Day 1 : Miyajima Island
Photo Credit: No Boring Stories@flickr
Since the transportation to Miyajima is quite tricky, going to Miyajima as soon as you get to Hiroshima would be a better idea than spending your first day in the city.
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Access to Miyajima: 10 minutes by ferry from JR Miyajima Ferry.
To JR Miyajima Ferry, 5 minutes walk from JR Sanyo-honsen Line “Miyajimaguchi” Station or 1 minute walk from Hiroden Miyajima Line “Hiroden Miyajimaguchi” Station.
360 JPY for a round way trip
180 JPY for a one way trip
Ferry Fees (Elementary school students and below):
180 JPY for a round way trip
90 JPY for a one way trip
You can check the ferry’s time table here.
Website: Miyajima Ferry
Photo Credit: Sam Sheffield@flickr
There are many restaurants on the island, but Miyajima Shokudo (Japanese:みやじま食堂 miyajima-shokudo) is known to be one of the most popular ones. Conger eels and oysters, which are known to be Hiroshima’s specialties, are served here.
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Address: 590 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture 739-0588
Opening Hours: 11:00am ~ 9:00pm
Website: Miyajima Shokudo (Japanese)
Once you’ve finished your lunch, it’s time to go see the ever so famous Itsukushima Shrine. Itsukushima shrine, known for being built in the ocean, is a shinto shrine which was first built in the 6th century. The shrine was designated as UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, and has been attracting people from all over the world for decades. The shrine shows different beauties depending on the time of the day and how high the tide is. Therefore, in order to fully enjoy the shrine, visiting the shrine once during the day and once around sunset will be recommended.
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Address: 1-1 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture 739-0588
6:30am ~ 5:30pm (Jan 6th – Feb 28th)
6:30am ~ 6:00pm (Mar 1st – Oct 14th)
6:30am ~ 5:30pm (Oct 15th – Nov 30th)
6:30am ~ 5:00pm (Dec 1st – Dec 31st)
300 JPY (Adults)
200 JPY (High school students)
100 JPY (Junior high school students / elementary school students)
Website: Itsukushima Shrine
After seeing Itsukushima Shrine under the bright blue sky, grab a snack at one of the little stores before moving on to your next destination! Hiroshima/Miyajima are both known for a confectionary called momiji-yaki, but on Miyajima island you can have a special version of this momiji-yaki, called Age-momiji (deep fried momiji-yaki). The combination of the crunchiness of the deep fried dough and the hot red bean paste is something that you should definitely try!
Many tourists go back to the city after seeing Itsukushima Shrine, but too bad for them, they’re missing the best part about Miyajima. The view from Mt. Misen (Japanese: 弥山 misen) is known to be one of the best 3 views in Japan. There are several courses you can take to hike up the mountain. Each course will allow you to see the beautiful nature of Miyajima. There is also a ropeway that could take you to the top, so if you would rather not hike, taking the ropeway is another option.
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Mt. Misen Ropeway
Address: Momijidani Park, Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture
Access: 10 minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine to the bus stop, 3 minutes by bus to the Misen cable car station
9:00am ~ 4:30pm (Dec – Feb)
9:00am ~ 5:00pm (Mar – Oct)
8:00am ~ 5:00pm (Nov)
8:30am ~ 5:30pm (Special seasons)
*Special seasons include Japanese holiday in the beginning of May (Golden Week; usually from April 29th to May 5th) and the Japanese holiday in August (Obon; usually is in mid August.)
1,800 JPY for a round way trip, 1,000 JPY for a one way trip
900 JPY for a round way trip, 500 JPY for a one way trip
Website: Mt. Misen
Miyajima Fireworks Festival
After you’ve enjoyed the beautiful view from Mt. Misen, don’t forget to stop by again at Itsukushima Shrine on your way back. You will be amazed by how different the shrine looks compared to when you saw it before. On August 11th, Itsukushima Shrine holds a firework festival, in which 100 fireworks are shot up into the nighttime sky. If you are planning to visit Hiroshima/Miyajima in August, visiting when they have the firework festival may be a good idea!
Miyajima Fireworks Festivals
Date: August 11, 2016
Location: off shore from the O-torii Gate
Website: Miyajima Fireworks Festivals
Day 2 : Hiroshima City
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Before going to the Atomic Bomb Dome, having breakfast/brunch at one of the cafes near Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park (Japanese: 平和記念公園 Heiwa-kinen-koen) may be a good way to start your day. There are several nice cafes along the river. Enjoying the scenery while eating a nice breakfast plate will certainly wake you up!
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Access: Hiroshima Dentetsu line heading to “Miyajima-ko” or “Enami” from JR Hiroshima Station to Genbaku-domu-mae station
Website: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Atomic Bomb Dome
After having your meal and taking a nice walk in the park, go see the Atomic Bomb Dome. You cannot go inside the dome, but even seeing the dome from outside will surely make you think about what we must do to make a peaceful world.
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Atomic Bomb Dome
Access: Hiroshima Dentetsu line heading to “Miyajima-kou” “Nishi-Hiroshima” or “Enami” from JR Hiroshima Station
Website: Atomic Bomb Dome
One last destination you would like to make before leaving Hiroshima, would be Hiroshima castle. The castle was originally built in the 1590s, but was destroyed by the atomic bomb, and was rebuilt in 1958. Currently, the castle functions as a museum of the history of Hiroshima prior to WW2. From the top floor of the castle, you can take an extensive view of the entire Hiroshima city.
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7 minutes by bus from JR Hiroshima Station south exit bus terminal, 10 minute walk from Godochosha-mae bus stop.
*line 7, 8, and 9 can be used
Mar to Nov 9:00am to 6:00pm
Dec to Feb 9:00am to 5:00pm
370 JPY (Adults)
180 JPY (65 years old and above)
180 JPY (High school students)
Free (Junior high school students and below)