Hiroshima Excursion

3 Day Tour

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Prices are generally for private arrangements and are per person based on two people travelling together and sharing a room. Price subject to change without notice.

OVERVIEW

Hiroshima is a city which has risen from the ashes since the horrific events of August 1945 and although these events are justifiably and sensitively commemorated, the city is now one with an energetic and cosmopolitan feel.

The wide tree lined avenues, castle (reconstructed), Shukkei-en gardens and of course the moving Peace Park and Memorial Museum ensure that the visitor has plenty to see and do over a couple of days here.
Miyajima Island

Nearby Miyajima Island, or Itsuku-shima as it was formally known, has been sacred to the Japanese since the inception of the first shrine on the island over fifteen hundred years ago. The present incarnation of the Itsukushima-jinja shrine is one of the island's greatest attractions, and the "floating" red torii gate that stands in the shallow waters of the bay when the tide is in remains on of the most photographed views in Japan.

DAY 1 - KYOTO/OSAKA TO HIROSHIMA

Today is a self-guided day.

The journey by Shinkansen bullet train to Hiroshima takes approximately 2 hours. Keep an eye out on the way for Himeji castle, also know as the White Egret castle due to its colour, and the Seto Ohashi bridge linking the main land with Shikoku Island. At 13.1km it is the longest two- tiered suspension bridge in the world.

Perhaps more than any other city in the world, Hiroshima is famous for one moment in history. On 6 August 1945, it became the first target of an atomic bomb. However, Hiroshima has risen phoenix-like from the ashes, and rebuilt itself as one of Japan's most laid back, vibrant cities full of wide boulevards, great food and friendly, welcoming people.

Today you will have the chance to explore some of Hiroshima’s world class museums and galleries. The Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art features artists such as Henry Moore and Andy Warhol; the Prefectual Art Musuem which collects and exhibits the traditional arts of Hiroshima, craftwork of Japan and Asia and is located next to the beautiful Shukkien Garden; and the Hiroshima Museum of Art which displays modern Western Art in addition to modern Japanese paintings in Western Style.

For a museum of a different sort, check out the Hiroshima City Manga Library, containing tens of thousands of Japanese comic books, or car enthusiasts can visit the Mazda Museum.

Overnight in Hiroshima (B)

DAY 2 - HIROSHIMA/MIYAJIMA

Today is a self-guided day.

A short tram and ferry ride will take you to Miyajima.

A small wooded island located in the Inland Sea, here you will find perhaps the most photographed site in Japan - The Floating Torii Gate.
Designated as one of Japan's '3 Most Beautiful Views', the shrine it belongs to dates back to the 6th century and is designed in a pier like structure.
Mere 'commoners' were not allowed to set foot on this holy place, and even now it is forbidden to give birth of die on the island!

You will have time to explore the island and its many shrines and temples, and sample local goodies like maple leaf shaped cakes.
There is also the option to hike up to the peak of the island, Mt. Misen, to see spectacular views of the surrounding islands or take the cable car which is included.

Miyajima is small enough to walk around, or you can hire a bike, but keep an eye out for the hordes of tame deer that roam the island.

Overnight in Hiroshima (B)

DAY 3 - MIYAJIMA TO KYOTO/OSAKA

You can choose to make the 2 hour journey back to Kyoto or Osaka at anytime.

PRICES ON REQUEST

There are a number of factors which will influence the price of your travel arrangements, including the standard of hotel. Reservations during weekends, peak periods and Japanese public holidays will be subject to supplementary charges. A discount will apply if you have a Japan Rail Pass

Prices are for private arrangements and are per person based on two people travelling together and sharing a room.

Hotels

  • First Class New Hiroden Hotel
  • Superior / Deluxe Sheraton Hotel

Our Services Include:

  • Hotel accommodation in twin room with daily breakfast,
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast),
  • All transport between destinations, Hiroshima/Miyajima
  • Transport Pass covering all trams and ferries, Information Pack

HIROSHIMA EXCURSION - 3 DAYS
HIROSHIMA IS A CITY WHICH HAS RISEN FROM THE ASHES.... (CODE: EXO)