Discover the history and culture of Hiroshima with Japan Adventure Club! You can avoid the crowds and enjoy a private tour of Miyajima Island, where you can admire the ancient shrine, the scenic landscape, and the local delicacies. You can also visit the Peace Memorial Park, where you can learn about the tragic impact of the atomic bomb and the hope for a peaceful future. Alternatively, we can admire the Japanese landscape and blossoming cherry trees in spring at Shukkie-en garden next to Peack Park.
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Miyajima (宮島) is a small island that lies just off the coast of Hiroshima. It is famous for its giant torii gate, which appears to float on the water when the tide is high. This is one of the three most beautiful views in Japan, and you'll be amazed by its majesty. The very last G7 Summit was held here in May 2023. The island is also home to Itsukushima Shrine, a stunning complex of buildings that are built over the water. The shrine is dedicated to the goddess of the sea and has a long history of worship. You'll learn about its fascinating culture and legends from your guide.
As you explore the island, you'll also encounter friendly deers that roam freely among the visitors. They are very tame and curious, and you can feed them with special crackers that are sold on the island. They will make your trip even more fun and memorable.
The Memorial was the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded on 6 August 1945. Across the river from the park stands the A-Bomb Dome, a former industrial promotion hall built in 1915 as the first western-style brick building in the city. It was one of the few structures that survived the atomic bomb blast, which killed everyone inside and thousands more in a radius of 2,000 feet. The preserved ruins of the dome became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. As the cruise stops in Hiroshima for a limited period, we will only stop briefly at the Memorial Park to see the A-bomb building and skip the Museum.
Shukkeien Garden was built just after Hiroshima Castle in 1620. The atomic bomb once destroyed it. But it has been restored to its former glory. The garden is an example of traditional Japanese gardening. It is a daimyo garden built by Nagaakira Asano, the first feudal lord of the Hiroshima domain, as a garden for a villa. It was created to mimic China's "West Lake" because of its spectacular view of the mountain river, Kyoto Raku, and Miyama in the garden. There are islands of various sizes floating in the pond dug in the center of the garden. You can stroll through the neatly arranged valleys, bridges, and teahouses. The garden is filled with seasonal flowers and nature that can be enjoyed throughout the year.
We highly recommend that you book our shore excursions now if you will be taking a cruise in 2025. 2023 and 2024 have already seen large crowds, and 2025 will see even more. We expect many tourists will be unable to book their shore excursions in 2025, so please make your plan as soon as possible.