A wheelchair friendly guided tour of Hiroshima and Miyajima.
Hiroshima is known for being the site where an atomic bomb was dropped on August 6th, 1945. Almost everything within a 2km radius of the bomb site was destroyed, causing great devastation to the city. Since the end of the war, much effort was put into rebuilding the city, while leaving many reminders in order not to forgot, like the surviving Atomic Bomb Dome. On the tour you will take a wheelchair friendly route around Hiroshima to view the Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Park Memorial and Museum. The guide will allow you personal space to reflect, before escorting you on a barrier free route to Miyajima Island, where you’ll spend a lighter afternoon amongst the deer and famous red torii gate.
This tour is run using accessible public transportation, not with a private car. It is possible to conduct the tour using a private car upon request for an extra fee.
① Hotel pickup (9:00)
The guide will meet you in your hotel lobby and escort you to the first site.
② Atomic bomb dome (9:15-9:40)
The Atomic Bomb Dome is a symbol of peace for the city of Hiroshima. Used originally as a prefectural hall, the dome was blown up during the blast, killing everyone inside. However the structure of the dome remained and has been used as a symbol of the people’s wish for peace ever since, and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Your guide will offer you history and explanations, while allowing you to reflect on the tragedy that occurred.
③ Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park (9:45-10:20)
Located next to the Dome, the Peace Memorial Park was once a busy commercial downtown area. These days it is a quiet green space, dedicated to remembering those we lost and our hope for a more peaceful future. The guide will help you traverse the park by wheelchair, providing history and explanations when you wish.
④ Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (10:20-11:20)
The Memorial Museum will be a somber experience, where you will see belongings left by the victims of the bombing as well as heart-wrenching testimony by the survivors. View photos of the massive devastation at the time and learn about the military aspect of the attack. The guide will step back and allow you to process the exhibits in your own way.
⑤ Lunch (11:40-12:30)
Relax and decompress after the confronting morning with some lunch.
⑥ Green Mover Tram #2 to Hiroden-Miyajimaguchi (12:30-13:30)
The guide will escort you on a wheelchair friendly tram to the ferry port.
⑦ Ferry to Miyajima (13:40-13:50)
Take a quick ferry to the island.
⑧ Itsukushima shrine and the red torii gates (14:00-14:50)
Known worldwide for its iconic floating torii gate, Itsukushima is the symbol of Miyajima Island. This is a beautiful, peaceful place where you can bask in the sun while enjoying the seaside views. The roaming deer that wander everywhere make this island quite unique too. After viewing the tori gate, move on to Itsukushima Shrine, following an accessible route throughout. The shrine consists of a prayer hall, a main hall and a noh theater stage, which are connected by boardwalks and supported by pillars above the sea.
⑨ Miyajima Daiganji Temple (14:50-15:10)
Daiganji Temple is dedicated to Benzaiten, the Goddess of eloquence, music, wisdom and wealth, and is known as one of the three most famous Benzaiten Temples in Japan.
⑩ Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street (15:15-15:45)
This old shopping street is filled with deer and many shops, restaurants and cafes. Wander at your own pace, stop for a snack or to buy some souvenirs.
⑪ Return by ferry/train to hotel (15:55-17:00)
• Visit the still-standing Atomic Bomb Dome
• Remember the fallen in the Hiroshima Peace Park Museum
• Take a reflective journey through the Hiroshima Peace Park
• Explore the deer-filled Miyajima
• See the famous red torii gates
We can adjust the start time or itinerary depending on your wishes.
Please contact us if you wish to book this tour using private car instead of public transportation.
|Price||￥16,000 per guest in a wheelchair
Children (6-12) & care providers: ¥13,000
|Duration||8 hours (approx)|
|Hours of availability||
9:00-17:00 (can be adjusted)
• English speaking guide