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Hiroshima full enjoyment tour of Itsukushima shrine and the Atomic Bomb dome

by KASHIMA
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10h $ 372 Price up to 8 people
  • Hiroshima
  • 10h
  • up to 8 people
  • Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
  • Private tour (only you and your guide)

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Overview

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.

Highlights

  • 8:30am:pick up at hotel in Kobe
  • 8:55am – 10:03am: To move from Kobe to Hiroshima by Shinkansen Hikari
  • 10:12am – 10:32am: To move from Hiroshima to Miyajima-guchi by JR local line
  • 10:45am – 11:10am: To take a ferry to Miyajima island
  • 11:10am – 11:30am: To move to Itsukushima-shrine
  • 11:30am – 12:10pm: To see Itsukushima shrine
  • 12:20pm – 1:10pm: To have a lunch in Omotesando
  • 1:30pm – 2:00pm: To take a ferry to return Miyajima-guchi
  • 2:19pm – 3:07pm: To move to Atomic Bomb by JR & local train: yen 430
  • 3:10pm-4:30pm: To see Atomic bomb dome and Peace Memorial park & museum.
  • 5:03pm – 6:15pm: To take Shinkansen & local line from Hiroshima to Kobe
  • 6:30pm: Hotel arrival

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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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Important

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.

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
Meeting Point
At your hotel in Kobe
Ending Point
At your hotel in Kobe
Duration
10 hours
Starting time
08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 8 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

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Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date, there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 47 )
Bob Bob United States ( Couple )
Very Good
2 weeks ago

“ Very good and thorough guide ”

Totally competent caring for our group. Got us through the day with ease. English was frequently difficult to understand, though. Very good skills getting us through all our train and bus changes. Did not, though, keep us together through the Himeji castle, nor give us any education while inside.

KASHIMA:

Bob san, Thank you very much for your utmost and helpful review for me and selecting me as a guide for your Himeji & Kobe tour. I am pleased that I could support your, your wife and your group of 8 people from your cruise ship members. All your members are so active to learn about Japanese history, culture and daily life. I could communicate a lot with all your members. Also, I am pleased that you kindly pointed out my inperfected points. I will improve my explanation skill about each spots information by English with more slowly and accurate so that everyone can easy understand. As for the explanation inside Himeji castle, I am sorry that I could not explain there. I will improve how to explain to large members during climbing up to 7 stories castle with jammed situation. I hope tha... read more

Dov Dov Israel ( Couple )
Good
3 weeks ago

“ Very nice guy but too expensive ”

MR. Kashima is a very nice guy, but I am not sure I got a good value for the money I paid.

KASHIMA:

Dov san, Thank you very much for your great and helpful review for me and selecting me as a guide for your precious Hakone tour. Thanks to your strong will to learn Japanese culture, history and daily life status, we could exchange lots of conversation and I think that I could explain lots of deep information for those. Unfortunately, the whether was cloudy and you can not see Mt.Fuji during the tour. Based on your review comments, I will improve to provide more values to cutomers exceeding a lot against the payment I received from now on. I am looking forward to receiving another request from you in near future. Thanks, Kashima

Devayani Devayani Singapore ( Family with kids )
Good
4 weeks ago

“ Good for limited duration tours ”

Kashima san was very prompt and helpful in designing our itinerary. We travelled as a family group of 14 people visiting Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo and Kashima san was very patient and responsive. He is helpful and pretty good in communicating in English. There are however some tourist attractions that he has not been to for some time so his awareness of wheelchair accessibility etc was limited. I would recommend Kashima san for one or 2 day trips rather than a multi-city long duration tour.

KASHIMA:

Devayani san, Thank you very much for your great and helpful review for me. We could have a very pleasant tour during 8 days with all 14 people of you and your family using Van transportation ranging from Kyoto area to Tokyo area. You kindly reserved Van service for 8 days. We visited Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Himeji, Tokyo and Hakone. Thanks to all your family strong curiosity for Japanese history and culture, I could explain about those in detail during the tour. As you kindly pointed out to me, at this time I could not well manage to select tour spots and escort for your family who use wheelchairs. This was my first time to take care for the case. Based on this precious experience, I will improve to manage for wheelchair supporting. I am looking forward to receiving another tour guiding req... read more

Dimitri Dimitri Belgium ( Family with kids )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Impress 12-year old boy ”

We visited Odaiba (gaming center-Gundam- Statue of Liberty), Takeshita street, Shibuya crossing, Godzilla, Samurai Museum, ...

KASHIMA:

Dimitri san, Thank you very much for your great review for me. I am very much pleased that your 12-year old son could enjoy and felt impressed for the experience of Tokyo tour, specially playing several advanced games in Odaiba and watching Samurai sword play and sword fighting between two Samurais in Samurai museum. I could introduced six different types of town such as Asakusa (old fashioned style town), Odaiba (enormous entertainment town), Takeshita-street (most advanced fashion places of dispatch, specially for young girls), Omotesando(sophisticated street for young and mature adults), Shinjuku (the most bustling entertainment town for all generations) and Shibuya(the most famous busy town, specially as Shibuya crossing and Hachi dog). I hope that you could enjoy those towns. I am l... read more

David David United Kingdom ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ 2 days 2 cities ”

Kashima was wxcellent. We had Kashima guide us for 1 day in Kyoto and 1 day in Tokyo a few days later. Though we did a lot of sightseeing on our own in both cities, they were more local to where we were staying, Kashima guided us to places more out of the way, e.g. Golden Temple in Kyoto and Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. He was a great guide, very friendly, very informative about the places we visited as well as a more general history of Japan and the cities we visited. He also helped is with traditions and manners whilst in Japan. We finished our day in Tokyo in a Whisky bar in Ginza, which Kashima picked out specifically as we are from Scotland. Whilst in there having dinner and a few drinks he really came out of his shell and we got to know Kashima the person so much better. We would have ... read more

KASHIMA:

David san, Thank you very much for your warm and utmost review for me. I am very much impressed that one of your primary purpose to come to Japan is to celebrate your son as memorial age of 21 years old of your country custom. During the 2 days tour of Kyoto and Tokyo, we visited Arashiyama, temple/garden, bamboo forest, Golden pavilion, Fushimi-inari shrine in Kyoto and Asakusa/temple, Meiji shrine, Harajuku, Shibuya, Shinjuku and Ginza in Tokyo. I like Japanese history, specially about the human drama of Samurai top worriers for each era of Heian, Kamakura, Azuchi-Momoyama and Edo. I am pleased that you could take my explanation as worth to hear. Also, we could enjoy an experience of brief tasting of Yakitori with drinking at Omoideyokocho open food stand in Shinjuku. Finally, it was a v... read more

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