Recommended course 1Matsuyama / Kyōto / Hiroshima

This course allows plenty of time to experience the charms of Matsuyama, a beautiful provincial castle and spa town.

Nearby towns producing ceramics, and with streets of old buildings are also impressive. Hiroshima is just across the Seto Inland Sea with easy access to Kyōto, making this a Japanese journey packed with charm.

4 nights, 5 days from Haneda Airport

  1. Day 1
  2. Day 2
  3. Day 3
  4. Day 4

Hotel in Hiroshima

01. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is also known as the Atomic Bomb Museum. It was opened in 1955 to present the damage caused by atomic bombs and to appeal for world peace. Besides relics of the victims and photographs showing the horrors of the bombing, there are exhibits about Hiroshima during and after the war, and information about the state of nuclear weapons. It was designed by the world-renowned architect Kenzō Tange.

About 5 minutes’ walk

02. World Heritage Site
Atomic Bomb Dome

Registered as a World Heritage Site in 1996 as a building that conveys the horror of nuclear weapons. It was built in 1915 to the design of the Czech architect Jan Letzel as a facility for displaying and marketing the products of Hiroshima Prefecture. Today it’s a symbol appealing for the abolition of nuclear weapons and for world peace.

About 40 minutes by tram

JR Miyajimaguchi Station

About 10 minutes by ferry

03. World Heritage Site
Itsukushima Shrine (Lunch)

Miyajima and Itsukushima Shrine were listed as a World Heritage Site in 1996. One of the three famous views of Japan, the shrine buildings with their bold structure above the sea are a masterpiece. Hiroshima is Japan’s top producer of oysters, which are very popular with visitors for their thickness and richness. Conger eel is also famous, and close to Itsukushima Shrine there’s a restaurant renowned for a rice dish featuring conger.


About 10 minutes by ferry

JR Miyajimaguchi Station

About 30 minutes on the JR San’yō Honsen Line

JR Hiroshima Station

Okonomiyaki is a local specialty of Hiroshima. The Hiroshima version has layers of cabbage, pork and egg, and it typically contains noodles. Each restaurant has its own way to make it, and its own sauce. Be sure to try it.

About 1 hour and 40 minutes by Tōkaidō and San’yō Shinkansen

JR Kyōto Station

Kyōto (Stay)

Day 5

Hotel in Kyōto

01. Sightseeing in Kyōto

Sightseeing in Kyōto includes the popular Fushimi Inari Shrine with its tunnel of red torii gates, the World Heritage Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kinkaku-ji Temple, the unique Japanese entertainment ‘Gear’, and the beautiful autumn leaves of Arashiyama. Watching a geisha dance and shopping in Kawaramachi are also recommended.

Public transportation

Kansai International Airport

About 1 hour and 20 minutes from JR Kyōto Station on the JR Kansai Airport Line (Haruka)

Haneda International Airport

About 2 hours and 50 minutes from JR Kyōto Station on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen + Limousine Bus Haneda Airport Route or Keikyū Airport Line

Narita International Airport

About 3 hours and 40 minutes from JR Kyōto Station on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen + Limousine Bus Narita Airport Route

The best way to travel

The Japan Rail Pass provided by the JR Group gives you access to all of Japan’s railways for a very reasonable price.Note that the pass must be purchased before you come to Japan.

JR Shikoku