A day tour includes visiting Okayama castle (where you might like to try your hand at making a ceramic or get a photo of yourself in a kimono) and the elegant Korakuen gardens followed by a visit to Kurashiki and the old preserved quarter there. There is an option for a lovely cycling experience across the Kibi plain along riversides, past temples, and shrines.
Okayama Station or your hotel in Okayama
The black lacquer Okayama Castle and classic Korakuen considered one of the top three gardens in Japan
Visit the picturesque preserved historic quarter with its feudal age architecture and willow-lined canal.
A relaxed cycling excursion following the ancient trade route Kibi Plain flanked by expansive rice fields and orchards, along riversides visits to ancient monarch's burial mounds, temples and shrines,
Okayama Station or your hotel in Okayama
We will meet at Okayama Station and take a short tram ride for you to enjoy my guided tour of feudal age Okayama Castle and adjacent classically landscaped Korakuen Gardens. We will lunch transit to Kurashiki for lunch and stroll the Bikan Preserved Historical Quarter.
fares and admissions (you and the guide)
Okayama Castel and Korakuen admission: ¥560
Tram to the castle: ¥100
fares (you and guide)
***My fares to Okayama and return ¥6230 each way = a total of ¥12, 460
Okayama to Kurashiki ¥320
Kurashiki to Soja ¥240
Bitch-Ichinomiya to Okayama ¥310
Cycle hire: ¥1000
I am based in Hiroshima and ask the guest to cover the cost of my fares including round trip transport to Okayama and return ¥6230 each way = a total of ¥12, 460.
Hugh is an awesome guide. We had an amazing experience exploring the place with hugh. He was informative, cordial, super cooperative and very good company. He invested allot of time ahead of the trip to plan it properly to ensure we have a smooth experience given we were travelling with a toddler and both my parents having Mobility constraints. It was my fathers dream destination during his Japan visit and I am glad we did it in an organised manner with Hugh.
Hi Waqas family! Thanks for the wonderful review. It was an absolute pleasure spending the two days with you all and I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Do let me know if you need any of the images I have for your souvenir collection. Best, Hugh
We found Hugh to be a wonderful guide, with a fantastic knowledge of the area and local culture. We put ourselves completely in his hands and were thrilled with our tour. He is fluent in both English and Japanese, and his affable and engaging nature makes him the perfect guide for both small or large groups. For any Aussies visiting Hiroshima- this is your guy - don’t look any further! Thank you Hugh for a brilliant day. We can’t recommend you highly enough!
Thanks so much for such a glowing review! It was a real pleasure sharing the day with you all. ????
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