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Hiroshima, Japan UNESCO sites

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Hiroshima: Full-Day City Highlights Private Guided Tour

1. Hiroshima: Full-Day City Highlights Private Guided Tour

Spend the day with your guide exploring the highlights of the amazing city of Hiroshima. Explore the city's downtown, learn about the events of 1945, and visit the beautiful island of Miyajima. Walk around the Peace Memorial Park which is dedicated to the memories of the direct and indirect victims of the nuclear bomb attack in 1945. Continue to Genbaku Dome, a UNESCO world heritage site, and the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded. Visit the Peace Memorial Museum where you will see belongings left behind by victims of the nuclear attack, artifacts from the bomb, and read testimonies from survivors. As you explore the museum you will learn about the horrors, inhumane nature, and events of the 1945 attack. Try some local foods like Hiroshima-yaki or oysters for lunch before you finish up your tour of downtown Hiroshima. Board a ferry downtown and head to Miyajima, the Island of the Gods. Marvel at the floating red torii gate in high tide and go inside the Itsukushima shrine built over the sea.

Hiroshima: Itsukushima Shrine Sea Kayaking Experience

2. Hiroshima: Itsukushima Shrine Sea Kayaking Experience

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Itsukushima Shrine on a sea kayaking excursion. With its ‘floating’ torii gate, the shrine is one of Japan’s most photographed landmarks. Your friendly guide will explain how to use the equipment. Take some time to practice moving forward and backward, stopping, and turning the kayak by yourself. Next paddle out into the sea. Get up close to the Itsukushima Shrine to admire the site from a unique perspective. You can take photos with the torii gate in the background, before heading back to the beach. Full instruction will be provided, making this activity suitable for complete beginners as well as for those with previous experience of kayaking.

Hiroshima: 17-Minute Scenic Helicopter Flight

3. Hiroshima: 17-Minute Scenic Helicopter Flight

Experience the best views of Hiroshima from inside a helicopter with large windows.  Taking off from Hiroshima Heliport, you'll fly over the main UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Hiroshima, including the Itsukushima Shrine, the Atomic Bomb Dome and the iconic Hiroshima Castle.  The 600-meter panoramic views will offer a new style of sightseeing. With tour narration there's no better way to enjoy the dramatic Hiroshima skyline.

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