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Hiroshima & Miyajima Island Private Guided Tour

1. Hiroshima & Miyajima Island Private Guided Tour

Discover Hiroshima and Miyajima Island on a fully customizable private tour. Choose what you would like to experience, what time you would like to start your tour, and the local partner will arrange a tour to suit you. Start your day by meeting your guide at your hotel, then choose to sites you wish to visit depending on your interests. Example 6-hour Itinerary: Meet your guide at your hotel in Hiroshima and first visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. See the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, known today as the Atomic Bomb Dome, which was one of the very few buildings that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Today, the building serves as a memorial to the victims of the bombing, and as a symbol of international peace. Visit the onsite Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and learn more about the bombing. See poignant artifacts from the time of the atomic explosion on display, as well as various educational exhibits. Afterward, take the ferry to Miyajima island. Take a walking tour of the picturesque island and visit Itsukushima Shrine. This shrine is famous for the mysterious floating red torii gate that stands in the middle of the sea.

Miyajima: Cultural Experience in a Kimono

2. 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

3. 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.

Miyajima: Private Rickshaw Tour to Itsukushima Shrine

4. Miyajima: Private Rickshaw Tour to Itsukushima Shrine

Explore Miyajima Island on an exciting rickshaw tour led by a knowledgable guide. Meet your rickshaw outside of the Miyajima Ferry Terminal. Cruise down Miyajima’s charming streets to the center of town. See the townhouses and old-fashioned shopping arcade. Continue along the waterfront. Take in the view of the large orange torii (gate) standing in the water in front of the Itsukushima Shrine. Select the 70-minute tour option and visit the Daishoin Temple. This 1200-year-old temple is said to be a “power spot”– a special location where visitors are charged up with good energy. Enjoy a phenomenal view over Miyajima from the temple. Select the 130-minute tour stop at the Senjokaku Shrine, which was built under the order of the former Shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Learn about the temple's history and take in the sea views. Select the 190-minute option and in addition to gorgeous temples and shrines mentioned above, you’ll also travel down special scenic routes which snake through parks and along the seaside. Your tour is customizable and can be modified based on your interest and preferences. You can also choose your own endpoint.

Hiroshima Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

5. 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 Private Day Tour

6. Hiroshima Private Day Tour

At 10:00 you'll be picked up at your hotel or railway station or sea port. Star your tour with an English-speaking driver. Visit Itsukushma Shine in Miyajima Island by ferry boat. The floating gate on the sea water is a must see. You'll admire food streets stretching from the shrine that are full of fresh and unique local products. The car will take you back to Hiroshima city center. Here you visit the Peace Memorial Park. Hiroshima is the first city suffered from atomic bomb, and the museum shows what happened after the bombing and how the city recovered. The tour continues to Hiroshima Castle, which keeps the original shape of a Japanese warrior castle, once the residence of the leader of samurai. At 16:00 you'll be dropped off at your hotel or railway station or sea port. 

Hiroshima: Private, All-Inclusive Food and Culture Immersion

7. Hiroshima: Private, All-Inclusive Food and Culture Immersion

Dive into the best of Hiroshima's food and casual nightlife scene. See the way locals enjoy a night out on the town and get a feel for the delicious food in the area. You're sure to have fun as you learn about Hiroshima and meet some interesting local personalities along the way.  Enjoy up to three alcoholic drinks included with this tour. Alternatively, non-alcoholic options are available as well. But the main event is the food. Enjoy dish after dish of deliciousness. Fresh seafood, tempura, grilled items, steamed items, slow-simmered items, and more. You're sure to try something new and exciting on this culinary adventure.  At least ten different dishes will be served over the course of the evening. If you've got eating restrictions or preferences, the local partner will do their best to accommodate these, so just let them know. The three restaurant stops will all or partially be 'tachinomi,' which is a place where you stand at a counter or table and socialize, all the while enjoying small plates of food, tapas style. Usually at least one stop is seated, but you'll likely spend less than 30 minutes at each stop, keeping the night fresh and exciting. By the end of the night, you'll feel like a local and will also be well versed in food, drink, and nightlife.

Hiroshima: 1, 2 or 3 Day Tourist Travel Card

8. Hiroshima: 1, 2 or 3 Day Tourist Travel Card

See some of the most iconic sites in Hiroshima by traveling from A to B with this pass. Designed to suit your needs and interests, you can select from a 1,2, or 3-day option. Enjoy unlimited boarding and disembarking within the designated routes. You can take most of the public transport in Hiroshima: 1. Streetcar All lines of the Hiroshima Electric Railway(Inner-City Line/Miyajima Line) 2. Ferry Miyajima Matsudai Kisen, JR West Miyajima Ferry 3. Bua Route buses within the route map on the back. Hiroshima Electric Railway, Hiroshima Bus, Hiroshima Kotsu, Geiyo Bus, Chugoku JR Bus, HD Nishihiroshima(Bon-Bus) ※Hiroshima Sightseeing Loop Bus, “Hiroshima meipuru~pu” is available.

Hiroshima: Guided Minochi River Trekking Experience

9. Hiroshima: Guided Minochi River Trekking Experience

One hour out from world landmarks such as Miyajima and the Atomic Bomb Dome, there awaits a grand journey along Yuki’s gorgeous rivers. Come check out all of the wildlife in and around the Minochi River, Japan’s 2nd best place to catch delicious sweetfish. The upstream Minochi River awaits you for a great adventure. Going against the current farther upstream, we go down the “natural” slider and dive in from XXX high!? This is a journey to find a side of yourself which you never knew you had! Along with experiences that’ll no doubt sate your appetite for adventure, you can also enjoy the peace of nature, as well as learn about viewpoints from SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) to build a better tomorrow.

Hiroshima: Itsukushima Shrine Sea Kayaking Experience

10. Hiroshima: Itsukushima Shrine Sea Kayaking Experience

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Itsukushima Shrine on a sea kayaking excursion. With its ‘floating’ torii gate, the shrine is one of Japan’s most photographed landmarks. Your friendly guide will explain how to use the equipment. Take some time to practice moving forward and backward, stopping, and turning the kayak by yourself. Next paddle out into the sea. Get up close to the Itsukushima Shrine to admire the site from a unique perspective. You can take photos with the torii gate in the background, before heading back to the beach. Full instruction will be provided, making this activity suitable for complete beginners as well as for those with previous experience of kayaking.

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What people are saying about Miyajima

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 111 reviews

A GREAT day with Pancho, our guide, who planned the itinerary based on our interests and managed to time things to miss crowds + get best opportunities to absorb the experience! Itinerary sent in advance and was flexible to adaptation if required.( but it was perfect). Knowledgeable local guide Pancho made the experience so authentic and was very generous to kindly share his insights. It was a real pleasure to have him spend time with us.and provide context to our trip to hiroshima and Miyajima. Pancho had also sourced vegetarian / vegan restaurants for us. Interesting to learn about the sights but also general life from the guide. We wish we had more time to do another trip with Pancho, he was that good!!

We had a great time with Pancho. He communicated with me frequently before the trip so I knew where to meet him, he was informative during the tour, and gave suggestions for the rest of our day. Highly recommend!

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.

Great to visit full day tour I recommend to before visit these city family must book from this app to avoids lots of free mindset’s

Super guide Very professional we had a very good day with our guide. A big thank-you .