INORMS 2020 provides three different optional tours in Hiroshima planned to be held in the afternoon (after all sessions end) on May 28th, 2020. Also, one tour is planned to be held in the evening on May 26th, 2020.
The Application for the optional tours will be available in January 2020 in the registration system. More details of each tour including the price will be released at that time.
Tour 1 : Miyajima (13:30-18:30 May 28th, 2020)
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 (13:30-17:30 May 28th, 2020)
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 (13:30-20:40 May 28th, 2020)
Saijo Sakagura-dori Street (Kamotsuru Shuzo Brewery)
Hiroshima's representative sake brewery is famous nationwide. They've taken first place at many national sake competitions. Their sake is of the highest quality and brewed with a traditional taste.
The area around JR Saijo Station is lined with many old and well-established breweries.
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 (19:00-20:30 May 26th, 2020)
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.