Hiroshima, known as the "microcosm of Japan," is one of the few rare prefectures where you can experience a unique climate and geography. There are also many famous tourist attractions in Hiroshima. Here are 9 such spots!
1. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome
The Peace Memorial Park was built upon the epicenter of the atomic bomb explosion on August 6, 1945. Inside the park, you can find exhibitions describing the situation at the time of the explosion, as well as mementos and relics of the explosion victims. Also located 160 meters away from the epicenter is the Atomic Bomb Dome, the remnants of a building following the aftermath of the atomic bomb explosion. It has since been preserved as a symbol of desire for peace and as a World Heritage Site.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum Admission Fee: 200 JPY for adults
2. Itsukushima Shrine
Itsukushima Shrine is a 10-minute ferry ride away from the main island. This shrine is also a World Heritage Site, and is famous for its "floating" torii gate. It is also known as one of the three great views of Japan. The palatial architecture of its main shrine in the Shinden-zukuri style (used for a nobleman’s residence in the Heian period), is also a focus of attention. The pristine forest of Mt. Misen, which towers in the background of Itsukushima Shrine, also provides a nice contrast for an elegant view.
Entrance fee for main shrine: 300 JPY for adults
Okunoshima is a tiny offshore island with a circumference of approximately 4 kilometers, located in the Seto Inland Sea. It is a 12-minute boat ride from Tadanoumi Port in Takehara. Once a poison gas factory, it has now been named a national park, and is home to approximately 700 wild rabbits! Travelers may also stay the night at the recreation village equipped with a hot spring bath, or camp out if they may so desire.
Takehara is a city located in the south central area of Hiroshima Prefecture. Once widely known in the salt industry from the mid-17th to the mid-20th century, the residences of that time have been preserved, giving a quaint feel to this nostalgic town. Having been marked an Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings zone, Takehara is also known as "Little Kyoto of Aki," Aki being the old name of the western part of the prefecture of Hiroshima.
5. Mt. Takatani
Mt. Takatani is located in Miyoshi, a basin surrounded by mountains on all four sides. Thick fog can be expected in the early morning from autumn to early spring, giving rise to the "Fog Sea". Travelers can get a chance to take in the wondrous view of this "sea" from the mountain's observation platform! The color of the "sea" changes continually with the sunrise. As the fog's shine intensifies the colder the weather is, the best time for the best view is on chilly mornings in early winter.
※Photo attached is of the "Fog Sea".
6. Senkoji Temple
Senkoji Temple is located in a port town called Onomichi in the eastern part of Hiroshima Prefecture. The slow pace of life is appealing in the city center which is surrounded by mountains and seas. Narrow mountain walkways and stairs run all over the steep mountain slopes dotted with ancient temples along the way. Senkoji is accessible by ropeway, and travelers can enjoy the view of the seas and the mountain walkways that are iconic of Onomichi.
Shukkeien is a 10 minute walk away from Hiroshima Station. It was constructed in the 17th century by a renowned master of the tea ceremony, and is said to have been modeled after the famous scenic spot, West Lake in China. it was created by placing small mountains surrounding a pond where dots of islands are floating. Travelers can enjoy the beauty of the four seasons as they wander around the carefully placed gorges, bridges, and tea houses.
Admission Fee: 260 JPY
8. Taishaku Gorge
Taishaku Gorge is an 18km-long ravine in between Jinsekikogen and Tojo in Shobara, in the northeastern part of Hiroshima. It is a valley through a karst plateau formed by the erosion of limestone. Of note is the 200-meter-long Hakuundo Limestone Cave, Onbashi, one of the world's three biggest natural bridges, and the Dangyokei Rapids, formed over 300 million years ago. At Lake Shinryu, travelers may also get on board an excursion boat.
Excursion Boat: 1,200 JPY for adults
Tomonoura is located in Fukuyama, near the center of the Seto Inland Sea. It was well-known as a port where ships would dock while waiting for a favorable tide. This was once a busy town where many samurai, writers, and artists would come and go, creating the history and culture of this town. Tomonoura is the place to go for one who wishes to experience the good old days, since you can visit historical places of note or old temples. There are also lodgings with hot springs available.
In Hiroshima, one can immerse themselves in nature or pray for peace, among many things. Please visit Hiroshima one of these days!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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