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How to Spend 2 Days in Hiroshima

How to Spend 2 Days in Hiroshima

Replete with history and culture, Hiroshima also happens to be located near some beautiful natural attractions. Two days give you enough time to explore the city and get out to Miyajima, an island with hiking trails, views, and an iconic temple. Here’s how to make the most of 48 hours in Hiroshima.

Day 1: Tour the City

**Morning:**Hiroshima is synonymous with the atomic bombing of 1945. Start your first day at Peace Memorial Park to better understand World War II history. The most striking part of the park is the Atomic Bomb Dome, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which partially withstood the bombing despite having been located almost directly beneath the bomb’s hypocenter. Most half-day Hiroshima walking and cycling tours include a visit to Peace Memorial Park.

**Afternoon:**After lunch, check out Hiroshima Castle. Built in the 1590s, the castle was destroyed by the atomic bomb and rebuilt in the 1950s. Inside is a history museum, and don’t miss the views of the city from the top floor. 

**Night:**Time to sample some of Hiroshima’s food specialties. Hiroshima is famous for its oysters andokonomiyaki—fried pancakes with various savory toppings. Debate rages in Japan over whether Hiroshima or Kansai (Osaka) makes the bestokonomiyaki. (Hiroshima’s version includes noodles.) Try for yourself and see which you prefer. For a fun way to discover the locals’ favorite spots, join a nighttime food tour. 

Day 2: Visit Miyajima

**Morning:**On your second day in Hiroshima, hop on a ferry and head to the nearby island of Miyajima (formally called Itsukushima). Spend the morning exploring the Itsukushima Shrine. The redtorii (gate) standing in the water just offshore is one of the most famous postcard views in Japan. 

**Afternoon:**There’s more to Miyajima than just the shrine. Head up Mount Misen, the island’s highest peak. Active travelers can hike up along the forested trails. Alternatively, take the cable car up. On clear days, there are sweeping views of the Seto Inland Sea between Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. Some tours of Miyajima include a guided trek to the summit.

**Night:**End your stay in Hiroshima with some good old-fashioned karaoke fun. Gather your travel companions and rent a private room in a karaoke bar for a few hours, where you can order in food and drinks—and nobody else has to hear how good (or bad) your singing is.

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Hiroshima & Miyajima 1-Day Tour from Hiroshima

Hiroshima & Miyajima 1-Day Tour from Hiroshima

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This day trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima is the easy way to see many sights in a single day, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Travel by comfortable air-conditioned coach to important World War II-era places in Hiroshima, and the iconic red gates of Miyajima’s Itsukushima Shrine, which appear to float on water. Learn all about the history and culture of these attractions from your English-speaking guide and through an audio-guide on board your bus.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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$140.35
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1-Day Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour (Round-trip from Hiroshima)

1-Day Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour (Round-trip from Hiroshima)

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Discover two of Japan’s most spectacular sights on a captivating tour of Hiroshima and Miyajima’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, explore the impressive monuments of Miyajima Island, famed for its sacred Itsukushima Jinja Shrine, whose red tori gate appears to be protruding from the sea during high tide. Continue onto the Hiroshima Peace memorial Park, a moving expanse dedicated to promoting peace around the globe. Enjoy a tranquil ferry ride and absorb the natural splendor of the region’s scenery on this enriching excursion.
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  • 8 hours
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$155.42
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Hiroshima in a Nutshell: Morning Bike Adventure

Hiroshima in a Nutshell: Morning Bike Adventure

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This is an excellent choice for first-time visitors to Hiroshima. Get your bearings of the city, learn about its history, and discover backstreet areas that only locals know about. You won’t have to worry if you’re not an experienced cyclist, as the route is 90% flat. The tour will help you cover more ground than a walking tour and see many top sights in a day, such as the Peace Park, Gokoku Shrine, Shukkei-en Japanese Garden, and the Memorial Cathedral for World Peace.
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  • 3 hours
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$63.91
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Hiroshima one day private walking Tour

Hiroshima one day private walking Tour

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See the highlights of Hiroshima in a personalized private walking tour. A private tour means you can customize your experience and choose your own itinerary. You’ll be picked up in a private vehicle, and your guide will accompany you so you don’t get lost. Possible Hiroshima attractions include Itsukushima Shrine, the Atomic Bomb Dome, and the Peace Memorial.
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  • 7 hours
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$367.00
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Private Miyajima Rickshaw Tour Including Itsukushima Shrine

Private Miyajima Rickshaw Tour Including Itsukushima Shrine

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Discover Miyajima Island, also known as 'Island of Gods,' and considered to be one of the most scenic spots in Japan, on this private guided rickshaw tour. Enjoy the traditional Japanese experience of a rickshaw ride, and visit the famed Itsukushima Shrine, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its "floating" red torii gate. This tour can be customized to your preferred length, departure time, and return point.
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  • 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$50.75
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Hiroshima No1 food!! 'Okonomiyaki'-cooking class

Hiroshima No1 food!! 'Okonomiyaki'-cooking class

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【OUTLINE】 Let’s indulge in Hiroshima food culture and cook your own Okonomiyaki. In this program, you will be introduced to the authentic Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki, the culinary specialties of Hiroshima and the ultimate staple of Japanese cuisine. The staff from the Otafuku Sauce Co. will teach you some tips to cook the Okonomiyaki. You would be able to learn the deep relations between the Hiroshima's recovery from the post-war and the Okonomiyaki. 【HIGHLIGHTS】 ・In this program, tourists would gain the deeper insight into Hiroshima’s cultural heritage, and master the technique of Japanese cuisine on a teppan (griddle). ・Experience the unique Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki which the number of Okonomiyaki stores per capital in Japan is No.1. ・An especial plan developed by a worldwide manufacturer of savory Japanese condiments, Otafuku Sauce Co., offers a trip to taste the variety sauces for the taste buds
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Private Hiroshima Custom Full-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

Private Hiroshima Custom Full-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

Explore the rich history and traditional shrines of Hiroshima during this private 8-hour tour aboard a chartered vehicle. Travel in your limo, van, or bus (depending on your group size) customizing the itinerary to your preferred choice of attractions. You might learn about the dramatic events of the city’s 1945 atomic bomb attack at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, admire the giant torii gate on Miyajima Island, or discover the UNESCO-listed Itsukushima Shrine. A driver, private vehicle, and round-trip hotel transportation are covered.
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  • 8 hours
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$1,041.05
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Private Customized Sightseeing Tour in Hiroshima with a Guide

Private Customized Sightseeing Tour in Hiroshima with a Guide

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See the best of Hiroshima with the help of a private guide thanks to this 8-hour group trip for up to 6 participants. Learn about the solemn events of Hiroshima’s atomic bomb attack at Peace Memorial Park, enjoy the idyllic surroundings of Mitaki-dera Temple, and check out Hiroshima-jyo Castle and Shukkei-en garden. All entrance fees are also covered.
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  • 8 hours
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$301.30
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$301.30
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Visit World Heritage site Itsukushima Shrine by sea & Oyster raft tour

Visit World Heritage site Itsukushima Shrine by sea & Oyster raft tour

Get access to the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site of Itsukushima Shrine by sea on this peaceful Oyster Raft Tour. Save time researching and planning how to get to Itsukushima Shrine, and instead hop aboard an oyster raft for a quick and convenient excursion. Enjoy the company of oyster fisherman, who will educate you about how they cultivate oysters, and take you directly to the shrine.
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  • 40 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes
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$26.88
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SUP Tour to see the Great Torii Gate of the Itsukushima Shrine Up Close

SUP Tour to see the Great Torii Gate of the Itsukushima Shrine Up Close

Tourists and pilgrims from around the world come to Miyajima to visit Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Rather than simply gaze at the “floating” torii gate, you can pass through it on a stand-up paddleboard. This 3-hour SUP tour, with a small group, caters to beginners or experienced participants. Follow a guide as you cross the gentle sea. Equipment, wetsuit, and paddling instruction are provided.
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  • 3 hours
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$157.67
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$157.67
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