Basically start from SASEBO. Visit the high lights sightseeing spots of HIRADO and IKITSUKI islands. Tour time will be flexible from 6 to 9 hours depends on the numbers of highlight spots which you visit. Customer can choose highlight spots to visit. Some spots need admission fee.
At somewhere in Sasebo city, in the case of the remote area from Sasebo, meet-up fee will cost more than 1,500 JPN Yen, and waste your time, too.
Meet-up at your hotel or somewhere in Sasebo city. Drive to Hirado island. Cost Meet-up fee: 1,500JPY in cash
The bridge connects main land with HIRADO, drive through, if you want, can walk through on the bridge to observe great land scape.
Main castle of MATSURA domain. Observe castle outside area, if you want to observe inside, need admission fee.
Cost: admission fee(only inside)
Historical Chathoric church in Hirado. Observe inside and outside of the church, possibly cannot observe inside because of the condition. Walk through the area to observe some buddhist temple near the church.
Exhibits the collections of MATSURA clan who ruled the northern area of Nagasaki since the 13th century.
Cost Admission fee
Restored building, exhibits Japan-Dutch trading related materials, if you want, observe inside.
Cost: admission fee(only inside)
Have a local food as a lunch in Hirado city.
Cost Lunch fee 1000-1500JPY
360 degrees lookout of HIRADO island, need to walk up to the small hill to observe.
A small uninhabited island of martyrdom, sacrid island for the hidden christians, only observe from main island.
The bridge that connects HIRADO with IKITSUKI, drive through, can't walk on the bridge.
18m tall big buddist KANNON bronze statue, observe outside and inside
Dynamic natural view, geographical observation point
Dinamic observation from white light house stand on the cliff, 360 degree great view.
Drive back to Sasebo city. Drop you off. Tour ends.
At somewhere in Sasebo city, in the case of the remote area from Sasebo, you will be charged extra fee in cash.
★Standard course(7h): Start from SASEBO city. Drive to HIRADO island. Drive through the Hirado Ohashi bridge, or walk on the bridge enjoying great view. Then you visit HIRADO castle, Xavier Memorial Church, Duch Trading House(Restored), Lunch time, drive through KAWACHI PASS, And observe NAKAENO island(World Heritage Site) which is the sacred place for hidden Christians. Drive across the IKITSUKI Ohashi biridge, hedding north, stolp at SHIODAWARA cliff and drive back to SASEBO and dismiss.
★Full course(Max:9h): Basically same route as standard course, visit some optional spots by guset's requests, takes longer tour time, then drive back to SASEBO and dismiss.
The tour itinerary mentioned above can be changed depend on the guest's side requests, so tour time may be longer or shorter between 6h to9h.
If you visit MATSURA museum and observe the inside of HIRADO castle, you will understand the history of Matura clan who ruled HIRADO since 13th century.
To observe Dutch trading house and many churches, they makes you understood the international relationship and Christianity architecture of HIRADO.
If you visit OBAE observatory, you can observe the best geographical senery in Hirado area.
hourly guiding fee(4,000JPY×7hours=28,000)
meet-up fee(2,000JPY: guide's transportation fee to and from Sasebo city), admission fee at the spots, parking fee and toll-road fee(if used) , rental car related all costs(if use) ※You will pay these cost on site in cash or credit card.
My coverage areas are mainly poor public transportation areas, so mostly use my car(4 adult guests Max), it is easy to travel and free to move. I don't charge for my private car operation (only request the parking and the toll-road fees on site, if used).
The private vehicle can take 4 adult max. If you are 5 adults and more, you need to rent a car. I can drive most types of vehicles. Depending on the number of customers, I will rent a suitable size car and drive instead of you during the tour. In this case, you must pay for all rental car costs (Rental fee, insurance, refueling, toll road, parking fee, etc.).
My coverage areas are Nagasaki, Saga, and Fukuoka prefectures. But I live near Omura city in Nagasaki prefecture, so depending on where I meet you (meet-up), I will request you to pay the Meet-up fee (real transportation cost to and from the meeting spot) in cash on site. The meet-up fee will be different based on the transportation fee from where I stay. Before the tour date, I will inform you how much the meet-up fee in the original tour plan.
Here are the basic meet-up fees for each area, Ohmura city is 1,500 JPY, Sasebo city is 2,000JPY, Nagasaki city is 3,500JPY, Saga is 6,500JPY, and Fukuoka is 12,000JPY. I will try to choose the cheapest way, but I may not accept your tour request if the meet-up fee costs more than 9,000 JPY. But if you don't care high meet-up fee (more than 9,000JPY), I go anywhere as far as I can.
I work in both Nagasaki and Okinawa, working in 2 places for about half and half days a month. I have lived in Okinawa for over ten years and am qualified and registered as an Okinawa Prefectural interpreter tour guide.
On my schedule calendar, available days mean that I stay in Nagasaki; on the contrary, unavailable days mean I am in Okinawa(mostly), so I might be able to guide you in Okinawa. I have another GWG account in Okinawa also, please visit it, too.
On Sunday morning, almost of the church have MASS, so might not be able to observe inside.
When you meet a guide you will pay meet-up fee(2,000JPY) in cash on site.
Admission fee in some facilities and lunch are not included in guiding fee, so you need to pay on site in cash. If you want me to go inside of the facilities for translation, you will pay for my admission fee, too. (Most of the facilities, a guide will be free of charge with a guide license card)
I can managed to shorten the tour time until 5 hours(minimum), but the tour will be invaluable, just like a driving, so I cannot guarantee the quality of tour.
We might not be able to observe inside of the churches because of the church condition(Sunday MASS, special event, etc...).
4 and fewer guests can move by my car(4 guests Max, no charge for vehicle operation, you pay only parking and toll road fee), but 5 and more guests have to use a rental car and pay for all cost. It costs at least 5,000JPY and more in total for one day normally, but depends on the type of the car. I inform you estimated rental car cost in the proposal tour plan before your booking.
It is possible within my covering area, but you need to pay more meet-up fee depends on my transportation fee to meet you, and also waste your time, so I don't recommend you meet-up in remote area. Transportation fee includes fuel fee, toll road fee and etc...
Hero is a super friendly and knowledgeable tour guide. He arranged for a tour that involved seeing some important sites on the goto islands. His arrangements met with my expectations and I’d heartily recommend him for those who want to know a little bit more of the goto islands.
Thank you very much for the high evaluation of my guidance. I appreciate you very much. 1st day was so hectic, with many ferry boat transfers and walking a long distance on the rough routes. Two days were very short for Goto tour, please come again and visit rest of Goto islands. Hero
We engaged Hero for a 4-day tour of the Goto islands, to see hidden Christian sites and churches. Hero was responsive in planning the tour and answering our questions. He also made all the transport arrangements (ferry, rental car, boat) and accommodation bookings so that we could visit all the churches as planned. On the tour itself he was energetic and ensured that we were well taken of, often until the evening and dinner time. He was also careful to keep his personal costs reasonable as this was a private tour. He was able to converse well in English and enthusiastic to share his knowledge about the various hidden Christian sites. As it’s not convenient to visit the sites on the Goto islands without knowledge of Japanese, we recommend engaging Hero for a fun and interesting tour.
Dear Rey and Siu, Thank you very much for your high evaluation for my guiding tour. I've been so comfortable to guide you during this 4 days as if we're friends. I am so appreciated that. Take care and have a safe trip to your home, and see you in the near future in Japan again. Best regards, Hero
Yukihiro hat uns pünktlich am Kreuzfahrtterminal abgeholt und uns einen wunderschönen Tag in Nagasaki geschenkt - fernab der Touristenpfade - was unserem Wunsch entsprach - hat er uns spannende Orte, Plätze und Menschen vorgestellt. Immer wieder gerne mit ihm. Danke Yukihiro
Dear Dteterd, Thank you very much for your high evaluation. I couldn't understand Germany
Hero was very knowledgeable and very pleasant. He was really enjoyable. We would definitely use him again.
Dear Stan, Thank you very much for your great review of me. I also enjoyed the tour with you. I tasted Lilikoi Butter this morning, and it was really delicious butter, I like it. My mom also tried and she liked it. I didn't know what Lilikoi Butter is. Now I knew it is made of passion fruits and butter, I have learned about Hawaii little bit. I hope to visit Hawaii in the near future. Give my best regards to your wife and friends. Hero