Azusa is the ideal guide...,.knowledgeable, patient, caring and an excellent ambassador for Japan. She made sure that we saw the highlights of both Miyajima and Hiroshima. She spoke excellent English and very flexible. She took our pictures and truly gave us beautiful memories.
Dear Cora san I am so thankful for your kind words. Your are all warm-hearted people,open-minded and very easy to talk to. I felt like a member of your group rather than a guide. I wanted to go with you. You said this was the first visit to Hiroshima for all of you. Though the hot weather was a little hard and the deer looked a bit exhausted, I hope this tour would be one of your best memories. Bon Voyage! Azusa Arita
Thank you Azusa san for a geat overall experience inspite of the weather not being very cooperative (raining most of the day). You shared a lot of interesting information and made sure our group got the most out of our trip. We highly recommend your services to other travelers.
Dear Vineet san Thank you so much for your kind words. The reviews I receive motivate me. You are all cheerful and jolly people. Though the weather was not so good and unfortunately the Torii gate was covered, your people seemed to appreciate life as it happens. That was a fantastic time for me to be with you. I wish you all the best ! Sincerely, Azusa Arita
Visiting Hiroshima is bound to be a moving and also disturbing experience. Azusa was a great companion and guide on this journey. She put together an excellent itinerary, including the use of JR bus (free with rail pass), and she accommodated our preferences both in the planning and on the spot. We learned a lot from Azusa and appreciated our conversations, and instead of feeling overwhelmed and lost, we were able to participate actively in the lantern floating, thus sharing in the common appeal of so many Japanese and visitors for global peace.
Dear Helene san Thank you so much for your kind review. The tour day was so humid and the heat was killing us. I apologize you for making both of you walk long way in such a muggy weather and finishing up the tour earlier than scheduled. It was me who learned a lot from you. You knew well what is needed and not needed in your tour. You told me about your sea kayaking experience in Miyajima Island, which was very inspiring for me. I have never thought of that activity in my tour plan. I again realized that tour guides should try as best as possible to match guests’ desires. I wish you all the best and success in the future
Azusa (Ari) was our tour guide for our extended family group of 9. We had the most wonderful day. She is knowledgeable, engaging, flexible, funny and a great story teller. Highly recommend her.
Dear Manoj san Thank you so much for the wonderful day ! I was so happy to spend a great time with such a close and caring family. Especially I was impressed by your father's great sense of Japanese jokes. " Sekai wa futarino tameni." Though he stayed in Japan only one year long time ago, how fluently he speaks Japanese ! And all 3 boys were so lovely and full of curiosity. I was glad that they listened to me with attention. I wish you all the happiness in the world ! Azusa Arita
Azusa was great. She was very easy to communicate with leading up to our trip and during our short visit. prior to visiting, she proposed an itinerary that maximized our time in Hiroshima. We visited Hiroshima on a day trip from Kyoto. She met us on the train platform and escorted us from place to place on our shortened and self imposed time schedule (4.75 hours - better if you allow for 6-6.5 hours) before returning us back to the train station. She was very knowledgeable and informative on the sites we were visiting and the history of Japan. She was an absolute pleasure to be with, she listened to our cues to move onto the next site, and kept us on schedule throughout the day. A day well spent.
Dear Ross san Thank you so much for your heart touching message. It was my pleasure to have a great time with you in Hiroshima. You are so sweet and smart couple. You clearly knew what you needed in the tour. That absolutely helped our tour go smoothly. And in the museum, I was so impressed that you friendly spoke to the Japanese students writing reports about the exhibit. They looked so happy to be spoken to and lively communicated with you. This must be a memorable experience for them. Interacting with international people should be the essential part of the peaceful world. Thanks to you, I was able to reconfirm my work for what it really is. This tour was short but very impressive. I wish both of you all the best of luck ! Azusa Arita
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
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
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
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!
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
I had a small group of 7 people, all well travelled and looking for satisfaction in every aspect on a visit to Hiroshima where Azusa San led us beautifully. Her personality as well as her knowledge of the area was amazing. I just wish she could have led us on the complete trip of Japan.
Dear Kevin san Thank you for the message that is full of warmth from the bottom of your heart. All of 7 people are so sweet and considerate. The lovely spring day when we spent together in a traditional port town will become a lifelong memory for me. Especially I was surprised at your wife's knowledge about Buddhism. The monk at the Abuto Kannon temple was so impressed with her and gave us special presents. This never happened before. I wish you all the best ! Sincerely, Azusa Arita
La Señora Azusa fue muy flexible y facil de trabajar con ella. Con muy buena voluntad de *******darse a un plan de lugares para visitar en los lugares antes descritos. Con buenos conocimientos sobre los lugares visitados y con un enorme deseo de complacernos con su trabajo. y Eso es lo que mas valore de su trabajo. Puntual, siempre buscando opciones de otros lugares adicionales como parques a visitar.
Dear Alex san Thank you so much for your kind review. We rented a car and enjoyed 3 days trip together, in Hiroshima, Shikoku island, Kurashiki, Himeji Castle and Kobe. It was my first experience as a tour guide. So it was difficult for me to meet your prompt requests to visit some places not on schedule or not tourist spots. I am not so familiar with all the roads in these areas. I was worried that you were not satisfied with my work. But you kindly gave a pass mark. Thank you, your feedback means a lot to me. I hope you have had a lot of pictures of beautiful Japanese scenery and traditional things. I wish you all well! Sincerely, Azusa Arita
We hired Azusa as our tour guide for the Miyajima Island tour. We were a group of 4 (me and my wife, my sister and her husband). Azusa is an excellent guide with a warm personality and we all got along great with her. She shows a lot of passion in her work as she guided us around Miyajima Island and also has a great sense of humor and always filled our conversations with interesting facts and funny jokes. She also happily volunteered taking lots of photos for us. She took us to one of the restaurants that serves Okonomiyaki Miyajima style and we were seated right at the front of the cooking area where we could watch the chefs go through the various aspects of putting this wonderful dish together. I would highly recommend this. She made reservations for us and we didn't wait even though ... read more
Dear Chris san I really appreciate your kind message. Your words encourage me more than you think. I was so happy to have a lovely day with all of you in Miyajima. You visited Japan best time for cherry blossoms. Now they are almost over. All of you are very sweet, warm-hearted and cheerful above all. I felt like one of your friends. Your jokes made me so happy. Thanks to your sister I have got some tips of guide jokes.I was inspired by her! I was also impressed that all of you showed much interest in Japanese things and asked me many questions. It was my pleasure. I hope my answer made sense to your questions. Thank you for all the wonderful memories and wish you well ! Sincerely, Azusa
Azusa was extremely helpful providing us with information about Hiroshima and Miyajima island. We got a little rushed at the Hiroshima peace memorial but she managed to make sure that we got an essence of the place
Dear Suresh san Thank you so much for your kind message. You are all friendly and very well informed people. You seemed to be interested in many kinds of Japanese things. Your point of view was very fresh to me. I realized to take a larger view is very important. Bon voyage! Azusa Arita
Azusa was an excellent guide and very friendly and spoke english well was flexible to work in our plans very knowledgeable about history where to go and knew the good eateries would highly reccomend Azusa we were a group of 4 from Australia
Dear Eric san I really appreciate your kind reviews. That gives me a lot of motivation. You are all cheerful and energetic ski lovers. You actively moved,so I could barely keep up with you. I think I need to increase my stamina. Would you like cycling ? Japan has one of the world’s most incredible bike routes between the main land and Shikoku, Japan’s fourth largest island. The roads and bridges command a wonderful view of the Seto Inland Sea. Please try to enjoy that next time. I hope you stay well forever. Sincerely, Azusa Arita
We were fortunate to spend a day with Azusa touring the Hiroshima Peace Park area and Miyajima Island. Azusa is warm, knowledgeable, and friendly. She also speaks very good English. We give her the highest recommendation.
Dear Daun san Thank you so much for your kind message. I had a very beautiful time with you in Miyajima. Especially I was so happy that you had much interest in our culture and asked many questions. I was also glad to know that you and your husband are big fans of baseball just like me. From now I am going to support your team in MLB games. Please warmly watch over Kenta Maeda. Have a safe flight. Azusa Arita
Azusa is a great guide. We had la t minute changes to schedule which Azusa easily accommodated. Her knowledge of Hiroshima and sights was impressive, travel schedule was easy to do. Overall we had a lovely relaxed and informed day with Azusa. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Thank you Azusa. Peter
Dear Peter san I really appreciate your kind remarks. And thank you for being patient, friendly and listening to me during the tour. I was so happy you have interests in Hiroshima. We got lucky with great weather. Maybe both of you have brought this lovely weather with you. Your journey has just begun and I hope this great weather will hold while you are in Japan. Enjoy your trip! Sincerely, Azusa Arita
Azusa helped us make the most of our short time in Hiroshima. She guided us through the ancient and modern history of Hiroshima, highlighting points of interest not in the travel brochures. Azusa found a wonderful authentic Okonomiyaki restaurant for lunch. Azusa is very friendly and helpful and communicates clearly in English. I would recommend Azusa to anyone visiting Hiroshima.
Dear Gary san I appreciate your great message so much. Both of you are really warm-hearted. You make me relaxed with the wonderful humor. During the tour I always feel comfortable being with you. And thank you so much for showing me your granddaughter's photo. She is as cute as a button.She must be the apple of your eyes. Unfortunately this autumn we have had many typhoons so I'm afraid you might not have fully enjoyed your stay in Japan. I would definitely like you and your family to come to Japan again once your granddaughter and the second grandchild get old enough. Wishing you good health, Azusa Arita
I took the Miyajima Half-Day Tour with Azusa. Her breadth of knowledge about the sight's history and religious importance alongside her understanding of Japanese culture more generally really brought my time in Miyajima to life! She provides considered and thoughtful guidance, ensuring that any questions you may have are not left unanswered. We started at the famous Tori Gate on Miyajima island, moved into the Tokokuni Shrine, ventured through the Daiganji Temple and eventually concluded our tour of the island through its shopping streets. Along with her extensive knowledge of the island, Azusa manages to take wonderful photos without fault! I have no hesitation in recommending Azusa for anyone who is looking for a personal and impactful tour through Miyajima. Her tour was certai... read more
Dear Andrew san Thank you so much for your kind message and recommending me. It was my pleasure to spend a really wonderful time with you in Miyajima. Your considerate attitude and a pleasant sense of humor must have been nurtured in your multiracial country. I learned a lot from speaking with you. It was inspiring for a tour guide from a racially homogeneous nation. Your job is very demanding and challenging. I hope you will enjoy your precious holidays to the fullest. Take care and good luck ! Sincerely, Azusa Arita
Amazing guide! She made sure we understood the history and story behind what we saw and visited and made our day with her an amazing memory. Azusa san is, on top of that, an extremely nice person and spending the day with her was a pleasure!
Dear Mariona san Thank you so much for your kind words. You are sailing a boat. So I thought this calm inland sea was not just good enough for you. But I am really glad to know that you are satisfied with Hiroshima tour. Both of you are so polite and kindhearted persons and above all showed much interest in things Japanese, which made me so delighted. The hot days continue on. Please take care of yourselves.
Ari san was friendly, funny and informative. We had a great time touring Miyajima and Hiroshima with her. Her knowledge was genuinely insightful, we left with a deeper understanding of Shinto customs and the history of the region. We would highly recommend booking a tour with her.
Dear Poh san I really appreciate your kind message. You are extremely humorous and wonderful couple. I was very glad to be with both of you. Fulfilling every day in your country seems to enrich your lives. I envy you. Someday I would love to go to your country . And your interest in Japanese art surprised me. Talking to you motivated me to study more about Japanese art. In Naoshima, please fully enjoy Japanese modern art. I wish you both happiness forever !
She was the best!! So knowledgeable she even showed us pictures. Awesome tour guide. She helped me how to get to Hiroshima airport and brought me a schedule the next day. Very sweet lady.
Dear Tommy san Thank you very much for your kind message. I was so happy to be with your family for two days. Your country's food culture was very impressive and interesting to me. It made me want to go to your country and try it. I hope your family liked Hiroshima food. Fortunately we had no trouble caused by typhoon. Maybe you brought the wonderful weather with you. Have a great trip ! Sincerely, Azusa Arita
I was a bit hesitant on finding a Tour guide without much reviews. But what a blessing it was to have choosen Azusa. she is a lovely lady who made our trip very memorable. Azusa is a very pleasant lady who came prepared and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend her for any trip to Hiroshima. we were travelling with 2 young children and a group of 6 adults. Thanks Azusa!!!!
Hello Michelle san Thank you for your heartwarming message . I’m delighted. Your family is so close and very kind to other people. I felt like part of your family. Time just flied when I was with you. I really appreciate everything that you did for me. And I’m glad you liked Hiroshima’s oysters. Visit us and eat it again, please!
We had a 4 hour tour seeing the main highlights of the city which we thought was enough to experience the history of Hiroshima. Azusa met us at the train station as we traveled from Kyoto on the day and took us to the various areas on public transport which is very good and helped us see the city. Azusa is a retired English school teacher and lovely lady. We enjoyed the half day with her.
Hello Drew san Thank you so much for your high evaluation. I really enjoyed spending a beautiful time with all of you !You are all so nice and warm hearted people. I am glad to have met you. This time we visited only two places. But in Hiroshima, there are more interesting spots such as sacred holly mountain and rabbits island. So visit us again, please. And have fun in the rest of your vacation in Japan!
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Dear Mr. Zvi I really appreciate your highest score on my tour. I enjoyed spending great time with all of you in Hiroshima. Thank you for the lovely time.