Culture / Tour Spots in Hiroshima Area

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

  • Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Onomichi City Museum of Art
    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.
  • Kure Municipal Museum of Art
    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.

  • 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.
  • 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 Museum of Art
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinakaku Motomachi 3-2 In the central park
    An art museum focusing on modern art located in Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture which was opened in 1978 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Hiroshima Bank. The museum has a large collection of modern art with a focus on Vincent van Gogh, Édouard Manet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cezanne and other Impressionist artists. Including its modern Japanese art, the museum’s collection consists of some 300 works. In addition to a standing exhibition of some 90 modern French artworks, the museum also holds special exhibitions several times a year. There’s also a museum shop and fashionable café with a view of the museum’s inner garden.
  • Rantokaku Art Museum
    9 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Shimokamagarichou Minnosode 200-1
    This is an art museum made of Japanese cypress encompassing Japanese architectural beauty. Works by Yokoyama Taikan, Fukuda Heihachiro and other artists representing Japanese modern art as well as works by local artists are exhibited. Also, music concerts are held on the third Saturday of every month.

    Had a hard time finding information on anything other than the museums so we weren’t sure what to expect. The town that the museums are in is so lovely and the people were all so nice! We visited 4...

  • Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinakaku Kaminoborichou 2-22
    Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum is a museum in Hiroshima City, Naka Ward, Hiroshima Prefecture. Boasting a collection of more than 4,800 pieces including Important Cultural Properties, focusing on modern Western paintings and Japanese paintings, as well as “Craft Art of Japan and Asia”. The collection includes many artworks of artists from the Hiroshima region, such as Katsuzo Entsuba and Ikuo Hirayama. The museum holds special exhibitions and themed lecture events to compliment them as well as changing the exhibition about four times a year. From the museum lobby and the resting lounge, you can enjoy the scenery of a Place of Scenic Beauty, the Shukkeien garden next to the museum.
  • Shotoen Garden
    7 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Shimokamagarichou Shimoshima 2277-3
    A Japanese garden on Shimokamagari-jima Island in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture, which long served as a cornerstone of maritime traffic in the area as well as a port for Korean delegation to Japan and for samurai traveling to and from Edo. A circular garden built around a central pond, the Sannose Seto serves as a background. Visitors can enjoy the garden’s beautiful pines and scenery. There are several museums inside the garden which presents the history of Korean delegation to Japan, a museum displaying a collection of lamps, an art museum modeled after an Edo period guardhouse, and a porcelain museum.

    「蒲刈島番所」は再現建築、朝鮮通信使への接待の記録をまとめた「御馳走一番館」、ランプを収集展示した「あかりの館」は上関町から移設した大庄屋の屋敷、そして、古伊万里を展示する「陶磁器館」は宮島から移設した町家家屋など4つの日本建築があり、目の前の三ノ瀬瀬戸を借景にした日本庭園とともに集約した展示館になっています。 一つ一つの施設では、展示物を楽しむ、古い町家の内部を楽しむ、そして、庭園、蒲刈大橋や瀬...

  • Fukuyama Zoo
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    Hiroshima Pref. Fukuyamashi Ashidachou Fukuda 276-1
    A zoo in Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture, where you will find a variety of animals including carnivores, monkeys, zebras, birds, and reptiles. They also house the only Borneo Elephant in Japan. You can get up close and personal with the animals with feeding experiences and a park tour.
  • Irifuneyama Memorial Museum
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    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Saiwaichou 4-6
    A museum housed in the Former Official Residence of the Commander-in-Chief of the Kure Naval Station, a National Important Cultural Property built in 1905, located inside Irifuneyama Park a 13 minute walk from Kure Station. The museum building consists of a wooden Western-style structure as well as a Japanese-style hall. The Western portion of the building has a British-style exterior; the drawing room, decorated with rare “kinkarashi” gold patterned Japanese leather paper is a must-see. The grounds are also dotted with cultural properties and facilities where visitors can learn about the history of Kure since the Meiji period, including a hall dedicated to local culture, historical folk custom exhibit, and small clock tower once used at the former Kure naval arsenal.
  • Yamato Gallery ZERO
    5 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Nakadori 3-3-17
    This is a memorial hall exhibiting items related to Leiji Matsumoto, a manga artist known for works such as Space Battleship Yamato and Galaxy Express 999. In the museum, visitors can see paraphernalia that conveys the attraction of each of his works such as the Space Battleship Yamato, a model of the robot that appears in the works, and special books on his masterpiece. Mr. Matsumoto’s interview video is also shown in the theater. A collection of books that became the origin of his literary creation are also exhibited. The nearest is station is Kure Station.

    数年前見たときは、ビル全体が宇宙戦艦ヤマトを中心とした、松本零士先生の作品及び関連資料が展示されていました。アナライザーがお出迎え、ヤマト乗組員の衣装など、楽しい展示がありました。 改装してからはビル自体が『街かど市民ギャラリー90』という名称で、公民館みたいな位置づけとなり、1~3階までは関係ない展示(呉の市民の展示が中心)、4階に以前の展示の一部が残っているだけです。宇宙戦艦ヤマト、松本零士...

  • Akitakata City Museum of Local History
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    Hiroshima Pref. Akitakatashi Yoshidachouyoshida 278-1
    This is a museum which introduces the history and cultural properties of Akitakata City, focusing on Mouri and his stronghold, Koriyama Castle. Ancient documents related to Mouri Motonari, artifacts from Koriyama castle, as well as items dedicated to shrines and temples by Mouri are exhibited. Various exhibitions are held in addition to the permanent exhibition.
  • Flower Station Sera (Sera Yurien)
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    Hiroshima Sera-gun Seracho Kurobuchi Gongenyama 413-20
    This all-weather flower park is located atop a large hill in Sera Town of Sera County, Hiroshima Prefecture. There are about 140 types of lilies to look at, as well as about three million pansies, salvias, cosmoses, and other gorgeous seasonal blooms. The park also features Japan’s largest illustration composed of a field of flowers, which the park is famous for, and the design changes every year. A “flower festival” is head from April until early July and September until early November, and it features a variety of events throughout the period. Visitors can purchase cut flowers, bulbs, souvenirs, and more from the shop.

Hiroshima Areas


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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