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Graceful Voyage Heading to Hiroshima and Miyajima, Showcasing Ideal Itinerary for You!

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Hiroshima, home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Atomic Bomb Dome and Miyajima, is located further west beyond the so-called 'Golden Route' of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, with many visitors choosing to travel there via the Shinkansen.

However, the Seto Inland Sea, facing Hiroshima Prefecture, has garnered praise by many geographers since the 19th century as “the most beautiful in the world”, often likened to the “Aegean Sea of the Orient.” Here, a tapestry of islands unfolds, ranging from uninhabited ones with untouched nature and historical sites to those visited by tourists from around the world, each harboring unique cultures, histories, and rich ecosystems.

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Fully enjoying the charm of the Seto Inland Sea can be experienced through a cruise journey! We present an ideal itinerary heading to Miyajima, while making delightful stops at charming towns along the Seto Inland Sea.

Day1:2-day/1-night Seto Inland Sea Voyage on a Charter Cruise

Passing through the beautiful archipelago, embark on a one-night, two-day voyage of the Seto Inland Sea on an Italian-born salon cruise. Once you step aboard, you will find yourself in a luxurious space that separates you from everyday life. Meals are prepared using freshest seasonal ingredients and are based on the concept of local sustainability.

Let’s set off on a journey to savor breathtaking vistas, taste delectable cuisine, and experience Setouchi that stretches out across your field of vision with every fiber of our being!

Cycling on the Shimanami Kaido

The Shimanami Kaido, a 60-kilometer cycling route connecting 8 islands with 9 bridges in the Seto Inland Sea, is renowned by CNN TRAVEL as one of the 'World's Most Wonderful 7 Cycling Routes.' and cyclists from around the globe are drawn to its charm. The primary allure of the Shimanami Kaido lies in the ability to enjoy cycling while taking in the breathtaking beauty of the Seto Inland Sea's picturesque islands at their own pace.

So, while cycling along, immerse yourself in the exhilarating experience of discovering the hidden gems of the Seto Inland Sea.

Indulge in the hot springs at Dogo Onsen

Dogo Onsen, Japan’s oldest hot spring with a history of over 3,000 years, offers a unique experience at its annex. Here, you can enjoy bathing in yukata within the special bathhouse known as “Yushinden,” which is a faithful reproduction of an imperial family bathhouse. Soak in the clear and colorless waters, and feel the weariness of your journey melt away.

After refreshing yourself in the hot spring, take a leisurely walk to Dogo Hikara-dori (Dogo Shopping Arcade), just a 5-minute stroll from Dogo Onsen Main Building. Exploring souvenir shops and savor local delicacies - this is truly one of the essential delights of Japan's hot spring towns.

Back on the ship, experience a luxurious overnight stay on board

Overnight stay on board with each room equipped with a shower booth and toilet. In the evening, unwind in the jacuzzi on the sky deck while enjoying the starry night…

Day2:Continue to indulge in an elegant charter cruise until you reach Miyajima

Let’s enjoy disembarkation sightseeing in Kure on the way.

Kure, a city that once thrived as a naval port. It boasts various spots associated with the former Japanese Navy, including the Yamato Museum, where you can marvel at a 1/10th scale replica of the legendary battleship "Yamato," once touted as the world's largest, is on display. In the harbor, you can even find submarines from the Maritime Self-Defense Force, adding to the unique atmosphere that sets it apart from other cities. It's a place where you can immerse yourself in the romance of the Maritime Self-Defense Force, dedicated to safeguarding the sea, and truly feel it firsthand.

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In the evening, the cruise journey concludes upon arrival at Miyajima

Tonight's accommodation, 'Itsukushima Iroha,' is a modern luxury inn located within Miyajima, just a 7-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine and nestled amidst the bustling Omotesando Shopping Street, frequented by tourists. Yet, upon stepping inside, it exudes a serene and dignified atmosphere. The 'SEA Suite' features expansive seaside windows, offering a tranquil view of the Seto Inland Sea with the iconic Otorii Gate standing tall. The room's centerpiece is a bath where you can leisurely soak while gazing at the Otorii Gate.

Day3:Early Morning Stroll at Itsukushima Shrine

Only when staying in Miyajima can you enjoy leisurely strolling along Itsukushima Shrine in the early morning.

Unparalleled in the world, the ethereal Itsukushima Shrine appears as if floating upon the sea. The grand torii gate stands in the sea, weighing around 60 tons (approx. 132,277 pounds), and the shrine itself was constructed over the water, and remarkably, it has never sunk in its over 850 years of history. Witnessing this scene, one can't help but be amazed by the profound knowledge of landscape understanding and the skills possessed by craftsmen of that era.

Explore Peace Memorial Park and immerse yourself in the prevailing sense of peace

The area surrounding the epicenter was transformed into a symbol of enduring peace, now known as the Peace Memorial Park. Here, visitors can find significant landmarks such as the Atomic Bomb Dome, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a resolute symbol of 'No More Hiroshima'.

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The park also houses the Peace Memorial Museum and the Memorial Monument for Hiroshima, City of Peace, among other notable attractions.

How about gently reflecting on world peace amidst the lush greenery of the park cherished by the people of Hiroshima?

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Lunch at “Kanawa”, then get to Hiroshima station

Enjoy a delicious Oyster Lunch, a specialty of Hiroshima, featuring various courses highlighting oysters, at the renowned oyster cuisine restaurant "Kanawa" which has been cultivating oysters since its establishment in 1867 and exclusively serves edible raw oysters.

After lunch, transfer to Hiroshima station to conclude the tour.

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