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
We spent a fantastic day in and around Hiroshima with Hugh. Hugh’s knowledge and appreciation of Japanese history and culture enabled lively and fascinating discussion through the day with great insight into the local points of interest. Hugh was very accomodating and even booked our evening restaurant for a lovely evening. A five star experience.
Hi Leigh It was my great pleasure sharing the day with you, Mark and Kelly. Thanks so much for the five star review! Best, Hugh
A wonderful day of sightseeing. Extremely informative. Lunch at a local restaurant was an added bonus something we certainly wouldn't have found without Hugh. Has certainly given us reasons to return as it made us wish we had been able to spend more time in Hiroshima.
Hugh was good at communicating prior to the tour so that we knew exactly what we would be seeing and also helped us sort out how to spend the afternoon of our arrival before our tour. Hugh is very friendly and knowledgeable, with an excellent command of Japanese. Our tour of Hiroshima was interesting and informative . The gardens Hugh took us to in the afternoon were just fabulous. He also recommended some places we should visit on the rest of our tour of Japan .
Hugh greeted us at our hotel and our first sight was Mitaki Temple which is both spiritual and relaxing, very peaceful place, then we headed off for sushi before walking across Kintaikyo Bridge.
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
We wanted to do a road trip from Fukuoka to Osaka, with a few ideas of where we might want to stop, and kinds of things we like to do. Hugh did a great job of fleshing that out into a real, custom itinerary, with specific places to go, things to do, and places to eat and to get the best coffee. He even made some recommendations for places and activities tourists don't usually go, which delighted us. His advice as a local was a great help, and gave us confidence to go on our trip and to make the best use of our time. Highly recommended!
Hi Peter, It sounds like you enjoyed the trip! Very glad it was such a success and thanks for the great review. Best regards, Hugh
Hugh´s amazing abilities with japanese and knowledge of History made the experience amazing and enjoyable.
HI Andrés! It was such a pleasure spending the day with you all. I hope you had a wonderful remainder of your stay and got home safe and sound. Best, Hugh
Hugh did a really good job with my family! As a group of seven people, spanning from 12 years old all the way to 72, he helped us enjoy the full day. We spent half a day at the Peace Park and atomic bomb museum, and then the afternoon over at Miyajima. Great day overall. Hugh even walked to the far end of the tourist area at Miyajima to take us to the top of an out of the way Buddhist temple. It was great!
Hi Mike, it was a tota pleasure spending the day with you all. Thanks for the fab review! Regards, Hugh
My family (husband and 2 teenage daughters) and I had a fantastic time with Hugh as he took us to Okunoshima Island to see the bunnies and poison gas museum along with Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Dome. Hugh was well-versed in the background of all the places we were visiting and gave us an insightful personal explanation of Japanese culture vs his Australian background. He is fluent in Japanese and well traveled throughout Japan. I also appreciated his attentiveness to detail in providing us directions to our hotel as we traveled from Osaka to Hiroshima before we even left for our trip and detailing what our tour would encompass.I truly felt Hugh went out of his way to make our travels around Japan safe and non-confusing. His extroverted personality made our conversations so enjoyabl... read more
Hi Cezanne! I'm so glad you enjoyed the day as I did. Thanks for the glowing review. So appreciated. I hope the rest of your trip was equally or even more enjoyable. Cheers, Hugh
Thanks Hugh for a fantastic tour of Hiroshima! It was lovely to spend the day with you and we had a great time learning about the history and culture of the area. My 14 year old enjoyed chatting with you and we enjoyed hearing your stories. All the best.
Hi Jennifer, Arlene and Manny! Thanks for the great feedback. Always glad to know it was a successful tour. I really enjoyed it too. Manny will definitely grow up to be an interesting a young man. Cheers, Hugh
I greatly enjoyed my walking tour in Hiroshima with Hugh as my guide. Hugh is a very kind, intelligent man with extensive knowledge of the area. I would absolutely recommend him as a tour guide. Thank you, Hugh
Booking process was easy - Hugh managed to book in our tour at the very last moment and was easy to communicate with! He met us as the station as mentioned and took us through all the main sites! We got to ask him all the questions we needed and he was able to answer everything while giving us as much detail as possible ! Thanks Hugh!
Hi Joann! Thanks for a great review. It was a pleasure spending the time with you all. I hope you enjoy the reminder of your trip. Best, Hugh
Hugh was great company for the day and definitely filled me in with all the history that I would have missed. We also did a detour walk on the island which was lovely
We had an interesting time with Hugh. He picked us up at our hotel, took us to the bomb/peace site where we learned a great deal. We also discussed life in Japan vs life in Australia. We had lunch with Hugh and then he took us back to our hotel. On our visit to Japan we have done several other tours but gained many useful and different insights from Hugh.
Hello Jim and Carol! Thanks so much for a great review. I hope you enjoyed the remainder of your visit to Japan and arrived home safe and sound. Best, Hugh
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.
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
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
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!
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
We had a great day, Hugh managed for us to see Miyajima and Kintai-kyo and a beautiful garden Shukkei-en in one day. This was important for us, as we have stayed on a cruiseship.
Thanks very much Eva and Thomas! It was a such a pleasure sharing the day with you. Cheers, Hugh
We were really looking forward to visiting the wisteria garden in Kitakyushu. Unfortunately, several conditions were conspiring against us. We were traveling on he cruise around Japan. The port before was in Korea, so we needed to go through Japanese immigration once again upon arrival. We were due to meet Hugh at 9 AM, but due to the inefficiency of Japanese immigration officials, we didn’t get off the boat until 11 AM. As a result, our plan the full day tour was quite hurried. The second Factor that militated against a site we had been long interested in seeing was the fact that cool weather in Japan meant that the wisteria had not really come into bloom yet. Hugh informed us that he had learned of the situation, but we decided to try anyway. Unfortunately, the wisteria tunnel w... read more
Hugh had our day perfectly planned and rolled with everything we wanted to do. We took every sort of transportation all day long which was really fun. He is very knowledgeable and shared so much with us. His confident manner put us all at ease for our journey with him. He was a joy to share time with and to show us Hiroshima. I would recommend him every time!
Thanks for the fabulous review Julie! It was a total pleasure sharing the day with you all. My best to everyone. Hugh
I can thoroughly recommend Hugh as your Tour Guide for Japan. He guided our group of 15 on our recent tour of Hiroshima and right from the start he made us feel both welcome and comfortable. Hugh met us at Hiroshima Station and then proceeded to guide us on what was a very compact tour (owing to our own time constraints) of Miyajima Shrine and Hiroshima City. It also included a lunchtime visit to the great Lopez Restaurant in Hiroshima for some fabulous Okonomiyaki. Hugh was more like a family member than a tour guide and we all thoroughly enjoyed our day. We were only sorry that we didn't have more time to spend with Hugh in Hiroshima. Thanks HUGH for a great day...*****
I think was a great pleasure sharing the day with you all. Thanks Barrie for such a glowing review! Best, Hugh
Our ship was 5 hours late getting to Hiroshima and immigration took hours more. Hugh was terrific and able to give us a wonderful experience even though we had only half the original time. We enjoyed our day and learned a lot in our first stp in Japan.
Hi Noreen! Thanks for the great review. Clear and to the point. You are a charming couple and it was a pleasure sharing the afternoon with you. Wishing a wonderful remainder of your trip. Best to you both, Hugh
Very knowledgeable and helpful. Everyone enjoyed a lot. Thanks.
Hugh is very knowledgeable in not just Hiroshima, but most places in Japan. So we were able to pick his brain and learnt more about Japan. He is extremely helpful and gave us a very insightful tour of Miyajima, took us to eat sushi, and drove us to Kintaikyo Bridge in Iwakuni. He knew everything and was very informative throughout the day. Very, very good tour guide. We did feel a bit rushed towards the end of our tour and the drive home was very fast but I suppose we did start an hour later than his initial proposal. Still, he managed to take us to all the places he wanted to showcase. He even suggested dinner spots for us and we went to one and it was amazing and delicious - thank you Hugh!
Thanks so much for the glowing and qualified review! I hope I can be of service again in the future. Best regards, Hugh
We arrived on a cruise ship and had limited time. Hugh is well informed and knowledgeable about Hiroshima. We enjoyed learning about the Japanese culture. He used our time wisely. We toured the atomic bomb peace park. Had a delicious lunch then had plenty of Tim.e to do Myakima island and temple. Highly recommend. You will have. Memorable time
Thanks Phil! Greatly appreciated. best, Hugh
Hugh incorporates varied life experiences into the tour that are relevant and colorful. He has the experience to organize your day for the most efficient use of your time as well. Also, took us to a great lunch spot. Enjoyed the day.
Hi Tom, Thanks for the great review. It was a pleasure sharing the day with you and Carol. Wishing you all the best. Hugh
We had a wonderful day exploring the sights of Miyajima with Hugh .. He has a wealth of information on all the areas we visited and we learned a lot from our time with him .. We would definitely recommend him to anyone interested in the history and protocols of all the sights .. including the shrines and temples Caroline Azouz California USA
Thanks so much for an excellent review Caroline! Best regards to David, Pauline and Sue! Wishing you a wonderful reminder of your trip! Hugh
As a family with 2 teenage boys, I was very mindful of choosing the right guide for us in Hiroshima, and in choosing Hugh, we could not have had a better day! Hugh is a fountain of knowledge, who is always ready with a story, and took us to places that we would never have visited, had it not been for his local knowledge; including the best coffee in Japan!
Wow, Nicole. That is a glowing review. Thanks so very much! Wishing you, Dave, Tom and Charlie and lovely final night in Japan and a safe trip home. Best, Hugh
We had a great day with Hugh visiting Miyajima and sites within Hiroshima. Hugh was incredibly personable and informative and managed our group of 7 brilliantly. He also knows where to find the best okonomiyaki in Hiroshima.
Thanks so very much Cynthia. That’s a really valuable review. So glad you enjoyed the day.
We only had a few hours to spare in Hiroshima and wanted to see peace park and the memorials. Hugh was very helpful figuring out the train system for us and which ones we should take. He was there waiting for us right when we got there and took us around the city and was very knowledgeable about everything we had asked and a lot about japan in general not only Hiroshima. He took us to the BEST okanomiyaki spot and then took us back to the train station to return. Would highly suggest using Hugh as a guide!
Hi Erin, Thanks for a wonderful review! Hope you both got home safe and sound and have a great 2019! Hugh
Beautiful day in Hiroshima and Mijiyama with wonderful guide. A walking through the storty and the tamples, where Hugh, Expert guide of the place that indicated us traditional costums and story of this beautiful nation. Thank you Hugh