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A small port town for Studio Ghibli's " Ponyo on the Cliff"

by Azusa
(20) Reviews
4h $ 193 Price up to 5 people


  • many photogenic streets lined by rustic old houses
  • A stroll along the bay is refreshing

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193.20 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra person.
$ 19.32
Extra hour.
$ 9.20


The attractions of this nostalgic port town named " Tomonoura" are within distances from the bus stop and it's comfortable walking. You may be surprised to see KUBIZUKA( the mound for severed head ) is among old houses where people live their every day life. In this small fishing town, life and death coexist naturally. Time is passing slowly in this town.

What to Expect

Have you seen enough of temples and shrines? How about spending a relaxing time in a small town that preserves a historic atmosphere? Tomonoura is a port town at the southern end of Fukuyama city, Hiroshima prefecture. Located at a bay facing the Seto Inland Sea , the picturesque fishing port town has a calm and laid-back atmosphere . Tomonoura is a part of the Setonaikai National Park, which has been picked as a filming location for movies such as " The Wolveine" starring Hugh Jackman and " Ponyo on the Cliff" by the popular Studio Ghibli. We visit there by bus which runs from Fukuyama Station every 20 minutes. Fukuyama Station is on the JR Sanyo Shinkansen. Direct Sakura and Nozomi shinkansen trains connect Hiroshima / Shin -Osaka to Fukuyama Station, costing about 4420/ 7340 JPY one way. The Japan Rail Pass fully covers the trip on Sakura trains but not on Nozomi trains.

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  • many photogenic streets lined by rustic old houses
  • A stroll along the bay is refreshing


bus fare ( from Fukuyama to Tomonoura ) : 550 JPY

What‘s included
guide fee , transportation fee ( guide ), lunch ( guide ), entrance fee ( guide )
What‘s not included
transportation fee ( you ), lunch ( you ), entrance fee ( you )
Meeting Point
Fukuyama Station
Ending Point
Fukuyama Station
4 hours
Starting time
10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 people   Flexible

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Can I make changes after I book?

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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Can I add more people to my booking?

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Will there be other tourists in my tour?

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.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

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.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 20 )
Kenneth Kenneth United States ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Got the most out of our trip to Hiroshima ”

Ari gave my wife and me a great day seeing all of the highlights of Hiroshima. She led us through Miyajima Island, the Hiroshima Peace Park, and Hiroshima Castle. She organized our day perfectly, and at every stop, she was knowledgeable, thoughtful, and responsive to whatever we found most interesting to do or hear about. She met us at our hotel at the beginning of the day, dropped us off there at the end, and made us feel so well taken care of at every stop in between. Strongly recommended!


Dear Kenneth san Thank you so much for your kind remark. I have got courage from your words. Both of you are brilliant and cheerful people. I really enjoyed spending wonderful time exchanging jokes in refreshing breeze and fresh green leaves. Everything was vivid except for deer. All deer were dozing off in the sun.( I wonder if deer are nocturnal.) You showed much interest in not only the peace city of Hiroshima but also the pre-modern history of Hiroshima. That made me so happy. Japan has become quite westernized but I think the very real element in the Japanese personality lies in samurai culture. Your jobs are busy and high demanding. Please fully enjoy your limited vacation in Japan ! Sincerely, Azusa Arita

Ron Ron United States ( Friends )
1 month ago

“ Great fun xpence ”

Excellent guide.


Dear Ron san I really appreciate your kind review. Our tour was in the middle of 10 days holiday in Japan. All Japanese people were getting too excited. I truly felt the unexpected often happens in life. If I had let all of you go without entering the museum, it would have deserved seppuku. However fortunately we were able to see the exhibits there. This tour became an unforgettable memory for me. All the best Azusa Arita

Beverley Beverley Australia ( Friends )
1 month ago

“ Highly recommend ”

She was well organised flexible and friendly, resulting in a very enjoyable day in Hiroshima.I highly recommend her.


Dear Beverley san Thank you so much for your kind message and a great time I spent with all your humorous people in Hiroshima. You are the first visitor that I have ever met to have the courage to try a blowfish. Please be careful there are some dangerous food in Japanese cuisine. Every January about 1300 Japanese people die after choking on rice cakes. We tend to risk our lives for delicious food. Please enjoy safe Japanese food and have a nice trip ! Sincerely, Azusa Arita

Carola Carola Germany ( Friends )
1 month ago

“ Very polite and flexible guide ”

We were a group of four and she pickend us up at the cruiseport, right in time. She showed us the best spots of Hiroshima including a trip to beautiful Miyajima, which we could highly recommend. Behause our time was limited due to the early departure of our cruise ship, we had to cut the prorgram, but it was no problem for Azusa. She was very flexible and it did not bother her,even to give up lunch and take only time for a coffee.Thanks for all, Azusa, it was a great trip!

Bojan Bojan Austria ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Beautiful day in Hiroshima ”

Azusa-san was an excelent guide. We enjoyed every minute of out tour. She also made an efort to find gluten free restaurants for my wife.


Dear Bojan san Thank you so much for your kind words. Unlike weather forecast, it was a lovely day. We saw many deer basking in the sun. Many Japanese people were digging clams near the Big Torii Gate even though it is prohibited. I hope all of you felt a real Japanese vibe in the island. You are all friendly and considerate people. It was my great pleasure to have had a wonderful time with your group in Hiroshima. Have a fun trip ! Sincerely, Azusa Arita

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