What to Expect
We will head straight over to Miyajima first thing as it better earlier in the day, and visit the ancient Itsukushima Shrine and the Giant Torii gate, where you will hear about its history and a look at Daiganji temple nearby. I would like to recommend a short and rewarding visit to the Treasure House Museum, also nearby the shrine exit, with its beautiful exhibits of feudal age art, fabric and weaponry but in any case, followed by a short walk to Daishoin, an important temple in the Shingon school of Buddhism set among gardens dotted with carp pond, statues and a mysterious pilgrimage cave. Depending on time, if you would like we can include an option to take a gondola ride up for spectacular views of the inland sea and the mysterious and austere atmosphere of the Senjokaku Hall. Lunch will your choice from a range of Japanese fare. I will be having what I think is a small piece of heaven, okonomiyaki if you would like to join me. Or you may prefer some famed Hiroshima oysters. If you're a coffee lover like me, the best coffee place in Hiroshima is found on the island. Following lunch, we will head back to Central Hiroshima stopping first at ground zero and then I will lead you through the park and its monuments sharing history and facts about that infamous event on 6 August, !945. If there is time there are a couple of options I would like to recommend. Afterwards, I will return you to your hotel.
If you are arriving for a day trip from Kyoto or Osaka, I will be happy to recommend your best inbound train schedule and make return bookings for you.