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Cultural Property Spots in Hiroshima Area

  • 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.

    This five storied pagoda is atop a hill overlooking the Itsukushima shrine on Miyajima Island. Nice photo point.

  • Old Yunoyama Hot Spring Spot
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashi Saeki-ku Yukichouwada
    A hot spring health resort in Saeki Ward, Hiroshima City. It has been designated as an Important Tangible Folk Cultural Property and gained prominence as the hot spring resort for Lord Asano, the lord of Hiroshima domain during the Edo Period. There is an old bathing area still present above the current Yu-no-Yama hot spring. Ink writings of bathers remain written on the wall so you can see how it was in the olden days.
  • 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.
  • Tahoto Pagoda
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    Hiroshima Hatsukaichi-shi Miyajimacho 1-1
    This two-tier, National Important Cultural Propert-designated pagoda stands on a hill on the west side of Itsukushima Shrine. Records state the pagoda was built by the priest Shukan in 1523. The basic shape of the pagoda’s exterior is purely Japanese in style, while the detailing displays Zen-style characteristics; it is also unusual in its construction consisting of a round upper level, square lower level, and square upper and lower roofs. The pagoda is the place where the Sue army first took up position during the Battle of Miyajima; today, the area is famous for its cherry blossoms in spring. The pagoda is also lit up at night, and many tourists take photographs of Itsukushima Shrine with this beautiful tower in the background.
  • Hiroshima University Associated Naka High School Auditorium (Former Hiroshima High School Auditorium)
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    Hiroshima Hiroshima-shi Minami-ku Midori 1-1-1
  • Kunizenteramotodo
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashihigashiku Yamanechou 32-1
  • Kunizenterakuri
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashihigashiku Yamanechou Temple precincts 32-1 before China
  • Mokuzoamidanyoraizazo
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinishiku Mitakiyama 411 three Taki temple precincts
  • Santakiteratahoto
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinishiku Mitakiyama 411 three Taki temple precincts
  • Mokuzoyakushinyoraizazo
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashi Asakita-ku Fukawa 4-5-14-6 Meiko temple precincts
  • Yano Castle Ruins
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    Hiroshima Hiroshima-shi Aki-ku Yanocho
  • Uedaushitorasenohaka
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashiminamiku Hijiyamachou 7-10 Tamon hospital grounds
  • Hijiyama Kaizuka
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    Hiroshima Hiroshima-shi Minami-ku Hijiyamahonmachi
  • Ginzan Castle Ruins
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    Hiroshima Hiroshima-shi Asaminami-ku
  • Kinosoyamadotakudokenshutudochi
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashihigashiku Fukudachou
  • Ushidanoyayoibunkajidainofumbo
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashihigashiku Ushitawaseda 2-7-638 Waseda shrine
  • kumagaishinoiseki komatuyamajoseki
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashi Asakita-ku Kabe
  • Seidenterano Kuroganamochi
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashi Asaminami-ku Aita 4-4-15 authentic biography temple precincts
  • Higashino No Mokkoku
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashi Asaminami-ku Higashino 2-12-11
  • Umaki Yahata Shrine Noshakusamura
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashihigashiku Umaki 5-1370 Umaki Hachiman Shrine

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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