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 Your first stop should be the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in central Hiroshima.
The area where the park now lies was ground zero for the Atomic Bomb on 6th August 1945. After the bombing the Memorial Park was created and dedicated to those who lost their lives in the attack.
Stroll through the park and discover many memorials, monuments and statues, before heading into the Museum itself.
Later in the afternoon, 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.
Overnight in Hiroshima
Meals included on this day: Breakfast