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Okayama and Kurashiki

8 hours
up to 15 people
Japanese ( Professional ), English ( Native )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

A day tour including visit a to Okayama castle (where you might like to try your hand at making a ceramic or put on a kimono) and the elegant Korakuen gardens followed by a visit to Kurashiki and the old preserved quarter there. There is an option for a lovely cycling experience across the Kibi plain along riversides, past temples and shrines.


Feel free to personalize this offer with Hugh.

  • black lacquer Okayama Castle and classic Korakuen, considered one of the top three gardens in Japan
  • Kurashiki visit picturesque preserved Historical quarter with its fuedal age architecture and willow lined canal.
  • OPTION: Cycle the ancient trade route Kibi Plain passing orchards, ancient monarch's burial mounds, along riversides orchards, temples and shines ,

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What to Expect

We will meet at Okayama Station and take a short tram ride for you to enjoy my guided tour of feudal age Okayama Castle and adjacent classically landscaped Korakuen Gardens. We will lunch transit to Kurashiki for lunch and stroll the Bikan Preserved Historical Quarter.

Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point Okayama Station or your hotel in Okayama
Ending Point Okayama Station or your hotel in Okayama

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

fares and admissions (you and the guide)
Okayama Castel and Korakuen admission: ¥560
Tram to the castle: ¥100
fares (you and guide)
My fares to Okayama:
Okayama to Kurashiki ¥320
Kurashiki to Soja ¥240
Bitch-Ichinomiya to Okayama ¥310

Cycle hire: ¥1000


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.

Comfortable shoes.
I am based in Hiroshima and ask the guest to cover the cost of my fares including round trip transport to Okayama

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Starting and ending points of the tour.

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.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

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.

Can I add more people to my booking?

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.

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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Reviews ( 33 )
4.9 (33) Reviews
Very Good
Scott Scott United States ( Business )
1 week ago

“ Visiting Hiroshima ”

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

Joan Joan Dominican Republic ( Friends )
3 weeks ago

“ Fantastic one day tour in Hiroshima! ”

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

gabriella Gabriella Netherlands ( Family )
4 weeks ago

“ Was a great experience going around hiroshima with Hugh! Very well spoken, knowledgeable, kind and caring! ”

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

Brannon Brannon United States ( Family with kids )
1 month ago

“ Excellent tour ”

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.

James James Australia ( Family with kids )
2 months ago

“ Highly informative ”

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

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