Hiroshima

The atom bomb dome, Hiroshima
The Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island, Hiroshima
The torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima
Miyajima

About Hiroshima

The principal city of the Chugoku Region and home to over a million inhabitants, Hiroshima is an industrial city of wide boulevards and criss-crossing rivers, located along the coast of the Seto Inland Sea.

Although many only know it for the horrific split-second on August 6, 1945, when it became the site of the world’s first atomic bomb attack, it is now a modern, cosmopolitan city with great restaurants and nightlife.

  • The Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome) that symbolizes world peace and the Peace Memorial Park, both World Cultural Heritage Sites
  • The Itsuku-shima-jinja shrine (at nearby Miyajima) and its symbol, the Great Torii Gate
  • Okonomiyaki and Oyster dishes

After the war, great efforts were taken to rebuild the city. Predictions that the city would be uninhabitable proved false. The destroyed monuments of the city’s historical heritage, like the historic Castle and Shukkeien Garden, were reconstructed. In the centre, a large park was built and given a name that would reflect the aspirations of the re-born city: Peace Memorial Park.

WELCOME TO HIROSHIMA

It is a friendly, welcoming city, with as much interest in Western culture as anywhere else in Japan. Tourists are welcomed, and exhibits related to the atomic bomb are not concerned with blame or accusations.

The city is known for okonomiyaki, cooked on a hot-plate, usually right in front of the customer. It is cooked with various ingredients, which are layered rather than mixed together as done with the Osaka version of okonomiyaki.

Just a 30-minute boat ride away is the island of Miyajima, with the remarkable Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Practical information:

  • From Tokyo to Hiroshima Station by train (JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line) (4h) or domestic flight from Haneda to Hiroshima Airport
  • From Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima Station by train (Shinkansen) (1h 30m)

Hiroshima on our Google map

Our packages includes Hiroshima

The torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima

Wonders of Japan 12/16 days

See Japan by coach! This 12-day tour visits the highlights of Japan on a guided coach tour – a unique and exciting new concept. See Tokyo, Kawaguchiko, Himeji, Inbe, Hiroshima and Matsuyama, ending in Osaka. This is a GROUP tour with regular departures until March 2018. An extended version of this tour also visits Mt.Koya, […]

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Essential Japan and Korea 13 days

This guided coach trip travels westwards through Japan, then takes the short sea crossing, to take in the highlights of Japan’s closest neighbour, Korea. The tour visits Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Himeji, Hiroshima, Busan, Daegu and Seoul. This is a GROUP tour with regular departures until March 2018.

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Classic Korea and Japan 13 days

See Japan and Korea by coach! This 13-day tour visits the the major historic sites of Korea and Japan on a guided coach tour. See Seoul, Jeonju, Hiroshima, Matsuyama, Mt.Koya, Kyoto and Tokyo. This is a GROUP tour with regular departures until October 2017.

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Treasures of Japan 10 days

See Japan by coach! This 10-day tour visits the highlights of Japan on a guided coach tour – a unique and exciting new concept. See Tokyo, Kawaguchiko, Himeji, Inbe, Mt.Koya and Kurashiki. This is a GROUP tour with regular departures until March 2017.

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This fully-escorted tour takes you to some of the major sightseeing spots in Japan. Discover an amazing variety of places from the modern cities of Tokyo and Osaka to the peaceful countryside of Takayama. This is a GROUP tour with departure dates in Mar/Apr/May in 2017.

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Explore Japan in depth on this fully-escorted tour, from the southern island of Kyushu to Sapporo in the north, taking in many fascinating towns and cities on the way. Travel by train including the world-famous Bullet train with your Japan Rail Pass. This is a GROUP tour departing the UK 18 March, 08 April and […]

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Take in the major historic sites of Japan on this semi-escorted tour. After a stay in Tokyo, with a guided tour of the city, a full day excursion is included to see the Great Buddha at Kamakura, a marvel of bronze casting which now stands in the open after a tidal wave swept away the […]

The torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima

Hiroshima & Miyajima 1-day tour

Travel by Bullet train from Kyoto or Osaka to Hiroshima, to visit firstly the Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, a World Heritage Site. Established in the 6th century, it is famous for its beautiful Shinden-zukuri style structure (architecture representative of a nobles’ residence in the Heian period). The vermilion-painted shrine is constructed on pillars over the […]

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