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The tale of two cities: Okayama & Hiroshima

There are so many reasons for visiting Okayama and Hiroshima: fine weather, beautiful scenery, rich history, good food and nice people…

Satoshi Inuki
Japanese literature enthusiast & one of Alfred&’s guides in Japan

A tale of two cities: Okayama and Hiroshima

There are so many reasons for visiting Okayama and Hiroshima: fine weather, beautiful scenery, rich history, good food and nice people, and the fact that you’re away from the hustle and bustle of the big-name tourist spots.

Okayama is well known in Japan as ‘the land of sunshine’ because of its low rainfall throughout the year. I’ve been there many times with clients and for personal trips, and the weather was always nice. The best places to visit are the well-preserved Bikan Historical Area and the lovely Korakuen Garden, which are never too crowded.

In Hiroshima, you can visit two completely different World Heritage Sites in one day. In the Peace Memorial Park, people can learn about one of the greatest man-made tragedies in human history and think about the folly of war. I had one guest who wanted to make paper origami cranes and offer them to the Children’s Peace Monument while we prayed for a peaceful future for all the children of the world – it was a very touching moment. Then there is Miyajima island with its sacred mountain and famous shrines, which has such a soothing spiritual atmosphere.

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Alfred & Satoshi Inuki

Satoshi is originally from a small town in Hyogo prefecture. In his early 20s he lived in Edinburgh where he met many people from all over the world who asked him questions about Japan. This prompted him to study more about his own country’s culture, history and traditions. He moved to Kyoto around 10 years ago and became a licensed guide in 2011, since when he has come to know every inch of both his new home town and destinations such as Hiroshima, Okayama and Naoshima to the west.

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