South Korea & Japan Highlights with Hiroshima (IARC)

15 Day Package from Seoul to Hiroshima

Monograms has created all-in-one packages a cut above going on your own, while leaving the group behind. Each package comes with hand-selected hotels, plus "they really do that?" service of a Monograms Local Host®-a local expert available throughout your stay. We've arranged sightseeing, exclusive to Monograms guests, complete with VIP access into some of the most incredible attractions (that means you skip the lines). We've arranged transportation and we offer a selection of special excursions. With Monograms, you travel in style independently without going it alone.


Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

In each city

Meals Included

American breakfast daily; 4 lunches

Sightseeing & Activities

Private guided sightseeing with your Local Host as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary; inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

Day-By-Day 2018

DAY
1
ARRIVE SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA

Welcome to South Korea’s capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

DAY
2
SEOUL

Your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING starts at GYEONGBOKGUNG PALACE, built in 1395 during the Joseon Dynasty that ruled the country for five centuries. Gyeongbokgung was the primary residence of the royal family and considered the most magnificent of the “Five Grand Palaces” built in Seoul. The palace complex was razed by the Japanese invasion of 1592. It sat abandoned for nearly 300 years until the mid-19th century when the complex was rebuilt and expanded. You will also stop at the NATIONAL FOLK MUSEUM to learn more about Korean culture. Before leaving the complex, watch a re-enactment of the Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Next, take a WALKING TOUR through BUKCHON HANOK VILLAGE. Here, you can see hundreds of hanoks (traditional Korean houses) dating back to the Joseon Dynasty. Walk along the quiet alleys lined with restaurants and tea houses. Travel to nearby Insadong for lunch at a local restaurant featuring Korean cuisine. A highlight is bibimbap, a signature dish of warm rice topped with sautéed vegetables, sliced meat, chili paste, and a fried egg. Afterward, stroll along Insadong Street, a center for traditional arts and crafts. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch

DAY
3
SEOUL

Enjoy a full day at your leisure to explore this exciting city.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
4
SEOUL–GYEONGJU

This morning, board a HIGH-SPEED TRAIN bound for Gyeongju, capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla, which ruled much of the Korean Peninsula from the 7th to 9th centuries. Upon arrival, a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR features TUMULI PARK to see several tombs from the Silla period, including King Michu. Also visit ANAPJI POND, where the Silla royal family spent their leisure time, and GYEONGJU NATIONAL MUSEUM, which houses artifacts found around the pond during renovations.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
5
GYEONGJU–BUSAN

Today, visit two fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites during your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR. Start at YANGDONG FOLK VILLAGE, one of the best preserved historic villages dating back to the Joseon Dynasty. The village features clusters of houses with mud walls and thatched roofs, faces a river, and is surrounded by forested mountains and open fields. Next, visit BULGUSKA TEMPLE with its ancient wooden pavilions and pagodas built on lush, forested hills. Within the temple complex is stunning SEOKGURAM GROTTO, one of Asia’s finest Buddhist shrines, with its large Buddha statue looking out over the Sea of Japan. Continue to Busan, South Korea’s second-largest city.

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LunchLunch

DAY
6
BUSAN

Your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING starts at JAGALCHI FISH MARKET, Korea’s largest and most famous seafood market. Here, most of the vendors selling fish are Jagalchi Ajumma, meaning middle-aged or married women. Afterward, visit UN CEMETERY which honors soldiers from 16 countries that were killed during the Korean War. Next, take a WALKING TOUR through GAMCHEON with its colorful homes built on a hillside. Originally founded by refugees of the Korean War, this neighborhood has been transformed into an artistic center with galleries and cafés. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
7
BUSAN–TOKYO, JAPAN

Fly to Tokyo, Japan’s capital city.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
8
TOKYO

Today, hop on Tokyo’s subway system for a PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR of the city. First, stop at MEIJI SHRINE, a magnificent 20th-century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest. Next, stop at the SAMURAI MUSEUM to learn about their history and see authentic period-specific swords, armor, and helmets (kabuto). You will even have the chance to have your picture taken wearing a helmet and armor! You’ll also stop at SHINJUKU GYOEN GARDEN which dates back to the early 1600s. Lastly, visit bustling NAKAMISE SHOPPING ARCADE and ASAKUSA KANNON TEMPLE, the oldest of their kind in Tokyo. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch

DAY
9
TOKYO

Today, enjoy a full day at your leisure. Your Local Host will have suggestions.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
10
TOKYO–KYOTO

Today, transfer to the train station and board your BULLET TRAIN to historic Kyoto, former capital of Japan. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
11
KYOTO

This morning, your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING starts at stunning Kinkakuji, TEMPLE OF THE GOLD PAVILION, covered with shimmering gold leaf. Next, take a WALKING TOUR through Gion, Kyoto’s most famous geisha district, which is also known for its high concentration of machiya-style merchant houses. Continue on to SANJUSAGENDO TEMPLE, famous for 1,001 statues of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. Flanking the main statue are 1,000 life-sized statues, covered in gold leaf, with 40 arms said to have the power to save 25 worlds. Finish with a visit to FUSHIMI INARI SHRINE, renowned for the thousands of brightly colored Torii Gates.

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LunchLunch

DAY
12
KYOTO

A full day at leisure to explore more of Kyoto’s historic temples and shrines. You may consider an excursion to nearby Nara to visit Todaiji Temple, which houses the world’s largest bronze statue of Buddha.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
13
KYOTO–HIROSHIMA

Today, board one of Japan’s famous BULLET TRAINS bound for Hiroshima. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

DAY
14
HIROSHIMA

Start your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING at SHUKKEI-EN GARDEN, where natural landscapes are represented in miniature form. Then, visit PEACE MEMORIAL PARK, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see the MEMORIAL MUSEUM and MEMORIAL HALL, which memorialize the lives lost in the WWII atomic bombing. Later, travel to MIYAJIMA ISLAND to visit ITSUKUSHIMA SHRINE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its floating Torii Gate.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
15
HIROSHIMA

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

Transportation

High-speed train from Seoul to Gyeongju, from Tokyo to Kyoto, and from Kyoto to Hiroshima; transfers to/from train stations.

Included Hotels

Seoul
Gyeongju
Busan
Tokyo
Kyoto
Hiroshima

Courtyard Seoul Namdaemun

9 Namdaemun-ro
Seoul, South Korea

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

The contemporary Courtyard Seoul Namdaemun will provide a modern home base from which to explore the area. Take advantage of its convenient location to explore all Seoul has to offer.

Location & Highlights

Located in the heart of Namdaemun, the hotel is steps away from top-quality shopping area Myeongdong, Namdaemun Gate and a wide range of public transportation options, allowing for convenient access to Seoul's most iconic attractions.

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cable/Satellite
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Desk
  • Room Service
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Television

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • ATM
  • Restaurant On-Site
Each hotel room offers panoramic views either of the surrounding city or Namdaemun Market and Gate and features luxurious bedding, a coffee and tea maker, a flat-screen TV and a mini-bar.

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

Seoul
Gyeongju
Busan
Tokyo
Kyoto
Hiroshima

JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul

279, Cheonggyecheon-ro
Seoul, South Korea

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

This luxury hotel is your home away from home as you explore the trendy Dongdaemun district. Located just moments from Seoul's most noteworthy shopping, dining and entertainment, the JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul is a great choice. After a day of exploration, indulge in dinner at the elegant steakhouse or a treatment at the spa.

Location & Highlights

Located close to Dongdaemun Market, Gyeongbok Palace, and Changgyeonggung Palace.

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet Access
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Voicemail
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Television

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Spa Services
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet
  • Beauty Salon
  • Free WiFi
Each room boasts panoramic city views, a marble bathroom. mini-bar, free WI-FI, and flatscreen TV.

The Grand Hotel Myeongdong

38, Myeongdong 8ga-gil, Jung-gu,
Seoul, South Korea

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

This hotel is set right in the heart of Seoul offering easy access to must-see sites.

Location & Highlights

The hotel is ideally located in the heart of Myeongdong, the trendiest business and shopping area of Seoul. Also nearby are Dongdaemun Market and Sungnyemun Gate.

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Desk
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
Tastefully designed rooms offer flatscreen TV, air-conditioning, and WI-FI.

Activities & Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

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No excursions exist for this departure

Insider

Seoul
Busan
Tokyo
Kyoto
Hiroshima

Seoul

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Seoul, South Korea. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Seoul and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Seoul, South Korea insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Seoul, South KoreaMeet a Local Host®

Hi, my name is Ines, and I'm from Seoul. During my career, I have shared our rich Korean culture with many people from around the world, and still there are many more stories to tell. From modern treasures to ancient traditions, my goal is to make your visit unforgettable.

Shinsa-dong & Hapjeong-dong

Shinsa-dong and Hapjeong-dong are two of the hottest neighborhoods in town, loved by both locals and international visitors, as they represent the latest trends in fashion and dining. While not originally intended to be fashion streets, their reputation has been built thanks to continual innovative designs and urban concepts. See the old transformed, where worn-down factories are now cool, vintage shops and gallery-like spaces.

Bugaksan Trail

There are several trailheads surrounding Seoul that offer interesting hiking options. One favorite is Bugaksan, which stretches across downtown Seoul and further into the mountainside of Gyeonggi-do. While this hiking trail runs a total of 44 miles (71.8 km) in length, and connects forest paths and villages along the foothills of Bukhansan Mountain and Dobongsan Mountain, you are welcome to do just a portion of it in a day trip.

Foot Tall Ice-cream

Ready for a little Korean culinary fun? Why not do as the locals? Share a 1 foot tall soft serve ice-cream cone with a friend while in Myeongdong.

Samchongdong-gil

Samchongdong–gil runs through the middle of the city, but is a peaceful, quaint area. The street is lined with cafes, museums, antique shops and famous art galleries. While shopping take note of the unique architectural designs of each of the gallery buildings.

Cable Car up Mt Namsan

Enjoy incredible views of the city at the top of Mt Namsan; or head even higher to the N Seoul Tower’s observatory. Looking for a challenge? Choose to hike up, otherwise rest your feet and take the cable car.

Cheonggyecheon Stream

Head more than 15 feet below street level to find some serenity and perhaps romance with your loved one along the Cheonggyecheon stream, complete with small waterfalls and numerous bridges. Dip your toes in the refreshing water for a little respite on a hot day.

Street Food

Visit traditional markets and try eating Korean style. Spicy rice cakes, fish cakes, sweet Korean pancake, spicy kimchi dumplings, Korean style maki sushi (gimbap) and Korean style tempura under cozy pojangmacha tents makes for a culinary adventure.

Busan

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Busan, South Korea. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Busan and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Busan, South Korea insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Busan, South KoreaMeet a Local Host®

Hi, I am Grace and love working as a tour guide in Busan and Gyeongju. I was born and raised in Busan, and am delighted to be able to introduce you to my hometown and help you explore all the incredible things there are to do and see here.

Haeundae Beach

As one of the country’s most popular beaches, Haeundae Beach is a great spot for lounging in the sun and for views of the glittering cityscape at night.

Yongdusan Park

Situated at the heart of Busan, Yongdusan Park offers respite from the bustling city and panoramic views of the city below. If you visit in early spring, don’t miss the beautiful camellia trees in full bloom.

Haedong Yonggungsa Seaside Temple

While most temples in Korea can be found in its mountainous regions, the Haedong Yonggungsa Seaside Temple offers visitors a rare treat - a temple along the shoreline. On New Year’s Day, arrive early and join the locals who make a wish for the New Year as they watch the sun come up. For picturesque views cherry blossoms in full bloom, schedule your visit in April.

BIFF Square

What once started as a pair of cinemas built over 50 years ago, Busan’s modern movie district, known as BIFF Square, is now a favorite for locals and tourists alike. Window shop, try some street food, or grab a spot in a café.

Gukje Market Food Street

This restaurant street is steeped in history. The street dining and open seating typify the traditional marketplace that could be found here over 60 years ago. Located on Arirang Street in Gukje Market, one can sample delicious Korean cuisine such as noodles, gimbap, and sundae (steamed cow intestines stuffed with various ingredients).

Busan Museum

The Busan Museum opened in 1978 and is respected for its leading role in preserving and educating scholars and the community of Busan’s traditional culture. Visitors can view a wealth of artifacts acquired during excavation efforts, generous donations and strategic purchases.

Tokyo

Meet Nobuko, one of your Local Hosts in TokyoMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Tokyo. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Tokyo and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Tokyo insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host®

Hi everyone! I'm Rumi and am proud to work as a tour guide in Tokyo, the coolest city in the world. I'm excited to help you discover all there is to this incredible city. I am quite confident that you will enjoy traveling in Tokyo.

Sensoji Temple

Founded in 628, Sensoji Temple is Tokyo’s oldest temple. According to legend, two brothers found a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, while fishing. They returned the statue to the river, but it in turn kept returning to them, so they built the temple for the worship of Kannon. Consult the oracle inside the temple to have any question answered!

Edo-Tokyo Museum

The Edo-Museum celebrates the history and culture of Edo-Tokyo and creates a vision of the city and life in the future. The permanent exhibition, showcasing original objects and replicas, offers visitors a journey through the 400-year history of Edo-Tokyo since Tokugawa Ieyasu entered Edo.

Tokyo Fish Market

This massive market may have meats and flowers, but the main attraction is the estimated 2,000 tons of seafood handled each day. Arrive early (around 3 am) to see restaurant purveyors and chefs engage in the tuna auction, which ends at 6:15 am. Make sure you try some of the freshest sushi you’ll ever find at one of the on-site restaurants.

Ginza

Shopping the Ginza is a unique experience—massive department stores, futuristic products, and gracious service are all trademarks. It’s worth a half-day’s stroll around this eye-opening area, even if you don’t plan to buy —particularly on weekends, when a large section is closed to cars.

Shinjuku

One of the 23 wards that make up Tokyo, Shinjuku thrives around Shinjuku Station, the busiest train station in the world. This large entertainment, shopping, and business area is a great place to walk around and soak in the atmosphere, do some shopping, or get a birds-eye view of Tokyo at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Center. Here you can ascend to the 45th floor of either the North or South observatory for sweeping views of the city, for free!

Akihabara

Akihabara or “Akiba” is known for the hundreds of electronic stores around Akihabara Station and lining Chuo Dori. From large shops on the main drag to small shops on the side streets selling anything from the newest camera’s to secondhand electronic junk, this is a fascinating area to visit, especially for techies! Although many shops offer goods that will only work in Japan, you can find English-speaking shops that offer goods for use overseas. If you do plan to buy, bring your passport and shop duty free for larger purchases.

Kabuki

The traditional Japanese theater form called kabuki began in 1603 and continues to this day. While you may not speak the language, the themes—such as love and revenge—are usually universal enough to understand. You’ll want to see the elaborate costumes and the skill of the performers, who often sing and dance. Shinbashi Enbojyo is the perfect theater to witness this fascinating art form.

Sekirei

With an expansive beer garden that feels more like a backyard, this bar is the perfect place to relax after a long day. Sekirei is popular with the happy hour crowd, and you may want to join them to escape the throngs of the city. Enjoy a drink beneath a pine tree as dancers in kimonos perform on the lawn. Prices are very reasonable, especially considering the upscale atmosphere.

Kyoto

Meet Kyoko, one of your Local Hosts in KyotoMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Kyoto. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Kyoto and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Kyoto insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host®

My name is Kyoko, and I am a Local Host in Kyoto. I have almost 30 years of experience showing visitors all this wonderful city has to offer. As your Local Host I would like to show you the most charming points of the city and some of Japan’s greatest treasures.

Gion

This is Kyoto’s most famous geisha district and is highlighted by traditional machiya-style merchant houses, which are narrow and long. The area is infused with ochaya (teahouses where geisha entertain), shops, and restaurants—making it the perfect place for shoppers and foodies to explore. One of the highlights is a stroll along the Shirakawa Canal by night. The canal is lined with willow trees, and when illuminated, it is a beautiful sight. Keep in mind that the chances of seeing a geisha walking around increases at night, but it is still a rare occurrence. Your best bet is to take in a show or visit an ochaya for tea.

Higashiyama

Located in the eastern part of Kyoto, Higashiyama is one of Kyoto’s eleven wards featuring charming restaurants and shops. It is a great place to buy local pottery, candy, or regular souvenir items. The highlight of the area is Kiyomizudera “Pure Water” Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site built in 780 AD, by one of the oldest Buddhist sects in Japan. Taste the spring water that gives the temple its name and enjoy sweeping views of Kyoto from the famous wooden terrace.

Zen state of mind

Kyoto is famous for its Japanese Rock “Zen” Gardens. The most famous is the karesansui (dry landscape) rock garden at Ryoanji Temple. Here the simple use of moss-covered boulders representing waterfalls and raked gravel representing waves make for a calm space to lose your mind in thought. Lesser known but equally impressive is the garden at Saihoji Temple, also known as Kokedera (Moss Temple). This UNESCO World Heritage site is a fine display of the other Japanese garden-style called tsukiyama “hill garden,” which typically consists of a hill with a stream and pond. Here you can meander through the paths and admire the beauty surrounding you.

Nishiki-Koji Market

This covered street market is where the local residents, restaurants, and hotels buy their food. Here you will find traditional Japanese cooking ingredients such as pickled daikon, mushrooms, and octopus as well as savory foods to eat like baby squid, fish cakes, and sushi. You will also find other items for sale, including dishes, cooking utensils, and clothing. It is best to go in the morning before things pick up and the locals do their shopping. Hours of operation vary, but shops are typically open from 9 am to 6 pm and closed on either Wednesday or Sunday.

Mount Hieizan

Located to the northeast of Kyoto, Mount Hieizan is home to Enryakuji Temple, one of the most important religious sites in Japan. Originally built by Buddhist monks of the Tendai sect in 788 to protect Kyoto from evil spirits, it eventually grew into a monastery complex with both size and power. In fact, it had so much power that in 1571, the mountain was invaded, and every building was burned to the ground. The complex was rebuilt in the 17th century when new rulers came to power. Ride a cable car up the mountain and explore the temple and other buildings in a beautiful mountain setting.

Ginkakuji Temple

This “Temple of the Silver Pavilion” was built by the grandson of the man who built the “Temple of the Gold Pavilion” with the intention of covering it in silver leaf. Don’t expect to see the glimmer though as unfortunately his plans were never carried out. Nonetheless the temple stands as a monument of simplistic Japanese design and has lovely gardens so it is definitely worth a stop.

Kiyomizudera Temple

The “Pure Water Temple” is the most popular Buddhist temple in the city. For over 1200 years, pilgrims have climbed the slope to pray to the temple’s 11-headed Kannon image and drink from the sacred spring. The main hall which is a Japanese architectural marvel is made with no nails and offers wonderful views of Kyoto.

Hiroshima

Meet Satoko, one of your Local Hosts in HiroshimaMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Hiroshima. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Hiroshima and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Hiroshima insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host®

Konnichiwa (Hello)! My name is Satoko. I am a friendly Local Host with 19 years of experience as a guide. I’m looking forward to showing you around Hiroshima, a world-famous city of peace!

Hiroshima Castle

The castle was originally built in 1589 by Terumoto Mori. It was designated as a national treasure in 1931 but completely destroyed by the blast of the atomic bomb. It was reconstructed in its former style in 1958. It houses a local museum with exhibits related to the history of Hiroshima. On a clear day you can see the whole city from the observation platform.

Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki

Hiroshima’s local specialty food is Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki (pancake). First, wheat flour batter is thinly spread in a round shape on a large griddle then topped with vegetables, Chinese noodles, egg, pork, and seafood. Next, it is flipped and the other side grilled. The cooking process is finished by topping with Okonomiyaki sauce and a sprinkling of green onions. Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki restaurants are found all over the city.

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