Spots in Hiroshima Area

  • Senkoji Temple
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    4.0
    678 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Higashitsuchidouchou 15-1
    This is a temple located in Senkoji Park in Onomichi City. According to temple legend it was established in 806, by Kobo Daishi. The red painted main hall is an unusual structure called a stage building, and the building, together with the bell tower, symbolizes Onomichi. It is believed that once a jewel of shining light was placed on the big rock beside the main hall called “Tama no Iwa” and this illuminated the sea. From inside the precincts you can enjoy a magnificent view overlooking the city of Onomichi and the Seto Inland Sea.

    Loved the vibe of the place. There was also a small cafeteria within the temple complex which is a good place to unwind.

  • JMSDF Kure Museum (Tetsunokujira—The Iron Whale)
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    4.5
    560 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Takaramachi 5-32
    It is a public relations facility of the Maritime Self-Defense Force in Kure City. It has been opened free of charge to the public since 2007. An authentic large submarine is displayed onshore and is a valuable spot where you can actually board the vessel and see and experience the life and environment inside a submarine. In addition, there are exhibits introducing the history of the Maritime Self-Defense Force and its relationship with Kure, and introduces the threat of mines and the activities of mine-sweeping vessels. There is also a shop where you can purchase Self- Defense Force goods and souvenirs of Kure.

    Just finished with the museum tour. Like all things Japanese an absolute pleasure. The weather was perfect with temperature of 21 deg C, bright and sunny afternoon. It is approx 32 mins by JR rail...

  • Itsukushima Shrine (Miyajima)
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hatsukaichishi Miyajimachou 1-1
    A Shinto shrine located on the island of Itsukushima (Miyajima) in Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture famed as one of the three most scenic locations in Japan. The shrine is also registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This grand and majestic shrine is built along the sea shore where the tide ebbs and flows, and the shrine’s giant torii gate standing out in the sea is particularly famous. The shrine is said to have been built in 593, and the current seaside shrine building is said to have been constructed with the aid of Taira no Kiyomori in 1168. 17 of the shrine’s large and small structures are designated Important Cultural Properties or National Treasures, and the shrine’s Hirabutai stage, used for ceremonial dances and other performances, is considered one of the three most beautiful stages in the country. The shrine’s collection of treasures also includes numerous crafts and works of art designated Important Cultural Properties and National Treasures.
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinakaku Nakajimachou 1 Otemachi 1-10
    The park in Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture was established to mourn those who lost their lives due to the dropping of the atomic bomb and to pray for eternal peace in the world. The park was completed in 1954 after maintenance of the hypocenter of the atomic bomb, dropped by the US Army on August 6, 1945. In the park, there is the A-Bomb Dome, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, cenotaph for atomic bomb victims, and numerous monuments wishing for peace. Entry is free.
  • Kousanji Museum (Kousanji Temple)
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    4.0
    155 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Setodachousetoda 553-2
    The temple of Jodo Shinshu in Setoda Town, Onomichi City. It was established in 1936 by Kouzo Kousanji, an industrialist, to ensure his mother’s bodai or enlightment. The temple itself is the museum and inside the exhibition hall there are displays of cultural properties such as artifacts of Buddhism, tea ceremony and drawings. Many temples were built mimicking Japanese architecture and 15 buildings, including the main hall, are registered as Tangible Cultural Properties of the country. It is also called “the Sunlight in the West”.

    I had the Kosanji Temple marked on my maps as a must when I rode my bike on the Shimanami Kaido. I was really looking forward to visiting the temple but the entrance price really threw me off...

  • A-Bomb Dome
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinakaku Otemachi 1-10
    An atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Just about 160 meters northwest of the bomb’s hypocenter was the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, which was built in 1915. The building was destroyed by the explosion’s blast and heat rays, and while the ceiling was burned, miraculously the center portion of the main building escaped destruction, and the round steel frame of the dome on the top that remained came to be called the “A-Bomb Dome.” It is a building to tell future generations about the tragedy of war and destruction, and is registered as a world heritage site as a symbol to appeal to the world for the abolition of nuclear weapons and the importance of enduring peace.
  • Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art
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    4.5
    132 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Setodachousawa 200-2
    The museum is located in the town of Setoda in Onomichi City. The Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art opened in 1997. The museum has a permanent exhibition of works by the Japanese painter Ikuo Hirayama, who is from Setoda Town. Through his childhood sketches and adolescent work it introduces the characteristics of Ikuo Hirayama. At the tea lounge original juices made with Setouchi citrus can be enjoyed.

    I usually whine when I have to go to art museums. However, this art museum was so well done, that I wished we could have spent more time. Some of the art was combined with the garden outside in a...

  • Hiroshima Castle
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinakaku Motomachi 21-1
    Hiroshima Castle, which was built by Mori Terumoto, one member of Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s Council of Five Elders, is also known by another name, Carp Castle, and is counted as one of Japan’s three greatest flatland castles. The main keep which was constructed in 1598 was designated a National Treasure in 1931, but was destroyed by the atomic bombing. The exterior was restored in 1958 with a ferro-concrete structure. In 1989, as the castle welcomed 400 years of history, the ni-no-maru was restored, the moat was cleaned, and the interior was remodeled, and now it is used as a history museum with the theme of samurai culture.
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinakaku Nakajimachou 1-2
    This museum is located in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, in Naka District, of Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture. It was founded with the objective of imparting the reality of the harm from the atomic bomb dropped on August 6, 1945, and the abolition of nuclear weapons, and the attainment of world peace. The museum is divided between the main building and the east building. Along with items that reveal the horrible spectacle and mementos of the bomb victims, the conditions of pre and post-bomb Hiroshima and an introduction to the nuclear era are introduced. The museum is remembered also by the 2016 visit of President Barak Obama, the first ever incumbent head of state of a nuclear power to visit the museum.
  • Bihoku Hillside Park
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    4.0
    58 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hiroshima Pref. Shoubarashi Mikkaichichou 4-10
    A nationally-run park located in Mikkaichi Town, Shobara City, Hiroshima Prefecture which encompasses Kunikane Pond, the largest pond in the prefecture, and which is surrounded by Japanese red pine forest. The park has a playground area filled with huge play structures, as well as a gorgeous natural grass lawn, and it is a popular destination for families with children. Flowers such as tulips, hydrangeas, and cosmos bloom in the park year round, especially in the flower garden area, and it’s a great place to enjoy a quick picnic or go bird watching. Some of the park’s many other facilities include a camp ground, hotel, and full ground golf course. In winter, visitors can enjoy festive decorative lighting.

    If youve been to many of these flower or theme parks, you know it may require a lot of walking to navigate around. Well what is unique about this park is its so big, there are separate parking lots...

  • Okunoshima Island
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    Hiroshima Pref. Takeharashi Tadanoumichou
    A small island four kilometers in circumference located within the boundaries of Setonaikai National Park. Known as Rabbit Island due to the 1,000 wild rabbits which inhabit it, Okunoshima is visited by large numbers of domestic and international tourists seeking to be soothed by the sight of these cute bunnies. There are also many rabbit-themed statues on the island which make for popular photo spots. At the same time, the island was the location of a poison gas plant operated by the former Imperial Japanese Army during World War II, and today many remnants of the army's facilities still stand. The Okunoshima Poison Gas Museum presents materials from that time period in an effort to convey to current generations the terror of war and the importance of peace.
  • Roadside Station Takehara
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    3.5
    74 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Takeharashi Honmachi 1-1-1
    This roadside station in Takehara City, Hiroshima Prefecture is characterized by its abundant selection of local Takehara specialties including bamboo work masterpieces and sake. The attached restaurant features authentic French food made with local ingredients personally selected by the head chef.

    This is one of the between Michi-no-Eki we have stayed at The toilets are spotless, and there is a disabled with warm water, so a proper body and hair wash is possible It is in town but right next to...

  • Tenneiji Temple
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    4.0
    113 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Higashitsuchidouchou 17-29
    Tenneiji Temple, a temple of the Soto school of Zen Buddhism, located about 15 minutes’ walk from Onomichi Station, is said to have been founded by Fumyo Kokushi through donations by Yoshiakira Ashikaga in 1367. Yoshiakira built the temple as a five-story pagoda but it was later changed to a three-story pagoda known as Kaiunto, now designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. The view from the tower overlooking the city and the sea is one of the highlights of Onomichi. The 526 statues of Buddhist saints in the Rakando Hall is a must-see. A so called Sasuri Hotoke-san statue (literally, “rubbing Buddhist statue”) stands to the left in the temple’s main hall, and legend has it that your illness will get cured when you rub the same part of the statue’s body to where you feel sick. From April through to May, the cherry blossom and peonies show their full splendor in the temple grounds.

    Love the architecture of the temple. While its not a must see, if youre in town, its worth adding to your itinerary.

  • Innoshima Suigun Castle
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    3.5
    77 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Innoshimanakanoshouchou 3228-2
    This is a museum modelled as a castle and exhibits materials related to Murakami, Innoshima. The castle was built in 1983 under the supervision of the historian, Tatsuya Naramoto. From the period of the Northern and Southern Courts to the Sengoku period, the Murakami Navy controlled the sea routes around this whole area, and they prospered as a “Suigun” (naval forces) kingdom. The main citadel is a naval archives, the outer citadel is an exhibition room and the corner tower is an observation platform.

    瀬戸内海にいくつかある村上水軍の城跡の1つ。昔は海が見渡せる場所にあったのでしょうが、今は埋め立てられていて城跡から海は見えません。 愛媛や岡山にも点在するするので、城跡を巡ってみるのがおもしろいかも。 One of the castle ruins of the Murakami Navy in the Seto Inland Sea. It used to be a place...

  • Yamato Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Takaramachi 5-20
    A museum which presents the history of the city of Kure, which prospered as a shipbuilding town and which was the location where the battleship Yamato was built as well as numerous large tankers which served after the Second World War. A one tenth scale Yamato battleship model stands in the Yamato Hiroba in the museum and is the centerpiece of the museum’s exhibits. The first floor exhibition room presents historical materials relating to Kure from the end of the shogunate government up through Japan’s postwar period as well as a real Zero Fighter Type 62 and a Kaiten Human Torpedo Type 10. On the third floor, visitors can learn scientific and technological principles with a focus on ships via interactive exhibits such as a ship piloting simulator. The “Kaigun-san no Curry,” traditional Japanese naval-style curry sold in the museum shop, makes a popular souvenir.
  • Roadside Station Takano
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
    Transportation
    Hiroshima Pref. Shoubarashi Takanochoushimonde 49
    A roadside station in Shobara City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Along with receiving tourist information, enjoy shopping at the Wai Kogen Ichiba (Excited Highland Market), where you can buy fresh local produce and processed foods including apples and daikon radishes. Or enjoy a meal in this highland location at the attached cafe restaurant, whose lunch menu includes dishes made from local land-based foodstuffs.

    広島庄原の道の駅たかのを利用しました。 広島から島根へ向かう途中に利用しました。 休憩にちょうど良い山の雰囲気でした。

  • Roadside Station Mihara Shinmei no sato
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Miharashi Itosaki 4-21-1
    This roadside station is in Mihara City, Hiroshima Prefecture. At the local goods shop you’ll find fresh seafood caught from the Seto Inland Sea as well as fruit and vegetables from local farmers. In the restaurant and fast food corner, they create and serve dishes using local seasonal ingredients, and their octopus dishes, such as the octopus tempura rice bowl or their octopus tempura curry, are very popular.

    今回はタコ飯が買えませんでしたが、タコのてんぷらとたこ焼きは買いました。この時期は柑橘類が多く、試食が半端なく出来ました。

  • Onomichi Fureainosato Onsen
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hiroshima Onomichi-shi Mitsugicho Takao 1369
    Known as the retreat of Onomichi, this natural hot spring hotel, laying a ways away from the city center, has 13 different varieties of baths for visitors to enjoy. The facility's simple, mildly radioactive cold mineral spring is said to treat a wide array of ailments, including gout, hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, chronic inflammation of the gallbladder, gallstones, chronic dermatitis, and chronic women's diseases. Situated between the Sanin and Shikoku regions, the facility is both a perfect mid-trip rest point and destination in and of itself. The bathhouse is open to non-guests and the hotel offers day-trip spa plans which include a meal as well. The hotel's cuisine, made with an abundance of fish from the Seto Inland Sea; Onomichi vegetables; and other fresh, local ingredients; is quite popular.

    [English follows]宿泊は4月2日。ミドリが多い、温泉ホテルまでのドライブが楽しい、温泉が広くて綺麗で、食事が美味しいなどまた行きたいと思う。 残念ですが、禁煙部屋が本当にタバコ臭いから我慢ができなくて寝る間部屋の窓をずっと開けっ放しにしまいました。 The grounds of the hotel are spacious and nestled prettily among...

  • Saikokuji Temple
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    4.5
    63 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Nishikubochou 29-27
    This is the head temple of the Daigo branch of Shingon Buddhism. It is said to have been founded during the Tenpyo period (729 to 749) by the priest Gyoki. Two-meter straw sandals are presented at the Niomon Gate. Passing through the gate and climbing the 108 stone steps, visitors find a main hall which has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. There are also a three-tier pagoda, a founder’s hall, and a Fudo hall. The temple is famous as a cherry blossom spot, and in season the blossoms are lit-up in the evening so visitors can enjoy the fantastic scene.

    Only a few other people were visiting this temple the day we went, presumably because its some distance from Onomichi Eki. But either walk or grab a bus down to Saikokuji bus stop and climb the...

  • Taketsuru Sake Brewery
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    3.5
    50 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Takeharashi Honmachi 3-10-29
    A long-standing sake brewery in Takehara City, Hiroshima Prefecture. It is famous as the birthplace of Taketsuru Masataka, the father of Japanese whisky. Available for purchase here are special sakes that can’t be bought anywhere else. This location has drawn lots of fans and tourists after being used as the model location for an NHK drama.

    名前が同じ、「ウイスキー竹鶴ピュアモルト」が二人とも大好きな友人と期待してここを目指しました。中に入れていただ陳列のお酒。酒好きな二人は店の方にお酒をバックに二人の写真も撮っていただき、お薦めの吟醸酒と500円で記念に竹鶴と刻まれたおちょこを買いました。店の雰囲気もよく期待どおりでした。神戸に帰り、友人から電話。「飲んだ?」二人の味見は、灘の酒以外にも贔屓にしている市島町の2つの酒造会社や、東北...

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There is more than meets the eye awaiting any Hiroshima-bound traveler. Kicking off in Hiroshima city, the Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Castle, and Shukkeien Garden offer a couple of days of exploring; however, the real beauty lies along the southern coast of the prefecture. There, a series of islands spreads across the Seto Inland Sea: from the mysterious sea-submerged Great Torii Gate at Miyajima Island to the first half of the islands that connect Honshu to Shikoku via six spectacular suspension bridges.

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