Hiroshima prefecture is located in the south of Chugoku region and the political and economic center of the Chugoku / Shikoku region. About 2.8 million people live in Hiroshima. The Itsukushima Shrine and The Atomic Bomb Dome are designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites. You can easily access from Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Fukuoka by Shinkansen(bullet train).
Peace Memorial Park
This park which was created at the hypocenter of the atomic bombing is the symbol of the achievement of world peace. The park includes many monuments to peace, such as the Flame of Peace. Also located here is the Peace Memorial Museum which captures the reality of the atomic bombing.
Located in eastern Hiroshima, Rabbit Island is a small enclave occupied by hundreds of wild rabbits that roam the forests and fields, chasing tourists for food. Only a 15-minute ferry ride from the mainland.
Cycling is a popular means of experiencing the Shimanami Kaido. The bicycle route is well marked and maintained, and diverges from the expressway on the islands. Along the way, travelers can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Seto Inland Sea and the islands' small towns.
Hiroshima Castle, also called the Carp Castle, is a good example of a castle built on a plain in the center of a city as opposed to hilltop and mountaintop castles. Its main keep is five stories tall, and its grounds are surrounded by a moat. Also within the castle's precincts are a shrine, some ruins and a few reconstructed buildings of the Ninomaru (second circle of defense).
This Shrine, designated as World Heritage dates from the 13th century though the first shrine was probably built in the 6th century. It was designed to appear as if floating on the sea and shows the contrast of colors and shapes between the sea and mountains.
The Mazda Motor Corporation, founded in Hiroshima in 1920. The company museum and part of a factory are made available for public viewing.
Sea kayaking tour
Sea kayaking allows passengers to experience the Seto Inland Sea more closely. You can join the sea kayaking route in Miyajima, Tomonoura and other places to enjoy the island tour.
Setouchi Golf Resort
Setouchi Golf Resort allows you to experience the cool golf and taste the delicious BBQ on the beautiful hills with empty hands!
Sea kayaking in Tomonoura
Let's enjoy sea kayaking in Tomonoura, which has the best scenery in Japan. This is a town that was used in the shooting of Ghibli “Ponyo on the Cliff” and Hollywood “Wolverine”
Let's cross the sea by SUP and aim for the World Heritage site Itsukushima shrine. This plan is a premium experience where you can go through the torii gate floating in the sea by SUP.
The Outlets Hiroshima
Regional food and lifestyle shopping mall THE OUTLETS HIROSHIMA is full-scale outlets where you can find a variety of local and foreign brands, limited regional food and lifestyle. One of corner V-base is full of local tourism information and products by local artists for your perfect souvenirs.
Hiroshima okonomiyaki is a kind of savory pancake with vegetables, meat eggs, and so on. Served with a specially made thick sauce. Hiroshima is also famous for oyster cultivation. They are served raw as well as grilled and fried.
Setouchi Marine View and Shimanami Kaido tour
You will enjoy the ride in Sightseeing train and crossing the Shimanami Kaido.
Better for 2〜3 people
Max. 2 suitcases
Better for 5～７ people
Max. 8 suitcases
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Ride on the "Setouchi Marine View" train from Hiroshima station at 10:03
“Setouchi Marine View” is a train running along the Seto Inland Sea on the JR Kure Line. The cars have round windows, comfortable sofas among the reserved seats, and a compass and map inside, making you feel as if you were inside the cabin of a ship. The interior of the train has a resort-like feel. Enjoy the beautiful views of the many islands in the Seto Inland Sea!
Arrive at Mihara station by the train at 12:27
A chartered taxi will be waiting for you at the station. You wil visit Onomichi city by the taxi. One of the most unique attractions of Onomichi is the Shimanami Kaido. The route, which passes across bridges and islands of the Seto Inland Sea, is the only land connection between Japan's main island of Honshu and Shikoku that is traversable by cyclists and pedestrians. Along the way there are two particular attractions of interest to visitors: Senkoji temple, the Hirayama Museum and the unique Kosanji Temple.
The taxi will next take you to Kosanji temple and museum in Shimanami Kaido
The buddhist priest Kozo spent more than 80 years, beginning in 1936, to build this temple as a dedication to his deceased mother. Kosanji uses different kinds of architecture styles including a full-scale replica of the famous gate in Nikko, and shows the history of Japanese Buddhist architecture.
You will visit Kirosan observation deck by taxi.
The observatory park is located at the top of Mt. Kiro at the southernmost point of Oshima Island. The view from here is known as the most spectacular on the Shimanami Kaido. On fine days the view extends as far as Mt. Ishizuchi, the highest mountain in western Japan. In the evenings, views of the sunset and the illuminated Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge are exceptional.
You will end your journey in Imabari cit, Ehime.
Tips for choosing Private Charter Tours in Japan
In Japan, only “Green Label Vehicles” are legally acceptable for tour purpose and will be covered by passenger insurance. Besides, the driver of “Green Label Vehicle” must hold Class 2 license which is required when operating a commercial passenger-carrying vehicle such as a taxi or bus. Driver must be 21 years of age or older and have at least three years of experience driving under a Class 1 license. However, nowadays there are many services that provide charter tours at lower price by using “White Label Vehicles”, which by law are only allowed for private use only. In the event of a traffic accident, passengers on these illegal vehicles will not be covered by insurance. Therefore, for the sake of safety, we strongly recommend that visitors should choose a legal charter service.
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