Hugh C.

4.90(48) reviews

Available Areas

Hiroshima (Living), Kagawa, Okayama, Shimane, Yamaguchi



English (Native), Japanese


Response Time

4 hours on average


Availability Updated





Thanks for reviewing my profile.

I am Australian, from Sydney originally but my life with Japan and its culture and history spans 30 odd years and I have been a Hiroshima resident for 18 of those 30 years.

I joined GoWithGuide just recently but be assured I have led many tours in Hiroshima and more widely throughout metropolitan and regional Japan, sharing conversations about the unique society, its fascinating culture and history. I also have written several tourism blogs for inbound tour companies and also the Hiroshima Prefectural Tourism Bureau.

I speak fluent Japanese and I have immersed myself in the experience of living here in modern and traditional culture and spent many years studying martial arts Aikido and Iaido. I also have a strong interest in Buddhist teachings. My Japanese calligraphy work over the years has been received recognition and several awards and commissions both in Japan and elsewhere.

I'm looking forward to spending a great experience sharing the culture and history of Hiroshima with you.


I am very familiar with leading tours throughout Japan so on occasion, I would be happy to create a bigger experience in other parts of the country if you would like to discuss directly with me.

***Please note that this is a three-stage process: We would agree on destinations and activities to be included. 2. I would compile an overview. 3. If that is accepted, the guest agrees to receive a detailed itinerary including information about attractions, activities and transit details.

**Depending on the guest's length of stay and the time required to produce the tour itinerary document the guest may be quoted a fee of my hourly rate up to a maximum charge of (8) eight hours and if satisfied, to agree to accept that (subject to some reasonable amendments), the agreement to receive the itinerary would be a binding contract to agree to pay for the itinerary with no further obligation to accept it as a tour offer.

**Please note that once step three has been started the guest agrees to the payment of the discussed fee.


A Canny Day in Hiroshima

8 hours

The overall plan for a day in Hiroshima: Join me on a very memorable stroll through the history and culture of the "shrine island", designated one of the three most scenic sites in Japan and a World Heritage SIte, before returning to Central Hiroshima to tour Peace Memorial Park, it monuments and museums or, if desired, I am happy to discuss customising your tour to include other attractions.

FROM$270/ per group

A Chauffeured Tour: Mitaki Temple, Sushi, Kintaikyo Bridge

8 hours

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.

FROM$275/ per group

Hiroshima Classical Walking Tour

5 hours

A lovely relaxed half-day tour where we’ll share a comfortable three-stage walking tour as we stroll through Hiroshima’s classical Japanese landscaped gardens. Visit Hiroshima Castle and explore the interior Museum, before a tour of the fascinating modern history of Hiroshima including the A-Bomb Dome, and Peace Memorial Park.

FROM$154/ per group

Craft Beer Fest and Tavern Crawl Hiroshima

3 hours

We will navigate a 3-hour stroll through the back streets of the entertainment district of Hiroshima trying excellent craft beers and sake and stopping off at bars, pubs, and an izakaya, a traditional drinking house, where locals gather with friends and colleagues to enjoy mouth-watering, small-plate dishes cooked don the grill before your eyes along with free-flowing drinks.

FROM$116/ per person

Okayama and Kurashiki

8 hours

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.

FROM$270/ per group


3 hours

Sakagura is the grouping of breweries in a particular district. The word sake by itself is a generic term for alcohol and Japanese call the clear alcohol unique drink brewed in Japan nihonshu, which has played a central role in Japanese life and culture for 2,000 years. The town of Saijo is one of the premier sake-producing regions in Japan; this tour is a delightful stroll through the district and includes tasting at the breweries.

FROM$108/ per person


Patricia P.

Jan 6, 2023

Great day in Hiroshima

Had a wonderful day in Hiroshima with Hugh. He was wonderful at explaining the meaning and history of the sites we visited. Before even arriving Hugh was easy to communicate with to arrange meeting point etc. We loved our lunch with the locals at Lopez. He was even kind enough to come with us to the train station to help us change our return tickets. Thanks for a great day Hugh!

Hugh C.

Thanks Paty, Paul and Pablo. I spent a great day with you all. Thanks for a great review. Wishing you a lovely remainder of your stay and safe travels. Best Hugh


Andrew Q.

Jan 5, 2023

Excellent and Knowledgeable Guide

We had the pleasure of having Hugh to show us around Hiroshima and Miyajima on our day trip from Osaka recently. He met us right at our Shinkansen’s door and started the tour immediately. He shared his knowledge of not just Hiroshima and its history but also about Japan past and present. My teenage son who studied History in school took the opportunity to ask Hugh many questions while transiting from one location to another. Hugh patiently answered all of them and left a deep impression on my son. At the end of the tour, Hugh took us back to the station for our train back to Osaka. For his level of service and knowledge, I would highly recommend Hugh to anyone who is keen to explore Hiroshima and Miyajima on a guided tour. By the way, Hugh speaks excellent English and Japanese.

Hugh C.

Thank you Andrew for a wonderful review! I’’m so glad to know you all enjoyed the tour. It was a great pleasure sharing the day with you and your family. Best regards, Hugh


Kate R.

Jan 4, 2023

Best tour guide and Hiroshima experience

Thanks Hugh Cann for an exceptional day touring Hiroshima. We are a family of 5 (ages 10, 13,14) and Hugh was informative, flexible and great company. The walking tour of the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace memorial park was an incredibly insightful experience. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum was exceptional. The okonomiyaki lunch was absolutely delicious. The ferry trip to Miyajima was amazing. Definitely a highlight. Hugh recommended a fantastic sushi restaurant also. We wished we had another day in Hiroshima to explore more. Thanks Hugh for sharing your love for Hiroshima. Highly Recommended!! And book 2 days with Hugh as there is so much to see.

Hugh C.

Dear Kate & Sam, Zoe, Esther, Georgie, Thanks for the great review. You were all wonderful guests to spend the day with and I’m so glad you enjoyed. Certainly, wishing you all a fabulous trip and great skiing! Best Hugh


Julie D.

Oct 18, 2022

Lovely Hiroshima experience

Loved our Japan experience even more with this walking-learning tour! Thank you Hugh! This tour was wonderful! The Shukkie-en Gardens and the Hiroshima castle with its grounds were very lovely. We appreciated them even more knowing the historical background and cultural and religious aspects that led to their creation and maintenance. The Peace Memorial park is a reminder of a significant past which we should all remember and learn from. Hugh was very friendly, accommodating and patient. We didn't feel pressured or stressed. We especially loved his tour because he was easy to converse with in English which was one of the difficulties we had with other licensed local tour guides. Hence, we actually learned more from him and enjoyed the tour more. We felt very comfortable with him. He was very knowledgeable of the history of the places we went to, and the history of Japan in general (amazing!). He also showed us a good place to eat which was very nice! We definitely recommend him to anyone having a tour in Hiroshima and the surrounding areas. He is fluent in both Japanese and English so yeah, book a tour with him.

Hugh C.

Hi Julie, Julian, Judy, and Jane! I enjoyed sharing the day with you and thanks for lunch! This is a wonderful review and touches on all the aspects I hope people will appreciate. Thanks so much! Best Hugh