Japan Short Tours

Hiroshima

8 days, 7 nights

$3403 + Airfares pp T/S

Bushido Travel Shorts

As one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, Japan has a unique combination of stunning scenery, ancient temples and shrines along with stunning modern architecture.  With a diverse culture and ancient time-honoured traditions, you can immerse yourself in the rich history and culture one day and marvel at the incredible technological developments the next.

From the neon lights to 600-year-old traditional castles, gold-leaf covered pagodas, to Shinto shrines dating back to the eighth century you will see it all  on our 7-night Osaka short tour, an opportunity to look at Osaka, and surrounds, a little more in-depth. 

 

Day 1 – Australia

All Day: Depart Australia for Tokyo

Evening: Arrive Tokyo and head to the hotel 

Fly direct to Tokyo from Australia and travel to the hotel where, once checked in, you can take the opportunity to explore the local area and nightlife 

Day 2 – Hiroshima

Morning: Fly to Hiroshima
Afternoon: Shukkeien Garden & Hiroshima castle

Evening: Hiroshima nightlife

After breakfast, we fly to Hiroshima. On arrival, we will drop our bags at the hotel and then set out to explore the local area on our way to the magnificent Shukkeien Garden, one of the most beautiful period gardens in Japan, developed in 1619 by Lord Asano. From here we will walk 700M to Hiroshima castle for a look into the past of feudal Japan before continuing our exploration of the area, heading to the Hondori undercover shopping street and the local food and nightlife scene. 

Day 3 – Hiroshima

Morning:  Atomic Bomb museum and grounds
Afternoon:
Sakurao Sake and Whisky distillery
Evening: Kagura stage show

Today we stroll through the peace park to the Atomic Bomb museum for a sobering, but enlightening, tour of Hiroshima in 1945 and the aftermath of the atomic bomb We will visit ‘ground zero’ and the children’s peace monument before we head of to an old part of Hiroshima to the world famous Sakurao Sake brewery and Whiskey distillery. Here we will learn about Sake brewing, Whiskey and Gin distillation before sitting down for a tasting. Tonight we will visit one of the many live theatres in Japan for a traditional stage performance. 

Day 4 – Iwakuni

Morning:  Iwakuni Samurai Bridge
Afternoon: Iwakuni ropeway

Evening:  Shopping street

This full-day excursion takes us South to the town of Iwakuni. Here we will visit the Kikkou park, home to the Kintai bridge, a wooden 5-arch bridge spanning the Nishiki River, built in 1673. After lunch, we will take the cablecar to the top of Mount Yokoyama for some magnificent views as we stroll around the Iwakuni Castle area.

Day 5 Mia-jima

Morning:  Mia-jima Island
Afternoon: Mia-jima aquarium
Evening:  Free time

This morning we head south and a short ferry ride to Mia-jima Island with its Forrests nd ancient temples. As you approach the island, the giant orange floating Tori gate welcomes you to the entrance of the Itsukushima shrine, first built in the 12th Century. Take a stroll around the area and its many traditional shops before we head over to the amazing aquarium with many attractions, shows and hands-on events.

 

Day 6 – Matsuyama

Morning: Matsuyama castle
Afternoon: Dogo Onsen

Evening: Ferry to Hiroshima

An exciting day starts out with a ferry ride through the Seto inland sea to the southern tip of Shikoku Island. Here we will head to Matsuyama castle, one of Japans only 12 remaining original castles, and an excellent example of a feudal castle, built around 1602. After lunch we will head to Dogo Onsen Honkan, one of Japan’s oldest (and most famous) hot springs, a frequent destination for the Japanese Imperial family. Here, you can soak away any cares and troubles in the natural hot spring, set in the most beautiful example of Japanese traditional architecture.  

Day 7 –  Tokyo

Morning: Fly to Tokyo
Afternoon: 
Asakusa, Senso-ji temple, Tokyo Skytree
Evening: 
Shibuya

 to take in some of Tokyo’s famed nightlifeThis morning we head for the thriving metropolis of Tokyo. We will leave our bags at the hotel and head out to Asakusa, home to Tokyo’s oldest (and still working) shrine and specialty shopping and food area (This is an ideal time to do some last minute shopping) before we head to the Tokyo skytree for some of the best views that you will ever see. Tonight we will venture to Shibuya (the worlds busiest pedestrian intersection) to take in some of Tokyo’s famed nightlife and dinner

Day 8 – Tokyo

Morning: Imperial palace
Afternoon: Transit to airport
Evening: Depart for Australia

Today is the last day of our short tour. We start the day with a visit to the Imperial palace and East Garden and then to the underground Ameyoko shopping street for some last minute shopping before we head to the airport and the flight home.

 

 

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Included in the Hiroshima Tour

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All Flights & Taxes

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All Accommodation

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13 Light Lunches

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13 Breakfasts

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All transportation within Japan

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All Tour Guides & Entrance Fees

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