Hiroshima Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour
- Small group
- Pickup available
- Duration options: 2 - 6 hours
Join a friendly local guide to get an authentic experience of Hiroshima on a personalized tour of its highlights and hidden gems. 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. Marvel at the city’s unknown history, fascinating culture, and fantastic food scene as you’re led down its liveliest streets, as well as those off the well-trodden tourist trail. Begin your experience by taking a serene stroll through 400-year-old Shukkei-en, a tranquil Japanese garden and a survivor of the atomic bomb. Explore the Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome, both must-sees to fully comprehend Hiroshima’s strength and resilience, and then grab a bite at Okonomimura, or Okonomiyaki Village, where several restaurants under a single roof serve the food locals love most: Hiros...
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 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-bui...
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,...
This was a different tour with no set agenda. We had a brief chat about what we wanted to do and set off. It wasn't what we expected having just come off a set itinerary in a Kyoto tour. Nora was lovely and we got a feel of life in Hiroshima and definitely got our bearings on the key things to do.
Upon arrival, your guide will take you on a tour through the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Here, you will learn the horrors of the atomic bomb and how the people of Hiroshima coped with the tragedy. This will be a tour filled with hope, as the people of Hiroshima learned never to give up even in the darkest days. Feel the breeze as you go up to the Orizuru Tower's observatory area. Here you can get wide view of the city and feel the strength of the people of Hiroshima. The Orizuru (paper crane) is considered as a symbol of peace; learn how to make a paper crane and make a wish for peace. After visiting Orizuru Tower, have lunch. Following, your guide will take you to see the Aorigi Tree, which brought hope after the atomic bomb. The final destination is the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Atomic Bomb Dome. Learn more about Japanese life and feel the revival of the city.
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 Na...
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My tour with Saúl was very informative and fun. He had only lived in Hiroshima for a year but could already tell me a lot about the culture, history and meaning behind things. All of those things I wouldn‘t have been able to find in a travel guide so I‘m very glad I booked this tourand would recommend this to everyone who wants to learn about Hiroshima and japanese culture in general.
Shinichi san planned the trip based on our interest. He explained the history and shared his personal story of a relative that offered us insights to the difficult period of re-building Hiroshima after the 1945 bombing. Shinichi san spoke good English. He paid attention to details and took good care of us.
This was fantastic. Our tour guide, Shinichi, was great. Very friendly and knowledgeable. We only had one day in Hiroshima and he made it one of the most memorable and enjoyable of our trip
Tour guide did a nice job navigating us through the park and it’s many sites culminating in a final drop off at the museum.
Momo was very friendly and informative and chatty!