8 days in Hiroshima & Yamaguchi Itinerary

8 days in Hiroshima & Yamaguchi Itinerary

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8 days in Hiroshima & Yamaguchi Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  18 h
1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Yamaguchi
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, make a trip to Okonomimura, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima road trip planning tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Hiroshima is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Hiroshima. In January, Hiroshima is cooler than Melbourne - with highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yamaguchi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Miyajima ©
Miyajima

3
nights
Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi ©
Located at the center of Yamaguchi Prefecture, the regional capital of Yamaguchi is renowned for its temples and shrines.
On the 31st (Fri), soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, admire the natural beauty at Jyoei Temple Sesshu Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rurikoji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church, and finally make a trip to Saikotei. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Birthplace of Shinsaku Takasugi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shoin Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Shoka Village School, then contemplate the long history of Hagi Castle Town, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Akiyoshidai Karst Observatory.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Yamaguchi online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Hiroshima to Yamaguchi takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Yamaguchi can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yamaguchi

Historic Sites Parks Baths

Side Trips

Hagi, Hofu tenman-gu, Akiyoshidai Karst Observatory
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Shoin Shrine ©
Shoin Shrine
Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda
Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda
Hagi Castle Town ©
Hagi Castle Town

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