Hiroshima Prefecture is home to two World Heritage Sites: Itsukushima Shrine and Atomic Bomb Dome.
Located in southwestern Japan, Hiroshima Prefecture is blessed with a warm climate and the rich nature of the Seto Inland Sea and the Chugoku Mountains.
We invite you to experience the unique diversity of the four seasons and discover the beauty of Hiroshima.
Two World Heritage Sites
Itsukushima Shrine- Majestically rising up from the seabed
One of the "Three Views of Japan", the island of Miyajima is famous for being the location of Itsukushima Shrine, whose origin dates back to the ancient days of the Heike clan. The island was originally known as "Itsukushima", which translates as "The island where the deities are worshipped." In ancient times, the entire island was a sacred site.
Itsukushima Shrine consists of some 20 buildings that are connected by vermilion-lacquered corridors. Centered around the Main Hall, the complex includes a shrine for other deities and a Noh stage. With its architecture dating back to the Heian era, Itsukushima Shrine is truly a magnificent sight and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1996.
Atomic Bomb Dome- A symbol of peace that Hiroshima sends to the world
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park shows what remained of Hiroshima after it was hit by the atomic bomb, while at the same time offering visitors a stroll through a beautiful garden surrounded by rivers and green that symbolizes the hope for everlasting world peace.
Inside the park is the Atomic Bomb Dome, which was registered as World Heritage in December 1996.
The site is a real-world testament to the devastation caused by the first atomic bomb used in the history of mankind. It is a unique cultural heritage with universal value, and it is a symbol of peace for the people of Hiroshima and the Japanese.
The beauty of the Setouchi region
Onomichi- Walk through this cozy town nestled between the hills and the sea
The railway tracks of the JR San'yo Main Line divide the town of Onomichi into a hillside area and a seaside area.
On the seaside, there are six adjacent shopping districts: Ichibangai, Tsuchidonaka, Sentagai, Chuogai, Kinzagai, and Kubohoncho.
The hillside is home to many temples, and visitors can walk along the historical temple route as they climb the road between the hills.
In the past, the hills sloped directly down into the sea, with only one narrow road running along the seacoast. It is often said that Onomichi gets its name from this road at the foot of the hills.
Shimanami Kaido- A beautiful road over the sea that connects Honshu to Shikoku
The Nishiseto Expressway (nicknamed Shimanami Kaido) connects Onomichi in Hiroshima Prefecture to Imabari in Shikoku's Ehime Prefecture. It was opened in May 1999. Stretching out from one picturesque island to next, this route is a system of 10 road bridges that can be used by cars, cyclists, and hikers.
The area lets visitors freely roam the beautiful landscape created by the interplay between the sea, islands, and bridges.
Kure- See the real-life Iron Whale submarine!
Ever since the Navy established its base here, Kure has become known as a flourishing shipbuilding city.
Currently, it is home to the naval base of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, but even today, many historic sites remain to tell the story of Kure's turbulent past. Opened in 2005, the Yamato Museum (Kure Maritime Museum) offers visitors a close-up view of a 1/10th scale model of the Japanese battleship Yamato.
Tomonoura- A town admired by visitors since ancient times
Tomonoura is a port town on the tip of the Numakuma Peninsula. The area around the town is part of the Setonaikai National Park - one of the first areas in Japan to be designated as a national park - and offers beautiful scenery. From Tomonoura, one can see the green islands of Benten, Sensui, and Kogo rising up from the gentle Seto sea. It is said that in the historical Edo period, a diplomatic mission from the Kingdom of Great Joseon (located in modern-day Korea) stayed here and upon seeing the port of Tomo, as it was then called, bestowed upon it the title "most splendid view in all of Japan".
Sandankyo Valley- One of the five most beautiful gorges in Japan
The stunning Sandankyo Valley is filled with new green leaves in spring and red foliage in autumn. It is counted among the five best gorges in Japan.
The deep ravine carves through 13 km of pristine woodland. It consists of a long string of towering rock cliffs and waterfalls up to 40 m high, rapids, and whirlpools. With crystal-clear water and lush greenery, the spectacular scenery is endless.
Standing out in the impressive landscape is the three-tiered, 30-meter-long waterfall - a must-see.
As you take a relaxing stroll, admire the highlights such as the Shimaidaki Waterfall and Tenguiwa Rock.
Okonomiyaki- Hiroshima's very own delicacy!
Hiroshima-style okinomiyaki is the quintessential Hiroshima dish.
Its most characteristic feature is the way the cabbage, meat, soba noodles, egg, and other ingredients are piled up in layers, grilled on a hot plate, and wrapped in a thin crepe. The sauce is sweet and has a syrup-like texture. It is made by mixing tomatoes and onions without filtering out the vegetables' sediment. The streets of downtown Hiroshima are lined with okonomiyaki restaurants. We hope you'll go out and discover your favorite variety of this famous dish!