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Our most recommended Hiroshima Neighborhood Tours

Miyajima: Cultural Experience in a Kimono

1. Miyajima: Cultural Experience in a Kimono

Enter Tokujuji Temple and have a traditional Japanese cultural experience, combining your choice of a tea ceremony, calligraphy lesson, or both, all while wearing traditional Japanese dress. During the calligraphy lesson, you'll learn about the tools used and how to draw the lines with step-by-step instructions. You'll have plenty of time to practice one or more of the Kanji, Chinese Characters, to draw. While you practice, your instructor will make a sample of your name. Once you have practiced the Kanji, practice how to draw your name in Japanese, either in Hiragana or Katakana. Select the best of your work and sign it and stamp it. It will be put into a cylinder to take home. The tea ceremony has 5 steps. First, the tea master will bring in the tools. Then, they will purify the tools, make the tea, clean the tools, and take everything back to the Mizuya, backyard. Enjoy sweets and matcha tea. Learn how to drink the tea in the correct manner and how to make the tea. Take a walk in the beautiful Japanese garden and have pictures taken.

Hiroshima: Oyster Farm and Floating Torii Gate Boat Tour

2. Hiroshima: Oyster Farm and Floating Torii Gate Boat Tour

Hiroshima oysters are known as some of the best oysters in Japan. On this trip local fisherman will take you to an oyster farm and explain how they are grown. If you visit in the right season, you will be amazed to see lots of oysters growing on suspended ropes. After visiting the oyster farm, the boat will head to Itsukushima island, home to the Itsukushima Shine. The shrine is best known for the iconic red floating Torii gate standing in the sea. Admire the scenic view of the floating Torii gate in front of a background of mountains. You will then head back to the dock. If you are in the right season, you will see fishermen getting the oysters ready to be shipped out.

Hiroshima: Hidden Gems and Highlights Private Walking Tour

3. Hiroshima: Hidden Gems and Highlights Private Walking Tour

Join a friendly guide to get an authentic experience of Hiroshima on a personalized tour of its highlights and hidden gems. Your guide is passionate about the place they call home and chooses to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Marvel at the city’s unknown history, fascinating culture, and fantastic food scene as you’re led down its liveliest streets, as well as those off the well-trodden tourist trail. Begin your experience by taking a serene stroll through 400-year-old Shukkei-en, a tranquil Japanese garden and a survivor of the atomic bomb. Explore the Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome, both must-sees to fully comprehend Hiroshima’s strength and resilience, and then grab a bite at Okonomimura, or Okonomiyaki Village. There, several restaurants under a single roof serve the food locals love most: Hiroshima Okonomiyaki, the city’s unique take on Japan’s famous "everything pancake." Pass by a collection of oyster huts and restaurants selling some of Hiroshima’s best delicacies, then head to buzzing Nagarekawa, the city’s ultimate party and entertainment district, where you’ll peer into hip bars and quirky cafes lining neon-lit streets. In downtown Hiroshima, keep the party vibe going in the buzzing, bar-lined Ekinishi neighborhood, packed with trendy haunts and diverse restaurants housed in renovated buildings. Catch your breath with a peaceful walk through Hiroshima Minato Park at the city’s port, and if you still have time and energy to spare, take a hike up Mount Haigamine for a bird's-eye view of the sparkling sea and city that’s widely believed to be one of the most beautiful in the region. Your personalized itinerary will be planned according to the number of hours booked and adapted to your preferences.

Hiroshima: Best of Hiroshima Food Tour

4. Hiroshima: Best of Hiroshima Food Tour

Start the tour near the famous Peace Park, and follow your guide through the streets and shopping arcades of downtown Hiroshima. Whilst many people know the history of Hiroshima, enjoy this illuminating opportunity to meet local people and visit off-the-beaten-track hidden gems.  As you stroll, gain an understanding of how Hiroshima's commitment to peace around the world has made it one of the friendliest cities in Japan. See how people genuinely want to share their stories, welcome you to their city and share with you, not just the history, but what the city has become and how they look toward the future. Experience local hospitality and try the dishes this city has become famous for across Japan. Take the opportunity to try classic Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki, local snacks, and spicy tsukemen that will delight ramen lovers everywhere. After this, visit a classic “village-inside-a-building” to sample some teppanyaki yumminess. Finally, finish up with a surprising old-meets-new dessert stop.

Hiroshima: Sake Town Tour in Saijo Hiroshima

5. Hiroshima: Sake Town Tour in Saijo Hiroshima

Discover the neighborhood of Saijo in Hiroshima, the perfect destination for Sake fans due to its concentration of breweries along the waterfront. Find out how the water or, 'shikomi mizu', is essential for producing this local alcohol due to its medium hardness that is well suited for the brewing process. Discover the subtle differences in the water’s components which impact the taste of the sake at each brewery’s location. Begin the tour with a tasting and sake explanation at Kamotsuru brewery, representative of Hiroshima sake. See how Kamotsuru boasts an impressive line up of 12 unique bottles. Witness many artifacts and learn about the brewing process. Please note that watching the sake brewing process is not available to the public in Japan due to sanitary and health inspection regulations. Next, head off to try a local specialty hot-pot dish made with premium sake called Bishu Nabe, and other tasting plates made with Saijo ingredients. Learn about the history of this tasty dish at a local lunch spot. Please note that Bishu Nabe must be ordered in advance so last minute bookings may require an alternate lunch menu. After lunch, stroll through the picturesque streets and go brewery hopping. Sample many kinds of sake and sake based products in unique tasting rooms. Visit a local cafe and enjoy sweets and a snack break inspired by Japanese rice wine. At each brewery, sample different kinds of sake. If you find a type you like, the brewery shops carry a huge variety for you to purchase and take home. Finish the tour with a new perspective on Saijo and an incredible knowledge of how sake is produced. 

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What people are saying about Hiroshima

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 23 reviews

We loved this experience so much! Spending the afternoon being beautifully dressed, learning about calligraphy and experiencing the tea ceremony with such kind and wonderful hosts made this day the most memorable of our 3-week vacation in Japan! The location is also very beautiful. We learned so much about Japanese culture. We love that we could take back home our calligraphy artwork and now we are looking forward to the beautiful photos in the garden. I will definitely recommend this experience to anybody traveling to Japan! Thank you so much!!!

A few streets away from the tourist hustle and bustle, we were able to immerse ourselves in Japanese culture at this event. The ladies were very kind, took a lot of time for everything and explained everything in detail. We were the only participants at the tea ceremony and then we got a small photo shoot, so we spent more than two hours in the temple. We could experience the oft-mentioned Japanese politeness. Communication in English worked wonderfully.

I love all! The staff girls were very friendly, they explained everything very well. The experience is very nice because they help you choose the kimono and its accessories. In addition, I asked them for recommendations of tourist places in Japan, not only did they tell me but they also wrote them down for me. I am very grateful to them! I definitely recommend it :D

Tea Ceremony & Calligraphy lesson conducted with exemplary skill. Genuine warmth beauty & true essence of a Japan! When I next come to Hiroshima I will definitely go again as simply my best experience in Japan. I’ve been to Tokyo Osaka, Kyoto, Nara even badly run Kobe and these ladies were the best!

Was the best experience super patient with us for two people who know no Japanese. Really enjoyed and defiantly worth it.