• Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
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Travel round-trip from Kyoto by high-speed bullet train to take in Hiroshima's historic sites, including exhibits about the 1945 atomic bomb that devastated the city. Start your visit on a lighter note, traveling by boat to Miyajima, a famously beautiful island that is home to the revered Itsukushima Shrine. Have lunch there, then return to the city to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Your expert guide shares important details about Hiroshima's heartbreaking history and remarkable recovery throughout this unforgettable 12-hour tour.

Highlights

  • 12-hour tour of Hiroshima and Miyajima Island, from Kyoto
  • Discover the picturesque island of Miyajima
  • See the magnificent Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Visit the historic remains of the Genbaku Dome
  • Explore the exhibits at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
  • Includes all transportation and entrance fees

What You Can Expect

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Miyajima Island Tour from Kyoto

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Miyajima Island Tour from Kyoto

Start your day by meeting your guide at the New Miyako Hotel and transfering to Kyoto Station to board the bullet train for the scenic 2-hour ride to Hiroshima Station. As your train zips along, your guide introduces the history of Hiroshima, from ancient times to the devastation of World War II and on up to the present.

When you arrive in Hiroshima, travel to Miyajimaguchi either by train or coach, then transfer to a boat that takes you to Miyajima, a revered locale also known as the Sacred Island. It is most famous for the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Itsukushima Shrine and its picturesque torii gate, which appears to float on water at high tide. You may spot tame deer roaming free, adding to the ambiance of the island scenery. After about 45 minutes on the island, have lunch (own expense) then relax on the boat as you cruise back to Hiroshima.

In the afternoon, visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, your guide leads you through exhibits about the atomic bomb that devastated Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and the city's remarkable recovery post-World War II.

Take a bus or train to your tour's final destination, the Genbaku Dome (aka the Atomic Bomb Dome or Hiroshima Peace Memorial), one of the few buildings that survived the bombing. Nearby, the Children’s Peace Monument is draped with thousands of origami cranes made by children. The Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound contains the ashes of 70,000 bomb victims; many were unidentified or had no surviving relatives to claim their ashes.

When you have finished taking in Hiroshima, board the bullet train again at Hiroshima Station and travel back to Kyoto Station, where your tour ends upon arrival in the evening.

Customer Reviews

Alistair S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

We had never heard of Miyajima Island before, but found it extremely interesting and a good introduction to the Shinto religion. Hiroshima was a deeply moving experience, especially the visit to the museum.

lfchaddock

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Amazing tour. Couldn't fault anything. Nobu, our guide was wonderful. So alloquant and poised when talking about the bomb that destroyed hiroshima. A must when visiting japan.

Michelle

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

We did this tour from Kyoto as we already had our Green Rail Pass, there is a Shinkansen that gets into Hiroshima with plenty of time to connect to this tour, meeting place is in a hotel right next to the station and very easy to find, tour was fantastic, well organized and we had time to do and see what we wanted to, we were back at Hiroshima station in enough time to catch our Shinkansen back to Kyoto, a really great tour

Jeanette E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Without a rail pass it isn't possible to book a reserved seat on the bullet train from Kyoto to Hiroshima from Australia. We knew we going to be be travelling during a major Buddhist holiday weekweekend so were worried if we didn't have train tickets booked ahead we wouldn't get to Hiroshima and Miyajima. Because of this we booked through Viator. It turned out to be a good decision on all fronts. The organisation was simply amazing and the tour guides provided insights you can't get by reading a travel guide. The major sites are unquestionably interesting. But the things we enjoyed most - talking to the various guides that helped us, because there are many on this trip. Someone takes you to Kyoto Railway station and puts you on the train, someone else meets your at the end point etc, etc - a level of help I haven't really experienced before, but great when you are jet lagged. Historical information aside we talked to our various tour guides about their families, their jobs, their own travels, their university experiences and shared our information with them. We are sorry we can't remember the name of the woman that took us to Kyoto Railway Station and the woman that conducted the site seeing trip from Hiroshima Station, they were both wonderful. We travelled on 19 August. The sites are iconic but the travel guides we had for this trip are even better and more interesting.

Corey W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This tour was amazing. It was very informative and the gour guide was fantastic..i would def recommend taking this tour

Melissa S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Good tour, very interesting and learned a bit more about Hiroshima. Miyajami Island is beautiful.

Ajay J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Trip to Hiroshima was the highlight of our trip to Japan. At a holistic level -given the background and history surrounding the city - the trip can be quite poignant and sombre. For us the key value add was the presence of Amy San - our tour guide. A sprightly 72 year old year Japanese woman she was in her Mom's womb when the bomb was dropped in the city, her insights and deep understanding of Japanese perspective and culture made us wiser and richer. I will never forget the humility that she displayed in acknowledging a mistake that she had made during the trip. We feel blessed and honored that we did the trip with Amy San. I was told that she only does 2-3 trips a month, so would advise future travelers to plan accordingly

lisabadovinac

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

The tour was so wonderful. It was moving and historical. Our guide was fabulous and so knowledgeable. We loved the island-- lovely and fun. Great tour overall!

Karin M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Absolutely go to Hiroshima Peace Memorial, but try to spend more time inside the museum, to see artifacts from people who were affected. Very moving, but you need time to read all the notations on the exhibits. I was very happy to see Hiroshima has risen from the ashes and is a vibrant, modern city.

Kerry F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This was an excellent way to see Hiroshima and Miyajima Island whilst staying in Kyoto. We were very well taken care in terms of the train to and from Hiroshima and our guide Nobu was excellent.

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