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Itsukushima (Miyajima) Half-day tour

Off the Beaten Path

Michiru A.

4.81(63) reviews
English, Japanese (Native)
4 hours 30 min
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 8 people

Itsukushima or Miyajima is one of the three scenic locations in Japan. It is a World Heritage island that has been worshiped as a sacred island since ancient times. In Miyajima you can find a unique culture created by a synthesis of Buddhism and Shintoism by combining the two religions. Visit the shrines and temples around the island and learn more about the history of Miyajima.

Meeting Point

At your hotel in Hiroshima/Miyajima, JR station in Hiroshima area

Itsukushima Shrine

Daishoin Temple

Daiganji Temple

Senjokaku (Toyokuni Shrine)

Ending Point

At your hotel/any train station in Hiroshima

What to Expect

1. Itsukushima Shrine

- It is said that the shrine was established by Saeki-no-Kuramoto in the 6th century. There has a magnificent vermilion trii gate, which stands in the sea.

2. Daishoin Temple

- It was found in the 9th century by Kobo Daishi or Kukai, the founder of the Shingon school of Buddhism. The oldest temple in Miyajima.

3. Daiganji Temple

- In the main hall, there are four Buddha statues which are designated as a National Important Cultural Property. One of the four is Yakushi Nyorai Zazo, a seated statue of Medicine Buddha and is said to have been made by Kobo Daishi.

4. Senjokaku (Toyokuni Shrine)

- Hall of One Thousand Tatami Mats and Five-storied Pagoda. It is dedicated to the warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi (one of famous feudal lords in the 16th century.) The construction of the hall still remains unfinished today.

* Please note that we may skip some listed spots depending on the pace of the tour.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, Transportation fee (guide) * Exclusive Taxi & Express train etc.

What‘s not included

Transportation fee (yourselves) ,

Lunch, Dinner, Entrance fee (for yourselves and your guide), etc...

Important Information

It is possible to include my ‘A-bomb Legacy’ lecture in my tour. It takes 60 minutes. At least one-week advanced booking is required. Please contact me for availability BEFORE your reservation.

Admission Fee to;

- Itsukushima Shrine: Adults:300 yen, High school students: 200 yen, Elementary/Junior High School Students: 100 yen

- Senjokaku (Toyokuni Shrine): Adults/High school students: 100 yen, Elementary/Junior High School Students: 50 yen


- JR: Hiroshima Station - (Miyajimaguchi Ferry Terminal) - Miyajima Island

Fee: Adult: 600 yen *Covered by your JR Railway Pass (approx 50 mins)

- Tram (Hiroden street car): Hiroshima City center - (Miyajimaguchi Ferry Terminal) - Miyajima Island (approx 70 mins)

Fee: Adult: 450 yen *For saving you can buy one day pass

- World Heritage Sea Route: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park - Miyajima Island

Fee: Adult: 2,200 yen (Round trip: 4,000yen) (approx 45 mins)

* Please note that we may skip some listed spots depending on the pace of the tour.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time



Anne V.

Sep 11, 2022

Thoughtful, expert tour of Hiroshima’s historical sites

Michiru designed a fantastic custom tour of Hiroshima’s historical sites for us. She focused on our interests, took us to dozens of different locations (big and small), answered questions and weaved in thoughtful details from survivor stories, as well as cultural and personal insights — all with great warmth and knowledge. She had excellent background material with her to supplement the exhibits but did not overwhelm us with Info, giving us time to experience the sites and reflect too. She was very kind, a pleasure to interact with and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her services to others.

Michiru A.

Thank you so much for your excellent review! I am so happy to hear that you had an enjoyable time and we could cover many places in your interests. I hope you will return to my home town again to see the newly refurbished tori gate in Miyajima! Thank you once again for taking my tour! Domo Arigato!!


Paul Y.

Dec 3, 2019

Knowledgeable, Organized and Personable

Michi created an itinerary that gave us first an overview and specific spots which were significant because they survived the bombing until today. Then she was able to better share the significance of the many things in the memorial park and museum. That made a difference in our understanding of the many stories of the bombing.

Michiru A.

Paul & all, Thank you for choosing me as your guide in Hiroshima. Hiroshima is also called a ‘Phoenix’ city. The city has recovered from ashes, however in the city we can find many legacies of the a-bomb. I’m pleased you have touched some of them. After the renovation of the floating torii gate in Miyajima, please come back & enjoy the atmosphere of the island. Hope to see you again. With lots of Love, Michi


Julie M.

Nov 22, 2019


We had a great day with Michi learning about Hiroshima before, during & after the bomb. We also enjoyed seeing beautiful Miyajima and eating traditional food. We appreciated the recommendation to see the amazing traditional Kagura show in the evening.

Michiru A.

Thank you Julie for giving me a wonderful review! Our culture has a deep connection with religions, and they are very melted into our life. So we accept anything what we like. Hope you enjoy rest of your stay and find more local attractions! With lots of Love, Michi


Boris S.

Nov 2, 2019

A great day with Michi

We greatly enjoyed our day trip with Michi visiting Miyajima island and Hiroshima. The communication with Michi was excellent from the very beginning. She is a very nice person and we are extremely happy with the trip that she tailored exactly as we asked her to do.

Michiru A.

Thank you Boris for your review. I believe that you all will be back to Miyajima after the renovation to see the gate. Hope you have more time in Hiroshima next time. With Lots of Love, Michi

$132/ per group