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Hiroshima: Traditional Japanese Archery Experience

1. Hiroshima: Traditional Japanese Archery Experience

Kyudo is a Japanese martial art which consists of shooting at a target with a Japanese bow so as to achieve complete focus in the mind and body. The main difference between kyudo and western archery is that in kyudo every movement follows a traditional routine which pays respect to the equipment and to the opponent. Just a three-minute walk from the Atomic Bomb Dome, this activity allows you to enjoy a genuine Japanese archery experience while in Hiroshima.  Upon arrival to the archery range, get kitted out in an authentic kyudo uniform, including dogi upper-wear and hakama lower-wear. Listen to a brief explanation of the art of kyudo and to instructions and demonstrations throughout the experience. With the knowledge and skills picked up, shoot at the target with the arrows, along the way gaining an understanding of the fun and challenging aspects of the sport, particularly those arising from wearing the traditional hakama and armor.  Typically in kyudo, you're not allowed to pull the arrow until you master the basics, but during this experience, you'll have the chance to enjoy the real sport even as a complete beginner. It's a bit difficult to hit the target at first, which makes it that much more exciting when you finally do. Hitting the target is also believed to bring good luck and make your wishes come true, even in the mini-sized kyudo ground you'll be shooting in.

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Hiroshima: Private, All-Inclusive Food and Culture Immersion

2. 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.

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Hiroshima: Cycling Tour with Local Guide

3. Hiroshima: Cycling Tour with Local Guide

Cycle around Hiroshima with an English-speaking guide and feel the backstory of the city come to life. Hear about the locals' great reconstruction efforts, even though it was said that nothing could grow in Hiroshima for 70 years. Visit many places and monuments related to the atomic bombing but also sense the energy of the present city as you ride around it in a small group of no more than 10 people. After gathering at the meeting point, make your way to Enko River. Soak up the scenery as your guide tells you about Hiroshima's geographical features and development. Next, head to Hiroshima Castle and Gokoku Shrine to find out more about culture and history in Hiroshima. Once there, see the remains of the headquarters where the initial report of the atomic bombing was transmitted as your guide fills you in with details of the situation and suffering in Hiroshima after the dropping of the bomb. Move on to Peace Memorial Park to discover the Atomic Bomb Dome and more. Hear stories from the locals' point of view rarely seen in museum exhibitions and books. Finally, follow your guide away from the touristic area to explore suburbs like Sendamachi. Find beautiful Hiroshima vigorously revived from the tremendous damage of the atomic bombing while visiting numerous A-bomb heritage sites. Listen to episodes handed down in Hiroshima as you see sights like Miyukibashi Bridge and Kyobashi River. The tour concludes at the original meeting point.

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From Osaka: One-Way Bullet Train Transfer to Hiroshima

4. From Osaka: One-Way Bullet Train Transfer to Hiroshima

Are you looking for a fast and hassle-free way of getting to Hiroshima from Osaka? Get your one-way West Sanyo Shinkansen ticket and ride on the famous Shinkansen Bullet Train. Enjoy the comfort of spacious seats and a peaceful environment, as well as the prioritization of your safety. Take in views of the Osaka countryside all throughout your journey to the destination at Hiroshima Station. Simply redeem your ticket at the ticket machine and enjoy your comfortable, high-speed ride.

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Kansai-Hiroshima JR & Bus Pass

5. Kansai-Hiroshima JR & Bus Pass

Explore the Kansai region, the spiritual heart of Japan which is home to some of the country's most interesting cities. Once you’ve picked up your pass, you’ll be able to ride the JR West railways and buses throughout the Kansai region down to Hiroshima.  Discover the vibrant city of Osaka and its amazing food scene. Visit the ancient temples and shrines of Kyoto. See Nara's natural beauty, try the beef in Kobe, visit Himeji castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or connect with nature in the forests and waterfalls of Wakayama. Walk the UNESCO Kumano Kodo in Kishi, admire the best dunes in Tottori, relax in the Kinosaki Onsen's hot spring, or take amazing photos in the top Japanese garden of Okayama's Korakuen.  Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Atomic Bomb Dome and Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima by ferry. Take the road-less traveled and use the JR West bus network to see cities such as Kyoto, Shiga, Tsuruga, and Iga-Ueno.

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Osaka: Japan Pocket WiFi Router Kansai Airport Pickup

6. Osaka: Japan Pocket WiFi Router Kansai Airport Pickup

Access 4G LTE WiFi across Japan with this pocket router that connects to the Softbank Network. Never get lost in Japan again, with Unlimited WiFi data, which enables you to use Map Apps, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, watch Youtube videos and even Netflix. Pick-up the WiFi router at the Kansai International Airport, located in Osaka. Just visit the Kansai International Airport arrival lobby 1F between 7:00 AM and 10:00 PM to pick up your device and start using the internet. The devices can be returned at most major airports in Japan, or via delivery from any hotel, Family Mart, or Lawson convenience stores.

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Hiroshima Private Day Tour

7. 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. 

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Miyajima: Cultural Experience in a Kimono

8. 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.

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Hiroshima: Bar Hopping Food Tour

9. Hiroshima: Bar Hopping Food Tour

After meeting your guide, you'll head to a local izakaya that specializes in Okonomiyaki. Quench your thirst with a refreshing Japanese drink as the chef cooks your Okonomiyaki (a Japanese savory pancake) on a flat iron grill at your table. Then, you'll go bar hopping in the backstreets of Hiroshima just like a local and taste authentic local foods. The local partner has prepared a special bar hopping map of the Nagarekawa area. Take a look at it and decide where to eat and drink next depending on your moods. Your tour guide will recommend local restaurants and bars. You'll be able to try amazing Japanese foods that you can only taste in Hiroshima. Taste sake made in Hiroshima. Hiroshima is very famous for its sake breweries. Try different flavors, ranging from dry and rich to sweet and light. On this tour, you will get to learn all about different sake flavors and you'll be able to discover your favorite ones. Japanese Izakaya foods like grilled oysters, yakitori, fried fish pair perfectly with sake. Feel free to ask your guide what the best combinations are.

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Hiroshima: Private Half-Day Miyajima Tour

10. Hiroshima: Private Half-Day Miyajima Tour

Start your tour by meeting your guide at your hotel. 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. Begin the tour with a ferry ride to Miyajima Island, which offers great views of the Seto Inland Sea. Once on the island, visit the floating Itsukushima Shrine and the oldest temple in Miyajima, Daisho-in, built by one of Japan’s most famous monks. Cherry blossoms in spring add to the magic of these well-known temple sites. Next, stop for a break at Gallery Miyazato. This local establishment serves up traditional Japanese sweets like the famous Momiji Manju, perfect for a refuel. Momijidani Park and its 200 maple trees await exploring next, and then Mount Misen, the most sacred place in Miyajima.  Next stop is Rekaido, where you can see the home of the eternal flame, said to have been burning for 1200 years. Finally, you’ll head to the most famous Okonomiyaki restaurant in Miyajima, where you can buy lunch or dinner.

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What people are saying about Hiroshima

We loved this experience so much! Spending the afternoon being beautifully dressed, learning about calligraphy and experiencing the tea ceremony with such kind and wonderful hosts made this day the most memorable of our 3-week vacation in Japan! The location is also very beautiful. We learned so much about Japanese culture. We love that we could take back home our calligraphy artwork and now we are looking forward to the beautiful photos in the garden. I will definitely recommend this experience to anybody traveling to Japan! Thank you so much!!!

We had a good Experience. The tour had a good tempo and gave time for thought. Several sites was visited and the guide was very informative and knowledgeable.

Loved it!! Deffinately recommend this tour. Our guide was lovely and spoke very good english. My husband and i learnt so much. This tour is a must do!

Was the best experience super patient with us for two people who know no Japanese. Really enjoyed and defiantly worth it.

Our Guide explains our tour perfectly. Her name is Maki, and i 100% recommended her to everyone else