Extremely Historical, Culture, Nature
Heavy industry and humid weather can be a bad combination for those with allergies.
Do see Peace Park - but don't miss the rest of the prefecture.
I once stayed with a friend who lived a stone's throw away from the Peace Museum in Nagasaki and since then, I have always wondered what it was like to live near a building charged with so much poignancy of a painful past. Here, I pondered this again when I first caught sight of it as the bus I had taken from Yunago, Tottori was approaching...more
Excellent location close to the Peace Memorial Museum & Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome. Fees for...more
Hiroshima is one of Japan's tram cities. In other cities with trams there are often very few lines, but Hiroshima has a more extensive tram system, so just like you would with the trains, it is important to make sure you know which tram will take you to your station. Tram number 2 and 6 will take you to Atomic Bomb Dome Station at the north of...more
If you are in the Hiroshima city, you must visit Itsukushima-Jinjya in Miyajima. It's the shrine (not a temple) with famous red torii (gate) in the water, but has lots more than just the torii. Unfortunately, the building including the gate is not the original one. Since it was originally built in 593, it has been damaged by fires and tyhoons...more
Being located on Miyajima, Daisho-in Temple tends to get overlooked in favor of Itsukushima Shrine, but it's a very worthwhile place to visit. It was founded in the 12th century and Emperor Meiji stayed here in 1885. The complex is large with a lot to explore. The Kannon-do Hall is the main building housing the temple's Kannon statue. There's also...more
Mount Misen is a historic holy mountain on Miyajima established by the Priest Kukai, also known as Kobo Daishi, founder of the Shingon sect of Buddhism. There are religious sites on the mountain and those wanting to experience it as a spiritual site should consider taking the hiking trails, but there is also a ropeway that can take you to the...more
When in Onomichi, I definitely recommend taking the ropeway up the hill to Senkoji temple. From there you get a great view of the Seto Inland sea, and neighbouring Mukaijima Island. There is an observation building at the top as well as the various buildings that make up Senkoji.Mind you though, it is possible to walk up as well, although most...more
1344-2 Urasaki-cho, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, 720-0551, Japan
Good for: Couples
Onomichi Ramen seems to be very popular as evidenced by the queues waiting to eat at the various noodle shops in town. There is even a 'ramen map' which shows were the various shops are located.We waited for around 20 minutes to get into this one, and it was worth the wait. Not expensive either, good value. This one in particular is right near the...more
Fukuyama Castle was built in 1622. The castle almost survived World War II but was destroyed on August 8, 1945, two days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and one day before Nagasaki. The current castle was rebuilt in 1956.Inside the keep there are many artifacts, and the view from the top is nice, especially the view of the cathedral, which is...more
1-1-6 Shiromicho, Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture, 720-0054, Japan
Good for: Business
The Holocaust Memorial Museum (also called the Holocaust Education Center) is an interesting museum filled with artifacts from the Holocaust collected by Makoto Otsuka after meeting Otto Frank (father of Anne Frank) in 1971. The two men became friends and eventually inspired Makoto to try and educate Japanese people about the Holocaust, because in...more
The Yamato Museum is dedicated to educating people about the famous Battleship Yamato, although the museum has a wide variety of exhibits.The Yamato was the most advanced ship built in its time and even today it is said to rival modern ships however, by the time it was completed in WWII fighter planes had made the battleships less useful and the...more
3-3 Tsukijicho, Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, 737-0822, Japan
Good for: Couples
Irifuneyama Park is really not a park; it's where the former Naval Headquarters is located along with related buildings that have been moved here. Two of the sites are just outside the entrance to the memorial park, the home of Admiral Togo during his time as the Naval commander and the clock tower from the Navy's engineering department built in...more
It's not impossible to get around Innoshima via public transportation, but it's far easier if you have a car.
There are ferries to and from Imabari throughout the day, and buses going between destinations in Hiroshima and Ehime prefectures that stop there, but local buses are not especially frequent.