Leisure / Outdoors Spots in Hiroshima Area

  • JMSDF Kure Museum (Tetsunokujira—The Iron Whale)
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    4.5
    560 Reviews
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    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...

  • 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.
  • 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 Peace Memorial Museum
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    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
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    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...

  • Yamato Museum
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    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.
  • Hiroshima Prefectural Beach
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    4.5
    28 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Kamagarichououra Maeokiura 7605
    A beach located in Kamagari-cho, Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture. The 400 meter long beach has been selected for inclusion in the Japan's 100 Best Beaches list, a list of Japan's 55 best beaches, and a list of the 100 most comfortable beaches in Japan. Visitors can rent stand seats, tent seats, and parasols; the beach is also replete with warm water showers, changing rooms, and toilets. Beachside clubhouses sell shaved ice and light meals, and everyone, from groups of friends to families with children, can have summertime fun here.

    I just cant imagine how this beach can be so well-designed. We went there in winter with no water sports but it was still excellent. We played badminton in the B&G sports centre for 600 yen for an...

  • Setoda Sunset Beach
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Setodachoutarumi
    This beach is located in the Seaside Sport Park in Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, and has almost 800 meters of white sand beach along with crystal clear waters, leading it to be chosen as one of Japan’s top 88 beaches. There are shower facilities, locker rooms and restaurants on site. The beach is a famous location to watch the sunset and draws large crowds. It is open from July to August every year.

    昨年5月サイクリングに行く前にここの名物パスタを食べました。食事後自転車を借りてしまなみ海道を今治に向けて出発しました。

  • Shukkeien Garden
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinakaku Kaminoborichou 2-11
    A garden located in Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture that was chosen as one of the top 100 of Japan’s historic parks and designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty. Shukkeien was created in 1620 by Ueda Shigeyasu, a high-ranking retainer in the service of the Asano Clan who was also a renowned master of tea ceremony, to serve as a villa for Asano feudal lords. It is said that the garden is a condensed version modeled on the scenic beauty of China’s West Lake and the garden’s name is derived from this meaning “condensed scenery garden”. The garden is picturesque with an island floating in the pond, mountains, valleys, and elegant tea ceremonial houses. In “Sensuitei” near the entrance you can enjoy matcha green tea and light refreshments.
  • Miroku no Sato
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    Hiroshima Pref. Fukuyamashi Fujiechou 638-1
    A comprehensive leisure facility located on a large hill in Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture that has also famously been used as the setting for movies. The grounds host an amusement park where you can enjoy over 20 attractions; a dinosaur park filled with moving dinosaur models, including a 13 meter long T-rex; a street recreating an early 1960s Japanese townscape; a hot spring bath facility; hotels; and more. In summer, there’s a pool, while in winter visitors can enjoy festive decorative lighting—from children to grandparents, everyone can have fun at Miroku no Sato!
  • Hiroshima Prefectural Chuo Forest Park
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Miharashi Hongouchoukamikitagata 1315
    This forest park is located in Mihara City, Hiroshima Prefecture. It is equipped with an observation deck with sweeping views of the airport, Innoshima Bridge, and beyond, as well as a cycling road and a hiking course that lead to destinations such as the Joo no Taki Falls. Visitors can also enjoy barbequing at the grassy barbeque space and a number of other outdoor leisure activities within the forest. Notable for its beautiful garden as well, the park hosts seasonal events such as the Plum Festival, Maple Festival, and Flower Festival.

    空港から徒歩で行ける公園で、空港を周回できるようにサイクリングコースが整備され、自転車のレンタルも行っています。 山の中に作った空港らしくサイクリングコースはアップダウンが多く素人には良いトレーニングになると思います。私はサイクリングコースを使用したランニングイベントに参加しましたが、平坦な場所がないほどアップダウンがあり脚がパンパンです。

  • Onomichi City Museum of Art
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    3.5
    17 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Nishitsuchidouchou 17-19 In the Senkoji Park
    It is a museum located in the Senkoji Park in Onomichi City. It was built in 1980 using the former NHK Onomichi Broadcasting Station site. In 2003, the buildings were renewed with designs by architect Tadao Ando, and both the main building and new building have become a symbol of Senkoji Park. An exhibition was held to introduce high quality art regardless of country or genre. The museum stores many art pieces familiar to Onomichi.

    There is a good art book shelf after the first second exhibit room before going up to the second floor. I sat down in one of the modern art chairs and spent some good time here. The ando book has...

  • Hiroshima City Asa Zoological Park
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashi Asakita-ku Asachou Doubutsuen
    A zoo located in Asakita Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Some 170 species of animals, including giraffes and lions, are kept and displayed on its spacious grounds. Built among the mountains, the zoo is notable for using few cages and exhibiting its animals in settings close to their natural environments. The zoo is a popular destination where you can watch animals living active lives. In the Pichiku Park area, children can play with sheep, goats, miniature pigs, and other cute animals; in the Nurturing House, you can see cute baby animals; there’s also a Reptile House, Nocturnal Animals exhibit, and a wide variety of other areas everyone from children to adults can enjoy.
  • Miyajima Public Aquarium
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hatsukaichishi Miyajimachou 10-3
    An aquarium located close to Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage Site, on the island of Miyajima in Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Notable for its Japanese exterior designed to fit in with the surrounding scenery, the aquarium, locally known as “Miyaji Marine,” was remodeled and reopened in 2011. The aquarium exhibits over 13,000 fish and marine mammals spanning 350 species with a focus on the creatures living in the Seto Inland Sea. Some of the aquarium’s most popular exhibits include cute animals such as rare finless porpoises, penguins, Stellar sea lions, and Japanese river otters. Daily sea lion shows are held at the aquarium’s Live Pool.
  • LECT
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinishiku Ogi 2-1-45
    A shopping mall in Nishi Ward, Hiroshima City operated by IZUMI Co Ltd. which manages a chain of supermarkets and whose headquarters are also in Hiroshima City. The building spans four floors above ground and one basement level, and on the first and second floors you’ll find a variety of stores including food, home goods, and the Hiroshima T-SITE bookstore. Events are also occasionally held on site.
  • Kure Municipal Museum of Art
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    3.5
    24 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Saiwaichou In Funami Park
    This art museum featuring hexagonal brick walls is located inside of Irifuneyama Park in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Visits can see permanent and special exhibits that focus on the works of local artists. The museum also holds events such as the Citizen’s Gallery, an exhibition of works by local citizens. Known fondly as “Museum Road,” the hilly road near the museum is has been selected as one of Japan’s Best 100 Roads.

    There are not so many collections in this museum. I dont really understand art so I didnt have much joy here.

  • HIROSHIMA ORIZURU TOWER
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinakaku Otemachi 1-2-1
    This shopping center is adjacent to the Genbaku Dome (Atomic Bomb Dome) in Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture. It opened in 2014 in a renovated office building that had been built in 1978. The roof features an open-air observation deck with a roof that offers a great view of the Genbaku Dome, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, the townscape, and Miyajima Island. Inside, there are the “folded paper crane wall,” to which people can contribute their own cranes, cafe, and a souvenir hall with over 1,000 different types of Hiroshima souvenirs.
  • MAZDA Museum
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    Hiroshima Pref. Akigunfuchuchou Shinchi 3-1
    A museum in Fuchu City, Aki County, Hiroshima Prefecture. Come explore the history of automobile manufacturer MAZDA and enjoy some of the famous vehicles they created. Exhibits include history of the 1920s as well as engines and manufacturing technology. Reservations are required, so please contact in advance to make reservations before visiting.
  • Alley Karasukojima Park
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    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Shouwachou
    A park established on a former Imperial Japanese naval base in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture. The park is the only place in the country where you can view Maritime Self Defense Force submarines up close. Visitors are free to walk about the park’s grounds. Red brick former naval arms and arsenal factory buildings surround the park, and a crane once used to lower torpedoes and other equipment onto ships still stands on one of the docks. At the JMSDF Kure Regional District Headquarters (F Berth) immediately adjacent, the general public is permitted to view the inside of a destroyer every Sunday (advance application required).
  • The Hiroshima Botanical Garden
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashi Saeki-ku Kurashige 3-495
    From the elevated location of this botanical garden located between Hiroshima and Miyajima, you can look out over the Seto Inland Sea National Park. The park has around 10,000 different species of plants from around the world, and inside one of the largest greenhouses in west Japan you’ll find a tropical atmosphere as you wander among the many flowers. And with their experience nature program, you can get hands on with orienteering and plant craft activities.

Hiroshima Areas

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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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