Hiroshima cruises

Containing moving peace monuments to the end of World War II, Hiroshima is a modern city which has grown from the destruction, forward-looking, yet with deeply traditional roots. It is an immensely fascinating city. There is more to discover in Hiroshima than its evocative Atomic Bomb Dome, like the landscaped Shukkeien Garden, the Mazda Museum and okonomiyaki, a batter and cabbage pancake topped with octopus, shrimp or pork.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Kintai Bridge by Bullet Train

    Experience Japan’s high-speed bullet train as you visit Iwakuni’s most popular sight, the great Kintai Bridge.

    Kintai Bridge by Bullet Train

    Drive to Hiroshima station to board the Kodama bullet train to travel to Shin Iwakuni. Shin Iwakuni is home to the Kintai Bridge, renowned as one of Japan’s three most beautiful bridges. Spanning the Nishikigawa River, the structure measures over 700 feet in length and boasts five graceful wooden arches. The challenge was to build a bridge that would not get washed away, and the result was this impressive structure, a remarkable engineering feat.

    Adjacent to Kintai Bridge is Kikko Park, once the residence of the daimyo Kikkawa, who initiated the construction of the bridge. The plaster-walled buildings are fine examples of traditional residences built by the Samurai class.

    Enjoy a Japanese-style luncheon at a local restaurant near Miyajima, before driving to Hiroshima. Take time for a photo stop at the Atomic Bomb Dome (exterior view) and stroll through the Peace Memorial Park, dedicated to the victims of the atomic bomb. Before returning to the ship you will also pass by the Hiroshima Castle.


    This excursion is conducted by coach, train and on foot. The bullet train journey takes approximately 20 minutes one way; seating is non-reserved and the group may be separated during the journey. Due to limited space onboard the bullet train, electric wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated. There is approximately two hours of walking on this tour, including some steps and narrow passes. Comfortable non-slip shoes and bottled water are recommended. Only Japanese Yen will be accepted by local vendors.

    Tour code

    HIJ_004

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    7½ hours

  • Hiroshima by Tram & Foot

    Hop aboard a Hiroshima tram for a city walking tour with a twist, and try one of the delicious local dishes.

    Hiroshima by Tram & Foot

    Start with a narrated coach journey of the city sights before heading off on foot to the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. During your time here you will learn of the moments that led up to the world’s first Atomic attack, and the how the aftermath of this affected those who survived. For example at the Children’s Peace Monument you will see the hundreds of colourful paper cranes sent by children all over the world in memory of a young girl who passed away from the effects of radiation.

    Next it’s time for a tram ride through Hiroshima, along its wide boulevards and bustling downtown streets. You’ll stop for luncheon at an Okonomi-mura, a quirky and colourful restaurant, dedicated entirely to Hiroshima’s favourite food Okonomiyaki. This local delicacy is like a savoury crepe layered with noodles, seafood, meat or whatever you fancy. Tuck in, and savour Hiroshima’s fun food culture.

    Hop back on your tram for your final highlight, the Shukkeien Gardens, translated into English means ‘shrunken-scenery garden’, which is also a good description of the garden itself. Valleys, mountains, and forests are represented in miniature in the garden's landscapes. Through careful cultivation, the garden mimics a variety of natural formations and scenic views, which will provide you with a serene last impression of Hiroshima, before driving back to the pier.

    This tour is conducted by coach, tram and on foot.Please be advised that the museum exhibits sensitive material, including some graphic images and displays on the atrocities of war, and that photography is not permitted. There is approximately three hours of walking on this tour. Comfortable, non-slip shoes and bottled water are recommended. Only Japanese Yen will be accepted by local vendors. The restaurant serves only Okonomiyaki and so dietary requests cannot be accommodated. The order of visits may vary. The Peace Memorial Museum is currently undergoing major renovations and so it will only be possible to visit the east side building.

    Tour code

    HIJ_005

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    6 hours

  • Mijayima & Hiroshima

    Make the most of your time ashore in this full day tour, showing you the most important sights of Hiroshima.

    Mijayima & Hiroshima

    Reputed to be the home of the gods, Miyajima (Shrine Island) will be your first destination on this full day extravaganza. Sailing across Hiroshima Bay, you’ll be able to see the Itsukushima Shrine, which lends its name to the island. On arrival, you will have approximately two hours to enjoy the delights of this sacred place.

    Browse for souvenirs along the main arcade, where traditional woodturned items are an island speciality, as you make your way towards the Itsukushima Shrine. The vermillion lacquered shrine contrasts brightly with the dark water that surrounds it, and provides you with excellent views of the giant Tori Gate (a gate between the spirit and human world).

    You’ll head back to Hiroshima in time for luncheon at a local hotel, where you can relax and refuel before your afternoon of exploration begins.

    The Atomic Bomb Dome is the instantly recognisable symbol of peace. It’s here at the Peace Memorial Park, dedicated to the victims of the first Atomic bomb attack, that you will explore the moving and sometimes harrowing museum. The most emotive tribute here is the Children’s Peace Monument, where thousands of colourful origami paper cranes belie the soulful tale behind them.

    Exploring the gods, shrines and soulful reminders of the past, this tour will deliver the best that Hiroshima has to offer.


    This tour is conducted by ferry, coach and on foot. Please be advised that the museum exhibits sensitive material, including some graphic images and displays on the atrocities of war, and that photography is not permitted. There is approximately two hours of walking on this tour. Comfortable, non-slip shoes and bottled water are recommended. Only Japanese Yen will be accepted by local vendors. The order of visits may vary. The Peace Memorial Museum is currently undergoing major renovations and so it will only be possible to visit the east side building.

    Tour code

    HIJ_006

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    7½ hours

  • Vintage Liner Cruise to Miyajima Island

    Travel by luxury vintage liner, to the sacred Island of Gods, Miyajima.

    Vintage Liner Cruise to Miyajima Island

    Boarding your vintage liner directly at the ship’s pier, you’ll traverse the waters of Hiroshima Bay to reach Miyajima (Shrine Island). As you approach the main Shinto shrine, which appears to float on water, take time to admire the sacred Tori Gate, a huge red gateway that seems to magically rise straight out of the sea.

    The simple yet striking Itsukushima Shrine, with its red lacquered walls and wooden floors, is considered one of the most important sites in Japan. Here you will disembark the vessel and be given the choice to explore independently, or discover the wonders of this sacred site with your guide.

    Re-join the ‘Ginga’, with its white hull and gilded decoration, evoking a sense of luxury that is rarely seen on the water these days. The luncheon buffet will be served aboard this floating platform, as you embark on a mini cruise around the islands of the bay, before heading back to the pier.

    This is a wonderful opportunity to view an important shrine from the water, the way it was intended to be seen.

    This tour is operated by vintage liner and on foot. There is approximately two hours of walking on this tour, including some steps and uneven surfaces. This tour is not recommended for guests in a wheelchair as the boat is not wheelchair accessible. Comfortable non-slip shoes are recommended. Only Japanese Yen will be accepted by local vendors. This tour has been arranged and supported by the Hiroshima Prefectural Government especially for our Cunard guests.

    Tour code

    HIJ_007

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Sights of Hiroshima

    View some of the key sights of Hiroshima, from the Atomic Bomb Dome to the oasis of calm at Shukkeien Gardens.

    Sights of Hiroshima

    Enjoy a narrated drive through Hiroshima to see some of the famous sights of the city. Visit the Peace Memorial Park, dedicated to the victims of the first atomic bomb. The Park is home to the Peace Memorial Museum and eloquent monuments, the museum exhibiting photographs and artefacts from the bomb’s aftermath. The Children’s Peace Monument depicts a young girl, named Sadako, who died from leukemia caused by radiation. The girl believed that if she folded 1,000 origami cranes - the crane symbolises long life - she would be cured. Sadako finished 1,300 cranes before her death.

    See the Atomic Bomb Dome, an internationally recognised symbol of Hiroshima. The old Industry Promotion Hall was one of the few buildings near Ground Zero to survive the blast - although its dome was vaporised. Renamed, its gutted walls and skeletal dome structure stand as mute symbols of Hiroshima, which you can view from the exterior.

    Visit Shukkeien Gardens, created by the feudal Lord Nagaakira Asano in 1620. The serene oasis of ponds, small streams and sculpted pines were inspired by Chinese landscapes.


    This excursion will be conducted by coach and on foot.Please be advised that the museum exhibits sensitive material, including some graphic images and displays on the atrocities of war, and that photography is not permitted. There is approximately two hours of walking on this tour. Comfortable, non-slip shoes and bottled water are recommended. Only Japanese Yen will be accepted by local vendors. The order of visits may vary. The Peace Memorial Museum is currently undergoing major renovations and so it will only be possible to visit the east side building.

    Tour code

    HIJ_002

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Hiroshima Panorama

    Enjoy a panoramic tour of Hiroshima, a city internationally known as a city of peace.

    Hiroshima Panorama

    Hiroshima, surrounded by the sea and mountains, is known to the world as the city first attacked by an atomic bomb. Drive through the city suburbs to the very heart of Hiroshima for a guided panoramic journey of some of the symbols of world peace, and see the bustling city of Hiroshima today.

    See the Atomic Bomb Dome (exterior view), where the old Industry Promotion Hall’s gutted walls and skeletal dome structure are internationally recognised symbols of Hiroshima. Pass the Peace Memorial Park, once the busiest district in the city, and now a large park in the centre of Hiroshima dedicated to the victims of the bomb.

    Take time for a photo stop at Hiroshima Castle (exterior view); the imposing feudal-era fortress was destroyed by the firestorm following the atomic explosion. Rebuilt in 1958, its central keep is now a museum. As you drive through the city, you will see the city’s major shopping and business district.


    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. There is up to 30 minutes of walking on this tour. Only Japanese Yen will be accepted by local vendors. Electric scooters cannot be accommodated. No internal visits are included on this tour.

    Tour code

    HIJ_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Miyajima Island

    Visit one of Japan’s national treasures, the Itsukushima Shrine on Japan’s beloved Miyajima Island.

    Miyajima Island

    After an hour-long transfer, cruise to the small island of Miyajima, dominated by Mount Misen rising 1,750 feet above sea level. Described as one of the most enchantingly beautiful places on earth, Miyajima Island is, for some, a sacred site, and is home to the Itsukushima Shrine. Designated as a World Heritage Site, a national treasure and an important cultural property, Itsukushima's main shrine and supporting buildings are connected by corridors and galleries that stretch out over the Inland Sea. At high tide, the shrine seems to float on the waves, a beautiful site in this romantic location. The shrine, thought to have existed since the 6th century, is located in a small inlet, and with its famous Torii Gate set out in the Seto Inland Sea, makes the sight one of Japan’s three best views.

    This excursion is conducted by coach, ferry and on foot. There is approximately two hours of walking on this tour, including some steps and uneven surfaces. Comfortable non-slip shoes are recommended. The ferry is not exclusive to Cunard Line.

    Tour code

    HIJ_003

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours