Set About Learning Cultures and Historical Sites in Hiroshima!
One-day Hiroshima Private Tours with English-Speaking Guide
Our tours have temporarily been suspended due to the COVID-19 issues but will resume once ready. Here is a status update of Hiroshima city for your future trip planning purpose (June 29)
Entry Restrictions from abroad -- Japan decided to ease entry restrictions from overseas countries where coronavirus infections are under control. The initial flight for Vietnam took off on June 25. Australia, New Zealand and Thailand are expected to follow. Another negotiation is going on to re-open the boarder with EC in July.
Infection Increase in Tokyo after finishing the state of emergency - Tokyo Officials say 58 new coronavirus cases were confirmed today. The number of infections has been on the rise in recent days, but the government does not plan any states of emergency for restriction. FYI -- 168 cases and 3 deaths have been confirmed in Hiroshima till now.
Rainy Season (Tsuyu in Japanese) -- Tsuyu will confinute till late July. While heavy rain is forecast, the Japanese hydrangea, the most famous and beautiful flower in this season, can be seen in the Shukkeien Garden located at the center of Hiroshima on a clear day.
Rest House and Folded Paper Cranes at Peace Memorial Park -- Rest House will re-open on July 1 after its 2-year preservation work. Travel Information desk will resume its operation inside and the A-bombed piano will newly be exhibited. Due to the decrease in visitors, the number of folded paper cranes dedicated to Children's Peace Monument and recycled for peace-related products such as post cards is decreasing. Please bring yours when you come to Hiroshima. Our tour includes the paper crane workshop.
The restriction status at key sightseeing points
Peace Memorial Museum -- Open
Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima -- Open
Cable Car of Mr. Misen in Miyajima -- In service
Hiroshima Castle -- Open
Shukkeien Japanese Garden -- Open
Yamato Museum in Kure -- Open
JMSDF Kure Museum in Kure (submarine museum) -- Open
Boat Cruising Tour in Kure -- In service
Peace Memorial Ceremony on August 6 -- The city of Hiroshima decided to hold the annual ceremony but on a smaller scale basis. The invitation seats will decrease from 11,000 to 880, and are available only for the survivors and bereaved families.
Lantern Floating Event on August 6 -- The executive committee decided to hold the annual lantern floating event by limited members this year. Tens of thousands visitors and citizens participate in this event held along Motoyasu River every year.
New Experiences Await All People
New experiences in Japanese cultures and historical sites await you. We offer private tours good for all people such as first-time visitors, seasoned travelers, small groups or large groups requiring a chartered bus, elderly and families with children.
NEW! Alternative Packages Available Even in Same Tours
Several alternative packages are available even in the same tour to support a variety of customer needs in the prices and contents. Here are some examples:
A: Guide Only Package (Guide + WiFi router + Photos)
B: Value Package (A + Transportation + Admission + Safety Enhancement + Digest Movie)
C: Fun Package (B + Cultural Experiences)
D: Taxi Package (C + Taxi rides in lieu of walks)
Entertain You with "Only-One" Contents
01 Learn unique Japanese culture
You'll understand the nature of Japanese cultures with our unique approach to compare temples for Buddhism and shrines. A lot of amazing stories await you!
No additional payment is required except for your own meal in Package B or higher.
03 Safety Enhancement
Your safety is highly enhanced with our special indemnification (JPY 30,000,000/person equivalent to US$270,000/person at @110/$) against unexpected accidents in Package B or higher. It is applied to all the participants including kids.
04 Your Digest Movie
This is another peak in the tour. Digest movie containing your itinerary and photos can be downloaded in Package B or higher after the tour. The good memories can play on your mobile device any time.
SAMPLE - Please click the sample movie (short & low quality version).
Available from our link 24 hours after the tour.
Format: MP4 (1920 x 1080)
Duration: 12~15 min.
Flexibility for Tailor-Made Tours
If you want tailor-made tours, such as port pick-up services, chartered bus, slow paces for elderly / children / baby car / those who need wheelchairs or other sightseeing locations, please contact us for our suggestions.
Hiroshima Local Tours is a family-run company, born late 2018. Through over 35 years of overseas business experiences, we have noticed that most of the visitors overlook the interesting key features around them. Our mission is to let the foreign folks have more fun by knowing Japan and Hiroshima.
We are licensed by Hiroshima Governor (License Number: #3-431) in full compliance with the Japan Travel Business Law. Your convenience and safety are well protected during our tours.
Please see the customer's reviews on TripAdvisor:
Very friendly, knowledgeable, and wonderful with story telling. Also acted as our personal photographer at times with his very nice camera, and sent us photos and videos from the day within 24 hours! (October)
Cannot recommend Hiroshima Local Tours strongly enough. If you are planning to visit these remarkable places and want to hear about the history, cultural significance and people of Miyajima and Hiroshima, Hiroshima Local Tours is your guide! As an added bonus, he takes GREAT photographs (September)
Organized, thorough and pointed out all of the must see details from Miyajima to Hiroshima castle and the Peace Memorial. We were thrilled to land such a knowledgeable guide who was able to answer all of our ad hoc questions (September)
Extremely knowledgeable and we saw many things that we would otherwise have walked right past (May)
(NEW) Tour prices and packages were refined for more choices (March 10, 2020)
(NEW) Due to the COVID-19 virus, our tours have temporarily been suspended for a while (March 1, 2020)
Upcoming Events in Hiroshima - Here is the local event information for international travelers
Quick Learning for International Travelers - Here is the cultural information for international travelers before visit to Japan and Hiroshima
Hiroshima Scenery Photos - Here is an album of Hiroshima photos taken at the famous sightseeing locations. Please refer to them in your tour planning.
Hiroshima Weather Forecast - Here is the link to the Hiroshima weather forecast for the next 6 days.
Tour Conditions (取引条件説明書面)
For your quick reference, the following are the key extracts from the tour conditions:
All tours are planned and conducted by Hiroshima Local Tours (HLT) based on its itinerary
Tour contract comes into effect when HLT’s contract conclusion e-mail reaches the client.
HLT provides customers with the final itinerary, the tour conditions and the contract documents upon the contract conclusion.
No cancellation fee is required till 2 days before the tour date if you have not requested a chartered bus or taxi.
If you have booked a chartered bus, taxi or accommodation, the client shall pay the cancellation fees described below as shown in the terms & conditions (Timing of cancellation is based on Japan time):
Prior to the departure date Fee
No less than 11 days (1/) 0%
8 - 10 days (2/) 20%
2 - 7 days 30%
1 day 40%
Before the departure on tour day 50%
After the departure or no notice 100%