Spots in Kure / Higashi-Hiroshima Area

  • Yamato Museum
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    4.5
    839 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • JMSDF Kure Museum (Tetsunokujira—The Iron Whale)
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    4.5
    559 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Okunoshima Island
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    3.5
    12 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Roadside Station Takehara
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    3.5
    73 Reviews
    Transportation
    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...

  • Roadside Station Mihara Shinmei no sato
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Transportation
    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
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Taketsuru Sake Brewery
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    3.5
    47 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Fukuzumi
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    4.0
    57 Reviews
    Shopping
    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Nakadori 4-12-20
    This well established ‘fried cake’, or donut, shop on Nakadori Street, Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture was founded in 1947. The donuts, fashioned after those made by previous generations of cake makers who learned the trade from an American baker and gained experience in famous cake shops and in Shanghai both before and during the war, are a simple deep fried bun loved for years by the locals. The sweet red bean paste inside light, fluffy dough, with a crispy outer finish tastes just great. The shop only serves donuts to go.

    When in Rome do as Romans do, so when there - try it. Dont have high expectations but people who will expect wonders for less than a dollar should stay home

  • Roadside Station Kohan no sato Fukutomi
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
    Transportation
    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...

  • Kure Tourist Information Plaza
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    3.5
    53 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Kure Kansen Meguri Cruise
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    4.5
    39 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Takaramachi 4-44 Kure Central Pier Terminal 1F
    A naval station cruise in Kure City , Hiroshima Prefecture. Come see the submarines and escort vessel of the Maritime Self Defense Force moored in the Kure Naval Station, which is said to be the largest Naval Port in East. You can see a variety of marine vessels up close while listening to descriptions provided by a Maritime Self Defense Force OB. The cruise has a running time of approximately 30 minutes.

    私は海上自衛隊の門の警備をしていた自衛官さんに夕呉クルーズがあることを教えて頂き、まさか、こんなに凄いクルーズだとは思わずに参加しました。自衛艦旗の小旗を振りながら出航しましたが、ガイドさんの説明が絶え間なく、しかも、分かりやすく、詳しくない私でもとても楽しかったです。自衛艦旗の降下の様子はラッパが鳴り響く中、厳粛な雰囲気に包まれ、感動しました。

  • Roadside Station Yogansu Hakuryu
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
    Transportation
    Hiroshima Pref. Miharashi Daiwachouwaki 652-3
    A roadside station in Mihara City, Hiroshima Prefecture that sells local produce including lotus root and peaches, and their original brand of local specialty products made from adlay. The restaurant offers Italian cuisine including stone oven pizza and pasta. Their fragrant adlay soft serve ice cream is also popular.

    パラパラと人がいました。野菜の販売やイタリアンのレストランもあり、小さいながらも旅を楽しめます。ソフトクリームが美味しかったです!

  • Hiroshima Prefectural Chuo Forest Park
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hiroshima Pref. Miharashi Hongouchoukamikitagata 1315
    This forest park is located in Mihara City, Hiroshima Prefecture. It is equipped with an observation deck with sweeping views of the airport, Innoshima Bridge, and beyond, as well as a cycling road and a hiking course that lead to destinations such as the Joo no Taki Falls. Visitors can also enjoy barbequing at the grassy barbeque space and a number of other outdoor leisure activities within the forest. Notable for its beautiful garden as well, the park hosts seasonal events such as the Plum Festival, Maple Festival, and Flower Festival.

    バスで広島空港に行くときに必ず通りますが、ここで乗り降りしている人を見たことがありません。一度は行かなくてはと思うのですが、結構、微妙な場所にあります。

  • Takehara Municipal Museum of History and Folklore
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    3.5
    32 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Takeharashi Honmachi 3-11-16
    This retro modern building with extraordinary white walls was built in the early Showa period as a library. In the facility, materials regarding the history and folk customs related to the Takehara area, Akou salt that brought prosperity and the salt pans are displayed.

    Theres not much to do/see in this town and I went on a daytrip including Rabbit island and so this museum was included. Its all in Japanese and very small, not much to see...I wouldnt go. I would...

  • Takehara Townscape Preservation Center
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    3.5
    21 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Takeharashi Honmachi 3-11-7
    This history museum is located in Takehara City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Visitors can view historical materials, videos, and other exhibits on Takehara City’s Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings. Some of the center’s activities include hosting seminars on townscape preservation and conducting historical research. The center is visited by many tourists exploring the preservation district.

    良いところですが、2階へあがる階段が 2カ所有り一方が急なので、 体が悪い人は向いてないかもしれません。 受付で販売しているマッサンコースターは 安いのでおみやげ物に丁度良いと思います。

  • Buttsuji Temple
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    4.5
    24 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    Buttsuuji Temple of the zen Rinzai sect is only less than fifteen kilometers north west of Mihara city center, but in a very remote area in the mountains. On the way, there were warnings that some...

  • Natural Hot Spring Katsuragahama Spa
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    4.5
    10 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Kurahashichou 431
    This one day visit spa in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture is equipped with a variety of baths to enjoy. These include the Ishi no Furo, a large public bath with a wide ceiling, the Umi no Furo baths, which have a tropical mood, and open-air baths that use flaxen spring water from Kurahashi Onsen. The spa also features a restaurant, cafe, and other facilities, making it a great place to relax all day long.

    石の風呂と海の風呂の2つが週替わりで男女入れ替わりです。内風呂と露天風呂で泉質が異なります。ラドン含有で疲労回復に効きます。

  • Kamoizumi Sake Brewery
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    4.5
    20 Reviews
    Shopping
    Hiroshima Pref. Higashihiroshimashi Saijoukamichichou 2-4
    This is a sake brewery located in Saijokamiichi Town, Higashihiroshima City. Visitors can have a tailored tour of the process of the brewing if reservations are made a week in advance. In addition, in the Shusenkan brewery there is a teahouse that has more than 20 types of sake at any time, sweets that are made with sake and coffee made with the water used to brew the sake. There is also a shop that sells limited addition liquor.

    We had a great experience visiting the brewery and appreciated the fact that we could do a whole tour. Thanks to Julie, we learnt a lot about saké making process in a very interactive way. We also...

  • Kure Municipal Museum of Art
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    3.5
    22 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    There are not so many collections in this museum. I dont really understand art so I didnt have much joy here.

  • Hattendo Cafelie
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hiroshima Pref. Miharashi Hongouchouzennyuji Kurayama 10064-190
    This cafe is located in Mihara City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Representing the fusion of a cafe and an artist’s workshop, the facility includes not just a cafe but also a shop, a factory, a hands-on workshop. At the workshop, visitors can try their hand at making the company’s flagship cream-filled buns. In the cafe area, customers can choose from a full selection of original sweets to enjoy, including the Cafelie Sweets Plate, the cafe’s most popular item.

    This is the healthiest meal we’ve had in 2 weeks in Japan! Delicious too! Just a short walk from the airport and well worth it!

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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