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How to Spend 3 Days in Hiroshima

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How to Spend 3 Days in Hiroshima
With three days in Hiroshima, you can check off the top city sights, sample some okonomiyaki, trek to the top of a mountain, and even travel a little farther afield. Here’s how to make the most of your time.

Day 1: Explore Hiroshima City
On your first day, get to know the city. Hiroshima suffered enormous damage at the end of World War II, when it was hit by an atomic bomb. Visit Peace Memorial Park to learn about the victims as well as the events leading up to the bombing. Later, make your way to Hiroshima Castle. Built in the 1590s, the castle was destroyed by the bomb and reconstructed in the 1950s. There’s a history museum inside, and the top floor offers sweeping views of the city. Many Hiroshima walking and biking tours stop by multiple attractions. For dinner, sample some Hiroshima okonomiyaki (fried pancakes with noodles and various savory toppings) or other local delicacies on a nighttime food tour.

Day 2: Visit Miyajima Island
On the second day, take a short ferry ride to Miyajima. Many travelers have seen photographs of the 12th-century Itsukushima Shrine and the red torii (gate) that stands in the water, but that doesn’t make your first glimpse any less impressive. The shrine and the torii appear differently depending on the tide. Other Miyajima activities include hiking or taking the cable car to the top of Mount Misen, and visiting various museums and temples. To extend your stay on the island, check in to a traditional Japanese ryokan (inn) for the night, then soak in an onsen bath and dine on local cuisine.

Day 3: Head to Iwakuni
Located about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Hiroshima, the midsize city of Iwakuni makes for an easy day trip. Don’t miss seeing the Kintai Bridge with its five wooden arches—particularly at night, when it’s illuminated. Built in the late 17th century, completely without nails or bolts, the bridge washed away during a typhoon in 1950. It was eventually rebuilt using the original construction methods. 

Alternatively, if you spent your second night on Miyajima, you might prefer to spend your last day exploring the Seto Inland Sea, in a kayak or on a stand-up paddleboard. 
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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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$155.49
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Hiroshima Cycling Peace Tour with Local Guide

Hiroshima Cycling Peace Tour with Local Guide

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Bicycle around Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and beyond with a guide born and raised in Hiroshima to lead the way. In addition to the Atomic Bomb Dome, you’ll ride to the Cenotaph, Children's Peace Monument, and the Peace Bell at the UNESCO World Heritage site. Numbers are limited to 10 for a small-group experience and you’ll discover things you wouldn’t know only by visiting the Peace Museum.
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  • 2 hours
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$48.90
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$48.90
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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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$63.94
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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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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.
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  • 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$50.78
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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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An Amazing set of Cultural experience: Kimono, Tea Ceremony and Calligraphy

An Amazing set of Cultural experience: Kimono, Tea Ceremony and Calligraphy

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Immerse yourself in Japanese culture during your visit to Hiroshima. Enter the historic Tokujuji Temple on scenic Miyajima, and start your experience by learning to wear a traditional kimono. Try your hand at two cultural activities: calligraphy, and a tea ceremony. Come away with new skills and a new appreciation for Japanese traditions.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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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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$301.45
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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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Full-Day Sea Kayaking with Lunch at Fukuyama, Tomonoura, Hiroshima

Full-Day Sea Kayaking with Lunch at Fukuyama, Tomonoura, Hiroshima

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The coastal landscapes of Tomonoura are among the most scenic in Japan and provided inspiration for movies like ‘Wolverine’ and Ghibli’s 'Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea'. On this tour, admire the stunning landscapes from the water and paddle past seafront villages, island shrines, and deserted beaches on a kayak.
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  • 8 hours
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$139.09
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