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About Hiroshima

Since the atomic blast on 6 August 1945, Hiroshima has undergone a remarkable rebirth. The Peace Memorial Park, located around the blast epicentre, has been built to commemorate the devastating explosion and to promote a peaceful world. The Atomic Bomb Dome, the city's last remaining bomb-damaged building, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Regarded as one of Japan's top three scenic views, why not visit nearby Miyajima Island, famed for its Itsukushima Shrine and floating tori monument? On our cruises to Hiroshima you can also enjoy a gentle stroll through Shukkeien, literally meaning 'shrink scenery garden', a lovely Japanese style garden originally constructed in the 17th century, making Hiroshima cruises a must.

 

 

Shore excursions in Hiroshima

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Hiroshima Panorama

Activity low

Duration: 2½ hours

Enjoy a panoramic tour of Hiroshima, a city internationally known as a city of peace.

Hiroshima, surrounded by the sea and mountains, is known to the world as the city first attacked by an atomic bomb. Drive through the city suburbs to the very heart of Hiroshima for a guided panoramic journey of some of the symbols of world peace, and see the bustling city of Hiroshima today.

See the Atomic Bomb Dome (exterior view), where the old Industry Promotion Hall’s gutted walls and skeletal dome structure are internationally recognised symbols of Hiroshima. Pass the Peace Memorial Park, once the busiest district in the city, and now a large park in the centre of Hiroshima dedicated to the victims of the bomb.

Take time for a photo stop at Hiroshima Castle (exterior view); the imposing feudal-era fortress was destroyed by the firestorm following the atomic explosion. Rebuilt in 1958, its central keep is now a museum. As you drive through the city, you will see the city’s major shopping and business district.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is up to 30 minutes of walking on this tour. Only Japanese Yen will be accepted by local vendors. Electric scooters cannot be accommodated. No internal visits are include on this tour. The Atomic Bomb Dome may be covered for maintenance work.

Kintai Bridge by Bullet Train

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 7½ hours

Experience Japan’s high-speed bullet train as you visit Iwakuni’s most popular sight, the great Kintai Bridge.

Drive to Hiroshima station to board the Kodama bullet train to travel to Shin Iwakuni. Shin Iwakuni is home to the Kintai Bridge, renowned as one of Japan’s 3 most beautiful bridges. Spanning the Nishikigawa River, the structure measures over 700 feet in length and boasts 5 graceful wooden arches. The challenge was to build a bridge that would not get washed away, and the result was this impressive structure, a remarkable engineering feat.

Adjacent to Kintai Bridge is Kikko Park, once the residence of the daimyo Kikkawa, who initiated the construction of the bridge. The plaster-walled buildings are fine examples of traditional residences built by the Samurai class.

Enjoy a Japanese-style lunch at a local restaurant near Miyajima, before driving to Hiroshima. Take time for a photo stop at the Atomic Bomb Dome (exterior view) and stroll through the Peace Memorial Park, dedicated to the victims of the atomic bomb. Before returning to the ship you will also pass by the Hiroshima Castle.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach,bullet train and on foot. The bullet train journey takes approximately 20 minutes one way; seating is non-reserved and the group may be separated during the journey. Due to limited space onboard the bullet train electric wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated. There is approximately 2 hours of walking on this tour, including some steps and narrow passes. Comfortable non-slip shoes and bottled water are recommended. Only Japanese Yen will be accepted by local vendors.

Miyajima Island

Activity highShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Visit one of Japan’s national treasures, the Itsukushima Shrine on Japan’s beloved Miyajima Island.

After an hour-long transfer, cruise to the small island of Miyajima, dominated by Mount Misen rising 1,750 feet above sea level. Described as one of the most enchantingly beautiful places on earth, Miyajima Island is, for some, a sacred site, and is home to the Itsukushima Shrine.

Designated as a World Heritage Site, a national treasure and an important cultural property, Itsukushima's main shrine and supporting buildings are connected by corridors and galleries that stretch out over the Inland Sea. At high tide, the shrine seems to float on the waves, a beautiful site in this romantic location.

The shrine, thought to have existed since the 6th century, is located in a small inlet, and with its famous Torii Gate set out in the Seto Inland Sea, makes the sight one of Japan’s 3 best views.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach ferry and on foot. There is approximately 2 hours of walking on this tour, including some steps and uneven surfaces. Comfortable non-slip shoes are recommended. The ferry is not exclusive to P&O Cruises.

Sights of Hiroshima

Activity high

Duration: 4 hours

View some of the key sights of Hiroshima, from the Atomic Bomb Dome to the oasis of calm at Shukkeien Gardens.

Enjoy a narrated drive through Hiroshima to see some of the famous sights of the city. Visit the Peace Memorial Park, dedicated to the victims of the first atomic bomb. The Park is home to the Peace Memorial Museum and eloquent monuments, the museum exhibiting photographs and artefacts from the bomb’s aftermath. The Children’s Peace Monument depicts a young girl, named Sadako, who died from leukemia caused by radiation. The girl believed that if she folded 1,000 origami cranes - the crane symbolises long life - she would be cured. Sadako finished 1,300 cranes before her death.

See the Atomic Bomb Dome, an internationally recognised symbol of Hiroshima. The old Industry Promotion Hall was one of the few buildings near Ground Zero to survive the blast - although its dome was vaporised. Renamed, its gutted walls and skeletal dome structure stand as mute symbols of Hiroshima, which you can view from the exterior.

Visit Shukkeien Gardens, created by the feudal Lord Nagaakira Asano in 1620. The serene oasis of ponds, small streams and sculpted pines were inspired by Chinese landscapes.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Please be advised that the Museum exhibits sensitive material including some graphic images and displays on the atrocities of war, and that photography is not permitted. There is approximately 2 hours of walking on this tour. Comfortable non-slip shoes and bottled water are recommended. Only Japanese Yen will be accepted by local vendors.The Atomic Bomb Dome may be covered due to maintenance.

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