Paddle Park offers half day and full day guided tours as well as overnight trips which include sleeping on some of Miyajima’s beaches inaccessible other than by boat. During the summer, Paddle Park also offer shorter sessons for kids at the Tsutsumi-ga-ura Beach Park. As the weather turns milder at different times in the year, we highly recommend trying it out. Please note that if you have your heart set on paddling under the torii gate, it depends on the tides each season, so make sure you ask about the best time when you make your booking.
Kubota-san is a very friendly guy who is a great tour and paddling guide. Weekends and summer holidays are the busiest times of year, but he is open throughout the week if you want to book a tour or lesson without a long wait. Paddle Park has a good website and blog [ja] which also includes English pages with information about their half-day and full day tours. English page. Check out their Facebook page for lots of pics from their latest activities.
It was an amazing experience being out on the open water enjoying views of Miyajima island while getting some exercise and feeling meditative. It was wonderfully calming with the quiet sounds of waves lapping up on the boat and the paddle cutting through the water. We had chosen the half day tour and although the weather wasn’t great, we still had a great experience. As we arrived at low tide to the island of Miyajima, we couldn’t paddle under the torii gate, but instead landed on the beach surrounding it.
Flickr album here.
Hours: 11:00-20:00 Everyday
Address: 1-2-9 Monomi-Higashi, Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken
Tel & Fax: 0829-50-4340
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