Travel by coach along a scenic route to Miyajima-Guchi, where you'll board the local ferry and cruise to the lovely island of Miyajima. This picturesque island, considered one of Japan's most scenic destinations, is where you'll find the Itsukushima Shrine and its famous large red torii gate that rises up out of the ocean. The shrine was established in 593, the first year of the reign of Empress Suiko and today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The current torii was erected in 1875 after the original one was destroyed. Among the distinctive features of the shrine is the corridor of the main building that, with its beautiful vermillion handrails, stretches into the calm Seto Inland Sea. At high tide, both the torii and the shrine give the illusion of floating on the sea. Interestingly, to give birth, to die or be buried were forbidden on the island and today, there are still no hospitals or cemeteries to be found here.
After a visit to the shrine, you'll have time to walk along the shopping area and browse for souvenirs, or simply relax and enjoy the magnificent views of the Seto Inland Sea. Following your free time, you'll walk back to the ferry terminal for the trip back to Miyajima-Guchi where your coach awaits to transfer you to the pier in Hiroshima.
Please note: This tour includes nearly 3 hours of walking and there are some steps to negotiate. The tour is not recommended for wheelchair guests and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Lightweight clothing, a hat, sunglasses, sun screen and comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. We suggest passengers obtain local currency for shopping. Due to reduced time in port and immigration requirements during Nautica's call on March 2, 2014, the tour duration will be shortened and some of the tour content will be amended.