Exclusive Private Journey

Japan Past & Present

4 Nights: price on request Trip Code: EPJ100

This itinerary module takes you from the founding of Shingon Buddhism by Kobo Daishi in the 9th century to the cataclysmic events of 1945. Explore Japanese history past and present in Hiroshima and sacred Miyajima Island. Read more >

The Western tip of Japan's main island is home to two of the most fascinating and contrasting destinations in the whole country: the great city of Hiroshima and the beautiful neighbouring island of Miyajima.

This four-night module presents a selection of the exclusive sightseeing experiences we can offer in these locations, with expert guides to fill you in on the finer points of local history and culture along the way. Meanwhile, a stay in Hiroshima's finest hotel will be complemented by three nights at a gorgeous Japanese-style inn on nearby Miyajima, where you will experience the impeccable service and warmth of true Japanese hospitality.

A visit to Hiroshima is imperative if you wish to get to grips with recent Japanese history. Forever scarred by the "Little Boy" atomic bomb, which was deployed over the city centre at 8.15am on 6th August 1945, flattening everything within a two-kilometre radius; today it is a bright and exciting modern city that looks toward the future without forgetting the lessons of its past. On this module you'll have the sobering privilege of meeting a hibakusha - atomic bomb survivor - to hear their personal testimonies of the tragic events as they unfolded.

A short hop across Hiroshima Bay will bring you to the sacred island of Miyajima, a peaceful, mountainous island that played an important role in the development of Japanese Buddhism. Here you'll have the opportunity to admire one of the "top three views" in Japan from Itsukushima Shrine, gaze out across the Seto Inland Sea from the top of Mount Misen, and meet some of the local community's most respected artisans for an introduction to traditional Japanese crafts and culture.

This brief module is designed to provide a fascinating and in-depth look at the span of Japanese history, from the truly ancient to the modern, and can be included as part of a longer exploration of Japan tailored to suit your tastes and requirements. Please don't hesitate to get in touch to begin planning your Exclusive Private Journey.

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