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  • Hiroshima: Miyajima Cultural Walking Tour with Food Tastings

    1. Hiroshima: Miyajima Cultural Walking Tour with Food Tastings

    Meet up with your friendly local guide and take the ferry to the sacred island of Miyajima. Learn about how this site is deeply rooted in Japanese mythology and religion, specifically Shinto and Buddhism. See the famous Torii gates, enter Itsukushima Shrine, and learn how to pray there. After taking an in-depth look at Itsukushima Shrine and learning about Japan's Shinto religion, visit Daisho-in Temple, one of the most important temples of Shingon Buddhism. Here, your guide will share their knowledge about Buddhism's role in Japan and this temple's significance to the island. Next, enjoy a stroll to Momijidani Park where you can check out the seasonal leaves. Momiji means "red leaves" or "maple tree", and Miyajima Island is famous for it. Spend time walking around and basking in nature. Then, your guide will take you to the five-storied pagoda and Senjokaku Hall for more cul...

  • Hiroshima: Oyster Farm and Floating Torii Gate Boat Tour

    2. Hiroshima: Oyster Farm and Floating Torii Gate Boat Tour

    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.

  • Hiroshima: Private Half-Day Miyajima Tour

    3. 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 ...

  • Hiroshima: Hop-On-Hop-Off Tourist Pass

    4. Hiroshima: Hop-On-Hop-Off Tourist Pass

    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: Itsukushima Shrine Sea Kayaking Experience

    5. 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.

  • Hiroshima: 1 or 2 Day Car Rental

    6. Hiroshima: 1 or 2 Day Car Rental

    Pre-book a 1 or 2-day car rental in Hiroshima and benefit from a stress-free and seamless car rental service. Simply pick up your reserved car from the rental office at Hiroshima Station, start the engine, and begin your driving journey to discover the best of Hiroshima. The rental duration for a 1-day rental is from 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM. The rental duration for a 2- day rental is from 8:00 AM on the 1st day until 8:00 PM on the 2nd day.

  • Kansai-Hiroshima JR & Bus Pass

    7. 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 ...

  • West Japan: 7-Day Railway Area Pass

    8. West Japan: 7-Day Railway Area Pass

    Book the ideal multi-day Japan Rail Pass covering an extensive part of the Kansai region. This JR West Sanyo-San’in pass offers a great value 7-day pass that allows access to the high-speed Sanyo Shinkansen link between Shin-Osaka and Hakata, conventional lines in Okayama and neighboring regions, ferry, bus, and more. Travel between Osaka and Hakata with reserved seats at no additional cost. If you want to see the major sites like Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Fukuoka, the Sanyo-San’in pass has you covered. This convenient and affordable pass is highly recommended for multi-city travelers. The main stations you can go to are Kyoto, Otsu, Nara, Wakayama, Shin-Osaka, Osaka, Universal City (Universal Studios Japan), Shin-Kobe, Kobe, Kansai International Airport, Takamatsu, Okayama, Uno (port to Naoshima Island), Hiroshima, Miyajima, Fukuoka, Hakata, and Fukuoka Airport.

  • Hiroshima and Miyajima: Private Full-Day Guided Tour

    9. Hiroshima and Miyajima: Private Full-Day Guided Tour

    Following a morning hotel pickup, take the JR local train to Miyajima-guchi and transfer to a ferry boat toward Miyajima Island. One of the most beautiful places in Japan, spend some time walking around the island to see the Great Torii Gate, Itsukushima Shrine, and Taishoin Temple. Enjoy lunch on the island. After the visit to Miyajima, take a tram to the Peace Memorial Park. Hiroshima is well known as the city on which the first atomic bomb was dropped. Walk around the park and see some of the monuments, including the Children's Peace Monument, Peace Bell, and Flame of Peace. You will then visit the museum to gain a better understanding of what occurred on that August 6 of 1945. Make your trip to Japan more memorable with this historic day tour led by a knowledgable guide.

  • Hiroshima: Hiroshima and Miyajima World Heritage Tour

    10. Hiroshima: Hiroshima and Miyajima World Heritage Tour

    First stop is a tour through the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Here, you will learn the horrors of the atomic bomb and how the people of Hiroshima coped with the tragedy.  Feel the breeze as you go up to the Orizuru Tower's observatory area. Here you can get a wide view of the city. The Orizuru (paper crane) is considered as a symbol of peace; learn how to make one and make a wish. At the top of the Orizuru Tower, you'll enjoy a lunch of local cuisine.  After lunch, your guide will take you to see the Aorigi Tree, which brought hope after the atomic bomb. Then visit the Atomic Bomb Dome, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn more about Japanese life and feel the revival of the city. You will then take a ferry across the water to Miyajima, where you will visit the famous Torii gate and Itsukushima shrine.

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What people are saying about Miyajima

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 130 reviews

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!!!

Tea Ceremony & Calligraphy lesson conducted with exemplary skill. Genuine warmth beauty & true essence of a Japan! When I next come to Hiroshima I will definitely go again as simply my best experience in Japan. I’ve been to Tokyo Osaka, Kyoto, Nara even badly run Kobe and these ladies were the best!

I highly recommend this this experience! We had so much fun together and we really enjoyed wearing a kimono, the Japanese tea ceremony and the calligraphy lesson. We felt very comfortable. Thank you for that wonderful event!

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