Day 1: Kyoto to Hiroshima
Make your way from Kyoto to Hiroshima on board the bullet train, keep a look out for the Seto Ohashi Bridge lining the mainland with Shikoku Island, at 13km it is the longest two-tiered suspension bridge in the world!
On arrival you have a free day, we suggest you visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the A-bomb Dome, a memorial and a world heritage site, a truly heartrending experience. Next take a stroll to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum stopping along the way at the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims, designed by the 1987 Pritzker Prize winner, Kenzo Tange and holding a registry of all those lost in the disaster.
Finally learn about the effects this bomb had on the city both at the time and since by visiting the museum cataloguing the history of Hiroshima as well as personal belongings left by the victims after the attack.
Day 2: Hiroshima & Miyajima
Today is a self-guided day.
Start early and take the short ferry ride to the island of Miyajima, a small sacred island in the Seto Inland Sea. Explore the island visiting Daisho-in Temple, one of the most visited Buddhist temples on the island and located at the foot of Mount Misen, it is believed that you will be blessed if you spin the sutras as you walk up the stairs that lead to the main hall.
For some fabulous photos head to Itsukushima Shrine, designated as one of Japan’s 3 most beautiful views. The shrine is designed in a pier like structure and dates back to the 6th century, you will also find the huge vermillion o-torii gate, which looks like it is floating in the water during high tide.
Head back over to Hiroshima for some free time this afternoon.
Day 3: Hiroshima to Kyoto
You have a day at leisure today before heading back to Kyoto via bullet train.