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Hiroshima, Japan Neighborhood tours

Our most recommended Hiroshima, Japan Neighborhood tours

Miyajima: Cultural Experience in a Kimono

1. Miyajima: Cultural Experience in a Kimono

Enter Tokujuji Temple and have a traditional Japanese cultural experience, combining your choice of a tea ceremony, calligraphy lesson, or both, all while wearing traditional Japanese dress. During the calligraphy lesson, you'll learn about the tools used and how to draw the lines with step-by-step instructions. You'll have plenty of time to practice one or more of the Kanji, Chinese Characters, to draw. While you practice, your instructor will make a sample of your name. Once you have practiced the Kanji, practice how to draw your name in Japanese, either in Hiragana or Katakana. Select the best of your work and sign it and stamp it. It will be put into a cylinder to take home. The tea ceremony has 5 steps. First, the tea master will bring in the tools. Then, they will purify the tools, make the tea, clean the tools, and take everything back to the Mizuya, backyard. Enjoy sweets and matcha tea. Learn how to drink the tea in the correct manner and how to make the tea. Take a walk in the beautiful Japanese garden and have pictures taken.

Hiroshima: Full-Day City Highlights Private Guided Tour

2. 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 Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

3. Hiroshima Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his/her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighbourhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around, and the hidden gems you might have missed. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. Once we receive your booking, the supplier get in touch with you to confirm all the details for the tour: meeting place and time, language and your contact information, and also ask you some questions to get to know you better. They will hand-pick the right local for you based on your interests. Each tour is completely customized so you can choose the meeting location, start time and length that you prefer (minimum: 2 hours).  During the walking tour you will have the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city (at your expense). The local guides (Lokafyers) are locals who are passionate about their city and love to meet travellers and share what they love about their city.  They are not professional tour guides and do these tours occasionally, which provides an authentic and personal experience that is like having a friend show you around their home city.  Through conversations with your Lokafyer, you’ll learn what it’s like to live in Hiroshima, learn about cultural differences, local events and politics and also get to know each other on a personal level. With this experience, you won’t be just passing through the city, you’ll be part of it.

Hiroshima: Sake Town Tour in Saijo Hiroshima

4. Hiroshima: Sake Town Tour in Saijo Hiroshima

Discover the neighborhood of Saijo in Hiroshima, the perfect destination for Sake fans due to its concentration of breweries along the waterfront. Find out how the water or, 'shikomi mizu', is essential for producing this local alcohol due to its medium hardness that is well suited for the brewing process. Discover the subtle differences in the water’s components which impact the taste of the sake at each brewery’s location. Begin the tour with a tasting and sake explanation at Kamotsuru brewery, representative of Hiroshima sake. See how Kamotsuru boasts an impressive line up of 12 unique bottles. Witness many artifacts and learn about the brewing process. Please note that watching the sake brewing process is not available to the public in Japan due to sanitary and health inspection regulations. Next, head off to try a local specialty hot-pot dish made with premium sake called Bishu Nabe, and other tasting plates made with Saijo ingredients. Learn about the history of this tasty dish at a local lunch spot. Please note that Bishu Nabe must be ordered in advance so last minute bookings may require an alternate lunch menu. After lunch, stroll through the picturesque streets and go brewery hopping. Sample many kinds of sake and sake based products in unique tasting rooms. Visit a local cafe and enjoy sweets and a snack break inspired by Japanese rice wine. At each brewery, sample different kinds of sake. If you find a type you like, the brewery shops carry a huge variety for you to purchase and take home. Finish the tour with a new perspective on Saijo and an incredible knowledge of how sake is produced. 

Hiroshima: Early Morning Hiking Tour with Tea Ceremony

5. Hiroshima: Early Morning Hiking Tour with Tea Ceremony

Get up early for a trekking tour of Futaba Mountain in Hiroshima. Take part in an outdoor tea ceremony with views of Hiroshima, try an easy yoga lesson, and, if selected, eat a traditional breakfast.   After meeting your guide in Hiroshima, prepare for your adventure by learning about the trekking route. Head to Hiroshima Toshogu Shrine where you can view important cultural assets and other buildings on the grounds.    Trek through Kinko Inari Shrine in the mountains of Futaba. After trekking for about 25 minutes, reach the Peace Pagoda and enjoy a spectacular view of Hiroshima City, the Seto Inland Sea, and Miyajima from the top of the mountain.   Then begin the Nodate tea ceremony, a traditional open-air ceremony, where the guide will make you green tea outdoors. Relax with an easy Yoga experience and feel the nature around you. If selected, enjoy breakfast at the Okugu Shrine. 

Hiroshima: Best of Hiroshima Food Tour

6. Hiroshima: Best of Hiroshima Food Tour

Start the tour near the famous Peace Park, and follow your guide through the streets and shopping arcades of downtown Hiroshima. Whilst many people know the history of Hiroshima, enjoy this illuminating opportunity to meet local people and visit off-the-beaten-track hidden gems.  As you stroll, gain an understanding of how Hiroshima's commitment to peace around the world has made it one of the friendliest cities in Japan. See how people genuinely want to share their stories, welcome you to their city and share with you, not just the history, but what the city has become and how they look toward the future. Experience local hospitality and try the dishes this city has become famous for across Japan. Take the opportunity to try classic Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki, local snacks, and spicy tsukemen that will delight ramen lovers everywhere. After this, visit a classic “village-inside-a-building” to sample some teppanyaki yumminess. Finally, finish up with a surprising old-meets-new dessert stop.

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What people are saying about Hiroshima, Japan

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 23 reviews

It was a very good experience, I liked it a lot, I had a lot of fun. I did it with my dad, we both thought it was even nicer. Kenji-sensei was extraordinarily patient and these lessons are great, the explanations on how to cut the material and all the rest were very well explained and very engaging. Thank you again for this good time and I recommend with enthusiasm even if you are not an archery pro this activity will please you very much I am sure.

It was alot of fun. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of bow and arrow, but was also a great coach. He helped us improve our aim so we could hit the target. I highly recommended this experience

The guide was very nice and really flexible with respect to our expectations, in addition the transport was not included but he still took us back to the places with his car, which we really appreciated.

Nora was super well knowledge about everything. She lived in many countries and was so rich all the conversation with her. Also speaks many languages and we can do the tour in Spanish!

This was a great experience! I wasn't expecting to get pictures and videos from when I was shooting but They came out great! Highly recommend this!