Spots in Hiroshima / Miyajima Area

  • Itsukushima Shrine (Miyajima)
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinakaku Nakajimachou 1 Otemachi 1-10
    The park in Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture was established to mourn those who lost their lives due to the dropping of the atomic bomb and to pray for eternal peace in the world. The park was completed in 1954 after maintenance of the hypocenter of the atomic bomb, dropped by the US Army on August 6, 1945. In the park, there is the A-Bomb Dome, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, cenotaph for atomic bomb victims, and numerous monuments wishing for peace. Entry is free.
  • A-Bomb Dome
    Travel / Tourism
    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
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashiminamiku Minamikaniya 2-3-1
    This is the baseball field of Hiroshima City known as the base of Toyo Carp. It is an asymmetrical shape, which is unusual as a ballpark, and so the players can be seen more closely the foul ground has been reduced in size. It also features spacious seating so you can enjoy watching the game in comfort. In addition to the performance seat for enthusiastic fans there are a variety of seats such as a party floor and terrace seats. Reservation-based stadium tours are also popular.
  • Shukkeien Garden
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinakaku Kaminoborichou 2-11
    A garden located in Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture that was chosen as one of the top 100 of Japan’s historic parks and designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty. Shukkeien was created in 1620 by Ueda Shigeyasu, a high-ranking retainer in the service of the Asano Clan who was also a renowned master of tea ceremony, to serve as a villa for Asano feudal lords. It is said that the garden is a condensed version modeled on the scenic beauty of China’s West Lake and the garden’s name is derived from this meaning “condensed scenery garden”. The garden is picturesque with an island floating in the pond, mountains, valleys, and elegant tea ceremonial houses. In “Sensuitei” near the entrance you can enjoy matcha green tea and light refreshments.
  • Fuji Grand Hiroshima
    Shopping
    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinakaku Takaramachi 2-1
    This shopping mall in Naka Ward, Hiroshima City has everything to help support your daily life, bringing together medical care, general goods stores, grocery stores, and a food court. A variety of events such as exhibitions or shows are held, and the grocery stores hold weekly events called Otakaraichi.
  • Aeon Mall Hiroshima Fuchu
    Shopping
    Hiroshima Aki-gun Fuchucho Osu 2-1-1
    This shopping center is located next to Hiroshima Station and a five-minute walk from Tenjingawa Station. Designed to be a veritable stage where visitors can enjoy life, the mall is occupied by over 280 tenants. The mall’s vast grounds are more than 110,000 square meters, making it one of the largest malls in the Chugoku and Shikoku regions. The mall was built on the site of the Kirin Beer Hiroshima Factory and vestiges of the factory can be seen in several parts of the facility. Mall highlights include its open and airy 10-meter-high ceilings, information desk housed in a huge industrial beer still, and a real steam locomotive on display on the grounds.
  • Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinakaku Nakajimachou 1-6
    This is a facility located in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The memorial was constructed in an effort to remember and mourn the atomic bomb victims at the time of the dropping of the bomb on August 6, 1945, as well as those who died afterwards, and to pray for eternal peace. The Hall of Remembrance presents a panoramic view of the A-bombed city, a place to quietly mourn A-bomb victims and reflect on peace, an information exhibition section for planned exhibitions, and a hands-on reading room. The nearest stops on the Hiroshima Electric Railway tram are “Genbaku Dome Mae” (Atomic Bomb Dome) stop and “Hondori” stop.
  • Miyajima Public Aquarium
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hiroshima Pref. Hatsukaichishi Miyajimachou 10-3
    An aquarium located close to Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage Site, on the island of Miyajima in Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Notable for its Japanese exterior designed to fit in with the surrounding scenery, the aquarium, locally known as “Miyaji Marine,” was remodeled and reopened in 2011. The aquarium exhibits over 13,000 fish and marine mammals spanning 350 species with a focus on the creatures living in the Seto Inland Sea. Some of the aquarium’s most popular exhibits include cute animals such as rare finless porpoises, penguins, Stellar sea lions, and Japanese river otters. Daily sea lion shows are held at the aquarium’s Live Pool.
  • MAZDA Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Hiroshima City Asa Zoological Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashi Asakita-ku Asachou Doubutsuen
    A zoo located in Asakita Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Some 170 species of animals, including giraffes and lions, are kept and displayed on its spacious grounds. Built among the mountains, the zoo is notable for using few cages and exhibiting its animals in settings close to their natural environments. The zoo is a popular destination where you can watch animals living active lives. In the Pichiku Park area, children can play with sheep, goats, miniature pigs, and other cute animals; in the Nurturing House, you can see cute baby animals; there’s also a Reptile House, Nocturnal Animals exhibit, and a wide variety of other areas everyone from children to adults can enjoy.
  • LECT
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinishiku Ogi 2-1-45
    A shopping mall in Nishi Ward, Hiroshima City operated by IZUMI Co Ltd. which manages a chain of supermarkets and whose headquarters are also in Hiroshima City. The building spans four floors above ground and one basement level, and on the first and second floors you’ll find a variety of stores including food, home goods, and the Hiroshima T-SITE bookstore. Events are also occasionally held on site.
  • Youme Town Hatsukaichi
    Shopping
    Hiroshima Pref. Hatsukaichishi Shimohera 2-2-1
    This shopping mall in Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture is managed by IZUMI Co Ltd. which runs a chain of supermarkets and whose headquarters are in Hiroshima City. Along with a vast supermarket 1,200 tsubo (almost 4,000 square meters) in size, there are also fashion stores, general goods stores, and a hobby area, meaning there’s something for every age to enjoy.
  • Roadside Station Spa Rakan
    Transportation
    Hiroshima Pref. Hatsukaichishi Iyama 21-5
    This roadside station is in Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture located near Mt. Rakan. Come enjoy shopping at a store that sells locally produced products including vegetables and dining at the laidback cafe and cafeteria. You’ll also find a hot spring facility, making this relaxation spot the perfect place to wash away the fatigue from a drive or the day.
  • Anagomeshi Ueno
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hiroshima Pref. Hatsukaichishi Miyajimaguchi 1-5-11
    A long-standing anagomeshi (grilled conger eel over rice) restaurant established in 1901 located a two minute walk from Miyajimaguchi Station. The restaurant’s famed anagomeshi features fresh-grilled conger eel (anago) piled tightly packed on top of a bed of rice cooked with a broth made from conger eel bones. This long-selling favorite was originally created to offer as a bento box lunch sold in front of the nearby train station when the restaurant was founded. The restaurant is also famous for the lines of customers waiting to eat inside that constantly form out its door. Customers eating in can enjoy flavors and dishes differing from those offered for bento box lunches, such as piping hot, fresh-made anagomeshi and shirayaki conger eel grilled without seasoning. Bento box lunches can be reserved. No reservations are accepted for the restaurants sit-down space.
  • SOGO Hiroshima
    Shopping
    Hiroshima Hiroshima-shi Naka-ku Motomachi 6-27
    This department store stands in front of the Kamiyacho-nishi streetcar stop a 15-minute tram ride from Hiroshima Station. One of Hiroshima’s leading department stores, the facility delivers cutting-edge trends and authentic quality. The department store consists of a main building with 10 aboveground floors and a new building with 11 aboveground floors, and the two buildings are joined by passageways on floors one, three, and six. The entire third floor of the main building is a bus center where you can catch busses which run in the city, highway busses which connect to other municipalities, and airport limousine busses.
  • Hiroshima Museum of Art
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinakaku Motomachi 3-2 In the central park
    An art museum focusing on modern art located in Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture which was opened in 1978 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Hiroshima Bank. The museum has a large collection of modern art with a focus on Vincent van Gogh, Édouard Manet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cezanne and other Impressionist artists. Including its modern Japanese art, the museum’s collection consists of some 300 works. In addition to a standing exhibition of some 90 modern French artworks, the museum also holds special exhibitions several times a year. There’s also a museum shop and fashionable café with a view of the museum’s inner garden.
  • Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinakaku Kaminoborichou 2-22
    Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum is a museum in Hiroshima City, Naka Ward, Hiroshima Prefecture. Boasting a collection of more than 4,800 pieces including Important Cultural Properties, focusing on modern Western paintings and Japanese paintings, as well as “Craft Art of Japan and Asia”. The collection includes many artworks of artists from the Hiroshima region, such as Katsuzo Entsuba and Ikuo Hirayama. The museum holds special exhibitions and themed lecture events to compliment them as well as changing the exhibition about four times a year. From the museum lobby and the resting lounge, you can enjoy the scenery of a Place of Scenic Beauty, the Shukkeien garden next to the museum.

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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