Jun 21, 2018 Attraction Miyajima

The Highly Recommended “Hiroshima Half Day Tour”

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Hiroshima, a prefecture with compact cities that have easy access to the beautiful nature surrounding them. In fact, it is chosen by international tourists as the “No.1 Most Satisfying” prefecture in Japan! And now, it is time for us to tell you about this tour that takes you around Hiroshima to view the attractions and taste the amazing food!

Have fun at Miyajima

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O-torii Gate & Itsukushima Shrine

The first place you should visit in Miyajima is the O-Torii the symbol of the island! Weighing at 60 tons, this Torii does not have its base buried in the seabed, but stands entirely by its own weight. The sight of it standing in the sea is truly astonishing. At high tide it almost seems to be floating on the sea; when the water retreats, you can walk right up to it and take photos.

The Itsukushima Shrine, famous for being built upon the sea, is the headquarters of over 500 “Itsukushima Shrines” across Japan. All of its main halls are designated as National Treasures. At high tide, the beautifully lacquered halls look as though they are floating on the sea. Though it has suffered from repeated disasters and fires since its completion in the Heian period, it was repaired each time and thus its Heian/Kamakura architecture is preserved till today.

Itsukushima Shrine
Address 1-1 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi (map)
Open Jan 1
Jan 2&3
Jan 4-Feb
Mar 1-Oct 14
Oct 15-Nov 30
Dec 1-Dec 31
Entrance Fee Adult/¥300
High School Student/¥200
Middle School &Under/¥100
Website Itsukushima Shrine Tripadvisor


I recommend you to pay the Senjokaku a visit. Being the largest building on this island, it occupies an area of 1,400 square meters. It was built near the Itsukushima Shrine in 1587 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi as a sutra library. Although Hideyoshi’s death before its completion halted the construction, leaving the walls and ceilings unfinished, thanks to that, now even during the hot summer days wind can blow through the building, making it a great spot for resting and viewing the sea.

Miyajimacho, (map)
Open 8:30a.m.-4:00p.m.
Closed None
Entrance Fee Adult/ ¥100
Middle School & Under/ ¥50
Website Senjokaku Tripadvisor

Exquisite Lunch at Miyajima!


Sweet sauce combines with the springy anago to make this delicious meal! Anyone who tried it first will soon want seconds.We recommend buying the Anago-meshi bento and eating it at Miyajima. You can get it near Miyajima-guchi station before entering Miyajima, but you can also buy it on the island. We recommend eating it while viewing the beautiful sea of Miyajima.

*Watch out for the deer if you are eating outside!

Eat While Walking at Miyajima

You can eat famous delicacies while walking down the Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street! There are around 70 shops on this 300m long street. With everything from usual souvenir to new special items, debating over what to buy is also what makes Miyajima so fun.

*Please note that most shops close at around 5 PM.

Fried Momiji

Momiji Manju is the most famous Hiroshima snack. They are put on a stick and fried, making them crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. This incredible taste is one of the best things to enjoy while walking.

Grilled Oyster

Food made from oysters are the most abundant on this street, and among them the most popular one is the Grilled Oyster. This delicacy is made from large oysters freshly caught at the Miyajima Island, and it preserves the taste very well!


Nigiri-Ten is a type of fried minced fish cake sold by many shops on the street. There are many different kinds, such as ones with asparagus and bacon, octopus, or squid, and all of them are simply delicious! You only need one hand to eat them so try those different flavors.

Now that you have eaten, how about do some walking by going to a temple to feel the power spot?

Daisho-in Temple

Before heading towards Hiroshima downtown, there is one more place we need to tell you about, the Daisho-in Temple. Built in year 806 by Kukai, it is the oldest temple at Miyajima. With the Tibetan Buddhist item, the prayer wheel, you can gain merit as if reciting a sutra just by walking under the gate. Inside the temple are countless little Jizo statues with adorable faces. You can almost feel the holy spirit touching your body at this power spot.

Getting in Touch with the History of Hiroshima City

Atomic Bomb Dome

On August 6th, 1945, at 8:15 AM, the atomic bomb was dropped for the first time in human history and exploded 600 meters above this building. It was greatly devastated from the blast and heat. People then started calling it the Atomic Bomb Dome due to its exposed steel frame. In December 1996, it was designated as a World Heritage Site and has served to remind people of the terrible things that nuclear weapons had brought.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Inside the museum , there are many items and articles exhibited that silently tell of the horror that nuclear weapon and war has brought upon Hiroshima.The museum consists of East and West Wing, the latter of which was designated as the first Important Cultural Property on July 5th, 2006.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Address 1-2 Nakajimachō, Naka-ku, Hiroshima (map)
Open Mar-Sep
Aug 5&6
8:30 a.m.-7:00p.m.
8:30 a.m.-8:00p.m.
Closed Dec 30&31
Entrance Fee ¥200 for Adults
Closest Station Hiroshima Erectric Railway “Genbaku-Dome Mae”
Website Official Website

*Admission ends 30mins earlier.

Don’t Miss Experiencing Reasonable Delicious Food!

Hiroshima local foods are highly recommended for its taste and reasonable price. Let’s try okonomiyaki,  savory Chinese noodles with large bowls of cabbages and your choice of sauce. This fantastic match up demonstrates well the soul of Hiroshima food!

That was it for our introduction of the Half Day Tour Around Miyajima and Hiroshima streets. These locations attract not only tourists but also the locals of Hiroshima. Why not taking a journey to Hiroshima and having a lifetime experience?


Photo Credid: Hiroshima Prefecture