Other Sightseeing Spots in Hiroshima Area

  • Mitarai District
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Yutakamachimitarai
    This is a town chosen as the country’s Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings, located on Osakishimojima Island. It is an area that flourished as a lodging place on the Seto Inland Sea route, and many buildings built from Edo to the early Showa period remain. The cityscape still with the Edo period atmosphere is striking. There are many places to visit such as a tea house that is once said to have had 100 harlots in its prime, a modern theater from the early Showa period called “Virgo” and a stone lantern Takatouro that conveys the prosperity of the Mitarai.
  • Tatara-ohashi Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Setoda Town, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture
    Tatara-ohashi Bridge diagonally connects Ikuchi-jima Island in Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture with Omishima Island in Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture. The bridge is the fourth bridge along Shimanami Kaido Expressway, from Honshu and has a beautiful shape like that of a swan spreading its wings over the sea. Tatara-ohashi Bridge is notable for its additional cycling and pedestrian lanes as well as the road exclusively for cars and trucks. If you clap your hands or the wooden blocks at the bottom of the bridge support you can experience the echoing reverberations, known as nakiryu (roaring dragon), as the sound travels up the supports.
  • Ozekiyama Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hiroshima Pref. Miyoshishi Miyoshimachi
    A municipal park located close to Ozekiyama Station on the JR Sanko Line. An observatory on top of a small mountain in the park offers a sweeping view of Miyoshi City. The park is also a renowned destination for viewing cherry blossoms and autumn foliage and many people come to the park to enjoy its seasonal scenery.
  • Ondo Ohashi Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Ondochouiwashihama
    "This highway bridge connects Kurahashi Island to Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture on the mainland. Its red arches recall the large vermilion torii gate at Itsukushima Shrine. The roads that lead to the bridge spiral up to it, leaving room for large boats to pass beneath. In order to cope with an increase in traffic, they made the ""Second Ondo Ohashi Bridge"" about 350 meters away in 2013. This is also a red Nielsen Lohse arch bridge, but it lacks the spiraling roads. "
  • Saijo Sakagura-dori Street
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Prefecture Higashihiroshima-shi
    Seven sake brewers are clustered together on this street in Saijo Ward, Higashi-hiroshima City. Saijo-style brewery buildings that have red brick chimneys as their trademark as well as retro-style buildings lining the street create a quaint atmosphere. They hold limited time events, and sake brewery tours with “Drunken Walk Ticket” are popular among the local people and tourists. Sake brewer tour is popular among locals and tourists.
  • Observatory in Jumonjiyama Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Toyohamachoutoyoshima
    An observatory with an eight-meter-tall dome in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture located on the summit of Mt. Jumonji, the second tallest mountain on Toyoshima Island in the Tobishima sea route. From the observation platform you get a panoramic view of the various islands dotting the Seto Inland Sea. On clear days you can even see the far-flung mountains of Ehime Prefecture.
  • Senkoji Temple Path
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Higashitsuchidouchou
    A stone paved path in Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture that runs almost two kilometers from Jikoji Temple, near JR Onomichi Station, eastwards to Kairyuji Temple. The road is lined with old shop, temples, and shrines, and with the stone walls lining the slopes of the road, you can truly experience Onomichi’s scenery as a town on a hill. It has frequently been used as a shooting location for films.
  • Wakunaga Garden
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Akitakatashi Koudachousukumoji
    A park in Akitakata City, Hiroshima Prefecture. The gardens are maintained directly by the employees of Wakunaga Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and include a rose garden and medicinal herb garden. With free entry, you can enjoy over 5,000 roses covering 500 varieties as well as a variety of other flowers that bloom in each season. This is also a popular spot to enjoy the changing autumn colors.
  • Mt.Takatani Sea of fog Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Miyoshishi Awayamachi
    "This observatory is located on 490-meter-high Mt. Takatani in Miyoshi City, Hiroshima Prefecture. The observatory is famous for its ""sea of fog,"" a phenomenon which can be seen from October through March when weather conditions are right. The observatory also offers a sweeping view of Miyoshi City; the nightscape visible from here is also spectacular. During the sea of fog season, many tourists come here."
  • Takehara Important Preservation District
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Takeharashi Honmachi 3
    This Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings is located in Honmachi, Takehara City. Long ago, Takehara prospered as a manor of Kyoto's Shimogamo Shrine. It would later experience great economic growth during the Edo period with the development of the salt farm and cargo vessel industry. Visitors can truly feel the atmosphere of this ancient town from the Edo, Meiji, Taisho, and Showa-period buildings that still line its streets.
  • Akinada Tobishima Kaido
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Shimokamagarichou ・ Amagari-cho ・ Toyohama-cho ・ Toyocho-Okamurajima
    "The collective term for the seven bridges connecting Kure City and the islands of the Aki Sea in Hiroshima Prefecture. ""Tobishima"" is derived from ""tobi-ishi"", meaning ""stepping stones,"" due to the islands' appearance resembling the stepping stones of a garden. The official name for the bridges is the ""Aki Sea Archipelago Connecting Bridges."" All of the bridges are free to cross except for the first bridge connecting to the mainland. Each of the islands has its own charm - Shimo-kamagari Island has many historic sites; Osaki-Shimojima Island is the location of Mitarai, a designated Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings; on Kami-kamagari Island, you can enjoy the beach and marine sports. The bridges and connecting roads are also perfect for cycling and, with few hills, are easy even for beginners to tackle."
  • Mt. Haigamine
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Tochibarachou
    The 737-meter-high Mt. Haigamine, is situated Northeast of Kure City center. On top of the mountain from an observatory one can take in a nightscape chosen as one of Japan's top 100 views, and also one of the top three nightscapes of the Chugoku-Shikoku region. At one time Kure flourished as a military port city. From this spot today a panoramic view of the developing industrial townscape and the beautiful inland sea can still be seen. At night, it is especially beautiful to see the city lights appearing as scattered jewels, making it one of the top three nightscapes in the Chugoku-Shikoku region. When looking at the lights, if the lights spell out 'kure', then it is said that the onlooking couple will be wed, making it also a popular date spot.
  • Neko no Hosomichi (Cat's Alley)
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Higashitsuchidouchou
    A narrow hill road some 200 meters long located close to Mt. Senkoji Ropeway Sanroku Station in Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture. The alley is part of the setting of artist Shunji Sonoyama’s “Onomichi Ihatov” spatial project launched in 1997, and it functions as a road connecting old and dilapidated homes which have been renovated and remodeled into art museums, cafes, and restaurants. The area, surrounded by trees and other greenery and enwrapped in an old-fashioned atmosphere, is dotted with other 1,000 “Fuku-ishi-neko,” round stones painted with figures of lucky cats. For generations, large numbers of cats settle around this area, and the alley is also a popular tourism destination which attracts cat-lovers nationwide.
  • Shishi'iwa Observatory Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Hatsukaichishi Miyajimachou
    An observatory on holy Mt. Misen on the island of Miyajima in Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture just a short distance from Miyajima Ropeway Shishiiwa Station. The view from this precipitous cliff is spectacular, and you can see Hiroshima Port, Kure Port, Itsukushima Strait, and the island of Akinada. You can also watch the ships plying the waters of the port; the contrast of the seasonal natural beauty of the area and the blue of the sea is a must-see. There is a trail leading from the station to the Reikado and Misen Observatory, giving visitors the chance to enjoy a little mountain hiking as well.
  • Onomichi Herb Garden Bouquet D'arbres
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Higashitsuchidouchou 19-18
    This herb garden is located near “Neko no Hosomichi” (Cat’s Lane) in Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture. It is on the site of a renovated Taisho-period building. There are about 100 types of herbs being raised in the garden, which aims to stimulate all five senses. The rich greenery almost gives it the feel of a sorceress’s garden. The spectacular view from the terrace lets you see all the way to the Onomichi Channel. Enjoy a relaxing time in the spacious, old Japanese-style cafe while sipping tea made from freshly picked herbs and enjoying some organic sweets.
  • Renga-dori Shopping District
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Kure-shi Chuo 4
    This shopping street is located a 10-minute walk from JR Kure Station. The street’s 400-meter-long arcade is paved with some 360 thousand bricks, and it is lined with a variety of well-known restaurants, souvenir shops, and other establishments. It is also famous for being the first shopping arcade in Japan to be covered by a retractable domed roof. Bustling with local shoppers, it is the busiest pedestrian thoroughfare in the city.
  • Jumonjiyama Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Kure-shi Toyohamacho Toyoshima
    This 3,000 square meter scenic lookout park is located on top of a mountain on the south side of Toyoshima Island, which is a part of Kure City. The mountain has been selected for inclusion in a list of Japan’s 100 best island mountains. From the park’s circular, eight-meter-high viewing platform, visitors can enjoy a sweeping view of the beautiful, island-dotted Seto Inland Sea. On clear days, the 360 degree panoramic view extends all the way to the mountains of the Shikoku region. Due to torrential rains, access to the observatory was closed in 2018, but this has now been restored. As some of the forest roads in the area are closed or neglected, be sure to take sufficient care when making your way to the top of the mountain.
  • Mt. Ryuo Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Mihara-shi Sunami Cho Okiuracho
    This observatory is located in Setonaikai National Park. Situated on top of 445-meter-high Mt. Ryuo southwest of Mt. Fudekage, the observatory offers one of the best views around of the islands of the Seto Inland Sea. A television tower also stands nearby, and the top of the mountain is maintained as a recreational forest. On clear days, visitors can see the Shikoku Mountains and seven of the 10 bridges on the Nishiseto Expressway. In spring, over 2,000 Yoshino cherries on the mountain come into bloom, and it bustles with visitors as one of the leading cherry blossom-viewing destinations in the prefecture. According to legend, the area as developed by Hatashiro Kunishige, a vassal of the Taira clan, after the clan was defeated in the Battle of Yashima, and in order to differentiate this mountain from the Mt. Ryuo on the north side of the city, some call this Mt. Hata Ryuo.
  • Toyomatsu Paper Airplane Tower
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Jinseki-gun Jinsekikogen Cho Shimotoyomatsu 318
    This tower, the only one of its kind in the world, was created specifically for people to launch paper airplanes from it. Situated in the center of the park at the summit of 663-meter-high Mt. Yonami, the tower stands 26-meters-tall. There is an observation deck situated 15 meters up the tower, and from here visitors can take in a 360 degree, panoramic view encompassing distant Mt. Daisen, Mt. Dogo, and the Hiba Mountains. In 2013, the tower was designated a Lover's Sanctuary, and visitors can drop a “lovecopter” from the tower, which is said to grant one true love.
  • Machiya Street
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Hatsukaichi-shi Miyajimacho
    This is one of three streets which connect the Miyajima ferry pier and Itsukushima Shrine. This particular street was the main thoroughfare when Miyajima was at its most prosperous. The traditional townhomes along the street have had modern touches added onto them, and the street is dotted with old-fashioned mom-and-pop businesses and private homes, as well as retro-modern lodging facilities, shops, and galleries. Itsukushima Shine’s magnificent five-story pagoda stands at the end of the street. Today, the street is primarily used by local residents as part of everyday life. At night, the street is illuminated by the light of paper lanterns installed under the eaves of the various establishments along its length, engendering a romantic atmosphere quite different from how the street feels in the daytime.

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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