Journey through Hiroshima, Miyajima, and Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Site

Day 1

Miyajima and Itsukushima Shrine

Walking on the path to Itsukushima Shrine

Itsukushima Shrine, the beautiful complex building floating on the sea, has been designated as a world heritage site. It’s about 10 minutes by ferry from the mainland to the Miyajima Island. Departing from the Miyajima pier, toward Itsukushima Shrine, there are various souvenir shops, coffee shops, and restaurants along the street. By eating food like momiji manjū cake and the famous grilled oyster on your walk, the good feeling of the visit even raises.

There’s a ramp at the entrance to Itsukushima Shrine and is easy to move in a wheelchair in the vivid vermilion corridor on the sea. However, there are gaps between the boards of the corridor. Therefore be careful not to drop things in the gaps. Inside the facility, accessible bathrooms are installed.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Receiving guidance at the Atomic Bomb Dome

The Atomic Bomb Dome, which conveys the misery of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, has been designated as a world heritage site. The place is famous for the memorial ceremony and prayers for peace conducted by many people each year on August 6.
In the peace memorial park, which contains the Atomic Bomb Dome, public bathrooms and accessible bathrooms are installed at several places. There are some bumps but it’s easy to move even in a wheelchair.

In the Peace Memorial Museum within the park, items like victims’ belongings, photographs and other materials show how terrible the radiation effects are. Also on display is an introduction to Hiroshima’s history before and after the bombing. On some days, sign language volunteers are available. Prior contact about the schedule is necessary.


Day 1
JR Hiroshima Station
Departure from Hiroshima Station (JR Sanyō Main Line to Iwakuni)
Arrival at Miyajima Guchi Station
Miyajima Ferry Miyajima Guchi → Miyajima pier
Strolling at Miyajima
World Heritage Sea Line: Departure from Suisui Miyajima
World Heritage Sea Line: Arrival at Suisui Heiwa Kōen
Strolling at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park (A-Bomb Dome, Peace Memorial Museum, etc.)
Moving on foot
Okonomiyaki dish
Moving on foot
Stay at Mistui Garden Hotel, Mielparque Hiroshima

Day 2

Iwami Ginzan’s Ōmori Area

 Ōmori area’s old town

The world heritage site Iwami Ginzan was Japan’s largest silver mine in the years 1500-1700. At its peak, it produced one-third of the amount of silver in the world. The Iwami Ginzan ruins is scattered in several points. The Ōmori area and the Ginzan area are the center of the site. In the Ōmori area, there are many old houses lined along the street, raising some kind of nostalgic feelings.

The place is slightly hilly, and some parts are steep. Accessible bathrooms are available at several places in the area, including Ginzan Park.

Iwami Ginzan’s Ginzan Area

Ryūgenji Mabu in the Ginzan Area

After passing through the Machinami Area, there are Ginza Park, the Tourism Information Center, and the base of Iwami Ginzan sightseeing guides. To go to the shafts from where the silver was extracted, there are long hills to go up. In the Ginzan area, ordinary vehicles cannot enter, but it’s possible with prior permission.

Ryūgenji Mabu is the only shaft open to the public. The surface is flat and of easy access for wheelchairs.


Day 2
Moving on foot
Bus stop: Departure from Hiroshima Bus Center (Iwami Kōtsū, Iwami Ginzan Bus)
Bus stop: Arrival at Ōmori Daikansho Ato
Iwami Ginzan’s Ōmori Area (strolling the town, observing the 500 Rakan statues)
Iwami Ginzan’s Ginzan Area (strolling at Ryūgenji Mabu)
Bus stop: Departure from Ōmori (Iwami Kōtsū, to Ōda-shi Eki)
Bus stop: Arrival at Ōda-shi Eki
Okonomiyaki dish
JR Ōda-shi Station