Summary from Fukuoka to Hiroshima Trip
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💎 Why we love it ?
It is a chartered bus trip of 1 night and 2 days from somewhere in Fukuoka prefecture to Miyajima, a World Heritage Site in Hiroshima prefecture. Conversely, it is possible to change to the same route from Miyajimaguchi Station to Fukuoka Prefecture. You can enjoy watching nature and historic sites while sitting on our bus, which you wouldn’t be able to experience if you traveled between Hakata and Hiroshima by bullet train!
🏁 Tour Itinerary: Summary from Fukuoka to Hiroshima Trip
Day 1: Kokura Castle – Mojiko Retro – Dan no Ura Battlefield Mark – Tsunoshima Observatory
09:00 AM: Hakata Station or Fukuoka airport or your hotel around Fukuoka pickup. Pick-up starts 15 minutes before departure. Please specify the boarding location in advance if you are in Fukuoka prefecture.
10:00 AM: Kokura Castle Stay time about 30 minutes. Kokura Castle (小倉城, Kokurajō) was built in 1602 at the beginning of the Edo Period. The castle was destroyed by fire in 1866, and the current castle tower is a ferroconcrete reconstruction from 1959. The castle’s traditional architecture provides an interesting visual contrast to the neighboring modern shopping and entertainment center.
11:00 AM: Mojiko Retro Stay time about 30 minutes. The Port of Moji (Mojiko) is an international trade port that opened in 1889 and located at the northern edge of Kyushu. Its prosperity as a transport hub attracted many Western-style buildings housing shipping companies and trading firms around it. The Mojiko Retro district is a restored reproduction of the district around the port in olden times.
In this district, various buildings have been preserved and are open to visitors, including the iconic Mojiko Station, former Moji Mitsui Club, where Einstein stayed, and former Kyushu Railway Headquarters (currently Kyushu Railway History Museum).
You can immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Japan in the late 19th to early 20th centuries here.
11:50 AM: Dan no Ura Battlefield Mark Stay time about 15 minutes. This is a battlefield mark of the battle of Dan-no-ura, the last war between Heike and Genji in 1185.
Heike(Taira clan) got defeated in this battle by Genji. The family was destroyed by the death of emperor Antoku by drowning himself as an 8 years old child along with his grandmother Nii-no-ama. The buke society which will last until the Edo period was built by the Genji family after this battle.
The statue of Minamoto no Yoshitsune (Genji) and Taira no Tomomori(Heike) is standing with the handprints of famous actor Takizawa Hideaki and actress Nakagoshi Noriko who played in the drama about this battle of Gempei in Mimosusogawa park located in the front of the battlefield ruins.
12:10 PM: Akama Shrine Stay time about 15 minutes. A shrine to a boy emperor near the huge fish emporium, Karato Market. The most noticeable feature of Akama Jingu is the large white base that supports one of its many red roofs. This shrine was built to commemorate the spirit of the six-year-old Emperor Antoku, who died here during the decisive Battle of Dan-no-Ura between the Minamoto and Taira clans in 1185.
12:30 PM: Lunch at Karato Market Stay time about 45 minutes. A fish market that will engage all your senses. At this lively market in Yamaguchi, local fishermen sell their freshly caught fish at very reasonable prices. Karato Market began as a street market in 1909, and now its ships fish all over Japan. Although the focus of Karato is seafood, you can also buy other local seasonal ingredients since many farmers come from Yamaguchi and the surrounding area to set up shop.
14:10 PM: Fukutoku Inari Shrine (Uga, Toyoura-cho, Shimonoseki) Stay time about 15 minutes. Ever had places you weren’t intending to visit on your travels which end up more memorable than what you were headed to see? That was the case for us recently with Fukutoku Inari Shrine. We were driving up the coast of Yamaguchi from Shimonoseki to visit Tsunoshima Bridge and Motonosumi Inari Shrine but saw this gem sitting upon a clifftop. We made a detour so we could stop in, and we’re so glad that we did!
15:00 PM: Tsunoshima Observatory Stay time about 10 minutes. The 1,780-meter bridge is one of the longest toll-free bridges in Japan and is also well known as a location for TV commercials. Fabulous views can be enjoyed from the well-maintained observatories located on both sides of the bridge. It’s a perfect photo spot.
16:10 PM: Omi Island Maritime Alps (Nagato City Senzaki Ohibi) Stay time about 45 minutes. Caves and odd rock formations on a little island in the Sea of Japan. The rocks that jut from the sea here on Omi Island near Hagi are bizarrely shaped and eroded by the natural elements. Some of these dramatic rock formations are up to 40 meters in height. There are also caves that offer lots to see from the local sightseeing boat or the sightseeing path that overlooks the sea.
17:50 PM: Hotels you book in Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Your hotel arrangements and payments must be made by yourself. The next day we will leave at 9 am. The driver will pick you up at your hotel.
Day 2: Shoin Shrine – Rurikoji Temple – Kintaikyo Bridge
09:10 AM: Shoin Shrine Stay time about 30 minutes. The shrine where one of the main shapers of Meiji Japan is deified. Visit this beautiful shrine and learn about the history of the man deified here. Yoshida Shoin (1830–1859), a visionary samurai, taught at Shokasonjuku Academy located next to Shoin Shrine.
His curiosity about the world outside Japan influenced the course of Japanese history, and he taught many young samurai who would go on to shape Japan during the Meiji era (1868–1912).
09:50 AM: Free walk from Hagi Meirinkan 1.5 hours. Please come around the city of Hagi freely. There is also a “World Heritage Course” for walking. The bus is waiting in the parking lot.
12:00 PM: Akiyoshidai Karst Observatory Stay time about 10 minutes. A two-story round observation deck located near Akiyoshidai Bus Stop. Enjoy a 360-degree panorama view of the Karst Plateau from the second floor, and you can also enjoy a majestic view through the telescope (for a fee). It is connected to the Akiyoshido Cave elevator via a promenade, and the walk is only about five minutes long.
12:40 PM: Lunch at Yamaguchi city: Stay time about 45 minutes. Please reserve a restaurant that looks good in Yamaguchi City. The driver can also recommend a restaurant.
13:40 PM: Rurikoji Temple Stay time about 30 minutes. Rurikoji (瑠璃光寺, Rurikōji) is a Buddhist temple in Yamaguchi City, best known for its five-storied pagoda that is a national treasure. Built-in 1442, the pagoda is justifiably ranked among Japan’s three greatest, alongside those of Horyuji Temple near Nara and Daigoji Temple in Kyoto. Interestingly, the pagoda predates Rurikoji as an institution, which was established only in the late 1400s.
16:00 PM: Kintaikyo Bridge Stay time about 30 minutes. The Kintaikyo Bridge (錦帯橋, Kintaikyō) has been Iwakuni’s most distinguished landmark and a subject of admiration for hundreds of years. The elegant, wooden bridge makes five bold arches onto massive stone pillars as it crosses over the Nishiki River.
17:10 PM: Miyajimaguchi Station (Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture) dropoff. This plan will be disbanded at Miyajimaguchi Station, so please arrange your own accommodation after that.
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