Hiroshima Cycling Peace Tour with Local Guide (Long Course)

Hiroshima
Hiroshima Cycling Peace Tour with Local Guide (Long Course)
6,364
  • Duration: 3 Hour(s) (approx.)

  • Location:Hiroshima-shi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima

    Product code:EN-HSM-4006-40068

【OUTLINE】

This is a guided cycling tour in which participants ride an electric bicycle and learn about the reconstruction of Hiroshima's bombed heritage sites and how we are trying to protect peace in the city of Hiroshima. This tour is led by our friendly team from Hiroshima.


【HIGHLIGHTS】

  • Learn about local feelings towards the Peace Park from about 70 years ago.
  • The area within a 2.5km radius from the hypocenter was severely damaged. We are heading to multiple bombed heritage sites that still remain.
  • You will ride a comfortable electric bicycle through the local area to experience the Hiroshima Peace Museum and more.
  • We will take you to unique places well-known by our local Japanese team.
  • We will ride along the beautiful riverside and in the park to get an idea of the destruction of Hiroshima at that time and how the city has changed into what it is now.


【SCHEDULE】

10:00-10:05 Meet up at the rest house of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
Start of with greetings, introduction, explaination of the route, and corona prevention procedures (tempurate checks, etc.).

10:05-10:25 Hiroshima Castle
Your guide will take you to Hiroshima Castle which is the location of the military fort that was the first to report about the atomic bomb. Your guide will explain the situation and signifigance of the military base and castle.

10:25-10:40 Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine and Shrine Gate

You will learn more about some lesser known heritage sites, such as the Guardian Dog statue and the Gokoku Shrine gate, which withstood the atomic bomb. 


10:40-11:00 Hiroshima Central Park
Walk through a vast green park to enjoy the beautiful nature that Hiroshima has to offer.

11:00-11:10 Aioi Bridge
Next you will visit the bridge that was the target of the bomb. Both the river and the bridge have remained since that time. You will witness the continuation of history.

11:10-11:25 Atomic Bomb Dome
After that, you will witness the world renowned Atomic Bomb Dome. You will learn about many stories and memories of the local people.

11:25-11:40 Motoyasu River and the Peace Bridge
When heading south towards the suburbs from the Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Park, you will see the gorgeous riverside nature. Your guide will explain the meaning and memories that are embedded in the Peace Park.

11:40-12:00 Higashisenda Park
Located 1km from the center of the blast is a park filled with trees sent from countries all around the world. You will hear the stories related to this site.

12:00-12:20 Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital
Located 1.5km from the center of the blast is the reminants of the Red Cross Hospital's building. Here, you will face the hard reality of how strong the bomb was.

12:20-12:30 Hiroshima Railway
Located 2km-2.5km from the center of the blast is the Hiroshima Railway. Did you know that there are two trains that survived that blast and still used today? They started running again only three days after the explosion.

12:30-12:40 Miyuki Bridge and Kobayashi River
Right where the bomb's reach ended, there is a picture on display. This significant picuture shows the relatity of the difference between now and then.

12:40-12:50 Suriving Weeping Willow Tree
This is the highlight of the tour. This tree continued to grow despite the rumors that there would be natural growth for at least 70 years. This tree represents the strength, determination, and hope of the people of Hiroshima.

12:50-13:00 Peace Boulevard
On the way back to the Peace Park, we will pass by various monuments and trees that are significant to Hiroshima's history. At the same time, you will also wintess the current thriving city.

13:00 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Once we arrive back at the park, your trip will come to an end.

*The afternoon tour is scheduled to meet at 14:00 and return at 17:00.


【DETAILS】

In Hiroshima City, there are many heritage sites in the suburbs in addition to the Peace Memorial Park, each with a story connected to the atomic bombing. While at the heritage site of the bombing, we will introduce you to the power of the atomic bomb and the situation at the time. 70 years after the war, the destroyed Hiroshima has been dramatically revitalized, and now you can see it full of greenery. You can get a real sense of it through your own eyes, and cycling is the best way to do that. 

With the guidance of our local staff, who grew up in the city, come and experience the real Hiroshima that you can't experience through photos and books.

*You will be given data of the photos taken on the day.

*If you wish, we can also guide you to the Atomic Bomb Museum.
(Additional hour, plus 1,000 yen cash payment on the day. Not
possible when combined with other guests, only from 10:00 to 13:00)
*The timetable may change depending on the situation on the day.

【THINGS TO NOTE】

  • Time:3 hours per person
  • Meeting Place: Rest House of Hiroshima Peace Park
    1-1 Nakajimacho, Naka Ward, Hiroshima
  • Access:3-minute walk from Hiroshima Station on the Hiroshima Electric Railway, Atomic Bomb Dome Station, or Hondori Station.
  • Language support:Japanese, English
  • Included :The price includes rental bicycles, English speaking guide and insurance fee for bikes.
  • Participation requirements :
    Regardless of age, customers taller than 145cm/4.8ft can participate.
    Children’s fee: Free – if your children don't ride a bike.
    (We have 2 child seat bikes. Feel free to confirm it in advance.)
  • Free Wi-Fi :None(Hiroshima Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the city)
  • Other things to note:
    It will be a mixed tour for up to 10 people. If you would like a private tour, we also offer a bespoke plan.
    Insurance available: Insurance for bicycle accidents (included in price)
    Others (exemption from liability): Depending on the weather, etc., it may be canceled for safety reasons.
    ★If the plan cannot be held due to rain
    ・You can change to the "Rainy Day Limited Peace Route" plan.
    If you would like to change it, please select Yes from the options that will appear later.
    ・If you do not wish to change it, we will offer a refund.
    In that case, please select the option number that will appear later.

    "Rainy Day Limited Peace Route" (same price as the regular plan)
    ~A walking tour around the actual scenery and reconstruction that happened in the center of the Hiroshima Peace Park~
    Visit the hypocenter, which was reduced to scorched earth in an instant. Walk around the site with a radius of about 0.5 km to 1 km.

    10:00 / 14:00 set
    ・Peace Memorial Park
    ・Atomic Bomb Dome
    ・Hypocenter
    ・Former Bank of Japan
    ・Fukuromachi Elementary School
    ・Main street
    ・Takeout shops recommended in the city
    *Sweets etc. depending on the season (included in the price)
    Tour is scheduled to end at 13:00 / 17:00

【HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES】

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between uses
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Contactless ticket redemption


【FUN FACTS】

Hiroshima was the first city to be hit by an atomic bomb in the world. It was a tragic event in history. Initially, the A-Bomb Dome became the focus of controversy regarding whether to preserve or destroy it, as the ruins may elicit horrible memories for the survivors. However, it was decided that the Dome would be preserved and convey the tragic atomic bombing experience as a symbol of peace. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996.

【NEARBY AREA INTRODUCTION】

The atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August  6, 1945, and the city suffered a lot of damage which remains in the history of war. But just three days later, despite the bomb hitting nearby trains and railroads, the city train started moving again in cooperation with the people of Hiroshima. The streetcar is still the same as then and is still running in the city. The trains that people in the town have reconstructed with all of their strength are still watching over the people in the town with a warm gaze. 


【CANCELLATION POLICY】

7 to 4 days before the tour date 40% of the tour price
3 to 2 days before the tour date 60% of the tour price
The day before the tour date, on the day of the tour 100% of the tour price
※Right after the online settlement is made, a cancellation fee of 10% will be incurred in case of cancellation.
※The cancellation fee includes handling charges.