Recommended Tour "9"
Traditional Hiroshima Kagura
Akitakata Town | Hiroshima City
Experience the mesmerizing performances of the Kagura - one of Japan's most celebrated traditional dances.
Closely linked to Shintoism and predating Noh theater, the town of Akitakata in the mountains north of Hiroshima City
is the place to go if you want to immerse yourself in the culture of Japanese Kagura.
From Hiroshima Bus Center to Kaguramonzen Spa Village
By Bus : Ride a Bihoku Highway Bus and get off at the Midori Highway Bus Stop (70 mins)
By Free Bus Service : From Midori Highway Bus Stop to Kaguramonzen Spa Village
Specially built for Kagura performances, the Kagura Monzen Toji Village in Akitakata Town promises an unforgettable experience. The village itself was created in the architectural style of the 1900s and boasts many shops and restaurants, a 2,000-seater dome arena, ryokan hotels and a hot spring onsen. The Kagura performances are based on folkloric tales and Japanese creation myths - all performed by a collection of highly-trained local Kagura groups. Performances are scheduled three times a week throughout the year. You will be amazed by the carefully-choreographed movements and the ornate costumes and masks.
From Kaguramonzen Spa Village to Hiroshima Castle
By Free Bus Service : From Kaguramonzen Spa Village to Midori Highway Bus
By Bus : From Midori Highway Bus stop to Hiroshima Bus Center (70 mins)
Built in 1589 by Mori Terumoto, Hiroshima Castle stood the test of time until it was destroyed by the force of the atomic bomb in 1945. The present-day castle was carefully reconstructed in 1958. Visitors can enter the castle and climb the turret to enjoy the view of the city. There are also exhibits on each floor of the castle, detailing its history as well as samurai life in Edo Japan. You can even try on samurai armor and pose for photos.
From Hiroshima Castle to Shukkeien Garden
This beautifully crafted garden was built in 1620 under the guidance of the famous tea ceremony master Ueda Soko. Although it suffered from the atomic bomb blast, it was carefully restored and reopened in 1951. A short distance from Hiroshima Castle and the Peace Memorial Park, this traditional Japanese garden is a small preserve of tranquility inside the modern hustle and bustle of the city. Scenes found in nature are carefully recreated in miniature and the plum and cherry blossoms and the autumn foliage draw visitors throughout the year.