Winter Course

Winter Course

Experience the winter of Hiroshima with five senses

Day 1

Departs from Hiroshima Station

JR/ Ferry

Visit "Itsukushima Shrine"

Miyajima Island has been worshipped since ancient times as "the island where God dwells". Being one of the three best views in Japan, "Aki no Miyajima" is widely known. Itsukushima Shrine, standing against beautiful green background of Miyajima, was designated as World Heritage site in 1996. Floating shrine buildings and vermillion colored torii gate are bold and exquisite, worthy of its position as one of the best shrines in Japan. Itsukushima Shrine was built as it looks today in 12th century by Taira no Kiyomori. 16-meter-high vermillion lacquered torii gate (Important Cultural Property) is one of three major toriis in Japan. Click to see the detail.

  • Itsukushima Shrine
(Taste of winter) "Oyster cuisine"

Oyster farming in Hiroshima has 450 years of history and today Hiroshima boasts top oyster catches nationwide. Cultivated with mild climate and calm Seto Inland Sea, Hiroshima oysters are fat and have thick taste. They are cultivated at coastal area and islands of the whole Hiroshima Bay, including, as you can imagine, at Miyajima. Oysters come into season from November to March. In February Miyajima Oyster Festival is held every year. Near Itsukushima Shrine there are a lot of restaurants which serve various oyster dishes such as oyster hot pot, vinegared fresh oysters, grilled oysters with a shell, and deep fried oysters. Please enjoy this season specialty of Hiroshima at Miyajima which is known for delicious oysters. Click to see the detail.

  • Oyster dish
"World Heritage Sea Route" (total 45 min.)

This course connects two World Heritage sites of Hiroshima "Peace Memorial Park" and "Miyajima". This Hiroshima-unique ship allows passengers to view the townscape of Hiroshima from the sea as they enjoy a comfortable voyage between two World Heritage sites. Crossing the river and sea, the ship passes Atomic Bomb Dome on its way from Peace Memorial Park to Miyajima. Passengers can visit "Itsukushima Shrine" and "Atomic Bomb Dome", both World Heritage sites. "World Heritage Sea Route" website (English).

  • World Heritage course
Hiroshima Dreamination (Peace Boulevard)

Hiroshima Dreamination started in 2002 with an aim to produce fascinating winter night attraction. Sponsored by several corporations and groups, every year from middle of November to New Year the central area of Hiroshima including Peace Boulevard, shopping streets, and shopping centers are lit up from evening to night with "fairyland" as its theme. Large objects and trees are decorated with colorful illuminations and create fairly-tale-like world. Hiroshima Dreamination Official Site (Japanese only).

  • Hiroshima Dremination

Day 2

"Snow Liner" Departs from Shinkansen Exit of JR Hiroshima Station. (Japanese Only)

*Operates from late December to early March.

Highway Bus "Snow Liner" (90 minutes)

Megahira Highlands "Megahira Ski Resort"

About an hour drive from Hiroshima city, this ski resort is situated on the north side of Mt. Megahira of Chugoku Mountains. The resort offers different levels of courses including the downhill trail from the top to foot with the length of 2,300 meters for intermediate to advanced, a forest course, and the ski slope for families so that all levels of skiers can enjoy with their families or friends. Artificial snow helps keep slopes in good condition all the time. Also the resort is equipped with an information center, locker rooms, lounges, and accommodation facilities with natural hot spring. As night skiing (nighter) is open every day during ski season, this place is popular as a winter resort.

  • Megahira Ski Resort
Megahira Onsen(Hot Spring)

There is a hot spring facility around the ski resort.
Click to see the detail.

  • Megahira Onsen(Hot Spring)
"Snow Liner" arrives at Shinkansen Exit of JR Hiroshima Station. (90 min.)

*There are other ski resorts in Hiroshima prefecture.

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