Explore the Tranquillity and Peace of Hiroshima via SUP
- Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)
- Location: 広島市, 広島県
- Product code: EN-HSM-4023-40232
Enjoy exploring Hiroshima known as the water city on SUP. Travelling through rivers and imagine what the city has been through and think about the peace.
Experience the landscape with its remains of the city's prosperity as a water city, and the rebuilding of Hiroshima since the war from your own view while on board the SUP.
- This is a special experience that can only be had in the city of Hiroshima, where you can do more than just enjoy the scenery on a SUP.
- Hiroshima has the highest number of gangi (stairs to get down to the river) in Japan, making it the perfect environment for SUP.
- You can enjoy SUP with a full-fledged lecture by instructor Mr. Ryuji Nishikawa.
- The view of the A-bomb Dome from the river will make you feel even more committed to peace.
- Why don’t you have the SUP experience in Hiroshima as you don’t go outside the city for such an extraordinary experience?
Meet at the shop > SUP lessons by experienced users > Paddle stretching and other preparations > Start the experience > Finish the experience > Return to the shop > Finish the program
"Have you ever experienced SUP?
This SUP plan is different from just riding a SUP and enjoying the scenery - it is a special experience you can only have in Hiroshima.
So, after all preparations are done, it's off to the riverside!
A preparatory exercise using paddles will help you loosen up thoroughly before the start.
Instructor Mr. Ryuji Nishikawa will give you the most suitable preliminary lecture, so even beginners can feel at ease.
Once you complete the preparation exercises, descend the stairs leading down to the river with your SUP.
Hiroshima, where the experience takes place, is a water city with six rivers flowing through it. With one of the highest tidal ranges in the world, Hiroshima's rivers allow you to feel 'Setouchi' throughout the city. There are approximately 400 'gangi' (steps leading down to the river), which were once used as landing places for river traffic. Hiroshima is said to have the highest number of gangi in Japan and is actually the best place to enjoy SUP in the city.
Ride the wide, gentle river current as you paddle your SUP towards Peace Memorial Park.
Once you pass under the second bridge, the Atomic Bomb Dome, a World Heritage Site, appears before you.
Imagine the sight of the A-bomb Dome as you gaze silently from the river, an experience that you can only have by SUP.
Hiroshima, full of greenery and water, is a symbol of peace and sends many messages to the world.
Such is the city of Hiroshima, but it was said that there would be no grass or trees for 75 years after the war.
In the summer of 1945, when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima during World War II, those who suffered severe burns from the bomb jumped into the river one after another in search of water.
It is said that many of them died while gazing from the river at the collapsed brick Industrial Promotion Hall (today's Atomic Bomb Dome) and the burnt-out city.
The view of the A-bomb Dome from the river, which you will also see in this SUP experience, is the final sight of many of the victims of the atomic bomb. Doing SUP on the river in Hiroshima is a special experience that will make you feel the preciousness of the present peace.
Once ashore at Peace Park, you can visit the dignified trees along the river, the Peace Bell and the Cenotaph to further deepen your experience of peace. Also along the river, in the Central Park, a football stadium has been built, beautifully designed to blend in with nature, and its design has won one of the most prestigious civil engineering awards in Japan. The rebuilt city of Hiroshima is vibrant and you will feel a sense of hope.
A word from the organiser (Mr Ryuji Nishikawa)
'~3.11 (in 2011) FUKUSHIMA nuclear accident happened. Until then, Hiroshima had been the most tragic city in the world, but the accident has changed Hiroshima's position to one where it must give strength and courage to the people of Fukushima and the world that it has recovered so far and become a city where they can feel peace. I hope you can feel that through this SUP experience."
Participant's comment (Hiroshima resident, female in her 20s)
‘Doing SUP in the urban landscape is a very magical experience. The view of the peaceful city of Hiroshima from the river makes me wish for peace even more."
【THINGS TO NOTE】
- Time： 3 hours
- Meeting point： MAGIC ISLAND
1-15-4-101, Kusunokicho, Nishi-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken
Hiroshima station > train (5 minutes) > Yokogawa station > walk (10 minutes) > arrival at destination
Hiroshima Station: board Sanyo Main Line for Onoura > get off at Yokogawa station (2 stations): 5 minutes walking
Hiroshima Station: board Kabe Line for Aki Kameyama > get off at Yokogawa station (2 stations): 5 minutes walking
・The white building partly painted blue on the entrance floor (the first floor) is MAGIC ISLAND
- Language support：English, Japanese
- Included： Instruction, paddle board, wet suit, guiding fees for the touring
* Life jackets are required for children. We can also provide adult life jackets upon request.
- Participation requirements：
10 years old and over
The participant should be good in health and should not be under the influence of alcohol.
- Items to bring：Sandals, towels
- Other things to note :
You may fall off the paddle board and get wet. Wear clothes which you do not mind getting wet.
*Shower and changing room are available.
*In the event of poor weather conditions, this event may be cancelled. We will contact you by 16:00 the day before. In the case that it is cancelled due to weather, we will refund the full amount.
*Departure time can vary due to river tides. We will provide you with the schedule prior to your booking completion.
【HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES】
・Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
・Social distancing enforced throughout the experience
・Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
・Gear/equipment sanitized between uses
・Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
・Guides required to regularly wash hands
・Regular temperature checks for staff
・Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
・Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
7 to 4 days before the tour date 40% of the tour price
3 to 2 days before the tour date 60% of the tour price
The day before the tour date, on the day of the tour 100% of the tour price
※Right after the online settlement is made, a cancellation fee of 10% will be incurred in case of cancellation.
※The cancellation fee includes handling charges.