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Hiroshima: Half-Day Historical Walking Tour

Product ID: 272052
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Explore the history of Hiroshima on this walking tour with an experienced English-speaking guide. Discover the Shukkei-en gardens and Hiroshima Castle. Learn about why this city became a memorial place in Japan at the UNESCO-listed Atomic Bomb Dome.
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Duration: 135 minutes
Starting time 10:15 AM
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  • Witness the nuclear blast frozen in stone as a warning to the world and a silent memory that unites mankind in the wish for lasting peace
  • Stroll through Shukkei-en and admire the beauty of Japanese landscape gardens
  • See the mighty walls and the wide moat of Hiroshima Castle
  • Gain insight into the historical city of Hiroshima with an English-speaking guide
  • Enjoy a small group tour for a maximum of 10 people
Full description
Set off on a 2-hour and 15-minute guided walking tour in a small group of no more than 10 people around Hiroshima and get an overview of a city which is much more than a single horrible moment frozen in time. Explore the Shukkei-en garden, visit Hiroshima Castle, and conclude your tour at the Atomic Bomb Dome, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Begin your tour at 10:15 AM in front of the Starbucks on the second floor of the JR Hiroshima Station, where trains were running again only 2 days after the drop of the atomic bomb. From here, pass over the Ōta River and admire views of the delta area on your way to Shukkei-en.

Upon arrival in Shukkei-en at around 10:30 AM, walk through the beautiful garden with your local guide before enjoying a short amount of free time there. Next, head toward Hiroshima Castle, home of mighty lords of the region in ancient times, at 11:30 AM. Learn about the dramatic events of the Warring States era and the castle's history with your English-speaking guide, and discover a hidden reason why Hiroshima was chosen as a target for the nuclear bomb.

From Hiroshima Castle, make your way to the Atomic Bomb Dome, the symbol of one of the most unforgettable and sad stories of the last century. Listen to a short lecture about how it happened at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is kept in the same state of destruction as the bomb caused. The tour ends here at about 12:30 PM.
  • Experienced English-speaking guide
  • Admission to Shukkei-en Garden
What’s Not Included
  • Admission to go inside Hiroshima Castle (you can still walk in the castle park free of charge)
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of the Starbucks on the second floor of Hiroshima Station, located at 1-2 Matsubarachō, Minami-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 732-0822, Japan. There are 3 Starbucks in the vicinity; the one you are looking for is opposite the JR ticket counters. A map for the exact Starbucks can be found here: https://goo.gl/maps/K3kEqaqMwE32. Detailed information will be sent by e-mail after booking by the local partner.

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What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water
  • Rain gear
Know before you go
• As this is a half-day walking tour, please wear comfortable shoes
• Please note, guests are not allowed to go inside the Atomic Bomb Dome
• The timings stated in the full description are estimates. The exact times and schedule can change depending on how large the group is, the group's interests, or other reasons
• There are coin lockers to store your luggage by Shinkansen. A luggage delivery service to certain hotels is available as well
• Please bring a rain jacket or umbrella if there is a chance of rain as the weather can change very quickly
• Please bring a bottle of water

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Product ID: 272052