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 Kansai International Airport
Hotel in Kyōto
JR Kyōto Station
About 1 hour and 40 minutes by Tōkaidō and San’yō Shinkansen
JR Hiroshima Station
About 30 minutes on the JR San’yō Honsen Line
JR Miyajimaguchi Station
About 10 minutes by ferry
01. 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 + about 3 minutes’ walk
Hiroden Miyajimaguchi Station
About 50 minutes on the Hiroshima Dentetsu Miyajima Line
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 5 minutes’ walk
03. 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.