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  • 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 Castle is huge and very grand. It may look old on the outside because of its wooden facade, but it is very much well-maintained on the inside.

  • Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinakaku Nakajimachou 1-6
    This is a facility located in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The memorial was constructed in an effort to remember and mourn the atomic bomb victims at the time of the dropping of the bomb on August 6, 1945, as well as those who died afterwards, and to pray for eternal peace. The Hall of Remembrance presents a panoramic view of the A-bombed city, a place to quietly mourn A-bomb victims and reflect on peace, an information exhibition section for planned exhibitions, and a hands-on reading room. The nearest stops on the Hiroshima Electric Railway tram are “Genbaku Dome Mae” (Atomic Bomb Dome) stop and “Hondori” stop.

    We visited this memorial after going through the Peace Museum, and it further reinforced our resolve to support the end of nuclear weapons worldwide. The memorials huge, circular Hall of Remembrance...

  • Grand Torii
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    Hiroshima Hatsukaichi-shi
    This huge torii gate serves as a symbol of Itsukushima Shrine, a Shinto shrine which is one of Japan’s most famous and which stands as an embodiment of ancient Heian period culture. The great ryobu-style wooden gate, situated out on the ocean, stands 16.6 meters above the surface of the water; its main pillars are 9.9 meters in circumference and its roof is 24.2 meters long. The current gate was rebuilt in 1875. The eighth gate built here counting from the Heian period, it is said that the search to find trees sufficiently large to construct it takes 20 years. About the same height as the great Daibutsu statue in Nara, the gate’s supports are not buried in the sea bottom; instead, the gate is affixed to the sea floor with pine stakes but otherwise simply stands via its own weight. Due to significant damage and deterioration, the gate has been undergoing major repairs to preserve it since June 2019.

    As huge scafolding structures covered in plastic go, this was quite unlike anything I have ever seen. The Camera did not lie. The Great Torri gate, one of Japans most iconic sites, was very...

  • Hiroshima Dentestu Train
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    Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture
    This train is a convenient train means of transportation in the city center, and has the familiar nickname of “Hiroden”. Set tickets for travel to Miyajima with Miyajima Matsudai ferry are also available.

    Lot of routes and different types of trams on this system. Little confusing at first. Trams are kept clean and up to date.

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

  • MIYAJIMA MISEN DAISYOIN
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hatsukaichishi Miyajimachou 210
    It is the most important temple of the Shingon Omuro sect in Miyajima Town, Hatsukaichi City, and the temple with the longest history in Miyajima. It is believed to have been established when Kobo Daishi crossed to Miyajima in 806. It was once a different temple administering the ceremonial festivals of the Itsukushima Shrine and was deeply related to the Imperial Family. The temple has many statues in the Kannon-do Hall such as the Kannon Bosatsu or Deity of Mercy with eleven heads, and is the only temple in Japan enshrining Sanki Daigongen (the three fierce guardian gods). You can see the streets of the opposite shore from this serene environment, and it is also famous for its autumn colors.

    Ive been to Miyajima a handful of times now and make an effort to visit Daishoin Temple every time. This temple ranks in my top 3 favorites throughout all of Japan. Be warned, there are quite a few...

  • Toyokuni Shrine Five-storied Pagoda
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    Hiroshima Hatsukaichi-shi Miyajimacho 1-1
    This five-tier red pagoda stands on a hill near the Honden front shrine of Itsukushima Shrine. The 27.6-meter-tall tower is located next to Toyokuni Shrine (location of the Senjokaku Pavilion). Skillfully blending Japanese and Chinese design aspects, the tower was built in 1407. Inside, the ceiling is painted with a dragon, while outside the ceilings have been painted with grapevine scrollwork and vivid patterns. The pagoda’s central pillar notably only extends up to the second tier in a design which helps prevent the tower from being toppled by strong winds. The pagoda used to enshrine the temple’s principal object of worship, a statue of Gautama Buddha; as well as statues of the bodhisattvas Samantabhadra and Manjushri, but these were moved to the Daiganji Temple on the opposite shore during the anti-Buddhism movement of the Meiji period. Today, the pagoda has been designated a National Important Cultural Property.

    After visiting the Itsukushima Shrine, I decided to walk for about 2 minutes to the west of the structure and climb a small hill to see this pagoda up close. Well-maintained, its five...

  • Kousanji Museum (Kousanji Temple)
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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...

  • Hiroshima Gokoku-jinja Shrine
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinakaku Motomachi 21-2
    A Shinto shrine honoring those who have died in while fighting wars located inside Hiroshima Castle Park in Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture. The shrine was built in 1868 as Suisho Reisha Shrine to enshrine the souls of the samurai of Hiroshima Domain who died in the Boshin War. Today, the shrine enshrines the spirits of 92 thousand who fell in battle thereafter. The main shrine building was lost during the atomic bombing of 1945 and was rebuilt in 1956. In addition to being one of the most prominent shrines in the prefecture, it is also a popular destination for local citizens to visit and pray for the victory of the Hiroshima Toyo Carp professional baseball team. A “Naki-zumo” event is held here each year on May 5 in which sumo wrestlers battle each other by holding babies and attempting to see who can get theirs to cry the loudest, a traditional ritual which seeks to ensure the healthy growth of the children involved.

    A beautiful shrine located inside the grounds of Hiroshima Castle. It has a beautiful entrance with a circle made out of woven plants that worshippers pass through, I presume in some sort of...

  • Mitaki Temple
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinishiku Mitakiyama 411
    A Buddhist temple in Nishi Ward, Hiroshima City located halfway up Mt. Mitaki is part of the Koyasan Shingon-shu grouping of temples. Said to have been founded in 809 by Kukai, there are three waterfalls with different streams located on the grounds. The two-story pagoda erected as a memorial to victims of the atomic bombs was transferred from Wakayama’s Hirohachiman-Jinja shrine and has been designated an Important Cultural Property of Japan. Inside the pagoda is another Important Cultural Property of Japan, a wooden statue depicted the seated form of the Amitabha (Amidanyorai) Buddha. The temple is well known as a place to see cherry blossoms in the spring and autumn colors in the fall, and there is always a great turn out of visitors.

    A friend of mine mentioned the Mitaki Temple near Hiroshima. I decided to walk here from downtown, only about 4 km or 2 miles. The temple area is pretty easy to find, there is a parking area here as...

  • 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.
  • 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.

    The previous year when we visited Shukkeien garden we didn’t allow time for the museum and that was a mistake. The entrance ticket to the garden also includes entrance to the general exhibits at the...

  • 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.
  • Daiganji Temple
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hatsukaichishi Miyajimachou 3
    This is a temple of the Koyasan sect of Shingon, located in Miyajima Town, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture. It is said that it was founded during the Heian period, but details are unknown. It is believed that in the Kamakura period the temple was restored by a priest named Ryokai; and the temple was responsible for the repair and construction of Itsukushima Shrine. The temple is also known to hold many Buddha statues such as a wooden statue of the Buddha of Healing, an Important Cultural Property. “Itsukushima Benzaiten”, one of the three major Benzaitens (Sarasvati) in Japan, transposed from Itsukushima Shrine due to the decree to separate Buddhism and Shintoism, is secured in the main hall, and is worshipped as the Goddess of Worldly Benefits. It is a spot where many worshipers wish for business prosperity, safety in the home, and fulfillment of major wishes.

    Beautiful temple just next to the Itsukushima Shrine and well worth a visit. It has a beautiful authenticity and old world charm. Lovely wooden statue of a old man who looks a like a philosopher to...

  • 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.
  • Serakogen Farm
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    Hiroshima Pref. Seragunserachou Bessako 1124-11
    A tourism-oriented farm which primarily grows flowers located in Sera Town, Sera County, Hiroshima Prefecture. Here visitors can enjoy seasonal flowers and enjoy a relaxing, soothing time. In spring, some 750 thousand tulips come into bloom; in summer, 1.1 million sunflowers; in fall, 25 thousand dahlias consisting of 450 varieties blossom on the farm’s grounds, dyeing the farm’s gentle hills vivid colors. Different flower festivals are also held at the park in line with each flower’s blooming period. There’s also a restaurant and café where you can have a meal while enjoying the beautiful scenery, and the farm offers hands-on classes. Visitors are permitted to come with pets.

    This is one of my favorite spots to enjoy tulips in the Hiroshima area. So many different types of tulips is so many beautiful colors! Entrance fee is ¥800, but it’s worth it! I also love coming...

  • Roadside Station Takehara
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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...

  • Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima Branch
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinakaku Fukuromachi 5-21
    "Even though a mere 380 meters from the blast center, this was a robust building, so it did not receive structural damage. It resumed business operations two days after the blast and was used until 1992. It's one of the buildings in the blast that remains today. Designated as an Important Cultural Property by Hiroshima City, it is open to the public. In May of 2019, a permanent display of Hiroshima City materials, the ""Modern Hiroshima History and Migration to foreign countries,"" opened in first floor basement."

    Bumped into this walking through the city streets, dont know if it had access, I didnt see any. it looks old enough to have been one of the surviving buildings, but dont think so.

  • Buttsuji Temple
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    Hiroshima Pref. Miharashi Takasakachou Motoyama 22
    A Buddhist temple in Mihara City, Hiroshima Prefecture. This Rinzai sect temple is primarily dedicated to the worship of Shakanyorai and was established in 1397. The main temple hall has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. The temple draws visitors year-round and is often bustling with people searching for tales of history. The temple is especially well known as a place to visit during autumn for its variety of colors of changing leaves.

    The walk from the bus stop takes you under some lovely overarching trees. Allow a lot of time for wandering and photographing. The momiji against the buildings make for wonderful images. Rows of...

  • Tenneiji Temple
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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.

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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