Day 8: Hiroshima This morning you’ll visit the Genbaku (A-Bomb) Dome and the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Your leader will share the devastating story of the fateful day in August 1945 when Hiroshima was attacked by atomic warfare. The dome was just metres from the atomic site and was able to retain its shape – serving as a reminder of the attack and now symbol of peace. The memorial park serves a similar purpose, and has museums, memorials and monuments dedicated to the memory of victims, education on what lead to the bomb’s use, as well as advocating world peace. After your visit, take a short ferry ride to the island of Miyajima. The island is home to the Shinto shrine of Itsukushima, known for its huge bright orange gate (torii) that rises majestically out of the sea. Miyajima is an ideal place for walking. There is the lovely Momiji Park from where it is possible to walk or take a cable car up to the top of Mt Misen. Return to Hiroshima for at evening at leisure. Accommodation: Hotel Intergate Hiroshima or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast Included Activities: Hiroshima - Miyajima Island day trip Miyajima - Itsukushima-jinja Shrine Hiroshima - Peace Park & A - Bomb Dome Hiroshima - Peace Museum
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