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If you want to experience historical culture in Hiroshima City, this is the place to go! 8 one-day experiences

If you want to experience historical culture in Hiroshima City, this is the place to go! 8 one-day experiences

2021-05-26 Management office

We have gathered together a full range of facilities where visitors can experience the historical and other aspects of Japanese culture in Hiroshima City.
There are also a few places in Japan where you can experience the spirit of Japanese culture, all of which are available for you to learn about. There are some that are easy to participate in and others that require a lot of energy, so be sure to give them a try!
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Volunteer guides on foot in Peace Park and other places

The tour guide will walk you through four historical sites: Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Castle, Shukkeien Garden, and the former Bank of Japan, Hiroshima Branch.
It is easier to understand and leave a lasting impression if you hear it by ear rather than reading it. There are also guides for foreigners, so please consult with them. Of course, they are volunteers, so they may not always be there.

Guided tour of the Shukkeien Garden with its extensive Japanese garden

The explanation is easy to understand even for those who say that Japanese gardens are quite deep and they do not know how to see them well.
Let's look at it from various angles to get a sense of the scenery that changes with the seasons.

"Facility Information "
Name: Hiroshima City Tourism Volunteer Guides
Address: Hiroshima City Youth Center, 5-61 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-0011
Phone number: 082-222-5577
Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed: Closed on days of Peace Memorial Ceremony, Obon, and New Year's Day.
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space & Facilities: Guided walking tour of Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Castle, Shukkeien Garden, and the former Bank of Japan, Hiroshima Branch. Each course has its own course, so ask for the place you want to know.

Peace Tour by Bicycle!

Bicycle tours with a guide are popular to visit the heritage sites of radiation exposure. The buildings that were exposed to the atomic bomb are scattered throughout the city, and it is difficult to visit them all on foot, but bicycles make it easy.
You can go to the site and learn about it while actually seeing and cycling around.

Children's bicycles and custom tours are also available.

Families can choose to tour around on a child-loaded bicycle or by selecting the places they would like to visit. Bicycle rental, guided tours, and bicycle insurance are all included in the price, making it possible to enjoy a full day of sightseeing at a reasonable price. Of course, you can also learn about the historical and cultural aspects of the area.
You can easily go to places that you would pass by by car or bus, so you can learn more about Hiroshima culture. It will also answer your desire to learn more about Hiroshima in a wide range of details.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Hiroshima cycling sokoiko!
Address: 1-1 Nakajimacho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima 7300811, Japan
Phone number: 082-576-7915 (mint)
Hours: 10:00 - 17:00 (negotiable depending on tour)
Regular day off: irregular
Budget: 5,000-7,000 yen
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and equipment: Starting from the Peace Memorial Park Rest House with electric bicycles, visitors will tour the heritage sites of radiation exposure and other sites with a guide.
URL: https://www.sokoiko-mint.com/jp/

  • PEACE TOUR by sokoiko!

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Kimono rental available! WAKARUKARU KNOW

Using mizuhiki, you can make your original room accessories and earrings. You can choose from many colors and create your own favorite shape.
After making accessories, you can choose a kimono of your choice, have it put on, and go for a walk in Hiroshima in it.
In addition to mizuhiki, visitors can also make red seal stamp books and experience tea ceremonies, making it a whole cultural experience.

After all, is the main attraction a kimono?

After the experience is over, you can choose from 200 different kimonos to dress yourself.
Afterwards, they will also lend you geta (Japanese clogs) to go out with. You can enjoy the whole day wearing a kimono and strolling around the castle town of Hiroshima.
Of course, at the end of the tour, they will help you take off your kimono, and then you can simply change into your own clothes and go home, which is also convenient and recommended.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Hiroshima Kimono Asobi Wakaru Know
Address: 2F Sakata Bldg., 6-11 Nobori-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima 730-0016, Japan
Phone number: 090-3373-9235
Business hours: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Closed: Wednesday
Budget: 8,500 yen
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: Kimono rental and dressing included, mizuhiki accessories and tea ceremony experience.
URL: http://www.kimonoasobi.info/

Enjoy authentic target practice! SHA-RAKU

This facility is unique in Japan in that it offers authentic target shooting and archery experiences.
In order to make it easier for people to enjoy the traditional Japanese martial art of Kyudo, the miniature archery range is shorter than the normal distance, making it easier to hit the target.
A longer distance inevitably requires more force, but a shorter distance makes it easier to hit that distance.

You get a sticker for the number of targets you hit.

At the end, you get as many stickers as you hit the target. They are written in Chinese characters, and all of them are very popular because they are very Japanese cultural.
It is a popular spot for both domestic and international tourists because of its easy access to Japanese cultural activities such as Kyudo (Japanese archery).
It is great to be able to put it anywhere: on your phone, on your suitcase, in your room.

"Facility Information "
Facility Name: Kyudo Experience Dojo SHA-RAKU
Address: 3F Nishimura Building, 1-5-12 Otemachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima 730-0051, Japan
Phone number: 080-6469-0220
Hours of operation: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed: Tuesday
Budget: 1,200 yen for 12 pieces
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: Visitors can easily experience authentic target shooting and Japanese archery, which is rare in Japan.
URL: https://peraichi.com/landing_pages/view/hiroshima-kyudo-sharaku

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Zen meditation and temple ascetic practices can be experienced! Taiko-ji Temple

You can experience the ascetic practices at Taikoji Temple in Nishi Ward, Hiroshima City.
There are courses for experiencing ascetic practices such as zazen, shoshoku, shakyo, shabutsu, and walking, and it is possible to experience only what you like. There is also a one-day course that allows visitors to experience half a day of training, which is highly satisfactory as a training experience.
Since they act in the same way as temple monks, they are able to have the same experience as temple monks.
It is a good opportunity to try a completely different lifestyle and to review one's own life, so it is an experience that I would like to actively participate in.

Can be trained in earnest.

You can adjust yourself, breathe, sit in zazen, and reexamine yourself.
Afterwards, you will have the same meal again, and you will stick to the Buddhist practice by sticking to the meal manners. This is a perfect way to experience the etiquette, as each one is thoroughly lectured.
The meal consists of rice porridge and pickles, but after the meal is over, there is tea and tea cakes, and you can listen to a talk that will give you a good opportunity to rethink your outlook on life.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Taikoji Temple
Address: 1-551-1 Tagata, Nishi-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, 733-0851
Phone number: 082-507-5040
Budget: 1,000 yen for 60 minutes of Zen meditation, 1,500 yen for 90 minutes of sutra and Buddha chanting
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space & Facilities: You can experience authentic ascetic practices at a Tendai sect temple. It is the best place to experience to know the heart of Buddha and Japanese culture.
URL: http://gyoja-taikouji.jp/

Hiroshima Butsudan gold leaf application experience! Kiyoshi Takayama, Buddhist Altar and Lacquer Ware

You can visit "Takayama Kiyoshi ", a Buddhist altar store that has been in business for over 100 years.
Visitors can experience the traditional craft of applying gold leaf used for Hiroshima butsudan (Buddhist altars) as making gold pencils.
It looks easy, but it is quite difficult to do well, but you can take home a pencil with gold leaf pasted on it yourself as a souvenir. You can also try your hand at making incense and scent bags, which are unique to Japan. Scent bags and incense used to be readily available, but nowadays they are hard to find.

Lacquer painting, another traditional craft, is also on display.

Since we also create lacquerware, a traditional Japanese craft, we have a number of lacquered vessels on display.
There are also many modern lacquerware pieces that defy the conventional wisdom of lacquering, and visitors can observe both butsudan (Buddhist altars) and lacquering. You can see both the finished products and the manufacturing process.
Lacquer classes are also offered, so those interested in lacquering should attend.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Kiyoshi Takayama, Butsudan (Buddhist altar) and lacquerware (Takayama Kiyoshi)
Address: 2-17 Horikawa-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, 730-0033
Phone number: 082-241-5058
Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sundays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Budget: 1,200 yen and up
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: Visitors can experience a workshop to experience traditional crafts at a long-established Buddhist altar shop that has been in business for over 100 years.
URL: https://www.takayamakiyoshi.com/

Experience Japanese bonsai culture! Bonsai Soko-en

Bonsai is a uniquely Japanese culture. At Soko-en, you can choose your favorite bonsai from a large selection of pine trees, five-leaf pine trees, black pine trees, and Japanese oak trees, and they will teach you how to care for it from scratch.
You can take home a bonsai that you have cared for, and you will be taught how to care for it in subsequent seasons. The key to a bonsai is whether it looks bigger when you are smaller and look up at it!
Each branch can change the look of the bonsai as if it were a different one. You will learn how to care for your bonsai in a much more to-the-point manner than if you proceed in a self-styled manner.

I recommend a tree that bears fruit.

A small bonsai tree that bears fruit is also a great way to have something to look forward to at home.
In spring and summer, it feels lush and green, the leaves turn red in autumn, and the leaves fall properly in winter.
Even though it is small, you can properly feel the season.
It is designed to be enjoyed indefinitely, both inside and outside the home, as long as it is cared for in the right way.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Bonsai Sokoen
Address: 213-2, Onshinamachi, Higashi-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, 732-0034, Japan
Phone number: 082-289-0102
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to dusk
Regular day off: irregular
Budget: Bonsai experience 5,000 yen
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: You can actually get a lecture on bonsai care at a bonsai shop. You can take the bonsai you have cared for home with you.
URL: http://www.just.st/?in=7100063&prev=on

You can participate in an aikido experience! Hiroshima Prefectural General Gymnasium Budojo

The program is designed to allow visitors to experience aikido, one of the Japanese martial arts.
While practicing at the General Gymnasium, you can participate in the main dojo of the main aikido school of Japan Aikido as a trial dojo. The experience is relatively easy as they teach mainly throwing and firming techniques.
Would you like to experience aikido, which is attracting attention around the world?

Experience the spiritual culture of Japan!

Aikido is not easily accepted for hands-on experience, but an English interpreter will be provided and they will give you a souvenir.
I recommend it because it gives you a glimpse into the essence of Aikido, which is difficult to understand just by looking at it.
We will learn about the meaning of dojis and aikido, do some exercises, then practice aikido, and finish with a commemorative photo. Isn't it quite a meaningful time?

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Hiroshima Prefectural Gymnasium Budojo (Hiroshima Prefectural Gymnasium Budojo)
Address: 6-77 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, 730-0011
Phone number: 082-228-1111
Experience days: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday
Budget: 6,200 yen and up
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: You can participate in Aikido versus Kendo in the General Gymnasium. You can learn the spirit and meaning of Aikido, as well as Aikido practice and techniques.


We have gathered a variety of one-hour and half-day courses that are perfect for learning about Japanese culture, which even Japanese people have never experienced before.
All are recommended for a look into the profound Japanese mind. Feel free to join us.

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