Shukkei-en Garden: Our most recommended tours and activities

Hiroshima & Miyajima Island Private Guided Tour

1. Hiroshima & Miyajima Island Private Guided Tour

Discover Hiroshima and Miyajima Island on a fully customizable private tour. Choose what you would like to experience, what time you would like to start your tour, and the local partner will arrange a tour to suit you. Start your day by meeting your guide at your hotel, then choose to sites you wish to visit depending on your interests. Example 6-hour Itinerary: Meet your guide at your hotel in Hiroshima and first visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. See the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, known today as the Atomic Bomb Dome, which was one of the very few buildings that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Today, the building serves as a memorial to the victims of the bombing, and as a symbol of international peace. Visit the onsite Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and learn more about the bombing. See poignant artifacts from the time of the atomic explosion on display, as well as various educational exhibits. Afterward, take the ferry to Miyajima island. Take a walking tour of the picturesque island and visit Itsukushima Shrine. This shrine is famous for the mysterious floating red torii gate that stands in the middle of the sea.

Hiroshima: Hidden Gems and Highlights Private Walking Tour

2. Hiroshima: Hidden Gems and Highlights Private Walking Tour

Join a friendly guide to get an authentic experience of Hiroshima on a personalized tour of its highlights and hidden gems. Marvel at the city’s unknown history, fascinating culture, and fantastic food scene as you’re led down its liveliest streets, as well as those off the well-trodden tourist trail. You will be matched with a like-minded local host, who will be happy to create a personalized itinerary to your needs and requests. Begin your experience by taking a serene stroll through 400-year-old Shukkei-en, a tranquil Japanese garden and a survivor of the atomic bomb. Explore the Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome, both must-sees to fully comprehend Hiroshima’s strength and resilience, and then grab a bite at Okonomimura, or Okonomiyaki Village. There, several restaurants under a single roof serve the food locals love most: Hiroshima Okonomiyaki, the city’s unique take on Japan’s famous "everything pancake." Pass by a collection of oyster huts and restaurants selling some of Hiroshima’s best delicacies, then head to buzzing Nagarekawa, the city’s ultimate party and entertainment district, where you’ll peer into hip bars and quirky cafes lining neon-lit streets. In downtown Hiroshima, keep the party vibe going in the buzzing, bar-lined Ekinishi neighborhood, packed with trendy haunts and diverse restaurants housed in renovated buildings. Catch your breath with a peaceful walk through Hiroshima Minato Park at the city’s port, and if you still have time and energy to spare, take a hike up Mount Haigamine for a bird's-eye view of the sparkling sea and city that’s widely believed to be one of the most beautiful in the region. Important: As this is a private and personalised experience, the places you visit may differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences.

Hiroshima: Private Food Tasting Tour with a Local Guide

3. Hiroshima: Private Food Tasting Tour with a Local Guide

Six authentic, delicious tastings and a drink of your choice are included for you in this unforgettable personalized food tour of Hiroshima with a friendly local guide. Meet your guide at Shukkei-en, a traditional Japanese garden straight from the pages of a storybook, and drink in the fresh air and stunning scenery. Pass historic Japanese teahouses on your way to the beating heart of Hiroshima’s culinary culture, Okonomimura (“Okonomiyaki Village”), where several restaurants under a single roof serve the food locals love most: Hiroshima Okonomiyaki – the city’s take on Japan’s famous “everything pancake” that benefits from the addition of yakisoba noodles and is fried in mouth-watering layers. Pick a stall and try it for yourself! Craving some seafood? You’re in the right place. Pass by a collection of oyster huts and eateries selling one of Hiroshima’s most abundant delicacies at excellent prices. Sample fresh oysters before heading to buzzing Nagarekawa, the city’s ultimate party and entertainment district. Walk down neon-lit streets and peer into hip bars and quirky cafes, and stop for a coffee break at a place that piques your interest (locals would be quick to recommend Social Book Cafe Hachidorisha.) When you’re ready for a sweet treat, nibble on local specialty Momiji Manjū – a creative take on the traditional buckwheat and rice cake that’s shaped like a Japanese maple leaf. End in the jovial, bar-lined Ekinishi neighborhood, packed with trendy joints and diverse restaurants housed in renovated buildings, for traditional bar snacks and a cold beer. Your itinerary will be personalized according to your preferences. Once you’ve booked, someone from our team will be in touch, so let us know if you have any special requirements.

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4.8 / 5

based on 11 reviews

A GREAT day with Pancho, our guide, who planned the itinerary based on our interests and managed to time things to miss crowds + get best opportunities to absorb the experience! Itinerary sent in advance and was flexible to adaptation if required.( but it was perfect). Knowledgeable local guide Pancho made the experience so authentic and was very generous to kindly share his insights. It was a real pleasure to have him spend time with us.and provide context to our trip to hiroshima and Miyajima. Pancho had also sourced vegetarian / vegan restaurants for us. Interesting to learn about the sights but also general life from the guide. We wish we had more time to do another trip with Pancho, he was that good!!

Mr. Shin was an excellent host, knowledgeable (he has done his home work very well) and with good command over English language. He has dedicatedly shown us each important location and explained the background very well which has made this trip worthwhile for me and my wife. Thank you Mr. Shin for the trip and the gift, paper crane and the post card which we will keep with to remember this memorable trip.

Yuko was an excellent guide. She was very knowledgeable and pleasant to spend time with. It is so nice to have a local guide who can share details we would never learn on our own.

Yuji was fantastic. He was organized. Very knowledgeable and friendly. I could not ask for a better guide to Hiroshima. I cannot recommend him highly enough. David Kenney MD

Great to visit full day tour I recommend to before visit these city family must book from this app to avoids lots of free mindset’s