One day trip to Hiroshima (広島)
The bullet train (Hikari) from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes only 112 mins, so if you have a JR Pass it is no problem to make a day trip to Hiroshima.
Note: Without the pass, train fair is very expensive (21,780yen for return). So we would recommend you to buy JR Pass if you visit Hiroshima.
Hikari for Hiroshima leave Kyoto Station at 7:49, 8:02 and 8:22 in the morning. (You can check out latest time table by this site.)
*Get detail information for Hiroshima at Tourist Information Center (9th floor of the Kyoto Station).
1. Hiroshima 広島
Peace Memorial Park (平和記念公園) Recommended!
The park includes the modern Peace Memorial Museum. Peace Memorial Museum is open 8:30-18:00 (Mar.-Nov.), 8:30- 17:00 (Dec.-Feb.), 8:30- 19:00 (Aug.), Fee: 50 yen
Atomic Bomb Dome (原爆ドーム) Recommended!
It is the only atomic-bombed building in the city that has been permitted to stand. A-bomb Dome was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
Shukkeien Garden (縮景園)
The Shukkeien Garden is Hiroshima's largest Japanese-style garden.
Open: 9:00-18:00 (Apr.-Sep.), 9:00-17:00 (Oct.-Mar.), Fee: 250 yen
Hiroshima Castle (広島城)
The interior of the five story donjon is reconstructed in its original style.
Open: 9:00-17:30(Apr.-Sep.), 9:00-16:30 (Oct.-Mar.), Fee: 360 yen
2. Miyajima Island 宮島 Recommended!
The island has been a holy place of Shintoism since the earliest times. The first shrine buildings here were erected in the 6th century. The present shrine dates from the 13th century and the harmoniously arranged buildings reveal great artistic and technical skill. The shrine plays on the contrasts in colour and form between mountains and sea and illustrates the Japanese concept of scenic beauty, which combines nature and human creativity.
Access (JR): Hiroshima Sta. to Miyajimaguchi Sta. (26 min). From Miyajimaguchi, JR Ferry and Matsudai Ferry run every 15 mins to Miyajima (10 mins). Choose JR if you have JR Pass!
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