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Be entranced by Miyajima's floating torii gate

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Miyajima

Miyajima

While Miyajima has a reputation as a tourist destination, it has a deep history with Japan and Shinto culture. It has also played a significant part in the development of religion in Japan with its influence from Kamakura during the Kamakura period as well as being visited by a Buddhist Saint. The i..

Hiroshima City

Hiroshima City

The explosion of the atomic bomb over the city on August 6, 1945 ensured that, henceforth, the city’s name would be one of the most recognizable in the world. It’s tragic history combined with ease of access by bullet train puts it on the itineraries of many overseas visitors. It can be ..

Onomichi

Onomichi

Onomichi in Hiroshima Prefecture is an unusual and beautiful town facing the Seto Inland Sea. Both the more common sights in the city and the residential areas are intriguing. Onomichi is a great city to explore by foot, as it is small and there are fascinating sights at every turn. The temples, un..

Dining

Shukaen: Onomichi Ramen

Shukaen: Onomichi Ramen

Shukaen (朱華園) is a massively popular ramen shop in Hiroshima's Onomichi area, and represents one of the best places to try out 'Onomichi Ramen'. Onomichi Ramen is characterised by its flat, homemade noodles, shoyu/soy sauce based soup wi..

Momiji Cakes in Miyajima

Momiji Cakes in Miyajima

For sightseeing purposes, Miyajima Island is most famous for its floating Torii, as it is the most well-known and iconic part of Itsukushima shrine. In regards to cuisine and local foods, Miyajima Island is very famous for its "Momiji" flav..

ICHIRAN Ramen at Hondori, Hiroshima

ICHIRAN Ramen at Hondori, Hiroshima

A brief walk from the World Heritage A-bomb Dome and less than a minute walk from the Hondori streetcar stop is Hiroshima Hondori's ICHIRAN. Located on Hondori, Hiroshima City’s bustling shopping arcade and in the heart of the downtown area..

Places to stay

Guest House Roku Hiroshima

Guest House Roku Hiroshima

I was greeted by a chorus of warm welcomes as soon as I stepped into Guest House Roku, a short walk away from the JR Shin-Hakushima station in Hiroshima city. I happen to be there on an evening where they had a barbeque planned, so the first level ba..

Senkoji Sanso Hotel, Onomichi

Senkoji Sanso Hotel, Onomichi

Located in Onomichi's delightful mountaintop Senkoji Park, the Senkoji Sanso Hotel serves as an excellent base from which to explore the portside city. I will admit, when I first arrived at the hotel, I thought that I was in the middle of nowher..

Backpackers Miyajima

Backpackers Miyajima

Backpackers Miyajima is located in the Hatsukaichi city are of Hiroshima, right next to the ferry which takes you to the beautiful island of Miyajima. It is easily accessible by JR train (30 minutes) or by the local Hiroshima cable car (around 60 min..

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The Moving Streetcar Museum of Hiroshima

The Moving Streetcar Museum of Hiroshima

Visitors to Hiroshima City can delight in the fact that, compared to Tokyo and Osaka, they won't be getting lost underground when navigating around, like might be the case with the sprawling subterranean pedestrian networks of Japan's bigger ..

Miyajima Aquarium Specialties

Miyajima Aquarium Specialties

Miyajima Aquarium is situated at the far western end of Miyajima's town. It can be reached within a ten minute walk from Itsukushima shrine or a twenty minute walk from the ferry pier. I have visited a few other aquariums in the past, but at Miya..

Cycling the Shimanami Kaido

Cycling the Shimanami Kaido

The Shimanami Kaido Expressway connects six islands from Onomichi in Hiroshima to Imabari in Ehime. Seven spectacular bridges link these tranquil islands in the Seto Inland Sea, Opened in May 1999, six of these unique bridges were designed to be cros..

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About hiroshima

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionChugoku
IslandHonshu
CapitalHiroshima
Population2,860,750
Area8,479.38 sq. km

Located in western Honshu and just above Shikoku, perhaps the first thing that comes to the minds of many when they hear the word “Hiroshima” is that it was the target of the first atomic bomb in history.

Claiming the lives of over 100,000 civilians, its catastrophic effects can be seen at the Atomic Bomb (Genbaku) Dome, which miraculously survived the bombing and is a World Heritage Site, and the moving Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum; both serve as moving reminders of the necessity of world peace.

But Hiroshima has so much more to offer – Miyajima island is the magical location of yet another World Heritage Site – Itsukushima Shrine and its “floating” torii gate at high tide, which is classified as one of the Three Views of Japan. Don’t forget to try Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki and the local oysters while you're there.

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