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Nature Spots in Kure / Higashi-Hiroshima Area

  • Mukunashi Dam (Hakuryu Lake)
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Miharashi Daiwachouwaki
    This freshwater lake is in Mihara City, Hiroshima Prefecture was formed after the Mukunashi Dam was built in 1969 and draws its name from the legendary story related to Mukunashi River. Just upstream, you’ll find the Lake Hakuryu Sports Village with the Hakuryu Dome, baseball field, and tennis courts. There are also other ways to pass the time including the lakeside Roadside Station Yogansu Hakuryu and a resort center.
  • Nanaura Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Yasurachouato
    This beach front is in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture. From this sandy beach with gentle waves, you can look across the water to the far shores of islands in the Seto Inland Sea including Toyoshima island and Kamagari island. This beach always draws crowds of swimmers during the summer season. There are a cafe in the area as well as BBQ spots along the beach where you can enjoy BBQ with making reservations in advance.
  • Katsurahama Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Kurahashichou
    This sandy beach in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture, is used as a swimming area during the summer. Its beautiful scenery made an appearance in the 8th century Manyoshu collection of poetry and has been selected for both Japan’s top 100 beaches and Japan’s top 100 scenes of white sand and green pines. There is also a nearby stone monument dedicated to the Manyoshu. The beach draws many tourists.
  • Etajima
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Etajimashi Etajimachou
    This island is the biggest of the nine to the south of Hiroshima City and is easily accessible via a regular and high speed ferry leaving from Hiroshima Port. The island can also be reached by taking a large bridge from Kure City. Overflowing with natural beauty, visitors can take in a view of the Seto Inland Sea from the coast and enjoy climbing Mt. Une and Mt. Dabo in the islands interior. The island is dotted with renowned cherry blossom viewing spots, and in fall visitors can view an abundance of chrysanthemums in one of the greatest chrysanthemum-producing areas in the prefecture. The island is also known for its oyster farming. With cycle stands and other facilities, the island is also exerting effort into making it a leisure activity destination.
  • Shimokamagari-jima Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Kami-shi, Kure City, Hiroshima ken
    An island floating on the straight connecting the city of Kure and the islands of the Akinada Archipelago. The island is connected to the mainland via Akinada Bridge and to Kamikamagari-jima Island via Kamagari Bridge. The Sannose region was once an ocean checkpoint, and area highlights include the site of an Edo period guard house, art museum whose exterior recreates the appearance of a headquarters, and the stunning Shotoen Garden backed by the Sannose Seto. The Kaieki Sannoseki souvenir shop offers rental bicycles.
  • Kamikamagari-jima Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima kure Kure city Mamori cho
    This is one of the islands of the Kamagari Archipelago situated in the Seto Inland Sea of Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture. It is located along the Akinada Tobishima Kaido (Sea Route) and is connected to the neighboring Toyoshima Island via the Toyoshima-ohashi Bridge and Shimokamagari-jima Island via the Kamagari-ohashi Bridge. The orchard extends deep into the mountains, with its specialty produce including oranges and other citrus fruits. The island contains two beaches, Kenmin-no-hama and Koi-gahama, lending it the status of a beautiful resort island in the Seto Inland Sea.
  • Osaki-Shimojima Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyotomachi, Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture
    This is an island located in the center of the Seto Inland Sea. The Mitarai district flourished as an accommodation port from the Edo period to the early Showa period, and the elegant townscape of the Edo period still remains. Also, the cultivation of oranges is prosperous. Ocho Orange, a special product of Osaki Shimojima Island, is very sweet and popular nationwide.
  • Chisako Hato Sea Wall
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Yutakamachimitarai
    This sea wall was made in the late Edo period by the Geishu clan collecting all the technologies of the time. It was honored as the Chugoku-area’s finest sea wall with a height of 6.18 meters and has a white light house. It is a building that depicts the prosperity of the Geishu clan at the time.
  • Okunoshima Island
    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...

  • Mt. Noro (Mt. Zendana)
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Hiromachi
    This mountain in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture stands at 839 meters. The mountain draws large numbers of tourists every year with its variety of outdoor leisure activities including mountain climbing and camping, its famous locales for watching cherry blossoms and autumn colors, and its famous historical locations such as Noro-jinja Shrine and Kobo-ji Temple. The Sazanami Skyline road takes you to the Jumonji Rotary near the top of the mountain, and you can either choose the Dondon Mountain Climbing Course or the Kabuto Boulder Course to finish the ascent.
  • Mt. Fudekage
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Miharashi Sunamichou
    A mountain in Mihara City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Mt. Fudekage and Mt. Ryuo stretch out to the southwest, leading to the region known as Hata-no-Yama (Field of Mountains). Mt. Fudekage stands 311 meters tall while nearby Mt. Ryuo stands at 445 meters. Enjoy the picturesque scenery of the many islands floating in the sea from the viewing platform on the top of either mountain. On a clear day, you can see clear out to the Shimanami sea route and the mountains of Shikoku from Mt. Ryuo.
  • Niko Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Nikoukyouchou
    This gorge along the Niko River in Soyamada Village, Kure City was formed through erosion by the 30-meter-tall Niko Falls (also known as the Odaki Falls). A park has been developed along the gorge, which is endowed with beautiful scenery created by natural sights such as the 37-meter-tall Medaki Falls, tall cliffs, and forests of broadleaf evergreen trees.
  • Kurahashijima Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Kure-shi Kurahashicho Ondocho
  • Minaga Suigenchi
    5 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Higashihiroshimashi Saijouchoushimominaga


  • Tadanomi Minato
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Takehara-shi Tadanominakamachi
  • Odayama
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Higashihiroshima-shi
  • Mizugamaruyama
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashi Aki-ku Kamisenochou
  • Mt.Sobagajo
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Hiroshima-shi Aki-ku
  • Turi spot : Kure
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Yoshiurashinmachi
  • Norogawa Dam
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Kure-shi Yasuracho Nakahata Ichibara

Hiroshima Main 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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