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Hiroshima Prefecture

Miyajima Itsukushima ShrineHistory / Culture

Miyajima Itsukushima Shrine

With an original configuration that brings its premises onto the sea, the shrine building conveys the shinden-zukuri style of architecture from the Heian Period. It is one of the most famous shrines in Japan. Located on a shoaling beach shore, the shrine building appears to elegantly float on the sea during high tide. It was registered as a World Heritage Site in 1996.

Peace Memorial ParkHistory / Culture

Peace Memorial Park

Peace Memorial Park is a spacious park located in the center of Hiroshima City which was constructed near the hypocenter with wishes for lasting world peace. Within the park, you can find the Atomic Bomb Dome, which is registered as a World Heritage Site, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, which displays exhibits depicting Hiroshima during and after the bombing, and more.

JMSDF Kure Museum(The Whale of Iron Museum)Museums

JMSDF Kure Museum
(The Whale of Iron Museum)

This is home to the only real submarine on display in Japan. You can view it free of charge. "Akishio," a submarine formerly used by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, is on display outside, and you can tour and experience the submarine interior. We recommend touring it as part of a set with the neighboring Yamato Museum.

OkunoshimaNature / Scenic Landscapes


Sure to please rabbit fans, this island has been designated a national park called "Rabbit Island." Known as home to approximately 500 to 600 rabbits, you can spend a relaxing time here interacting with rabbits in the beautiful nature of the Seto Inland Sea.

Setouchi Shimanami Kaido Bike touring roadSports

Setouchi Shimanami Kaido Bike touring road

The "cycling road" on the Shimanami Kaido linking Onomichi City in Hiroshima Prefecture and Imabari City in Ehime Prefecture is the first bicycle path in Japan that lets you cross a channel. Enjoy cycling over this ocean road connecting island to island as you gaze out over the beautiful island scenery and take in the history and culture.

Onomichi SenkojiHistory / Culture

Onomichi Senkoji

Senkoji Temple is said to have been established by Kobo Daishi in 806 and restored by Lord Tada-no-Mitsunaka. The temple grounds offer a panoramic view of Japanese Heritage Onomichi City, the pride of Hiroshima. Symbols of this temple include the "Akado (red hall)," the "Tama-no-iwa (ball boulder)," and the "bell tower," which was selected as one the "100 Soundscapes of Japan: Preserving Our Heritage."

Tomonoura townscapeCityscapes

Tomonoura townscape

Flourishing as a "port where ships wait for a favorable tide" since long ago, the port facilities and quaint cityscapes from the Edo Period remain to this day. In 2017, it was selected as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings. Why not take a stroll through the retro and nostalgic alleyways?

Taishaku GorgeNature / Scenic Landscapes

Taishaku Gorge

With a full length of approximately 18 km, this limestone valley is known as one of the top 100 views in Japan, and one of the best valleys in the country. Sites include Onbashi Bridge, which has been designated a natural moment of Japan, Dangyokei Gorge, which is said to have been formed about 300,000,000 years ago, and Hakuundo Cave, a limestone cave with a depth of 200 m.

Hiroshima Miyoshi WineryGourmet Food

Hiroshima Miyoshi Winery

In addition to using contracted farmers, this winery engages in its own cultivation, harvesting, and brewing. With the factory where you can learn about the wine production process, a wine shop, a barbeque garden, and Cafe Vine, visitors can relax and enjoy learning, shopping, and having a meal.

Special Scenic Spot Sandan GorgeNature / Scenic Landscapes

Special Scenic Spot Sandan Gorge

Located with Nishi-Chugoku Sanchi Quasi-National Park, this gorge stretches for a total length of approximately 16 km, providing one of the best "condensed beauty of gorges" in western Japan.
The gorge features many places to see including Kurobuchi Pool, Sarutobi Rock, Nidandaki Falls, and Sandandaki Falls.
It is also famous as a great place for viewing autumn foliage.

Tottori Prefecture

Mt DaisenNature / Scenic Landscapes

Mt Daisen

Mt. Daisen became the third national park in Japan. Its beautiful nature continues to captivate visitors, and it was selected among the top three for "Japan's Famous Mountain Ranking."

Mizuki Shigeru RoadCityscapes

Mizuki Shigeru Road

With a full length of 800 m, Mizuki Shigeru Road stretches from JR Sakaiminato Station to the "Mizuki Shigeru Museum."
With charming bronze statues of yokai (fantasy creatures), Yokai Jinja (shrine), and more, this road takes you on a journey through the strange world of Mizuki Shigeru.
When you take a stroll, you might even meet the Kitaro family?

Shimane Prefecture

Adachi Museum of ArtMuseums

Adachi Museum of Art

This museum is not only home to one of the greatest Yokoyama Taikan collections in Japan, but also has famous gardens selected as the best in Japan by an American magazine. Covering around 165,000 square meters, the Japanese gardens are maintained and managed with the philosophy that "the garden is also a picture." They show beautiful seasonal faces changing each spring, summer, autumn, and winter.

Izumo Taisha Grand ShrineHistory / Culture

Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine

This shrine honors Okuninushi-no-okami, the main god of marriage in Japan. It is believed that the myriad of gods throughout Japan gather at Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine to hold a meeting from October 11 to 17 by the old calendar to discuss marriages between people, and the shrine is bustling with visitors from all over Japan.

Okayama Prefecture

Okayama Korakuen GardenNature / Scenic Landscapes

Okayama Korakuen Garden

Ikeda Tsunamasa, second head of the Okayama Domain, constructed this large garden as his own place of relaxation. The spacious garden, colored by seasonal flowers, feels like another world still in the Edo Period. It has gained three stars in the Michelin Green Guide Japan.

Kurashiki Bikan Historical QuarterCityscapes

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter is home to white-walled storehouses, namako walls, lines of willow trees, and other refined scenery. Lined by fashionable shops selling Kurashiki brand products including "Kurashiki canvas" and "Kurashiki denim," cafes in reformed town houses, and more, the streets are bustling with tourists year-round.

Yamaguchi Prefecture

Kintaikyo BridgeNature / Scenic Landscapes

Kintaikyo Bridge

Counted as one of the three great bridges in Japan, this wooden bridge consists of five beautiful consecutive arches spanning a total of approximately 200 m. Constructed in the early Edo Period in 1673, it has five consecutive arches with a length of 193.3 m and a width of 5 m. Visitors can enjoy seeing cherry blossoms in spring, green trees in summer, and autumn foliage in fall.

Hagi Castle TownCityscapes

Hagi Castle Town

Stately samurai residences with thick white walls, earthen walls and kaimagari (streets with right-angled turns) where natsumikan citrus fruits grow, and the homes where Takasugi Shinsaku, Kido Takayoshi and other great figures (active during the end of the Tokugawa shogunate to the Meiji Revolution) were born still stand today, making this castle town a place full of sights to see where you can stand in their historic footprints.

Kagawa Prefecture

Special Place of Scenic Beauty Ritsurin GardenNature / Scenic Landscapes

Special Place of Scenic Beauty Ritsurin Garden

Ritsurin Garden, which boasts the largest area out of all the gardens designated as Special Places of Scenic Beauty of Japan, is a garden which was completed by historic daimyo lords over a period lasting more than 100 years. This strolling-style daimyo garden from the early Edo Period has 6 ponds and 13 artificial hills skillfully placed against the backdrop of Mt. Shiunzan with its deep green pines.

Kotohiragu ShrineHistory / Culture

Kotohiragu Shrine

This god of the sea has been affectionately known as "Konpira-san" since long ago. The long stone stairway on the approach is famous, stretching 785 steps from the entrance to the main hall, and 1,368 steps to the inner shrine. The spacious shrine grounds are dotted with buildings that have long and prestigious histories, including "Asahi-no-yashiro," which is an Important Cultural Property of Japan.

Ehime Prefecture

Towel MuseumMuseums

Towel Museum

Fusing towels and art, this Towel Museum is unlike anywhere else in the world. Visitors can view Imabari towel products, galleries showing towels as art, and a European garden where seasonal flowers bloom among the sunlight and greenery. There are also cafes and a restaurant.

Dogo Onsen HonkanHistory / Culture

Dogo Onsen Honkan

This hot spring is thought to be the oldest in Japan and is mentioned in the ancient texts of the Kojiki and Man'yoshu. The main hall is a charming three-story wooden structure, and the entire building is an Important Cultural Property of Japan. It also appears as an iconic spot representing Matsuyama in the novel "Botchan" and many other literary and cinematic masterpieces.

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