Steeped in important history and deep cultural meaning, this Hiroshima and Miyajima tour offers some eye-opening context to Japan.

3 Days, 2 Nights     FROM JPY 63,432 PER PERS

Enjoy a cultured exploration of Japan’s lesser-visited Hiroshima region, an area packed full of fascinating museums, deeply symbolic peace monuments, and the UNESCO-listed Itsukushima Shrine.

Your Hiroshima and Miyajima tour will be self-guided to suit your pace and to minimize costs. A city that’s suffered great adversity in modern times, Hiroshima has rebuilt itself as a city that honors those who tragically lost their lives in World War II. The city is home to many outstanding museums and parks that pay homage to its lost children. Meanwhile, the spiritual hub of Miyajima just a 10-minute ferry ride away in the Inland Sea offers a more ancient look at Japanese history and spirituality.

In Hiroshima, the A-Bomb Dome, Children’s Peace Monument and the Peace Memorial Museum are moving, important homages to world peace, while the Floating Torii Gate of Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, reveals the deeply spiritual, stunning side of this seaside region. Listed as one of the “Three Views of Japan,” the vermillion Floating Torii Gate is one of the most-photographed sites in the country. On this gentle, self-guided tour that includes transfers by bullet train, you’ll find out just why these cultural gems are so important to the Japanese—and to the rest of the world.



“Hiroshima and Miyajima both offer important insights into Japanese culture and history. I’d recommend making this tour a part of any cultural visit to Japan.”

Tuck Sermkhun, Backyard Travel Japan Specilaist


Explore an important region in Japanese history that has been rebuilt after World War II
Visit the quaint island of Itsukushima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s home to the famous Floating Torii Gate
Learn about the culture of this less-visited area with self-guided tours to suit your pace

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Daily Itinerary


  • Daily Itinerary
  • Day 1: Kyoto - Hiroshima

    Yokoso and welcome to your Hiroshima and Maiyajima tour!

    From Kyoto, you’ll take the world-famous shinkansen, or “bullet train,” to Hiroshima on the island of Shikoku. Stay alert for a view of Himeji Castle, otherwise known as the “White Egret Castle” for its pearly white color, and the Seto Ohashi Bridge, which connects the Honshu mainland with Shikoku Island. Measuring 13.1 kilometers, Seto Ohashi is the world’s longest two-tiered suspension bridge.

    Hiroshima is notable for its somber place in history as the target of the world’s first atomic bomb detonation in 1945. However, humanity is resilient, and Hiroshima rose from the ashes to rebuild itself as one of Japan’s most relaxed, vibrant cities offering fabulous food and friendly, welcoming locals.

    Suggested Self-Guided Itinerary
    Head to the Genbaku Dome-mae station, which is located next to the symbolic A-Bomb Dome. Here, the ruins of the former Industrial Promotion Hall of Hiroshima has been made into a deeply meaningful monument and is one of the few World Heritage Sites that reminds us how horrendous war can be.

    From the dome, cross the Motoyasu Bridge and pay a visit to the Children’s Peace Monument, which features a statue of Sadako, a young girl who died of radiation exposure, as well as a number of booths filled with colorful paper cranes left as offerings for world peace.

    Walking toward the museum, you’ll pass the Cenotaph for A-Bomb Victims, designed by Kenzo Tange, winner of the 1987 Pritzker Prize. Below the archway is a stone chest that contains a registry of all those who died from the bombing, regardless of nationality. The epitaph “Let all the souls here rest in peace, for we shall not repeat the error” is engraved here.

    Wrap up your afternoon tour at the Peace Memorial Museum to get a more in-depth look at the history before and after the bombing. The museum contains two wings: the East Building shows the history of Hiroshima before the bombing, life during WWII, and Japan’s efforts to encourage world peace. The Main Building exhibits a moving collection of articles, including the personal belongings of victims.

    Please note: The Peace Memorial Museum is undergoing renovations. The East Building will be closed from September 2014 to spring 2016.

    Overnight in Hiroshima

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

    Japan Hiroshima Shukkeien Gardens
  • Day 2: Hiroshima – Miyajima

    After an early breakfast at your hotel, head to Miyajimaguchi Port and board the ferry that will bring you to Miyajima Port on the island of Itsukushima, lovingly called “Miyajima” by locals, in the Inland Sea of Japan (approximately a 10-minute ride). Meaning “Shrine Island” in Japanese, Miyajima boasts the Floating Torii Gate, a pier-like structure that is one of the most photographed sites in Japan.

    Suggested Self-Guided Itinerary
    Spend the morning visiting two of Miyajima’s most popular sites:

    Daisho-in Temple
    The most-visited Buddhist temple in Miyajima, Daisho-in is situated at the foot of the holy mountain Misen. Lining the stairs that lead to the main hall of the temple is a row of spinning sutras. Turning these sutras as you climb the stairs is believed to bring you blessings.

    Itsukushima Shrine
    Considered one of Japan’s three most beautiful views, Itsukushima Shrine is home to the famous “Floating Torii Gate.” The shrine dates back to the 6th century and its design mimics a pier-like structure. Jutting out from the sea just meters from the shrine is the huge, vermillion o-torii gate, which seems to float in the water during high tide.

    This afternoon, return to Hiroshima to continue sightseeing if you wish, visiting historical sites such as Hiroshima Castle and Shukkeien Garden or exploring local museums.

    Overnight in Hiroshima

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

  • Day 3: Hiroshima – Kyoto

    After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure before your scheduled bullet train transfer back to Kyoto Station.

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast


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Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
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Service of English speaking guides in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

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Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
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