【Teaser trip】Hiroshima / okunoshima & scenic setouchi with rabbits and war legacy
What we'll do
This is a highlight of Okunoshima island lying in the Seto Inland Sea. About 150 selected pictures are shared during the 30-minute-long zoom meeting, which gives you a round-the-island tour. The tour aims to be interactive with your feedback and questions at the end of the tour.
The area along the Seto Inland Sea is called Setouchi. The Setouchi area, so scenic and enchanting with lots of islands and islets, was top on the 2019 Cool List of National Geographic Traveler. But Okunoshima had already been known among overseas tourists because of a YouTube movie posted by a Hong-Kong traveler; and the movie should be called the "rabbit stampede." Yes, wild rabbits live on the island. Hundreds of them. In addition to those rabbits in the beautiful Setouchi settings, the island has remains of the former army's installations from Japan's early modern time. The island became a resort in 1963 and bunnies were released by a local elementary school. And they just thrived with no natural enemies except crows. See the rabbits and fantastic Setouchi and above all let us learn the history of war.
- Price per person (tax included)
- 1,100 JPY - / person
- Max participants
- Up to 10 people
- Hosted in English
- Communication tools
- Please download Zoom in advance.
- Best for learning Japan
- Things you need to know before the tour
-The teaser trips will be held using Zoom meetings.
-Personal computers and smartphones can be used to participate, but when using a smartphone, please be sure to download the Zoom application in advance. Also please update your Zoom application of either your smartphone or PC before participating.
-Please join the meeting with the name you registered when you applied for this meeting.
-The URL for the teaser trip will be sent to the email address you used to register no later than one hour before the start time.
-The meeting room will open to participants five minutes before the start of the teaser trip.
-Participants may join the teaser trip even if the start time has passed. However, please note that we will not be able to receive or respond to messages after the trip begins.
-Please make sure that your microphone is off and your camera is on during the teaser trip.
-Depending on the internet connection on the day of the teaser trip, there may be issues with the sound or video. We ask for your patience and understanding.
-Any internet or data fees incurred by participation in the teaser trips are the sole responsibility of the participant.
-Please refrain from recording or photographing the session in any form.
-In order to avoid any mishaps or trouble, the teaser trips may be recorded by the guide.
-The company and the WOW U-mediators (guides) will not be responsible for any malfunctions of participants’ computers, smartphones, or tablets that may occur during the teaser trips. -Reservations cannot be canceled after payments have been made. Please double check your reservation before finalizing your purchase.
Some Setouchi pictures are shown to you to give you a typical image of the area.
2Landing on the island
The start of the tour to the island is a boat ride for 12 minutes from Tadanoumi Port to Okunoshima Pier No. 2. Rabbits are already there and you cannot help having a happy smile. But a few-minute walk takes you to the ruins of the power station for the former army's poison gas factory. There, too, rabbits are running.
3Walking around the island
The island is good for leisurely walking. The peripheral road is about three kilometers long and the hill is just 100 meters high. In this trip, we will take a counter-clockwise walk around the island. Along the way come rabbits, ruins of the army installations, and occasionally the Seto Inland Sea scenery before coming back to the pier.
Jasmin was a superb guide, friendly and knowledgeable. She told lots of interesting stories about a beautiful, historical island, Okunoshima, in the Seto Inland sea. Although I once visited there when I was young, my memory was so vague that I was happy to learn a lot about the island. Thank you so much, Jasmin.
Informative and enjoyable. Thank you so much!
Traveled all across Japan
Hi, I'm jasmine. This is my artistic name and for your reference my real name is Yasuko Nakai. But I've been jasmine for quite a while. I'm originally from Wakayama Prefecture near Kyoto, Nara and Osaka and the place is now known for the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, one of the two world heritage pilgrimage paths along with Santiago de Compostela. Remote mystic places like them fascinate me. And often that's what I would like to share with you. But I've been away from Wakayama for a long time. I live in Hiroshima now though my family and I were in and out of Hiroshima a few times. But for my two daughters, Hiroshima is home. They were born here and now live far away. Besides in Wakayama and Hiroshima, I lived in Kyoto, Tokyo, and Oregon. I've been a professional tour guide based in Hiroshima for over 20 years and guided many other places on top of Hiroshima. My particular fields of interests are exploring architecture, art installations, traditional gardens, and local culture. And as a new interest, I learned how to be connected with people via zoom in 2020 and that's why I'm here !!