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

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

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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 tour.
  • Full-day tour of Hiroshima and Miyajima Island, from Kyoto
  • 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
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JTB SUNRISE TOURS DESK KYOTO , Japan, 〒601-8003 Kyoto, Minami Ward, Higashikujō Nishisannōchō, 31 B1F AVANTI

Meeting Time: 7:50 a.m. Sunrise Tours Desk inside Avanti (across from Kyoto Station Hachijo Exit)

8:00 AM
Kyoto Station , Higashishiokoji Kamadonocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8216, Japan
Start your day by getting picked up from Sunrise Tours Desk inside Avanti (across from Kyoto Station Hachijo Exit) 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 vehicle, 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 vehicle 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Itsukushima Shrine
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Atomic Bomb Dome
Stop At:  
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • If the minimum number of participants 2 is not met by 4 days before the scheduled date, the tour on that date may be cancelled.
  • Due to repairs starting from June 2019, part or all of Itsukushima Shrine's large torii gate will not be visible. (The scheduled end date for repairs is yet to be determined.)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • This tour does not include meal charges for lunch. Please eat lunch on your own at Miyajima (not included)
  • The order of activities and arrival times may differ depending on road conditions and congestion at destinations.
  • Depending on the number of tour participants, vehicles other than a large bus (mid-size bus/small-size bus), a hired car (van/minivan), a taxi, or train for part of the itinerary may be used
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY JTB Global Marketing & Travel Inc.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 1-Day Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour (Round-trip from Kyoto)?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by 1-Day Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour (Round-trip from Kyoto).
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What is the policy on sanitization during 1-Day Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour (Round-trip from Kyoto)?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by 1-Day Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour (Round-trip from Kyoto).
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What is the social distancing policy during 1-Day Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour (Round-trip from Kyoto)?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by 1-Day Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour (Round-trip from Kyoto).
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 1-Day Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour (Round-trip from Kyoto)?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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star-4
Learning And Discovery
we-wynn
, Oct 2019
The trip was excellent. There were more than 20 people in the group and it was hard to hear everything the guide says. She was good but her voice could only reach a certain distance especially in crowded places. I noticed that the other groups were provided with audio equipments.
star-5
Amazing tour
Grace M
, Sep 2019
This was a truly amazing experience. Every stop allowed us enough time to do what we wanted, and see everything. The guide was very nice and knowledgeable. The tour it’s self was impactful. It was extremely emotional, and educational to be at the site of something you have always read about in history books. Reading people’s stories was heartbreaking.
star-4
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Miyajima Island,Itsukushima shrine from Kyoto
Paul_M
, Sep 2019
We had a lovely tour of Miyajima Island and the Hiroshima Peace Park but I would say that it was only a taster of each place. You'd need so much more time to enjoy each place, one day wasn't enough, especially for the Hiroshima exhibition. The guide was very knowledgeable and gave us full details of what to expect each time we left the coach. I'd recommend the tour but bear in mind that time is very limited. The Peace Park has many monuments but the time we had only allowed us to appreciate a few of them. You could easily spend a day at the Peace Park.
star-5
Overall Experience
Edmund_L
, Jul 2019
Wow! The tour was well organized and tour guide was excellent. Highly recommend this one day tour. We felt safe in the bus. Bus was clean and driver was punctual. Guide kept us in a group at all times. No delays along the way.
star-5
Hiroshima and Miyajima
Jonathan F
, Jun 2019
One of the best tours I’ve ever done. The company was helpful and professional at every step- we went from kyoto and someone took us to/from the train platform in both directions. Mickey was our guide and she was fantastic- incredibly engaging, educational, helpful, and fun. Miyajima island is beautiful and the Hiroshima peace park and museum were deeply moving. We really enjoyed the tour!
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star-5
Well Organized and Informative Tour
Deborah B
, May 2019
This tour was very well run and organized, and allowed us to experience two very different locations in Hiroshima. The Miyajima Island tour was a great start to the day with a lovely ferry ride and exploration of the island and the shrine. The afternoon was a somber experience of the horrifying events of the A bomb. This experience was very emotional for me, but so well presented with excellent discussion both from our guide and from the peace park museum. Highly encourage all to attend.
star-5
Some confusion at the meeting hotel...
Phyllis V
, Sep 2018
Some confusion at the meeting hotel when we arrived early, there was a small desk that said tours with no one there and the hotel staff was not sure. It would have been nice to have a sign on that desk with our tour Please wait here, until the hostess arrived. Otherwise, AMAZING, well organized. We were a varied group, some of us going as a day trip from Kyoto, some spending the night in Hiroshima. It made the tour interesting speaking with others who had many different experiences in Japan. A small group tour, they walk you to the bullet train and put you on the correct car with your return tickets inc. The scenic train ride feels like a private tour. An enthusiastic, professional hostess with perfect English met us at our train car. Our small tour bus grateful for AC during the heat wave of summer slowly passed old Castles and other sites, while our knowledgeable hostess told stories of history and culture. Taking the ferry to Miyajima she guided us where to stand to get the best views and well as tips for food and shopping during our free time after the tour of the beautiful shrine. After lunch own expense we ferried back to Hiroshima Peace Dome, memorial , childrens memorial and museum, all a profound experience of what never to allow again. Our experienced guide was one of the best we've ever had. This tour was a highlight of our incredible visit to Japan.
star-5
With much thanks to Nobu our tour...
DAVID K
, Sep 2018
With much thanks to Nobu our tour guide, she was just excellent.
star-4
Well worth the time
Cheryl_S
, Jul 2018
We very much appreciated our day trip from Kyoto of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Miyajima Island. The arrangements were all well executed, the guide in Hiroshima was very informative and helpful, and the overall tour well organized. My only complaint might be that there was not enough time at the museum in the memorial park, but given all that we had to cover I don't think it could have been extended. It was a long day, but well worth it!
star-3
Good tour, guide not well-trained
Michael_S
, Jul 2018
This is a worthwhile day trip from Kyoto, somewhat impaired by the guide's inattention to her audience. Island and shrine was more interesting than I anticipated and atom bomb site was fascinating. Good logistics in pickup, train, and drop-off every step of the way. Unfortunately, the guide--who seemed nice and knowledgable--seemed not to know how to use the microphone/speaker system affixed to her and oblivious to the fact that many people couldn't hear her much of the time as she faced away from her audience.
star-5
We had never heard of Miyajima...
Alistair S
, Jul 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.
star-5
Amazing tour. Couldn't fault...
laura_c
, Feb 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.
star-5
We did this tour from Kyoto as we...
Michelle
, Dec 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
star-4
Lovely tour guide who gave plenty of...
michelle c
, Sep 2017
Lovely tour guide who gave plenty of commentary and was interested in her job. Visit to the island not far from HIROSHIMA a bit of a tourist trap and better to have less time here and cover history of Hiroshima at the Museum more, and even a tour of the city while on the Bus.
star-5
Without a rail pass it isn't...
Jeanette E
, Aug 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.
star-5
This tour was amazing. It was very...
Corey W
, Aug 2017
This tour was amazing. It was very informative and the gour guide was fantastic..i would def recommend taking this tour
star-5
Good tour, very interesting and...
Melissa S
, Aug 2017
Good tour, very interesting and learned a bit more about Hiroshima. Miyajami Island is beautiful.
star-5
Trip to Hiroshima was the highlight...
Ajay J
, Jul 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
star-4
I'd liked more time at the Hiroshima...
Paul B
, May 2017
I'd liked more time at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and less time at Miyajima Island. The Peace Memorial is a moving experience.
star-5
A truely educational experience. The...
Sanjay_B
, May 2017
A truely educational experience. The guide,who's name unfortunately escapes me,did a great job of guiding us throughout the day. The paper cranes she made herself and handed to us at the end of the tour added a wonderful personal touch.

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