Hiroshima: Hiroshima Bay Sightseeing and Dinner Cruise
- Duration: 2.5 hours
Meet up with your friendly local guide and take the ferry to the sacred island of Miyajima. Learn about how this site is deeply rooted in Japanese mythology and religion, specifically Shinto and Buddhism. See the famous Torii gates, enter Itsukushima Shrine, and learn how to pray there. After taking an in-depth look at Itsukushima Shrine and learning about Japan's Shinto religion, visit Daisho-in Temple, one of the most important temples of Shingon Buddhism. Here, your guide will share their knowledge about Buddhism's role in Japan and this temple's significance to the island. Next, enjoy a stroll to Momijidani Park where you can check out the seasonal leaves. Momiji means "red leaves" or "maple tree", and Miyajima Island is famous for it. Spend time walking around and basking in nature. Then, your guide will take you to the five-storied pagoda and Senjokaku Hall for more cul...
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.
Start your tour by meeting your guide at your hotel. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Begin the tour with a ferry ride to Miyajima Island, which offers great views of the Seto Inland Sea. Once on the island, visit the floating Itsukushima Shrine and the oldest temple in Miyajima, Daisho-in, built by one of Japan’s most famous monks. Cherry blossoms in spring add to the magic of these well-known temple sites. Next, stop for a break at Gallery Miyazato. This local establishment serves up traditional Japanese sweets like the famous Momiji Manju, perfect for a refuel. Momijidani Park and its 200 maple trees await exploring next, and then Mount Misen, the most sacred place in Miyajima. Next stop is Rekaido, where you can see the home of the eternal ...
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.
Following a morning hotel pickup, take the JR local train to Miyajima-guchi and transfer to a ferry boat toward Miyajima Island. One of the most beautiful places in Japan, spend some time walking around the island to see the Great Torii Gate, Itsukushima Shrine, and Taishoin Temple. Enjoy lunch on the island. After the visit to Miyajima, take a tram to the Peace Memorial Park. Hiroshima is well known as the city on which the first atomic bomb was dropped. Walk around the park and see some of the monuments, including the Children's Peace Monument, Peace Bell, and Flame of Peace. You will then visit the museum to gain a better understanding of what occurred on that August 6 of 1945. Make your trip to Japan more memorable with this historic day tour led by a knowledgable guide.
Discover Hiroshima and Miyajima Island on a fully customizable private tour. Choose what you would like to experience, what time you would like to start your tour, and the local partner will arrange a tour to suit you. Start your day by meeting your guide at your hotel, then choose to sites you wish to visit depending on your interests. Example 6-hour Itinerary: Meet your guide at your hotel in Hiroshima and first visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. See the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, known today as the Atomic Bomb Dome, which was one of the very few buildings that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Today, the building serves as a memorial to the victims of the bombing, and as a symbol of international peace. Visit the onsite Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and learn more about the bombing. See poignant artifacts from the...
Embark the bus in the morning at Hiroshima Station and head towards Hiroshima Castle. Pass by the re-built castle and be inspired by its beauty. Arrive at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and visit the Atomic Bomb Dome. Explore this world heritage site following a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Pass by the former Army Clothing Depot and listen to the background stories coming from the audio guide. Leaving Hiroshima on a high-speed boat you can marvel at the Seto Inland Sea coastline, Miyajima Port and Miyajima. Depending on the traffic you will have some free time in Miyajima. Enjoy your time and visit Itsukushima Shrine or watch the floating gate. If you are lucky you might be able to walk through it. Get up close to friendly deer which were considered sacred messengers from the gods. You will be back at Hiroshima Station in the afternoon around 4:30 PM.
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