Enjoy a cultured exploration of Japan’s lesser visited Hiroshima region; an area packed full of fascinating museums and the UNESCO World Heritage Site the Itsukushima Shrine.


8 Days 7 Nights     From US$2390 per Person

Make a pilgrimage to Itsukushima Island, commonly known as ’Miyajima’, home to the Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s listed as one of the ’Three Views of Japan’ found just off the coastline northwest of Hiroshima Bay.

Hiroshima is a region that’s suffered great adversity in modern times, and had the unfathomable misfortune of being the target of the first atomic bomb during World War II.

The plucky region used the opportunity to reinvent itself, rising out of the ashes of devastation to rebuild a city that honors those who tragically lost their lives. The city is home to many outstanding museums and parks that pay homage to its lost children.

The main attraction of Hiroshima is undoubtedly the majestic gate at Itsukushima Shrine on Itsukushima Island which is lovingly called ’Miyajima’ by locals which means ’Shrine Island’.

The Shrine contains The Floating Torii Gate, a pier-like structure which is one of the most photographed sites in Japan. While on the island you can also hike (or take a cable car ride) to the top of Mt. Misen to get a scenic view of the surrounding region.

Each of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and our destination based teams will start planning a unique and personalized trip.

The Backyard Travel Team,


Explore an important region in Japanese history, rebuilt after a devastating attack during World War II
Visit the quaint island of Itsukushima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s home to the famous Floating Torii Gate, listed as one of the ’Three Views of Japan’
Learn about the culture of this less-visited area with tours around its many fascinating museums

Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

  • Start
  • Day 1: Kyoto - Hiroshima

    Yokoso and welcome to Japan! Your three day experience of Hiroshima will begin with a two-hour journey on the Shinkansen bullet train to Hiroshima. Along the way you’ll be able to take in some beautiful countryside as you pass by the iconic Himeji Castle, also known as the White Egret Castle because of its color, and the Seto Ohashi Bridge which links the mainland with Shikoku Island - the longest two-tiered suspension bridge in the world.

    Hiroshima is most notable for its somber place in history due to one single incident in 1945 when it became the target for the world’s first atomic bomb detonation.

    Humanity always finds a way to recover from such despairing situations, and Hiroshima was no different with the city rising from the ashes to rebuild itself as one of Japan’s most relaxed, vibrant cities offering fabulous food and friendly, welcoming locals.

    Your first day in Hiroshima will begin with an exploration of some of Hiroshima’s excellent museums and art galleries, first stopping at The Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art which features artists such as Henry Moore and Andy Warhol.

    Next you’ll move to the Prefectural Art Museum, which collects and exhibits traditional arts and crafts of the local region and beyond, which lies adjacent to the beautiful Shukkien Garden.

    You’ll then move to the Hiroshima Museum of Art which demonstrates a more modern style of east-meets-west; Japanese artists inspired by Western art - an eclectic mix.

    The last stop of your exploration of local art and culture will take you to Hiroshima City Manga Library for a unique museum experience to see thousands of Japanese comic books - an alternative reality which is truly Japanese.

    The remainder of your day will be spent at your leisure; you may choose to explore the local area or investigate the nearby shops and restaurants of the quaint region.

  • Day 2: Hiroshima - Miyajima

    After breakfast at your hotel you’ll board a local street car (tram) with your local Backyard Travel guide to take you to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in central Hiroshima.

    The park marks the spot where the bomb ‘Little Boy’ was dropped by the USA on 6 August 1945 during World War II. The Memorial Park is dedicated to those who lost their lives during the attack and stands as a somber reminder of the cost of war.

    You’ll have the chance to take a stroll through the beautifully kept gardens to discover many memorials and monuments before moving into the park’s museum where you’ll learn the story behind the moment and how Hiroshima, and Japan, rebuilt itself.

    After the museum, you’ll hop back on the street car and take a short ride to the ferry, which you’ll take to Itsukushima, a small island in western part of the Inland Sea of Japan.

    The island is lovingly called ‘Miyajima’ by locals, which means ‘Shrine Island’, and boasts The Floating Torii Gate, a pier-like structure which is one of the most photographed sites in Japan. Listed as one of the ‘Three Views of Japan’, the Itsukushima Shrine dates back to the time of Empress Suiko in the 6th century.

    You’ll have time to take plenty of photos and investigate some of the many iconic shrines dotted around the island. The island is relatively small and is home to approximately 2,000 people. You can choose to walk around the island or hire a bike to navigate your way around.

    Should you wish to oversee the island from a higher vantage point you will have the option to hike to the peak of Mt. Misen - or take the more leisurely choice of riding the cable car to the top (included in your tour).

    When you’re ready, your Backyard Travel guide will escort you back to Hiroshima where your evening will be spent at your leisure.

  • Day 3: Hiroshima - Kyoto

    After breakfast your Backyard Travel guide will collect you from your hotel and escort you to the local train station where you will embark on your journey to your next destination.

    If you’d like to combine this tour with trips to any other parts of Japan, be sure to contact our Japan Travel Specialists who’ll be delighted to assist you by including this trip in your tailor-made tour.

All of our Tours can be Tailored, Just Ask!

Tour Details

All of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and we’ll start planning your unique personalized trip!

Tour prices are a guideline only, and are based on two persons travelling together, sharing a double or twin room in luxury accommodation. Each tour price and can be adjusted depending on budget, activities included and standard of accommodation desired.

Tour and airfare prices include all applicable taxes and are subject to change without prior notice until services are booked.

You, your holiday and booking direct: Backyard Travel are on the ground year-round in Asia, which means you are booking direct with a local travel company, allowing you to save on the cost of your holiday. Our tailor-made tours are designed by local Travel Specialists who investigate every aspect of the trip themselves, giving you a unique view of each destination.

 Included in this Backyard Travel tour:

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

 Not included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Domestic and international flights
Departure taxes if applicable
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
Visa fees (contact us for further information)

Why Backyard Travel?

Our experienced travel specialists possess years of local insider knowledge, because they live here.
We have offices in all of our destinations in asia, fully staffed and open all year-round.
With backyard travel you are booking direct, allowing you to save and benefit local residents.

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