This course takes you to Takamatsu, Matsuyama and Hiroshima, the main cities of Chūgoku and Shikoku.

Enjoy the different attractions of Takamatsu, gateway to Shikoku, Matsuyama with its castle and onsen, and Hiroshima, a city with two World Heritage Sites.

Cycling the Shimanami Kaidō is a great way to enjoy the dramatic scenery of the Seto Inland Sea.

4 nights and 5 days from Kansai International Airport

  1. Day 1
  2. Day 2
  3. Day 3
  4. Day 4
  5. Day 5

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 2 hours and 35 minutes by the Tōkaidō and San’yō Shinkansen and JR Kansai Airport Line

Kansai International Airport