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  (19) Reviews
Send message only 7 days available in June
$ 37 Hourly rate Price up to 8 people
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.
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Last updated: 2 days ago
Cities where I can guide: Hiroshima , Shimane , Okayama , Yamaguchi

Languages Japanese ( Professional ), English ( Native )

(19) Reviews
Hourly rate 37 USD Price up to 8 people
( Max : 15 People )
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I am Australian, from Sydney originally but my life with Japan and its culture and history spans 30 odd years and I have been a Hiroshima resident for 18 of those 30 years.

I joined Triple Lights just recently but be assured I have led many tours in Hiroshima and more widely throughout metropolitan and regional Japan, sharing conversations about the unique society, its fascinating culture and history. I also have written several tourism blogs for inbound tour companies and also the Hiroshima Prefectural Tourism Bureau.

I speak fluent Japanese and I have immersed myself in the experience of living here in modern and traditional culture and spent many years studying martial arts Aikido and Iaido. I also have a strong interest in Buddhist teachings. My Japanese calligraphy work over the years has been received recognition and several awards and commissions both in Japan and elsewhere.

I'm looking forward to spending a great experience sharing the culture and history of Hiroshima with you.

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4.9 (19) Reviews
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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.

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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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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 ( 19 )
Suzanne Suzanne United States ( Family with kids )
2 weeks ago

“ Great tour!! ”

Very knowledgeable and friendly . The tour of Hiroshima was definitely enhanced with the facts that Hugh knew. He also was great with my family and knew just what to say to get the kids involved the best he could! Definitely a great tour with Hugh. Would recommend him for any tour in Japan.

Meredith Meredith Canada ( Couple )
3 weeks ago

“ An Excellent Day in Hiroshima with Hugh ”

Hugh met us early in the morning at our Cruise Ship location and we quickly headed out to see the museums and sites ahead of the crowds. Hugh's ability to manage our time well continued for the entire day. We toured the Atomic Bomb site, Memorials and Museums and then travelled by ferry to Miyajima to visit the Itsukushima Shrine and the Giant Torii Gate. My favourite time was the great lunch that we had at one of Hugh's favourtie Restaurants.


Hi Meredith! Thanks for the fab review and so glad you enjoyed the day as much as I did. Best, Hugh

Annelize Annelize Australia ( Couple )
3 weeks ago

“ All round great guide! ”

We spent 2 days with Hugh: 1 day in Hiroshima and 1 day on Mijayima island. Hugh was a fabulous tour guide; well organized but flexible to our needs. It was a bonus when he gave me a fun calligraphy experience in our hotel room. His great knowledge of the history and culture and language skills are really impressive and contribute a lot to the experience. He went out of his way to help us find a particular brand of sake we were after and other hard-to-find items on our shopping list. We highly recommend Hugh as your choice of guide!


Thanks so much for the great review Annie! I was such pleasure spending the two days with you both. Best, Hugh

Hounn Hounn Australia ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Hugh is definitely the Tour Guide you want ”

We had a great day in Hiroshima with Hugh. He is very knowledgeable and helpful, he made us feel welcome and comfortable, help us book our train tickets back to Kyoto while we were resting and waiting for our lunch. I highly recommend Hugh as the Tour Guide to anyone every time!

Rajeev Rajeev Australia ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Hiroshima trip with Hugh ”

It was great to have an Aussie bloke on board! We enjoyed his humorous and intellectual guiding. Hugh is definitely fun to be with, especially when you don't understand the local language. He is adept in Japanese which was certainly a bonus. Our kids loved his company as well, particularly our teenage boy! He also guided us to great local food besides the picturesque sites.


Rajeev and family. Thanks for the great review! It was a real pleasure sharing the day with you all. Best, Hugh