On this page, I will introduce the attractions of Hiroshima, things to do, and especially places to visit.
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Outline of Hiroshima Prefecture
Hiroshima prefecture is the center of Chugoku district. Hiroshima city with the prefectural office’s location is famous as a city damaged by the atomic bomb during the Second World War. If you go to Hiroshima, you can visit the famous museum that memorized those days. At the same time, you can feel the strength of this city that was later rebuilt. Hiroshima has Miyajima Island which is a very popular tourist attraction. A trip to Hiroshima will give you a lot of wonderful experiences.
There are two sightseeing spots which can not be removed from itinerary during Hiroshima sightseeing. One is Miyajima Island in the Seto Inland Sea. And the other is Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima city.
Hiroshima prefecture is located in a calm area facing the Seto Inland Sea in western Japan. This prefecture is connected to the Ehime prefecture of Shikoku on the other side of the Seto Inland Sea by a connecting bridge named “Shimanami Kaido”. From this bridge you can enjoy the scenery of the beautiful Seto Inland Sea.
Shimanami Kaido’s starting point is Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Onomichi is a beautiful town often used as a film location. You may stop by Onomichi.
There is Hiroshima Airport in Mihara city, Hiroshima prefecture. It is approximately 45 minutes by bus to JR Hiroshima Station from this airport. At Hiroshima Airport, scheduled flights are operated with the following airports.
Seoul / Incheon
Shanghai / Pudong
Taipei / Taoyuan
Sapporo / New Chitose
Tokyo / Haneda
Tokyo / Narita
Okinawa / Naha
The Sanyo Shinkansen runs in Hiroshima Prefecture. Hiroshima Prefecture has the next 5 stations.
Higashi Hiroshima station
It is approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes by Hiroshima Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Hiroshima Station. Among people coming from Tokyo to Hiroshima, the number of users of airplanes and Shinkansen are nearly half.
Miyajima (Itsukushima Shrine)
Miyajima Island is a small island in the west of Hiroshima City. Here is a very famous old shrine named Itsukushima Shrine. This shrine sticks out in the shallow of the Seto Inland Sea. To the huge torii gate, you can walk when the sea is at low tide.
Behind this shrine is Mt. Misen. From the top of the mountain you can see the Seto Inland Sea and Shikoku.
About Miyajima and Itsukushima Shrine I have already introduced in several articles. If you are interested, please stop by those articles.
Even if you go to Hiroshima City, you may no longer have the image of a city reduced to ruins by the atomic bomb. On August 6, 1945, the city of Hiroshima was reduced to ruins in an instant. However, after that, the survivors of Hiroshima worked hard and achieved reconstruction. If you walk around Hiroshima city, you can feel the power of this city.
One of Hiroshima’s most important landmarks is the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. There are various monuments in the park, including the Atomic Bomb Dome, which is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can learn about the history of the atomic bombing and the importance of peace by visiting the exhibits and monuments in the park. I also feel that the people of Hiroshima have not forgotten the tragedy of the atomic bombing.
Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum has been introduced in the following article. If you don’t mind, please drop in on this article as well.
If you visit Hiroshima, be sure to eat okonomiyaki. Okonomiyaki is a popular teppanyaki dish that uses various ingredients such as noodles, vegetables, and meat. From children to the elderly, most Japanese people love it. You can eat okonomiyaki all over Japan, but Hiroshima’s okonomiyaki is especially delicious. We especially recommend the one with oysters, a specialty of Hiroshima. You can taste this specialty at many restaurants in Hiroshima city.
Onomichi is a fun town. As you can see in the photo above, houses are densely beside the ocean in Onomichi. If you go to the Senkoji Park on the mountain by the ropeway which is operated in this town, you can look over this whole town. Beautiful sea is spreading beyond that.
In Onomichi, walking in town is fun. If you take a ropeway, I will recommend walking on the way home. It takes about 30 minutes on foot to reach the station at the foot of the mountain. There are really many retro houses on the slope of the mountain. If you get off the narrow slope, you may encounter lots of cats on the way.
It is approximately 40 minutes by Shinkansen from Hiroshima station to Onomichi city. It takes about 3 minutes by the ropeway to Senkoji Park.
Onomichi is well known for its delicious Ramen. Please do eat it.
“Shimanami Kaido” connecting Hiroshima prefecture and Ehime prefecture of Shikoku is a wonderful bridge where travelers can comfortably cross by bicycle. About Shimanami Kaido, I introduced in the following article. If you do not mind, please refer to this article.
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