Fukuyama/Tomonoura Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

This value-packed trip with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Fukuyama!

Fukuyama features plenty of spots where you can experience history, such as Fukuyama Castle completed 200 years ago in the Edo period. There is a port town called as Tomonoura, a beautiful spot of the Seto Inland Sea National Park. Worth visiting are the many buildings from the Edo period still standing in the nearby port town of Tomonoura. The numerous islands spread out over the quiet waters of the Seto Inland Sea makes a very beautiful scene.

Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a six-hour tour that’s best for you!

Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary.
Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
* Duration: 6 hours
* Starts: Fukuyama, Japan
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Historical & Heritage Tours




This value-packed trip with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Fukuyama!

Fukuyama features plenty of spots where you can experience history, such as Fukuyama Castle completed 200 years ago in the Edo period. There is a port town called as Tomonoura, a beautiful spot of the Seto Inland Sea National Park. Worth visiting are the many buildings from the Edo period still standing in the nearby port town of Tomonoura. The numerous islands spread out over the quiet waters of the Seto Inland Sea makes a very beautiful scene.

Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a six-hour tour that’s best for you!

Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary.
Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Tomonoura Museum of History and Folklore, 536-1 Tomocho Ushiroji, Fukuyama 720-0202 Hiroshima Prefecture

Tomonoura (鞆の浦) is a port town at the southern end of Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Situated at a bay facing the Seto Inland Sea, the picturesque port town features an endearing old-fashioned fishing townscape, with a calm and laid-back atmosphere. Tomonoura is part of the Setonaikai National Park.

Tomonoura prospered in the olden days of sail boats, when merchant ships traveling along the Seto Inland Sea would dock at its port while waiting for a favorable tide. The town center flourished with the bustling sea activity, leading to thriving industries such as the production of “homeishu”, a medicinal liquor of shochu and 16 types of herbs, said to promote longevity.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Tomonoura Tourist Information Center, 416-1 Tomochotomo, Fukuyama 720-0201 Hiroshima Prefecture

Tomonoura (鞆の浦) is a port town at the southern end of Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Situated at a bay facing the Seto Inland Sea, the picturesque port town features an endearing old-fashioned fishing townscape, with a calm and laid-back atmosphere. Tomonoura is part of the Setonaikai National Park.

Tomonoura prospered in the olden days of sail boats, when merchant ships traveling along the Seto Inland Sea would dock at its port while waiting for a favorable tide. The town center flourished with the bustling sea activity, leading to thriving industries such as the production of “homeishu”, a medicinal liquor of shochu and 16 types of herbs, said to promote longevity.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Fukuyama Castle, 1-8 Marunochi, Fukuyama 720-0061 Hiroshima Prefecture

Fukuyama Castle was one of the greatest castle from Edo Period, built in 1619 by Katsunari Mizuno the feudal lord of the Bingo District. The two structure of the castle called as Fushimi-yagura and Sujigane-gomon are assigned as important properties of the culture of Japan. There is a small museum located inside the castle , where one can see the belongings and different things of medieval masters, alongside archeological and historical artifacts. Most of the structures of the castle were destroyed during world war II and was rebuilt in 1966.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Shinshoji Bus Stop, Kamisanna Numakumacho, Fukuyama, Hiroshima 720-0401, Japan

Shinshoji Temple (神勝寺, Shinshōji) is a Buddhist temple of the Rinzai Zen school about 15 kilometers southwest of central Fukuyama. Constructed in 1965 by a local industrialist, the temple is built on sprawling, forested grounds with a hill at the back and a pond in front. There is a network of walking trails, and the temple buildings are spread across the grounds.

The facilities at Shinshoji Temple are intended to provide visitors a Zen experience through various mediums, including tea houses, meditation classes, a museum gallery dedicated to artwork by Zen master Hakuin, as well as a unique contemporary art installation.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: 草戸千軒町遺跡, 1 Chome Kusadocho, Fukuyama, Hiroshima 720-0831, Japan

A historical medieval town, Kusado Sengen once was located on the bank of the Ashida River. That is to say, a town which had about thousands of houses and buildings at Kuasdo. The presence of the town had been overlooked for quite a while. It was just recorded as a fabulous town in a local history book amid the Edo Period. The site of Kusado Sengen had been uncovered following 1961. Subsequently, a considerable measure of finds was discovered at the site. These discover let us know what sorts of instruments the general population in Kusado Sengen used and how they live. All the consequence of investigations into Kusado Sengen shed another light on the investigation of medieval history in Japan.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Myooin Temple, 1473 Kusadocho, Fukuyama 720-0831 Hiroshima Prefecture

The Myooin Temple is said to have been established in 807 by Kobo Daishi. The significant diety of this temple is the statue of Eleven Faced Kannon.The fundamental corridor showcases a diverse vocabulary that comprises of the Japanese style generally and Chinese points of interest. It is one of the oldest types of such temple. The 5 story pagoda which is a delightful tower located inside the temple is the 5th oldest structure among the national fortune towers of Japan and is assigned as an essential social property alongside the main hall.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of History, 2-4-1 Nishimachi, Fukuyama 720-0067 Hiroshima Prefecture

This museum features the exhibits various antiques and other artifacts that are related to the culture of the Seto Inland citizens, which were exhumed through the excavation endeavors in river Ashida in Fukuyama. While strolling around the rehabilitated old town, you can explore the lifestyle of the people who used to live in Kusado Sengen.This is the historical center where you can take in the history and the way of life of Seto Inland people. It has a specific center upon the medieval settlement of Kusado Sengen.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Hakimonohakubutsukan Bus Stop, 4 Chome-16 Matsunagacho, Fukuyama, Hiroshima 729-0104, Japan

This is the most unique and country’s only footwear museum located in Fukuyama city, which showcases different exhibits of Japanese and outside footwear from old to present day times. There are about 2,266 pieces of footwear collections that are assigned as an important cultural folk artifacts by the government of Japan. There is also a Japan Folk Toy & Doll Museum located adjacent to Footwear museum that exhibits various local dolls and other artifacts.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Fukuzen-ji Temple, 2 Tomochotomo, Fukuyama 720-0201 Hiroshima Prefecture

A must visit place in Fukuyama, Taicho-ro is actually a gathering hall that appends Fukuzen-ji Temple. The Fukuzen-ji Temple is believed to have been built during 950 and Taicho-ro itself was fabricated later in 1690. The reception hall of the Taichoro overlooks the nearby islands and the sea which forms a beautiful scene, and the hall has been assigned as a Japan historic site. This room was utilized as a part of the past as a spot for Korean emissaries to stay, and even the agents adulated the excellent perspective from Taicho-ro. To this date, numerous vacationers still come to visit Taicho-ro to take photos of the fabulous perspective.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Susanoo Shrine, 1-1 Tode, Shinichicho, Fukuyama 729-3101 Hiroshima Prefecture

One of the must visit holy place in Fukuyama, Susanoo Temple is generally alluded to as Tenno-san, which cherishes Susanoo-no-Mikoto as its god who is the Shinto god of the sea and storms. The Gion Festival celebrated here is believed to have begun in the mid-Heian period. The principle yearly celebrations incorporate the Gion Festival, which is acclaimed for Mikoshi-awase, and the Chinowa-kuguri service. There are a number of Susanoo sanctuaries situated at different spots in Japan.

Duration: 1 minute