The attractions of this nostalgic port town named " Tomonoura" are within distances from the bus stop and it's comfortable walking. You may be surprised to see KUBIZUKA( the mound for severed head ) is among old houses where people live their every day life. In this small fishing town, life and death coexist naturally. Time is passing slowly in this town.
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many photogenic streets lined by rustic old houses
A stroll along the bay is refreshing
Have you seen enough of temples and shrines? How about spending a relaxing time in a small town that preserves a historic atmosphere? Tomonoura is a port town at the southern end of Fukuyama city, Hiroshima prefecture. Located at a bay facing the Seto Inland Sea , the picturesque fishing port town has a calm and laid-back atmosphere . Tomonoura is a part of the Setonaikai National Park, which has been picked as a filming location for movies such as " The Wolveine" starring Hugh Jackman and " Ponyo on the Cliff" by the popular Studio Ghibli. We visit there by bus which runs from Fukuyama Station every 20 minutes. Fukuyama Station is on the JR Sanyo Shinkansen. Direct Sakura and Nozomi shinkansen trains connect Hiroshima / Shin -Osaka to Fukuyama Station, costing about 4420/ 7340 JPY one way. The Japan Rail Pass fully covers the trip on Sakura trains but not on Nozomi trains.
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bus fare ( from Fukuyama to Tomonoura ) : 550 JPY
Azusa was absolutely delightful, informative, warm and passionate. Azusa listened to what we wanted to do and was flexible to structure our time to suit. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Azusa.
Dear Damien san I really appreciate your kind words. Your message motivates me a lot. I am so happy to know that you had a fulfilling day though the tour was in cold weather. I hope you will fully enjoy New Year's holidays in Japan. Be careful of eating too much rice cakes ! Rice cakes are rich in calories. Sincerely, Azusa Arita
Am so glad to have engaged Azusa-san as my guide as she made the process of planning the tour easier for me, offering suggestions and ideas and assisting whenever i had questions about the itinerary. In real person, she is very friendly and speaks good english that my family, including my older kids could understand, which was very useful when she tried to cover the history and facts of each attraction we visited. She took the extra mile to bond with my kids and we had a good time chatting over lunch. Feel very comfortable with her that we went with her recommendation on lunch options and souvenirs which turned out to be the best decision we made. Thank you Azusa-san for your hospitality and warm service that made our stay in Hiroshima truly enjoyable!
Loved working with Azusa! She was super helpful and responsive during the planning phase, and during the tour all our group members loved her and her pleasant disposition, as well as ability to provide a lot of helpful historical and current information. She was the best guide we had in our two weeks in Japan. In addition, her English is very good and can be easily understood. Thank you Azusa!
Dear Ziad san I appreciate your kind words. Thank you so much. Your comment made my day! You and your friends are vey nice to each other. You treated me as if I were a member of your group and it was great to talk with all of you. Time passed very quickly. I need to apologize for one thing. I got you up the many steep stairs in Himeji Castle. Some of your members seemed to be sore the next day. I got sore one week later. It is said the pain comes late for aged people. I hope you and your friends are not soured on this and will come to Japan again ! Sincerely, Azusa Arita
FABULOUS GUIDE!!! Will highly recommend her to friends!!!
Dear Marylin san Thank you so much for your kind words. It was raining on and off all day. However you are all bright and cheerful in that restless weather. I got a lot of energy and nice jokes from you. " Discover this covered gate!" Let me use this joke in my tours. All the best !