Hiroshima & Himeji (1 night)

KOB 205-401
Highlights
  • An occasion for reflection in the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima
  • See one of Japan’s most glorified sights, the Floating Torii Gate in Miyajima
  • Visit Himeji Castle, Japan’s most celebrated castle
Program Overview
Country: Japan
Depart: 01/27/2017 0800
Return: 01/28/2017 1500
Duration: Overnight
Difficulty: Easy
Capacity: Min. 15 / Max. 70
Program Fee
$852 (early booking: $803)

Field Work Conflicts
  • Art 100: Introduction to the Visual Arts (Section 2)

Take an overnight trip to two of West Japan’s most beautiful cities: Hiroshima and Himeji.
A coach will transfer you to Shin Kobe station, where you will ride the world famous Shinkansen bullet train to Hiroshima. Capable of speeds of up to 360 kmph, the Shinkansen takes 1h15 to reach Hiroshima. On arrival, transfer to a private coach for sightseeing. Start the day with a visit to the Peace Memorial Park. The area where the park now lies was ground zero for the Atomic Bomb on 6th August 1945. After the bombing the Memorial Park was created and dedicated to those who lost their lives in the attack. Stroll through the park and discover the many memorials, monuments and statues in the park before heading into the Museum itself.

From Hiroshima, a short ferry ride will take you to Miyajima Island. A small sacred island located in the Inland Sea, it has been a holy place of Shintoism since the earliest times. Here you will find perhaps the most photographed site in Japan – The Floating Torii Gate. Designated as one of Japan’s ‘3 Most Beautiful Views’, the shrine it belongs to dates back to the 6th century with the present structure dating back to the 12th century. The harmoniously arranged buildings reveal great artistic and technical skill, and have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mere ‘commoners’ were not allowed to set foot on this holy place, and even now it is forbidden to give birth or die on the island! You will have time to explore the island and its many shrines and temples, sample local goodies like maple leaf shaped cakes before heading to your hotel.

On the next day, back on the Shinkansen to reach Himeji. Visit Himeji Castle, the newly renovated symbol of the city. Nicknamed “Shirasagi-jo” (meaning “Castle of the white heron”), it is arguably Japan’s most spectacular castle for its imposing size. A UNESCO world heritage site, the castle was never destroyed by war, earthquake or fire and survives to this day as one of the country’s twelve original castles.

 

Itinerary

Day 1

0800 Departure from Kobe Port Terminal by coach to Shin Kobe station
0859 Shinkansen Shin Kobe – Hiroshima
1006 Arrival Hiroshima station. Transport by private bus
1030 Visit Peace Park and A-Bomb Memorial
1230 Time at leisure for lunch
1330 Depart to Miyajimaguchi port
1410 Depart on ferry to Miyajima
1420 Arrival Miyajima, visit island and Itsukushima Shrine on foot
1710 Depart on ferry to Miyajimaguchi
1720 Arrival Miyajimaguchi and depart by bus to hotel
1800 Check in
1900 Meet at lobby and depart on foot to local restaurant for okonomiyaki dinner
2100 Return to the hotel
Overnight at Hotel New Hiroden

(Please note times, activities, and accommodations are subject to change)

Day 2

0845 Depart hotel on foot to station
0913 Depart Hiroshima to Himeji (1 change at Okayama)
1023 Arrival at Himeji. Transport by private bus
1040 Visit Himeji Castle and Kokoen Garden
1230 Lunch
1330 Depart by coach to Kobe
1500 Arrival at Port Terminal

(Please note times, activities, and accommodations are subject to change)

Meals Included

Jan 27: dinner
Jan 28: breakfast, lunch

Special Note

Wear warm clothes.