Travel / Tourism Spots in Hiroshima Area

  • Yamato Museum
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    4.5
    839 Reviews
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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.

    Awesome museum, do scan the QR code on entering to get the English video apps for the museum, makes a big difference, WiFi in museum is free. The exhibits are well worth the trip from Hiroshima(free...

  • Senkoji Temple
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    4.0
    663 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
    559 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...

  • 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.
  • Kousanji Museum (Kousanji Temple)
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    4.0
    144 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”.

    Interesting temple along the Shimanami Kaido. The 1000 Buddha cave worth a look. Entry is a little more expensive than other temples.

  • 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 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.
  • Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art
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    4.5
    127 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...

  • Okunoshima Island
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    3.5
    12 Reviews
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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.

    I stopped here at Usanchu Cafe for lunch after exploring Bunny Island. This cafe is located within a hotel/resort. I came around lunch time and the restaurant was not very busy. You pay at the...

  • Tenneiji Temple
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    4.0
    108 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.

  • 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.
  • Roadside Station Mihara Shinmei no sato
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    4.0
    27 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。

  • Ookunoshima Island Poison Gas Museum
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    3.5
    87 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Takeharashi Tadanoumichou Okunoshima
    This is an archive located on Ookunoshima Island in Takehara City, Hiroshima Prefecture. The island was once a poison gas manufacturing plant of the former Japanese Imperial Army and producing a large amount of poison gas weapons until the end of the Second World War. It was opened in 1988 to convey the horrific past and sacrifice of many lives during the poison gas manufacturing process. The museum exhibits artifacts from officials at the time, and material related to poison gas production. On the island, there are also traces of canons, electric power plants, and poison gas reservoirs.

    The museum is good for giving more context about the abandoned buildings scattered around the island, and the islands history. Most of the descriptions are in Japanese, but we were given a guide in...

  • Saikokuji Temple
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    4.5
    63 Reviews
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    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...

  • Roadside Station Takehara
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    3.5
    73 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...

  • Innoshima Suigun Castle
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    3.5
    75 Reviews
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    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...

  • Taketsuru Sake Brewery
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    3.5
    47 Reviews
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    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.

    竹原町並み保存地区のメインストリートに面した1733年から続く古い造り酒屋さんです。日本酒らしさをあるがままに追求した、ある意味で媚びない、ちょっと個性的な純米酒を送り出されています。これは、竹鶴政孝の「良い物は必ず売れる」の信念に通じるものを感じました。 作り手のこだわりを理解しつつも、家族へのお土産に少し飲みやすい純米吟醸の生酒を選びました。 是非、酒蔵に足を運んで、好みの1本を選んでみてくだ...

  • Jodo-ji Temple
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    4.5
    48 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Higashikubochou 20-28
    This is one of the leading ancient temples of the Chugoku region. Located in Onomichi City, Hiroshima, it is the head temple of the Senyuji school of the Shingon sect. It is said to have been founded by Prince Shotoku in 616 as is known as the temple where Ashikaga Takauji prayed for success in battle. The main temple building, with its Irimoya-zukuri (formal tile hip-and-gable roof) and Hongawara-buki (tile roofing in which round and square tiles are laid down alternately) and the two-storied pagoda are registered as National Treasures, and the main gate and temple hall containing the image of Amitabha are Important Cultural Properties. In fact, the temple has such high historical value that the entire grounds are designated as a National Treasure. The inner shrine at the top of the mountain offers a spectacular view of the townscape of Onomichi and the sea.

    JR尾道駅近くから始めると古寺巡りコースの最後の方に参拝することになるお寺です。境内はとても広く、裏門や阿弥陀堂など重要文化財に指定されているものがありました。また絵馬がかわいらしいハトのものだったのと、山門前から新尾道大橋がきれいに見えたのが印象的でした。

  • Kure Tourist Information Plaza
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    3.5
    53 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Takaramachi 2-23-2
    This tourist information center is on the second floor of Kure Central Pier Terminal, located about a one-minute walk from JR Kure Station. Visitors can pick up pamphlets and flyers about tourism in Kure City, arrange a tourist taxi, receive information on transportation, and more. It also offers a large rest space. Adjacent to the Yamato Museum, many tourists visit the center.

    The tourism information centre is located just outside the JR Kure railway station and provide valuable guidance for the tourist areas that can be visited in Kure along with the access options. The...

  • Roadside Station Kohan no sato Fukutomi
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Higashihiroshimashi Fukutomichoukuba 1506
    A roadside station in East-Hiroshima City. This lake-side roadside station is surrounded by nature and built around the concept of “Eat, Play, Relax”. There are a variety of facilities including a hall which sells local specialties and fresh vegetables from local farms as well as a play area with children’s playground equipment. There are also a BBQ area, a multipurpose hall and grounds, making this a multifaceted location.

    パン工房、上の原牧場、少し足を延ばせば乗馬クラブなど魅力的なスポットが点在する福富エリア、この観光拠点施設が湖畔の里...

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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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