Rural Japan Explorer
An off-the-beaten-path adventure through Japanese countryside, ideal for those seeking an authentic experience in the heart of rural Japan.
The name Hiroshima is synonymous with the Second World War and the devastation of the atomic bombs dropped on the city. Today, Hiroshima is vibrant and modern, with Miyajima Island (home of the famous “floating” torii gate) just a short ferry ride away.
The city hasn’t forgotten its tragic past and there are poignant reminders of the bomb attack at the A-Bomb Dome, where you can see the preserved bomb shell, as well as the eternal flame at the Peace Park and Museum. These important places to visit provide a thorough education on Hiroshima’s history.
Since the end of World War II, the city has since been rebuilt and reborn into a culture and business hub, with lots of activities and attractions for visitors too.
Baseball is one of Japan’s most popular sports, so catch a game at the MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium and cheer on the local team, the Hiroshima Carp. Take a tranquil stroll around Shukkei-en Garden and contemplate nature, or visit the Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of Art for impressive artworks, as well as impressive views of the city.
The original Hiroshima Castle (also known as Carp Castle), was destroyed in the bomb blast, but a reconstruction of the 1589 building now stands in its place.
Nearby Miyajima Island is a popular day trip from Hiroshima (or you can stay overnight), less than an hour away by ferry. People flock to see the famous and photogenic giant “floating” torii gate, which is one of Japan’s most scenic places and can often be seen on the covers of Japan travel guidebooks.
The island’s official name is Itsukushima, though is more commonly known as Miyajima (shrine island) after the Itsukushima Shrine, which is built over water like its floating torii gate. Aside from the gate, there are also tame deer to look out for and the monkeys of Mount Misen to avoid. You can scale Misen by cable car for beautiful ocean views.
Hiroshima is truly a city risen from the ashes; its tragic past sensitively commemorated, while the city moves forward with a defiant, youthful energy. Just off the coast, the sacred site of Miyajima is a peaceful day trip away.
Autumn to spring are the best seasons to visit Hiroshima and Miyajima Island. The winter months aren’t too cold here in the south of Japan and mostly dry, so October and November are some of the best months to visit. On 6th August, the anniversary date of when the atomic bomb was dropped on the city, a memorial is held for the victims and thousands of paper lanterns float down the river.
Both our Japan Honeymoon and Rural Japan Tour include time in Hiroshima and a trip to Miyajima Island, with the latter featuring a private tour of Hiroshima with a local guide.
In Hiroshima, Wayfairer works with the five-star Sheraton Grand Hotel Hiroshima, which makes for a luxurious stay for Japan honeymooners. One of the best hotels in the city, the Sheraton is located next to Hiroshima Station. On Miyajima, we recommend the Iwaso Ryokan, which is a traditional guesthouse with a rich history and counts members of the Japanese royal family among its prestigious guests.