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Loved this tour. Miyajima is beautiful and Hiroshima peace park is a very moving and touching place.
We had a fabulous tour leader, Akiko, who did not waste a moment of time, gave us great information and stories, yet gave us sufficient free exploring time. The day is well planned, and very full, since you see the Island of Miyajima and the Peace Park. Yes, you could do both on your own, but the price, convenience, and tour guide made it worth doing it with a group. Dont miss the grilled oysters on the island, and the ritzy ryokan where we saw a bride and groom being taken by rickshaw
I really loved Miyajima. The red tori gate in the blue sea in front of green hills is just beautiful. Special thanks to our tour guide who showed us another Buddhist temple a bit away from the tourist spots and provided lots of information.
Hiroshima was very impressive. I was moved by the storys of atomic bomb victims presented at the Peace Memorial Museum.
The Miyajima tour was good. For us the highlight was a wedding ceremony which was happening during our tour. The food experience was great. We ate there the best okonomiyaki. The Hiroshima trip was sublime. It brought horrors of a war very close. The peace message was very strong.
Excellent tour thank you, we thoroughly enjoyed the visit to Miyajima Island and also found the Peace Memorial Park deeply moving and were inspired by the courage and determination of the people to rebid and move on so quickly after the bombing. Our guide Akiko was delightful.
We started the morning by taking a bus, then a pleasant ferry ride across to Miyajima Island. The Itsukushima torii gate is worth the visit alone! In our 'free time', I took a leisurely walk to the Daisho-in temple - very serene and beautiful setting with great views over the towards the shrine below. We then headed to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Our guide was very knowledgeable and sensitive to the history of Hiroshima. You can't help but be affected by this part of the tour - what more can be said, apart from you hope that it never happens again!
We missed our morning pickup but Sunshine Tours got us to the venue all the same and we had a fantastic day at Miyajima. It would have been a great place to stay overnight. Very serene and beautiful. The Horishima Peace Park was moving. Our guide for the day, Miwa, was informative and humorous. She even gave us all a origami crane she had made herself. Incredible hospitality!
Laurence Z USA
This was a great tour. The guide, Amy, was very knowledgeable and helpful. There was plenty of time at Miyajima and at the Peace Memorial Museum, which has some really excellent displays Highly recommended!
Charles S USA
The tour and tour guide were the greatest! I'm planning to do this again next March with my wife. If everyone would visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park the world would be a much better place. It is a shame that only one American President has visited Hiroshima! Charlie from Pennsylvania USA
Lisa W USA
The full day Miyajima Island and Peace Memorial Park tour was very good. We enjoyed ourselves, learned a lot and our tour guide spoke good English and she was knowledgeable. We had a great day in Hiroshima even though it was pouring rain!
Samantha D USA
Another fantastic tour with Viator. We met our guide at a Hiroshima hotel and everything about the day went exactly as described. We had a fantastic few hours at Miyajima, what a gem of a place! Then we continued onto Peace Memorial Park. I can't say enough wonderful things about our tour guide, she has such passion for what she does, she's full of interesting history and personal experience, and she really brought both these places to life for us. I can't rate her and Viator highly enough!
Kevin C Australia
A well organized and informative tour. The tour guide was excellent! She had a genuine passion for these sites and was accessible, thoughtful and spoke very good English. The contrast of the beauty of Miyajima and the sadness of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial provides a lasting memory. The legacy of atomic warfare is a tragic graphic lesson that the world should never forget!
Thaddeus A USA
I really enjoyed the trip. Our guide was informative, spoke decent English, and was humorous also. Later I took another Viator tour in Osaka, and the company is very consistent with quality of guides. The Miyajima Island tour was of a Buddhist or Shinto temple, and all would enjoy it. The Peace Park and A-bomb museum is serious but a must see for the impact of the A-bomb on Hiroshima. Good tour at a decent price. I definitely recommend this company.
Susan H United Kingdom
A very interesting and well-balanced tour sensitively guided by a well-informed guide. We fell in love with Miyajima and were very impressed with and moved by the Peace Memorial Park.
The tour was well organized and the guide was super friendly. It was nice to have someone do the planning for us. Miyajima was beautiful and peaceful. Hiroshima was moving. Would definitely recommend!
This is an excellent tour for people who want to capture the essentials of both places in a day. Miyajima is serene and beautiful despite its inevitable tourist paraphernalia, and the tour of Hiroshima's atomic legacy was shattering and unforgettable. Do not visit Japan without coming here. Our guide was informative and also knew the best place to eat the local version of Okonomiyaki for lunch. If we'd had more time, it would have been good to do some climbing and meet the monkeys on Miyajima and also see more of modern-day Hiroshima, but as a day-trip this can't be faulted.
Karen B Australia
The whole tour more than exceeded my expectations. I found the tour to Miyajima Island very interesting, relaxing and pleasurable. The visit to the Peace Memorial Park was informative, sad and thought-provoking. The visit heightened my awareness of the history relating to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and the long-term effects. It also strengthened my belief that the world should abolish all nuclear weapons in every country.
The one-day tour was the only reason for my visit to Japan as part of my four-country world tour. However after visiting Japan I now wish to return for a longer period.
The Tour Guide for the day was very professional, informative and friendly and I would like to have my thanks passed onto her. The driver for the day was also friendly and assisted in every way possible.
The tour was fantastic. The only problem was that we went on the Monday of Silver week and the traffic and number of people was incredible. this resulted in significant delays and we missed some of the highlights. For instance when we went to the peace memorial museum we were so late we had to rush through in a few minutes and missed most of it. Our guide Teddy was excellent.
It was worth the trip to Miyajima Island to see the Tori gate, not seeing it would be like going to Paris and not visiting the Eifel Tower. The island was however the Japanese equivalent of Western Australia's Rottnest Island. I think combining the Peace Park and Miyajima was a bit of an odd mix, ok if you have limited time, if you had longer a full day to Miyajima and a half day at Peace Memorial Park would be more enjoyable.
Our tour guide Kuniko was great, she had a good grasp of English so was easy to understand. We found Miyajima Island pleasant enough but felt would not return, however the Peace Memorial Park was very moving and Kunki explained everything we came across so well. We went back the next day for a slower visit by ourselves and were so grateful for everything we had learned from her the day before.
Catherine C Philippines
The tour lived up to my expectations with a good tour guide Fumiko who even sent a letter to me in my hotel to remind me of the tour the following day. Miyajima esp the iconic red torii gate was really amazing and we learned of the Hiroshima bombing thru our visit to the A-Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial
Worth the $s. Full program day tour with journey to Miyajima Island to start the day but only 1hr of free time including lunch which can be difficult if many tourists visiting. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park- very emotional and heart wrenching - incredible experience.
The tour covered all items intended and was very enjoyable. Our guide was well informed and communicated in English without any issues. My only critisism was the time spent at the Peace Park and museum was too short. I believe more time needs to be allocated to this part of the tour and less to Miyajima Island.
The weather was lousy.....But the tour was very good .Amy is a very special guide and what will happen when she retires? her knowledge of all the places we visited was amazing and we were lucky to share lunch with her and discuss more about Japan and it's people.
We would have liked more time at the Peace park but weather was not permitting .
Thank you .
We would certainly recommend this tour.
Hector S USA
This tour was awesome!!! Our guide, Marika, did a wonderful job guiding it! Considering that it was just me and another Australian couple that went along, the tour became more of a personal tour than anything else. That being said, Marika took the time to show us a great part of Miyajima Island, its shrine, and some of its traditions. We were lucky enough to witness a traditional Japanese wedding while at the shrine! The visit to the Peace Memorial Park was also great, although I wish we'd had more time to spend at the museum--which was fascinating--instead of the park. The reason I'm not giving this tour 5 stars is because we had to rely on public transportation instead of having our own--from Viator. However, given the choice between using public transportation and having to cancel the tour due to low enrollment, I choose the former, of course. In addition, the time we spent at the Peace Memorial Museum was extremely limited because we arrived almost at closing time. All in all, however, I highly recommend this tour for those of you who want to learn a bit more about the Japanese culture--and a whole lot more about the aftermath of the atomic bomb.
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