Top 5 Attractions You Should Try in Hiroshima & Miyajima!

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Great Torii Gate in Miyajima

Hiroshima and Miyajima are historically well know places, surrounded by the beautiful nature of Setouchi Inland Sea. Yet, you have chances to have cultural and food experiences which are getting more varied for tourists from other countries.

Here we are letting you know what you should try in Hiroshima and Miyajima!

1. Experience Rituals for Shrine Visit

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Istukushima Shrine in Miyajima

When you get to a shrine, there are certain procedures for a visit. For example, at the water basin, you need to purify yourself before entering the sacred area. Wash your hands and rinse your mouth (but never drink or gargle)  — don’t worry, our driver guide will show you exactly how to do it right.

2. Samurai Photo Shooting Experience

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You can be a samurai!

Hiroshima used to be one of the major samurai cities in Japan, you still can see a massive castle in the city center. To understand how it was like being a samurai, you can wear samurai costumes and do the photo shooting. The photo will be your lifetime treasure!

3. Bring Back One and Only Chopstick

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Carve your name on the chopsticks

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Meoto-bashi. Husband and wife chopsticks

You will find many local gift shops in the narrow streets in Miyajima, and a chopstick store is one of them. If you’d like, you can add your name on it and it’ll be the one and only chopsticks for you. It can be in English or if you tell your name to a shop clerk, they can write your name in Japanese!

4. Try Hiroshima Local Food

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Mouthwatering grilled oysters

Hiroshima is well known with its unique food culture. It produces high-quality oysters and the prices are rather low comparing to other big cities. You can hardly see such big oysters in other places, taste fresh grilled ones, adding just soy sauce is the best way to try!

5. Shopping Local Products

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Store specialized in soy sauces

In Hiroshima and Miyajima, you still can find good old traditional shops, and finding local products in those shops is one of the best attractions. In a soy sauce shop, Miyajima Shoyuya Honten, there are many kinds of soy sauces you have never seen in other places, with lemon, garlic, or pepper … We would recommend oyster soy sauce (kaki-shoyu), the essence of oyster will make any meat, fish, vegetables more tasty!

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With our lady driver (on the right)

Hospitality of Hiroshima people is also something you should experience in Hiroshima and Miyajima. Our drivers and guides will be happy to show you around the places. Just tell them what you are interested, anything from old to new will be right in front of you.

If you are coming to Japan, don’t miss a chance to visit Hiroshima and Miyajima!

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