Following the postponement of the INORMS congress, the contents of the optional tours may be subject to change.
INORMS 2021 provides three different optional tours in Hiroshima planned to be held in the afternoon (after all sessions end) on May 27th, 2021. Also, one tour is planned to be held in the evening on May 25th, 2021.
The Application for the optional tours will be available in the registration system. More details of each tour will be released at that time.
Tour 1 : Miyajima (May 27th, 2021)
It is said that Itsukushima Shrine, one of the Three Scenic Views of Japan, was established by Saeki-no-Kuramoto.
In the late Heian Period, the current shrine was constructed in its present form, as a shrine on the sea, with the assistance of Taira-no-Kiyomori.
The conception of a shrine whose grounds include the sea, with its form ever changing with the ebb and flow of the tides, is like nothing else in the world. In December of the year Heisei 8 (1996), Itsukushima Shrine was registered as a World Heritage Site.
Omotesando shopping street is the busiest place in Miyajima for souvenir shops and restaurants. This area was formed from land reclaimed at the end of the Edo period.
This area became the main street during the Showa period, as the area developed economically. Both sides of the street are packed with souvenir shops and restaurants.
Toyokuni Shrine (Senjokaku) / Goju-no-to
The Hall of One Thousand Tatami Mats and the Five-storied Pagoda. Both are located in front of the entrance to Itsukushima Shrine. They were built 500 years ago.
Tour 2 : Mazda Museum (May 27th, 2021)
Mazda is an automobile manufacturer based in Hiroshima. The Mazda Museum is a museum where you can view the past, present and future of Mazda's cars and car making.
Hanbe is a Japanese cuisine restaurant with a beautiful Japanese garden. Please enjoy the various dishes created with a focus on seasonal ingredients from Setouchi.
The garden in the photo can be seen from the dining venue. Also, it is possible to walk freely there.
Tour 3 : Higashi-Hiroshima (May 27th, 2021)
Saijo Sakagura-dori Street (Kamotsuru Shuzo Brewery and others / sake tasting available)
Kamotsuru Sake Brewing is located in the center of Hiroshima Prefecture in Saijo, Higashi-Hiroshima City. The area is the perfect setting to brew good sake: clean and pure air, rich subsoil water, and a surrounding area of rice production. Today, there are seven sake breweries in a small area of Saijo. At the Kamotsuru visitor center, you can enjoy tasting and shopping after learning all about sake through some exhibits and panels.
The Saijo Brewery Association was built here in 1911 after receiving a spirit from Matsunoo Taisha shrine in Arashiyama, Kyoto, which enshrines Oo-yamagui-no-kami, one of Japan's three major sake gods. Sake barrels of each brewery are lined up in the precint shrine hall.
FRANCE-YA is a Japanese cuisine restaurant. Please enjoy the various dishes created with sake.
Tour 4 : OKONOMIYAKI Experience (May 25th, 2021)
Okonomiyaki is the most famous soul food in Hiroshima.
OKOSTA, an Okonomiyaki Cooking Studio, is only a short two-minute walk from Hiroshima Station.
Highly-trained okonomiyaki instructors will teach you how to make savory Japanese pancakes.
OKOSTA is a must-see for anyone looking to enjoy the okonomiyaki experience.