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Hiroshima day trip advice.

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Hiroshima day trip advice.

Hi,

I would appreciate some advice in arranging my day trip in Hiroshima.

I will be in Kyoto for a few days with entire stay covered by JR pass. I was planning to visit Hiroshima for one day. Plan to use JR pass to get to Hiroshima from Kyoto and back. There is a guided tour by japanican/JTB Sunrise which starts and ends at Hiroshima station (for JPY 15000). This covers visit to Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine (120 min) with Ferry and visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & Museum/atomic dome (100 min).

Now, I have realised that my JR pass covers the train to Miyajimaguchi from Hiroshima station and as well as the JR Ferry to Miyajima. On the way back to Hiroshima from Miyajimaguchi on the train, I can get off at Yokogawacho and walk to the Atomic dome. Entry to Peace museum is JPY 50 entry to Itsukushima Shrine is JPY 300..

So, effectively, I am paying almost all of my JPY 15000 for this guided tour for a guide to accompany me and provide the commentary.

Is this tour worth the money?

Or am I better off going around by myself and spend my time more leisurely at these places?

Are there any audio guides available at these two sites? or may be smartphone based apps/audio guides?

Thank you.

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1. Re: Hiroshima day trip advice.

www.hiroshima-navi.or.jp/en/qa/20131.php

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2. Re: Hiroshima day trip advice.

I think you can do this on your own.

You can read about both Miyajima and Peace Memorial Park, in any guidebook or on many websites.

The Peace Memorial Museum has an audio tour available. The Museum also has a website with a lot of information: www.pcf.city.hiroshima.jp/index_e2.html And there are English translations on all the signs in the museum.

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3. Re: Hiroshima day trip advice.

Tour is in no way worth the money they are charging. Just do it yourself

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4. Re: Hiroshima day trip advice.

Agreed!!

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5. Re: Hiroshima day trip advice.

There are two tourist information centers at JR Hiroshima Station.

www.hiroshima-navi.or.jp/en/information/

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6. Re: Hiroshima day trip advice.

Absolutely NO NEED for a tour. DON'T DO IT! waste of money. We did almost exactly what you did--daytrip from Osaka seeing Miyajima and the Peace Park, museum, genbakudome etc. with three kids including a 3 year old in a stroller. It's a long day with quite a bit of hopping on and off trains/ferries/cabs, but well worth it. Don't even walk from Yokogawa station. Take a taxi. You'll be walking enough and time is at a premium. A daytrip is enough time to see everything but barely--I wish I had alotted two days for Miyajima/Hiroshima.

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7. Re: Hiroshima day trip advice.

It's should be as easy as visiting Liverpool and Chester from Leeds for you (or perhaps easier than that), so obviously if you know what to visit (you seem to do), your only concern is time.

The Sanyo Area is a bit too nice for a day trip out from Kyoto. I can spend a week visiting other places than Hiroshima and Miyajima as well, tasting local sake and fish, soaking in the onsen facing the sea, seeing less known but formidable historic shrines and temples, enjoying the walks through gold rice fields and forested mountains, visiting old castles preserved or in ruins.

I know that not everyone has time for those things.

Edited: 04 July 2015, 01:42
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8. Re: Hiroshima day trip advice.

Omishima Island in the Seto Inland Sea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gn56HYGmwAY

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9. Re: Hiroshima day trip advice.

Absolutely not!

Transport is simple. Read about it ahead of time.

Even a taxi from the train station to the Peace Museum and Park is only about 1,500 Yen.

You don't need the audio guide in the museum either. Everything is written in English for each display.

You should know though, that the museum is currently doing renovation work so you will not see the full exhibit. They have done a great job of setting it up so that you do see most of the usual exhibits, but after having been there several times, I noticed the difference this past year and some parts are missing.

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10. Re: Hiroshima day trip advice.

The audio guide at the museum provides some additional information not in the displays. You might not need to go through every bit of the audio guide though since each section has some very similar stories.