Peaceful MItaki Temple, then sushi en route to the famed landmark Kintai Bridge, the elegant, wooden bridge of five bold arches spanning massive stone pillars across the Nishiki River. Afterwards, as an option, we will drive up into the hills to the thatch-roofed restaurant Irori Sanzoku, an elaborate Japanese themed restaurant for a relaxed, delicious meal before returning you to your hotel.
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At your hotel in Hiroshima, or if arriving from Osaka or Kyoto I will greet you on your arrival at Hiroshima Station
At your hotel or see you off you on your return departure from Hiroshima Station
A wonderfully relaxed day starting with a quiet stroll through the peaceful gardens (a rare experience in Japan these days) of Mitaki Temple. After that, we’ll head to Kintaikyo Bridge. It's a one hour drive but we will stop along the way for sushi. From the restaurant, it’s a short drive to the Kintaikyo Bridge and environs that include temples, shrines dating back to the feudal Edo period, museums and a lovely park.
- Choko-kan Museum: This museum focuses on articles of everyday life, and also features some scroll paintings and displays on Kintaikyo Bridge.
- Kikkawa Museum: This small museum displays the possessions of the Kikkawa family, which includes documents, swords, and weapons. closed Wednesdays
- Iwakuni Art Museum: This museum's collection includes glassware, samurai armor, ceramics, and the furniture of Iwakuni's feudal lords. closed Thursdays (following day if
Thursday is a national holiday)
From there we have the option of heading (20 min drive) up into the hills to the traditional and very novel restaurant Irori Sanzoku (aka the Chicken Shack) for a light meal before returning you to your hotel.
**If you are arriving for a day trip from Kyoto or Osaka, I will be happy to recommend your best inbound train schedule and make return bookings for you.
lunch approx. ¥2000
dinner approx ¥1500
chauffeur driven car, fuel, toll and parking fees total ¥16000 paid in cash to guide
Involves approximate 1.7 km (1.25 miles) Involves walking for approximately 1.7 kilometres (about 1.1 miles) with a steep path at Mitaki. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Wear comfortable clothing in You will need comfortable walking closed-toe walking shoes.
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 sites we visited and, perhaps more importantly, Japanese cultural aspects. We left the tour with an enhanced and very insight understanding of how the Japanese think and act. And I would be remiss if not mentioning our lunch. We ask Hugh to pick a restaurant for a more traditional meal. We ended up a local establishment where, after passing through an outdoor seating area with a waterfall view and locals cooking their food, we sat down inside on stools. Speaking Japanese, Hugh was able to explain the dishes and order for all of us. This was truly a memorable meal! In case it is not obvious from the above, we highly recommend selecting Hugh on a future tour.
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