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Enjoy the flexibility to create your own sightseeing itinerary as you explore Kyoto and Hiroshima on a 3-day tour. Your train tickets and itinerary will be delivered to you at your Tokyo hotel the day before your departure. You choose which of the many incredible temples to see and where to dine in Kyoto and have time to explore this entrancing city at your leisure. Then you’ll continue to Hiroshima where you can see moving memorials to the people who were killed by the atomic bomb in 1945, and learn about the city’s devastation and rebirth. Choose to take a few hours for a quick trip from Hiroshima to Miyajima (own expense) and enjoy the tranquility of the lovely island.
Day 1: Tokyo – Kyoto Choose an early or late morning departure from Tokyo and make your way to the Tokyo Station where you board the Shinkansen Nozomi bullet train bound for Kyoto. You’ll arrive in Kyoto approximately two hours later and can leave your luggage at the hotel, then set out to see this lovely city’s highlights.
Kyoto flourished as the capital of Japan for more than 1000 years and of its many landmarks, 17 are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You’ll have your choice of which of Kyoto's sights to visit; some of the major ones are the Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace and Kiyomizu Temple.
The Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji Temple) was built in 1224 for an aristocrat and was later converted into a Buddhist temple. The top two tiers of the 3-tiered building are embossed in gold leaf, casting a stunning reflection on the surrounding lake. The gardens are also considered to be one of Japan’s finest classically designed gardens.
The Kyoto Imperial Palace was the residence for the Emperor’s family until 1868 when the capital moved to Tokyo. Stroll around the grounds or check the Imperial Household Agency website for their tours, which must be booked in advance to see the interior of the Palace.
Nijo Castle was built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence for the Tokugawa Shogun. Whereas the exterior appears solemn, the interior of the complex includes several cypress buildings with lavish decor, including beautiful screen paintings.
Kiyomizu Temple is one of Kyoto’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A charming lane lined with pottery shops leads you to this famous temple. Enjoy a fantastic view of Kyoto from the temple’s veranda. Overnight: Karasuma Kyoto Hotel in Kyoto
Day 2: Kyoto – Hiroshima Enjoy a morning in Kyoto at your leisure before heading to Kyoto Station for your mid-day train to Hiroshima. Upon arrival in Hiroshima, you may leave your luggage with your hotel if you arrive before check-in time (times are listed in your itinerary).
Have the afternoon to see Hiroshima’s memorials related to the atomic bomb, and to explore the bustling modern city that was rebuilt after the destruction of World War II. Most of the memorials are located in or near the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, built to commemorate the dropping of the atomic bomb on August 6, 1945 and to promote worldwide peace.
The Peace Memorial Museum displays the terrible effects of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in graphic detail that is both moving and depressing. The east building of the museum shows Hiroshima’s militarist past and the process that lead up to the fateful bombing.
Take in the skeletal remains of the Atomic Bomb Dome, the iconic symbol of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and the city’s last remaining bomb-damaged building. Nearby there is the Children’s Peace Monument where thousands of origami cranes made by children drape the structure.
The Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound holds the ashes of 70,000 bomb victims; many were unidentified or had no relatives to claim their ashes.
For a change of scenery, take a few hours to hop over to Miyajima, a beautiful island reached by train and ferry from Hiroshima. It is most famous for the Itsukushima Shrine and its lovely torii gate, which at high tide appears to float on water. You’ll see tame deer roaming about, adding more ambiance to this gem of an island. Overnight: Hotel New Hiroden
Day 3: Hiroshima – Tokyo You’ll have time in the morning to catch any sights you still wanted to see in Hiroshima or Miyajima, or take a few hours to stroll around the city and enjoy its many amenities. Pick up a box of Hiroshima's famous maple leaf-shaped momiji manju cakes for a snack on the train ride back to Tokyo!
Mid-afternoon you’ll head to the train station to catch the Shinkansen Nozomi to Tokyo, arriving in Tokyo station that evening to conclude your independent tour.
Bullet train tickets from Tokyo to Kyoto, Kyoto to Hiroshima and, Hiroshima back to Tokyo
2 nights accommodation
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
A maximum of 3 people per booking; if you have more than 3 people in the group, please make multiple bookings
Children between 0-5 years old are free of charge provided they don't occupy a seat and no meal will be provided
This is an independent/self-guided tour. The bullet train tickets and tour information will be mailed to the local mailing address in Tokyo that you provided at checkout prior to your tour departure date.
Ticket delivery: Tickets will be delivered to your designated hotel in Tokyo approximately 3 business days from the booking confirmation date. No refund will be provided if tickets cannot be delivered due to incorrect or insufficient hotel information
Important: Please provide the following information at checkout: 1) Lead traveler's full name, 2) Name and address of your hotel in Tokyo, 3) If the name under your hotel reservation is different from the lead traveler's name, please also provide the full name used for your hotel reservation, and 4) Local contact phone number (if you don't have a local phone number, please provide phone number of your hotel). Your booking will not be confirmed until all the required information is provided
Your train tickets will have specific departure time and date, train number, and seat assignment. Changes cannot be accommodated and tickets will not be reissued or refunded if lost after receipt
This is an exclusive offer for foreign tourists and cannot be purchased by native residents of Japan
Early Departure option: Between 6:00am and 7:20am Late Departure option: Between 10:10am and 12:00pm
Shin-Yokohama Station, Shinagawa Station or Tokyo Station (approx. arrival time 7:00pm - 9:10pm depending on the station you get off)