Hiroshima
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Hiroshima: Cycling Tour with Local Guide

1. 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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Hiroshima Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

2. 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.

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Hiroshima Private Day Tour

3. 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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Hiroshima: Peace Walking Tour of World Heritage Sites

4. Hiroshima: Peace Walking Tour of World Heritage Sites

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.

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Miyajima: Cultural Experience in a Kimono

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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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Hiroshima & Miyajima Island Private Guided Tour

8. 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.

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Hiroshima: Sake Brewery Visit with Sake Hotpot Lunch

9. Hiroshima: Sake Brewery Visit with Sake Hotpot Lunch

Enjoy a visit to one of Hiroshima's premium sake breweries: Kamotsuru sake brewery. Learn more about the traditional Japanese rice wine, the sake making process, and taste 3 different sakes. Come for lunch att 11.30 AM to try out the brewery original recipe for a tasty sake hotpot.  Visit the brewery anytime during their opening hour but please make sure to come for lunch at 11:30 AM. You will  be served a simple dish, yet their original secret recipe for Sake Hotpot. This hotpot recipe was created by the office manager to nourish the brewers working in the sake brewery. Before or after the lunch, you can visit the sake brewery and taste special sake. Learn the process of sake making and enjoy tasting 3 different types. You can also buy limited edition sake at the brewery shop that are only sold here.

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From Hiroshima: Private Tour to Kure

10. From Hiroshima: Private Tour to Kure

Meet your local guide in Hiroshima and head out of the city for a 40-minute train ride that will lead you to the port and major ship building city of Kure, situated on the Seto Inland Sea. 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. The itinerary can be customized according to your interests. You could visit the Yamato Museum, where you can learn about the largest battleship in the world. Here you can also explore a collection of authentic relics from World War II.  If submarines are more your thing, the JMSDF Kure Museum awaits. Just next door to Yamato, this museum is shaped like a huge submarine. Known as the “Iron Whale Museum'', here you can browse torpedos, vessel parts and just about everything else you’d hope to see at a world-class military museum. Try their famed Navy Curry, a Japanese curry that originated inside the battleships of the Meiji Era, more than a century ago.

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What people are saying about Hiroshima

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 58 reviews

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

Momo was very friendly and informative and chatty!