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Local Charm of Shobara and Majestic Miyajima (2 Nights)

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57,900 JPY - 75,500 JPY

*Charge per one Adult

Tour code : 0071H
From US$526

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The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum has a wealth of resources covering the history of Hiroshima from before and after the atomic bomb. There are interviews with survivors as well as actual clothes and toys that belonged to victims of the attack. They have a profound effect on those who visit the museum. Anyone who sees these exhibits feels the horror of the bombing, regardless of their age, nationality, or the language they speak.

In the museum’s main building, there are corner displays of Messages for Peace. There are messages from world leaders and famous figures from around the world who have visited the museum such as Pope John Paul II, the 14th Dalai Lama, and Mother Teresa. People from all over the world of every religious belief and political point have view have conveyed their deep desire for peace. The building itself is noted for its architecture. It was designed by Kenzo Tange, a Pritzker Prize winner and recipient of the French Legion of Honor.

Peace Memorial Park
Peace Memorial Park, located at the hypocenter of the nuclear bomb that was dropped here during World War II, was built as a place of hope for World Peace. The Atomic Bomb Dome is a World Heritage Site and perhaps the most heart-breaking symbol in this area. The building originally served as Hiroshima’s Industrial Promotion Hall, but on August 6th, 1945, at 8:15 a.m., the atomic bomb exploded 160 meters away. All the people inside the building were killed and only the shell of the structure remained. After the war, many people thought that the building should be torn down because of the painful memories of the bombing. Others believed that it should be preserved in order to teach future generations about what happened to Hiroshima. After much debate, the City of Hiroshima decide the preserve the structure. Donations to pay for the preservation work from all over the world and it still sometimes needs some reinforcement work. The Atomic Bomb Dome can only be viewed from the outside. Entering the site is strictly prohibited.

Tojo Town
In the town of Tojo, blessed with good quality water, the manufacture of sake and vinegar is thriving. Old traditional houses are dotted everywhere and it is interesting to walk around and see the real old Japan that has not been turned into a tourist attraction. Among the highlights are the Kitamura brewery, Takeya Manju Honpo and Sanrakuso. A sake called Kikubunmei is the flagship product of the Kitamura brewery. The sake is made using underground water (hard water) from the Taishakukyo valley, and is robust and dry. A lady with a lovely smile welcomes you and free tasting is possible. For a souvenir, we recommend the Takeya manju of Takeya Manju Honpo. Red bean paste is wrapped in a pastry with faint aroma of alcohol, making these mildly sweet steamed buns.

Onbashi
Found in the city of Shobara, Hiroshima Prefecture, Onbashi is a natural bridge, formed hundreds of thousands of years ago, consisting of a form of corroded limestone called karst. It is one of Japan’s registered natural monuments. With a height of 40 meters and width of 19 meters, Onbashi is one of the world’s three largest natural bridges, along with Virginia’s Natural Bridge, and the Prebischtor in the Bohemian Switzerland region of the Czech Republic.
Adding to the fun of a visit to Onbashi is the landmark’s almost mystical appearance, which varies depending on whether you’re viewing it from upstream or downstream. When viewed from upstream (passing beneath the bridge), there’s a spot in the middle of Onbashi that, when the sunlight hits just right, looks like a face. Be sure to try for yourself and see if, as the legend goes, “Those who see the face of a demon will find happiness.” The path to Onbashi is level, making it an easily accessible destination even for those traveling with children.

National Bihoku Hillside Park (Hiba no Sato)
This is a park that recreates life as it was around the 1950s, a rarity in Japan. As you take a step into the area known as Hiba no Sato, the rural scenery spreads before you, there is a water mill, a house with a thatched roof, and you get the feeling of having got back in time to old Japan. In the house there is a large cooking stove that can actually be used, and what’s more in the back craftworkers are making things using straw. It’s a sight to see, as each piece of straw is expertly woven, until it ends up as a pair of sandals!

Established by Empress Suiko in the year 593, the World Heritage Site Itsukushima Shrine is located on Miyajima in Hiroshima Bay. The entire island is believed to be sacred, and there was even a time in the past when people were prohibited from entering.
Unlike the similarly 'floating' Mont Saint-Michel, high tide and low tide occurs twice a day.
In order to fully enjoy the changing appearance of Itsukushima Shrine through the rising and ebbing tides, we recommend an overnight stay in Miyajima.

Available period Throughout the year

Fees(Adult)
57,900 JPY - 75,500 JPY
Tour date
March - October departing on Thursday, Friday or Saturday
Minimum number of participants
1 Persons
Departure point
JR Shin-Osaka Station

* Price for one Adult
(prices as seen on our booking sites. If you book through other services, the price may vary)

*Included in the tour price

・An ICOCA prepaid travel card charged with 5,000 yen. You can use this travel card for easy travel on Hiroshima city buses and trams and on highway buses between Hiroshima and Shobara.
・Taxi fares around Shobara. Your taxi is air conditioned and the driver is friendly!
・Expert tour guide for Miyajima.
・Breakfast every morning of the tour.
・One evening meal made with the finest local specialties.
・Hotel accommodation with excellent facilities.
・Natural hot springs bathing experience.
・Refined and delicious lunch. Dining in a Registered Important Cultural Property!
・Entrance to the Bihoku Hillside Park to see its seasonal beauty and living Japanese history!

※Our tour guide normally conducts tours in English. If you would like to request a tour guide for another language such as French, German or Chinese, please feel free to contact us.

※Please note: The Shinkansen bullet train fare between Hiroshima and Osaka are not included in this tour price. Please use a Japan Rail Pass or other payment method for the Shinkansen.

Reservation deadline
10 days before the tour starts
Cancelation charge
Company name
RIELA

* Depending on weather and road conditions changes to the tour without prior notice can be possible.

Assembly Point
JR Shin-Osaka Station
access
[Train Station]
JR Shin-Osaka Station
・From Tokyo - approx. 2.5 hrs by Shinkansen
・From Kyoto - approx. 0.5hrs by JR
・From Nagoya - approx. 1.5 hrs by Shinkansen

[Airport]
・From Kansai International Airport - approx. 1 hrs by JR Express
Assembling time
09:00
Ending place
JR Shin-Osaka Station
Time required
2 Nights, 3 Days

Schedule

Private Tour Plan
Shared Ride Plan


Private Tour Plan

Day 1
09:17 JR Shin-Osaka Station Shinkansen Train Sakura 549 to Hiroshima Station
11:30 Hiroshima City After dropping luggage at the hotel, please feel free to take in the sights of Hiroshima City. There are must-see locations like Hiroshima Castle, the Peace Memorial Museum and the Atomic Bomb Dome. We recommend trying some Hiroshima specialties like Okonomiyaki and oysters while walking in the evening.
Day 2
09:00 Hiroshima Bus Center A bus will take you from Hiroshima Bus Center to the quintessentially Japanese area of Shobara. A taxi driver holding a white Authentrip flag will be waiting for you at Shobara Bus Center.
11:30 Tojo Town Tojo Town is full of rows of charming old houses. Please take a stroll around the town. Pop into the Takeya Manju store to try some traditional Japanese sweets made with red bean paste. Or why not check out the Kitamura Sake Brewery? At Sanrakuso, tuck into a delicious lunch made with seasonal vegetables while admiring the garden. This former inn is now registered as a National Tangible Cultural Property.
13:00 Onbashi Rock Bridge This is the third largest natural bridge in the world. A giant rock bridge surrounded by nature – this is definitely worth seeing! The forest around this area might remind you of the movie Princess Mononoke. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes for this hike. For those who are interested, we can show you the Shirakumo limestone caves nearby.
15:30 Bihoku Hillside Park This tranquil park covers an extensive area and is full of flowers blooming throughout each season. At Hiba no Sato, you can experience what life was like long ago in Japan. There are houses with thatched rooves in this little village. Try the all natural seasonal drinks there.
17:15 Shobara Sakura Hot Springs Enjoy your stay at Kanpo no Sato Shobara. The meals which use nourishing ingredients from the countryside and the fourteen kinds of hot spring bath will soothe you! There is even an outdoor bath so you can gaze at the stars as you have a nice soak! As is tradition in hot spring vacations in Japan, you can enjoy a fun activity in the evening.

Please choose one from the list below (The options you have chosen might not be available, depending on availability).
( Table tennis , Karaoke )
Day 3
09:04 Check Out A bus will take you from the hotel back to Hiroshima City.
13:35 Miyajima After meeting up with our tour guide at Hiroshima Station, please enjoy the spectacular scenery of Miyajima. There is lots to see and do (and eat!) in the shopping streets on the way to Itsukushima Shrine, a famous world heritage site. Momiji manju are famous in this area. These cakes filled with bean paste are shaped like maple leaves! You can try them grilled or even deep fried and there are some variations with fillings other than the traditional sweet red bean paste. See which ones you can find! With the incredible torii shrine gate standing in the sea as your background, take some photos to remember your trip. One of the many deer who roam the island might want to be in the picture too!
19:21 Depart from Hiroshima Station Shinkansen Train Sakura 566 leaves Hiroshima for Shin-Osaka Station.

※Please make sure to read 【terms & policies】.
↑Schedule Top

Shared Ride Plan

Day 1
09:17 JR Shin-Osaka Station Shinkansen Train Sakura 549 to Hiroshima Station.
11:30 Hiroshima City After dropping luggage at the hotel, please feel free to take in the sights of Hiroshima City. There are must-see locations like Hiroshima Castle, the Peace Memorial Museum and the Atomic Bomb Dome. We recommend trying some Hiroshima specialties like Okonomiyaki and oysters while walking in the evening.
Day 2
09:00 Hiroshima Bus Center A bus will take you from Hiroshima Bus Center to the quintessentially Japanese area of Shobara. A taxi driver holding a white Authentrip flag will be waiting for you at Shobara Bus Center.
11:30 Tojo Town Tojo Town is full of rows of charming old houses. Please take a stroll around the town. Pop into the Takeya Manju store to try some traditional Japanese sweets made with red bean paste. Or why not check out the Kitamura Sake Brewery? At Sanrakuso, tuck into a delicious lunch made with seasonal vegetables while admiring the garden. This former inn is now registered as a National Tangible Cultural Property.
13:00 Onbashi Rock Bridge This is the third largest natural bridge in the world. A giant rock bridge surrounded by nature – this is definitely worth seeing! The forest around this area might remind you of the movie Princess Mononoke. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes for this hike. For those who are interested, we can show you the Shirakumo limestone caves nearby.
15:30 Bihoku Hillside Park This tranquil park covers an extensive area and is full of flowers blooming throughout each season. At Hiba no Sato, you can experience what life was like long ago in Japan. There are houses with thatched rooves in this little village. Try the all natural seasonal drinks there.
17:15 Shobara Sakura Hot Springs Enjoy your stay at Kanpo no Sato Shobara. The meals which use nourishing ingredients from the countryside and the fourteen kinds of hot spring bath will soothe you! There is even an outdoor bath so you can gaze at the stars as you have a nice soak! As is tradition in hot spring vacations in Japan, you can enjoy a fun activity in the evening!

Please choose one from the list below (The options you have chosen might not be available, depending on availability).
( Table tennis , Karaoke )
Day 3
09:04 Check Out A bus will take you from the hotel back to Hiroshima City.
13:35 Miyajima After meeting up with our tour guide at Hiroshima Station, please enjoy the spectacular scenery of Miyajima. There is lots to see and do (and eat!) in the shopping streets on the way to Itsukushima Shrine, a famous world heritage site. Momiji manju are famous in this area. These cakes filled with bean paste are shaped like maple leaves! You can try them grilled or even deep fried and there are some variations with fillings other than the traditional sweet red bean paste. See which ones you can find! With the incredible torii shrine gate standing in the sea as your background, take some photos to remember your trip. One of the many deer who roam the island might want to be in the picture too!
19:21 Depart from Hiroshima Station Shinkansen Train Sakura 566 leaves Hiroshima for Shin-Osaka Station.

※Please make sure to read 【terms & policies】.
↑Schedule Top
Cancellations and modifications
If you would like to modify details, such as your traveling dates or the number of participants, please cancel your current reservation and make a new one. Cancellations can be made online through “My Page”. Please be aware that a cancellation fee may apply depending on the time of year.

■Cancellation period
[1)Within 60 days of receipt of payment. 2)Up to 8 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:None (free of charge)

[3 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:30% of the total tour fee

[the day before departure 1 day before departure]
Cancellation fee:40% of the total tour fee

[On the departure day On the day]
Cancellation fee:50% of the total tour fee

[After departure or in case of no-show]
Cancellation fee:100% of the total tour fee

About taxi drivers and sightseeing・Concerning your luggage
・For your convenience, we have arranged for taxis and mini-vans to allow you the comfort of traveling without being preoccupied about handling your luggage. Taxis will be available regardless of the number of participants however, due to space limitations, we ask you to inform us should you be traveling with more than 3 pieces per person (additional costs may incur). To respect your privacy, we work exclusively with experienced drivers who can only speak Japanese. For necessary information, we have prepared a separate document with useful phrases in English and other foreign languages.

・During the tour, large items such as suitcases and duffle bags will be kept in the trunk of the taxis. When getting on and off, please feel free to request access to your belongings from the driver at any time. However, we ask that you keep any valuable and fragile items as well as perishable food items with you at all times. Please acknowledge that we are not liable for any damages to your luggage in the event of an accident during transportation. We do not take responsibility for the damage, loss or theft of items due to negligence of the transportation company or its employees.
For customers joining tours during the winter period・Tattoo Warning
Over the winter season (December to March), it is not uncommon to see snow in Japan. Please understand that weather-related changes in the road conditions will also impact the tour schedule. If you need to catch a train or a flight to another city at the end of the tour, we advise you to give yourself extra time to work around any potential delays.

Be warned that if you have any tattoo, you may not be allowed to enter a public onsen or sento. If your tattoo is small enough to cover with Band-Aid and you will have no problem. Please ask the staff at the front desk, if you can go in despite your tattoo. Thank you very much for your kind understanding.
Itinerary Changes
・Customers may make changes to their tour itineraries, such as length of stay, etc. if they so wish.
・Please note that any extensions to the length of stay will incur additional charges.
・Additional charges are generally paid on the day, in cash, to the taxi driver.
・Tourist spots may sometimes need to be changed, or the length of travel time required may be different due to traffic conditions, etc. Please note that additional charges may be applicable if the arrival time is later than the end time specified in the itinerary.
Tour operation: regarding the minimum number of participants
・Tours may be canceled if the minimum number of travelers is not reached. In that case, an e-mail notifying customers to this effect will be sent up to 12 days before the start of the tour. Full refunds shall be issued for any canceled tours.

Our Expert on This Area

Mr.Hiromichi Kumamoto from Shobara City Tourism Association (about Onbashi Bridge)

If I were to put Shobara’s charms in as few words as possible, I’d say it’s a place rich in nature. By that I mean, the people in Shobara all love flowers, they love greenery, they really love that about Shobara. Onbashi is a famous place that just about everyone around here has been to. It’s treasured, as a place that we can boast about to the world. Shobara has other places that are full of that ancient mystery and romance. By all means, please come and visit Shobara.

Mr. Shimomori from National Bihoku Hill Park (Hiba no Sato)

It has been four years since I started working at the National Bihoku Hill Park. What I love about it is that it is a place filled with nature. In order to be able to attract as many customers as possible, we have put in various efforts such as transplanting mountain plants into the park, or planting daffodils in a slanted position such that they all face the same direction. At the Hiba no Sato where we have attempted to reproduce the village forests of Japan, seasonal drinks such as perilla leaf juices in summer and sweet sake (alcoholic drink made from fermented rice) in winter are sold. Please come and visit us at the National Bihoku Hill Park that is abundant with nature and flowers!

Local Charm of Shobara and Majestic Miyajima (2 Nights)

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