Ultimate 2-Day Itinerary on The Best Of Hiroshima & Miyajima Island


Ultimate 2-Day Itinerary

This 2-Day itinerary is designed to give you a comprehensive guide to maximising your experiences to the historic city of Hiroshima which includes also a visit to the spiritual island of Miyajima.

I have adopted a slightly different approach here by providing you with links to each of the places I visited – Day 1 was Hiroshima City, Day 2 was Miyajima Island. This is because to include all of it in one post will require more than 5-minute reading time. By providing you with links, I hope it will be easier and you can read each of the post at your convenience.

Please let me know in comments below of your thoughts and enjoy reading ☺️


Hiroshima is a vibrant modern city, having risen from its ashes of the past. It is the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture, located in the southwest of Japan’s Honshu Island. The City’s natural beauty can be seen in its impressive Chugoku Mountains to the north and the clear waters of the Seto Inland Sea in the south.

Hiroshima is a tourist destination

Every year, thousands of tourists make their way to Hiroshima mainly for the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park which is a grim reminder of war and a focus for prayers for world peace. Whilst this should be a “must do” itinerary for any visitor, one should also make time to take in the natural beauty of historical Miyajima Island.

Miyajima Island

Miyajima Island is a short ferry ride from Hiroshima and is easily accessible (see below on accessibility). From ancient times, every tree, rock and sand in the island was worshipped as god. It is an island often regarded by the locals as where the people and the gods live together.  It is home to the only floating Torii gate in the world, and the infamous Mount Misen which is associated with a legend of miracle-that a fire lit by a Buddhist monk, Kobo Daishi. have been burning for almost 1200 years.

Home to Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites

There are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Hiroshima. One is the Atomic Bomb Dome in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the other is the Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima Island. The Atomic Bomb Dome is an iconic structure as it was only a few meters away from the atomic bomb blast. It is symbolic as the beacon for world peace and an end to nuclear weapons.

The Ultimate 2-Day Itinerary on The Best Of Hiroshima & Miyajima Island

I spent 2 days at Hiroshima and wished that I had spent more. This beautiful city has so much to offer every visitor right from food, sake and sights. If you have the time, try and spend 3 to 4 days. I assure you, you will have plenty to do! My ultimate 2-day itinerary to the best of Hiroshima and Miyajima Island is listed below. Please click on each link to read more.

Day 1: Ultimate 1-Day Guide to the Best of Hiroshima City Travel

Day 2: Miyajima Island – 10 Ultimate Experiences not to be missed.

The Best Ways to Get to Hiroshima City

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  1. Absolutely, the Memorial Park was a tough one and when I visited the Museum, that just was overwhelming too. The City is absolutely beautiful and offers so much more to visitors. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it.

  2. Thank you so much, Suvarna. Glad you found the post interesting and “real” – I appreciate your thoughtful comments. Hope you will visit Hiroshima soon and return to share your experiences.

  3. Glad you find Hiroshima interesting! Believe me, when you visit Hiroshima and especially Miyajima Island, you will ask yourself “What took me so long” 🙂 – Hiroshima and Miyajima are a great place to visit. Hope you will one day. Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I appreciate it.

  4. Miyajima is quite simply beautiful and serene. You are absolutely right about the fire – amazing that it has been burning for 1200 years. Hope you will visit this mountain one day. I am sure it will make an unforgettable experience. Thank you so much, Gabby for your thoughtful comments. I appreciate it.

  5. We also went to Hiroshima on our trip to Japan. Visiting the memorial was super tough for me though but walking around the city was niche

  6. I was always fascinated to visit Hiroshima because of the entire tragic history behind the place. Thanks to your post I can visit virtually, until I visit in person 🙂