Take a rickshaw ride around Miyajima (officially Itsukushima), considered one of the most scenic locations in Japan. This traditional Japanese transport is an ideal way to tour the streets and waterfront. Your guide meets you at the ferry pier and points out old townhouses and other landmarks, including Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Snap pictures of the iconic red torii gate that appears to float on the water. Select from a 30- or 45-minute ride, or upgrade to a 1-hour or 2-hour tour.
The guides are so enthusiastic and fun throughout the hour long trip. We saw more than we would have without using the rickshaws. They guided us through the nearby shrine at the beginning, up a hill to a beautiful garden ending at the market. I highly recommend.
This was the most fun I've had in the whole trip, although at first I felt a little out of my comfort zone being pulled along, I warmed to the idea of sitting like Madam Muck, and imagined what it must have been like in the past when this mode of transport was the norm. A lovely peaceful way to see the main part of the island and 5pm was a great time as most of the hoards of people had gone, Mayo my guide was informative and funny, I loved how well his leg breaks worked going down hills LOL!!
Time constraints , led us to miss the tour time. Upon turning up 40 minutes late , there was no representative around to speak too. If you are staying in central Hiroshima , allow an hour and a half for travel time. This is not very well stated at time of booking.
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