agrees to the payment of the discussed fee.
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
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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.
I was initially conflicted while considering various tour guides and debated if it will be worth choosing a guide who is not Japanese but I am so happy that my concerns were unfounded. Hugh has a warm and friendly demeanor, great sense of humor and he is a walking encyclopedia. We enjoyed our conversations with him while he guided us around. We felt that our day was filled with special experiences, may it be food, or a temple or a shrine or just a deer walking by. Our children, 3 and 6 year-old had equally good time with him. We highly recommend him.
Hello Hina! Thanks for the glowing review. It was a pleasure. Wishing you all a wonderful year ahead. Best, Hugh .
Hugh was a superb guide with lots of information and understanding of the events that shook Japan and the world on August 6, 1945. This is a must-see place for solemn reflection on the horrors of war and the peace that has followed. The sights of the temple on Miyajima Island were also a very enjoyable to visit and hear Hugh's stories on the history. I would recommend Hugh to any traveller to this area. You'll get a lot more appreciation for this area with a guide than you would without one.
Hello James! It was a pleasure spending the day with you. Thanks so much for the glowing review. Best regards, Hugh
Our November 2019 guided tour in Hiroshima was a truly unique and memorable experience. We were on a Viking ocean cruise and used the standard ship’s tour on the first port day to visit the typical tourist sites (the Peace Park, etc.). We then had Hugh as a private guide on the second day. Unlike other native Japanese tour guides, communication was a breeze as Hugh is a native Australian. But Hugh also was fluent in Japanese. What was especially delightful was that Hugh first took us to a fabulous shrine complex that was well off of the beaten path. In fact, Hugh was just a bit upset that there were a handful of other tourist as he thought of the site as more his private respite. A standard feature of the entire day was Hugh’s ability to inform us about both the history of the s... read more
We had one day in Hiroshima and Hugh did a great job showing us the places.. it was a very informative but not tiring trip. Thanks Hugh