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  • 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.
  • Yamato Museum
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    726 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.

    The might and splendor of the battleship Yamato was shown as well as how it was brought down by the night of air power! It was awesome and so very informative. Don’t forget to check out the...

  • 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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    1732 Reviews
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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.

    It is not the most spectacular castle in Japan but if you are in town go and have a look. It is not an original and therefore I did not go into the castle itself). This is my time in the grounds of...

  • 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.
  • Senkoji Temple
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    568 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.

    Beautiful views from the top, but the cluster of temples and shrines just below the summit are what really makes the place special. Looks like something Disney would dream up.

  • Kousanji Museum (Kousanji Temple)
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    122 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”.

    This is the best temple complex ever seen in Japan. Many shines colorful combined with a nice garden. Must see

  • Schmoe House (Associated Exhibition Facility of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum)
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinakaku Ebanihonmatsu 1-2-43
    This history museum in Naka Ward, Hiroshima City was opened in 2012. It is located inside one of the homes built by Floyd Schmoe for the citizens of Hiroshima after the atomic bombing. The building was restored and relocated to its current location. There, visitors can learn about the support that Hiroshima received from people around the world after the atomic bombing. Visitors at the museum, which is visited by many tourists, can receive a guided tour by the museum’s staff (reservation required).

    被爆後、アメリカ人のフロイド・シュモー氏が住まいを失った広島の人々のために建設した建物があその建物を移転、改修して、多くの海外からの支援があったことを紹介する施設で、スイスの医師の人など色んな方が支援をしてくれていたことを知ることができます。

  • Fukuyama Kusado Sengen Museum (Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of History)
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    30 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Fukuyamashi Nishimachi 2-4-1
    This museum is located in Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture. The museum primarily exhibits artifacts excavated from Kusado Sengen, a medieval town buried in the bed of the Ashida River. The permanent exhibits include an area where visitors can get a sense of the history of Kusado Sengen and Setouchi. There, visitors can see actual artifacts as well as replicas, models, and other exhibits. The museum also holds a wide range of other special exhibits.

    Sadly not many people stops a Fukuyama, even if it's a small city with plenty to offer. The proof:this museum is criminally neglected by tourists when in fact offers a great perspective of the...

  • Enmyoji Temple
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashi Saeki-ku Miyake 5-399
    This Koyasan Shingon sect temple is located in Saeki Ward, Hiroshima City, and is dedicated to Nyoirin Kannon Bodhisattva. The eighth site on the new Shikoku pilgrimage to 88 sacred places in Hiroshima, many worshippers visit every year. In addition, it was chosen as an Important Tangible Cultural Property of Hiroshima City.
  • MAZDA Museum
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    4.5
    151 Reviews
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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.

    Visited the Museum this September, we registered online well in advance for this is a free of charge and very popular attraction in Hiroshima. You can get to the museum with 5 min train from...

  • Numaji Transportation Museum
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    34 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashi Asaminami-ku Chourakuji 2-12-2
    This vehicle and transportation-themed science museum is located in Asaminami Ward, Hiroshima City. Its exhibits include more than 2,000 model vehicles, informational displays, and more. The museum is divided into a free area and premium area. The museum’s first floor is free of admission and includes a library, a museum shop, and more. The premium area located in the second floor and above features hands-on exhibits, model exhibits, and other attractions. Since 2006, the museum has preserved and displayed a streetcar affected by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in its outdoor plaza.

    The Numaji Transportation Museum is outside the city accessed by the Astram transit line. It contains hundreds of models of all types of transportation, The highlight of the museum is an immense...

  • Asahiyama Shrine
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    3 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinishiku Koinishimachi 12-10
    "A Shinto shrine located in Nishi Ward, Hiroshima City which is dedicated to Empress Jingu among others. After the daimyo lord Mori Motonari visited the shrine prior to the Battle of Miyajima to pray for victory, the shrine came to be known for granting victory and success to worshippers. The shrine is also affectionately known as the ""carp shrine,"" a play on a name for the area, ""Koi,"" which can also mean ""carp."" In addition, the shrine is famously known as the source of the Hiroshima Carp baseball team's name and is visited by many worshippers."

    146段の石段を登るとある神社です。 昔、毛利元就が必勝祈願に立ち寄ったところでもあります。 拝殿には大きな絵が飾られています。 境内からは町を見下ろせて眺めがまずまずいいです。

  • Hiroshima City Insectarium
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashihigashiku Fukudachou Fujicaru 10173
    This science museum in Higashi Ward, Hiroshima City boasts the best variety of exhibits in west Japan, where you can see living insects from Japan and the rest of the world. There are a variety of different areas including the Papillon Dome, where you can see fluttering butterflies and Insect Land with its wide variety of insect exhibits. They also hold a variety of activities including special exhibitions, outdoor observation parties, and interactive experiences.
  • Abuto Kannon (Abuto Goddess of Mercy)
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    Hiroshima Pref. Fukuyamashi Numakumachou Notohara 1427-1
    At this Rinzai-sect Myoshin school Buddhist Temple in Fukuyama City, the principal image of worship is the Eleven-faced Kannon. Said to have been built by Emperor Kazan in 992, the temple has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. The crimson lacquered Kannon Hall standing above the Seto Inland Sea and the rough rock face gives both a sense of thrill and picturesque beauty. It is said that praying at the temple will give mothers easy childbirth or bless couples with children.

    It took some effort to find a bus going to this location, but there is one from Matsunaga station. Note that the bus has a limited schedule. Once you get there, you will enjoy the view as much as the...

  • Kure Municipal Museum of Art
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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.
  • Oyama-jinja Shrine
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    Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Innoshimahabuchou 1424-2
    This shrine is located in Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, and is dedicated to Oyamazumi no Okami. It is also famous as the largest shrine for architecture in Setouchi. In addition, at the Oyama Jinja Reitaisai held every October, many worshippers come to visit centered on local residents.
  • WoodOne Museum of Art
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hatsukaichishi Yoshiwa 4278
    This art museum is located in Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture. It displays various pieces such as modern Japanese paintings, Meissen porcelain, and Satsuma-yaki (Satsuma ware) from the Bakumatsu to Meiji periods (1853–1912). In addition, it holds not only permanent exhibits but also regularly has exhibitions. There is also a shop that sells original goods inside the museum. It is open from March to December every year and is closed during the winter.
  • 5-Days Children’s Museum
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    54 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinakaku Motomachi 5-83
    This children’s science museum houses a planetarium, where shows are held four times a day on weekdays, and six times a day on weekends and holidays. They also have permanent displays and events designed to let guests familiarize themselves with science including science shows and science classes. They operate gatherings such as amateur radio and planetarium clubs to help bring people together.

    We visited on a Sunday morning it wasn’t too busy and no school groups. On the ground floor there is large climbing frame, with various optical effects built in, that pops out on the second floor...

  • Hiroshima City Museum of History and Traditional Crafts
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashiminamiku Ujinamiyuki 2-6-20
    This museum is located in Minami Ward, Hiroshima City. It is notable for its building made of red bricks, a former Japanese army built in the Meiji period, which survived the atomic bombing. The museum’s permanent exhibits introduce the history of the regional industries that developed in the Hiroshima City region starting in the Edo period. It also has a hands-on exhibit room where visitors can touch items such as a stone mortar and pestle, a loom, and more. The museum also holds special exhibits, classes, and other events.

Hiroshima Main 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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