Hiroshima tour of Itsukushima shrine and Atomic Bomb dome

Day Trip

Kashima H.

4.57(53) reviews
Hiroshima
English, Japanese (Native)
10 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 8 people

This tour covers Itsukushima shrine and the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima. Itsukushima shrine is famous for the vermilion painted buildings connected by the corridors and the vermilion colored Torii gate which appear as if floating on the sea at high tides. The Atomic bomb Dome is the only building that survived from the first atomic bombing in history. Both are registered as World Heritage.

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

At your hotel in Kobe

08:30

To pick up at hotel in Kobe

09:00

To move from Kobe to Hiroshima by Shinkansen Hikari

Hiroshima has 2 World Heritage sites: the Atomic Bomb Dome and Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima.

This tour covers Itsukushima shrine and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum & Park including Atomic Bomb Dome.

10:00

To move from Hiroshima to Miyajima-guchi by JR local line

Miyajima island itself has a sacred atmosphere which used to be secluded places for the ascetic training of Buddhist priests in old days.

10:30

To take a ferry to Miyajima island

When you are crossing by ferry, the grand vermilion shrine gate soon come into view. The shrine is built over the water. When the tide is high, it looks as if the shrine were floating. The shrine is also a brilliant vermilion and it creates a sharp contrast against the wooded hills in the background and the blue sky above. Miyajima Island (535meter altitude) has been considered as the object of religious faith from ancient time. Mt.Misen vewing from a ferry has several ridges and valleys and have people felt holy and the shape of lying posture of Buddha.

11:00

To move to Itsukushima-shrine

After entering a first Torri, you can find a lot of deer welcoming you. Then, through Omotesandou in Miyajima Island, you can reach Itsukushima-shrine.

11:30

To see Itsukushima shrine

Itsukushima shrine is famous for the vermilion painted buildings connected by the corridors and the vermilion colored Torii gate. This elegant palace style architecture standing in perfect harmony with its natural surroundings including such as lush greenery and autumn foliage were registered as the UNESCO WorldCultual Heritage in 1996.

12:30

To have a lunch in Omotesando

In this Omotesando area, you can purchase various kinds of souvenirs and the most local consumed foods such as Oyster and Okonomiyaki (a thin flat cake of unsweetened batter fried with various ingredients).

13:30

To take a ferry to return Miyajima-guchi

14:30

To move to Atomic Bomb by JR & local train:

In Hiroshima memorial Park at the epicenter of the explosion, you can find war memorial museum and the Atomic Bomb Dome.

This museum features a wide variety of exhibits such as belongings left by victims and photos that portray nuclear holocaust. This museum reminds us of the horrendous tragedy that humanity should never repeat. The ruins of Industrial Promotion Hall have been preserved, just as when it was bombed. It is popularly called the Atomic Bomb Dome and In 1996 the dome was registered as a World cultural heritage site.

15:00

To see Atomic bomb dome and Peace Memorial park & museum.

1) The atomic Bomb dome standing with the figure same as it was bombd, 2) Hiroshima Peace Memorial museum as Exhibits of materials related with the Atomic Bomb into Hiroshima, 3) Memorial cenotaph for the Atomic Bomb Victims to mourn the Atomic Bomb victims, 4) Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, 5) Hiroshima Peace Bell whose sound is registered as one of the scene of sound in Japan Best 100, 6) Children’s Peace Monument which was built to console the child spirits who died by the Atomic Bomb, 7) Peace Flame which has been put on light since 1964 to hope abolition of nuclear weapons and it will continue to be put on until the weapons disappear in the world.

17:00

To take Shinkansen & local line from Hiroshima to Kobe

18:30

6:30pm: Hotel arrival

Ending Point

At your hotel in Kobe

What to Expect

Hiroshima has 2 World Heritage sites: the Atomic Bomb Dome and Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima.

This tour covers Itsukushima shrine and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum & Park including Atomic Bomb Dome.

1) Miyajima island itself has a sacred atmosphere which used to be secluded places for the ascetic training of Buddhist priests in old days. Itsukushima shrine is famous for the vermilion painted buildings connected by the corridors and the vermilion colored Torii gate. This elegant palace style architecture standing in perfect harmony with its natural surroundings including such as lush greenery and autumn foliage were registered as the UNESCO WorldCultual Heritage in 1996.

When you take a train from JR Hiroshima Station about 30 minutes and then crossing by ferry, the grand vermilion shrine gate soon come into view. The shrine is built over the water. When the tide is high, it looks as if the shrine were floating. The shrine is also a brilliant vermilion and it creates a sharp contrast against the wooded hills in the background and the blue sky above.

a) Mt.Misen vewing from a cruise between Miyajima island and the mainland of Hiroshima.

Miyajima Island (535meter altitude) has been considered as the object of religious faith from ancient time. One of the reason above is from the shape of the Ireland.

Several ridges and valleys on the mountain have people felt holy and the shape of lying posture of Buddha.

b) After entering a first Torri, you can find a lot of deer welcoming you. Then, through Omotesandou in Miyajima Island, you can reach Itsukushima-shrine.

In this Omotesando area, you can purchase various kinds of souvenirs and the most local consumed foods such as Oyster and Okonomiyaki

(a thin flat cake of unsweetened batter fried with various ingredients).

c) Itsukushima shrine is located on the inlet of Miyajima island.

The difference of tide in this area is large and the scenery around here is changing time by time.

2) In Hiroshima memorial Park at the epicenter of the explosion, you can find war memorial museum and the Atomic Bomb Dome.

This museum features a wide variety of exhibits such as belongings left by victims and photos that portray nuclear holocaust. This museum reminds us of the horrendous tragedy that humanity should never repeat.

The ruins of Industrial Promotion Hall have been preserved, just as when it was bombed. It is popularly called the Atomic Bomb Dome and In 1996 the dome was registered as a World cultural heritage site.

a) The atomic Bomb dome: The building has been standing with the figure same as it was bombd and it tell the world about the terrible disaster of nuclear weapon and the importance of abolition of the weapons and eternal peace in the world as the peace memorial symbol.

The side thick wall and dome portion of reinforcing bar of this building has been remained intact by the explosion because the air blast of the explosion came right just under this building.

b) Hiroshima Peace Memorial museum: Exhibits of materials related with the Atomic Bomb into Hiroshima. This museum opened in 1955.

The purpose is to contribute to realize the abolition of nuclear weapons and world eternal peace.

This museum exhibits articles left behind the Atomic bomb victims and photos & materials which show the horrible scenes.

Also, this museum shows the historical tracing before & after the Bomb and world situation of the nuclear risk era in the world.

c) Memorial cenotaph for the Atomic Bomb Victims: To mourn the Atomic Bomb victims. This Memorial cenotaph was designed to the shape of clay image to protect the spirits of victims inside here from rain and dew. A stone coffin where the list of names of victims is set at the center of the cenotaph and in front of the coffin, you can find the stone monument which tell “May your soul rest in peace. We will never make the same mistake again.”. The victims by the Atomic Bomb are deified as not only one nation but also the basis of all human being. Therefore, the people who swear the word on the stone monument must be all the people in the world.

d) Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims:

This hall opened in 2002.

The purpose is to have the victims by the Atomic bomb branded on mind of all world people and to pray for eternal peace.

There is a space of memorial pray for the Atomic Bomb victims which are panorama expressed by the street scene after explosion from the explosion center of “Shima hospital”. At the portrait of deceased people area, the names and the portraits of all victims are opened to public by which the fact of the victims

by the Bomb are notified to all over the world. Also, several other exhibits such as the letter and movies of the Bomb experience by the people are shown.

e) Hiroshima Peace Bell: The sound is registered as one of the scene of sound in Japan Best 100:

This Peace Bell was built as the spiritual symbol of culture movement that show the abolition of nuclear weapons and establishment of world peace.

World map without any boarder and Atomic power marking are put on the surface of this bell.

f) Children’s Peace Monument::

This Monument was built to console the child spirits who died by the Atomic Bomb.

g) Peace Flame:

This Flame has been put on light since 1964 to hope abolition of nuclear weapons and it will continue to be put on until the weapons disappear in the world.

The pedestal of this Flame represents the shape of opening a palm of a hand to heavens.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

What‘s not included

Transportation fee: Yen21800 per person by Shinkansen & local train between Kobe and Hiroshima including a guide

Entrance fee: Total yen500 per person (Itsukushima shrine & Hiroshima Peace Memorial museum)

Lunch fee for you and a guide, pick up fee for a guide: yen2000

Important Information

I am now living in Gunma prefecture located around 100km north from Tokyo. Therefore, if you reserve Kansai area such as Kyoto, Nara, Kobe and Osaka, please request me at least one week in advance. We can exchange the idea of the tour.

1) For fairly long walking of sight seeing, please put on the shoes to walk with ease.

2) Please prepare the cash to spend any train riding, lunch and sourvenir.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Reviews

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Linda H.

Jan 28, 2020

Passionate about Japan

Kashima was flexible and knowledgeable. We had an itinerary we wanted and he made it happen. We had a group of 14 which included 8 kids. He handled it fabulously!

Kashima H.

Linda san, Thank you very much for your great and inspired review for me. It was great time for me to support you,your family and your friends with total 14 people for Mt.Fuji tour. We visited Mt.Fuji area such as Lake-Kawaguchi, Fugaku-Fuketsu, Mt.KachiKachi viewing by Ropeway, Ohhashi bridge hiking over Lake Kawaguchi, Ohishi park and Oshino Hakkai by using a Micro bus. The weather on the day was very fine and I was pleased that all your group could see no more beautiful Mt.Fuji at every visiting spots with the shape of different angle. Specially, I was very much impressed that all 8 kids enjoyed snow and throwing snowball each other which were piled up on the area because they saw actual snow at the first time there. Also, we could enjoy exchanging lots of conversation with you and your group about Japanese history, culture, famous people and daily life comparing with that in your country. I am looking forward to meeting with you again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

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Diane R.

Dec 31, 2019

Wonderful daytrip from Kyoto to Osaka

Kashima is very good guide who was extremely accommodating and took our U.S. family of 5 round trip from Kyoto to Osaka by train. He planned a very interesting day for us that we enjoyed immensely. A nice variety of sights and experiences at a good active pace. Definitely recommend!

Kashima H.

Diane san, Thank you very much for your warm and utmost review for me. It was great time for me to support you and your family for Osaka tour. We visited Osaka castle, Dotonbori including river cruising, Kuromon market and Umeda sky building. I am very much pleased that you, your husband and your three children could have lots of experience and impression of these tour spots. Specially, Osaka castle related with Samurai top worriers with great historical background, the best eating streets in Japan by tasting various interesting foods and overwhelming Osaka night view from Umeda Sky building. Also, we could enjoy exchanging lots of conversation with you and your family about Japanese culture and daily life comparing with that in your country. I hope that you continue to enjoy Japan tour and I am looking forward to meeting with you and your family again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

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I-lin L.

Dec 6, 2019

Hiroshima Day Tour

I organised this tour on behalf of a teenager who is fascinated with the Yamato battleship so this tour had to be very customised and Kashima-San lived up to the challenge! The boy really enjoyed himself. The guide spoke good English, very polite and respectful and he was flexible with the schedule. In fact the family said that they would highly recommend Kashima-San to others who visits Hiroshima!

Kashima H.

I-Lin san, Thank you very much for your great and utmost review for me. It was great time for me to support your mother and your family for Hiroshima tour. We visited Yamato-museum where we could see the models (1/10) of Battleship named “Yamato” and lots of other ships and actual objects of submarine & airplane “Zero fighter plane”. There are many historical background explanations, photos and actual objects & ship models exhibited which are historically very important ones manufactured before and during World War2. Also, we visited Atomic bomb dome and Peace memorial museum. I am pleased that we could enjoyed a lot. Specially, your mother's young boy is so clever and has lots of knowledge about Yamato and related Japanese history. I am so much impressive for him. He has so strong curiosity about the tour spots history and we could exchange lots of information each other. I am looking forward to meeting with you and your family again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

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May bn N.

Nov 11, 2019

A day at Miyajima/Hiroshima

Kashima-san organized the timing of the trip very well. Even there were situation where stayed longer than, he did an effort to change the timing of Shinkansen tickets and didn’t try to rush us. He well explained to us history of places we visit and patiently responded to all our questions.

Kashima H.

May san, Thank you very much for your great review for me and selecting me as a guide for you precious Hiroshima tour, I am very much pleased that you and your friends could enjoy Hiroshima tour including Miyajima island, Itsukushima shrine, Hiroshima Peace Memorial museum and Atomic dome. These tour spots are historically one of the most important tour spots in Japan which are registered as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Thanks to your strong curiosity, we could exchange lots of deep Q & A about Itsukushima shrine and the detail information of Atomic Bomb attack in Hiroshima city. I am looking forward to meeting with you again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

$358/ per group

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