Hiroshima Airport is the largest airport in the region and located in Mihara city 50 km east away from Hiroshima City. It serves direct international flights from Several cities. It is also known as a beautiful city, endowed with natural environment including the Seto Inland Sea and six rivers flowing through mountains and urban areas. Tipping In japan, tips are not necessary anywhere, even at hotel and restaurants. Itsukushima Shrine was built by Taira no Kiyomori in the 12th century. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum opened in with the goals of conveying the destruction caused by the atomic bombing to the people of the world and contributing to the abolition of nuclear weapons and the realization of everlasting peace.
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Use the. Accessed by ferry, the island of Miyajima has been a sacred place since ancient times. Home to several beautiful shrines, it's an easy day trip and a must-see.
The World Heritage Itsukushima-jinja Shrine , constructed years ago, sits elevated over the water. Covered corridors connect the shrine buildings. The iconic otorii, or grand torii, gate stands further out in the bay, accessible at low tide.
At night, the shrine is illuminated, giving it a fairytale appearance. Originally built in to honor the Buddha of medicine, its vivid red lacquer exterior and intricate carvings and paintings inside are enhanced by the bold reds and golds of the surrounding autumn leaves during the season.
Houkoku-jinja Shrine, with its open, airy construction, is the perfect place to relax and contemplate the seasonal colors. It is sometimes called Senjokaku, or Hall of Mats, for its vast, open floor area. Although the great warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi started building the shrine in , it was never completed, leaving it open to the breezes.
Mt Misen, the highest point on the island, has been considered sacred since ancient times. You can access the summit by the Miyajima Ropeway, which seems to float high above the island.
At the bottom of the ropeway is Momijidani Park, which has about seven hundred maple trees that turn brilliant shades of red from mid- to late-November.
From the top ropeway terminal, several walking paths take you to the main sightseeing spots. Misen Reikado House is said to be where the legendary Buddhist monk Kukai also known as Kobo Daishi , underwent rigorous ascetic training for days.
It is said that the fire he lit at the time is still burning in the Reikado House after almost 1, years. It is also used to light the flame of peace at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.
Continue to the Shishiiwa Observatory at the summit for panoramic views of the island, meters above sea level. After heading back down the ropeway, you can either go back to Hiroshima or stay on Miyajima. There are several Japanese inns and hotels on Miyajima Island where you can stay the night.
Most are located near the port area on the north side of the island. A pretty, compact city bound by mountains and sea, Hiroshima doesn't avoid its tragic past. Instead, by honoring its heritage and embracing peace, Hiroshima welcomes visitors with warmth.
It's impossible to forget what happened to the city at a. Hiroshima has the dubious distinction of being the first city to be hit by an atomic bomb, and one of only two in history.
The Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome , eerily well-preserved, was directly under the explosion and has become a poignant reminder. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum explores the threat of nuclear weapons with very personal reminders. The park employs a stark, modern design to commemorate the tragic events and advocate for a nuclear-free future. A memorial ceremony is held in the park on August 6 every year.
Shukkeien Garden, created for the Daimyo of Hiroshima in , was designed by tea master Ueda Soko to resemble real scenery on a small scale. Stroll around the pond, dotted with tiny islands, and relax at thatched tea houses. Visit during the Maple Leaf Festival in late November, to experience the vivid foliage at its best. A short walk brings you to Hiroshima Castle , built in Although it was destroyed during WWII, it has been faithfully restored to its original grandeur.
The castle now houses a museum with historical artifacts from local samurai families. Okonomimura Village is just a few minutes from Hiroshima Station by streetcar. The area specializes in Hiroshima's soul-food: okonomiyaki. Initially, the area was filled with small street vendors. Now, you can explore around 25 restaurants in one location, each with their own take on the dish. Bold, brash and friendly, Osaka is known for its foodie culture and outgoing locals.
Just over an hour from Hiroshima by shinkansen, the city offers a blend of shopping, historic sites, and popular amusements. HOME Back. Cat Island Tashirojima. Hiking in Japan. Kamakura Festival. Snow Like No Other. Restaurant Search. Weather Forecast. Planning a Trip to Japan? Share your travel photos with us by hashtagging your images with visitjapanjp. My Favorites. Recommended length: 2 days. Visit sacred shrines and unforgettable memorials.
A visit to Hiroshima will take you deeper into Japan's history and heritage. From the mystical atmosphere of the "floating" shrine at Miyajima to the sober beauty of the Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima is charming and unforgettable.
The view of the grand torii gate "floating" in the water at Itsukushima-jinja Shrine The thought-provoking displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum Trying Hiroshima's famous okonomiyaki, a hearty hybrid of fried noodles and savory pancake. How to Get There. From Tokyo: 4 hours 5 minutes. From Osaka: 1 hour 25 minutes. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Shukkeien Garden.
Miyajima Hiroshima's mystical island of shrines Accessed by ferry, the island of Miyajima has been a sacred place since ancient times. Misen An explosion of seasonal color Mt Misen, the highest point on the island, has been considered sacred since ancient times.
Hiroshima A historic city where peace prevails A pretty, compact city bound by mountains and sea, Hiroshima doesn't avoid its tragic past. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum A symbol of peace and a city reborn It's impossible to forget what happened to the city at a. Shukkeien Garden A world in miniature, a grand castle, and a district dedicated to food Shukkeien Garden, created for the Daimyo of Hiroshima in , was designed by tea master Ueda Soko to resemble real scenery on a small scale.
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Use the. Accessed by ferry, the island of Miyajima has been a sacred place since ancient times. Home to several beautiful shrines, it's an easy day trip and a must-see. The World Heritage Itsukushima-jinja Shrine , constructed years ago, sits elevated over the water. Covered corridors connect the shrine buildings.
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Hiroshima is a city full of surprises and word is starting to spread. Visiting all of them would be nice, but we suggest heading first to its most important attraction — the Atomic Bomb Dome. Also known as Genbaku Dome, it was the only structure near the hypocenter that survived the atomic devastation. Legend has it that eight rabbits left by visiting students in populated Rabbit Island. In the First World War, Okunoshima was omitted from maps to hide its status as a poison gas production facility. Friendly as they are, do not chase or try to hold the rabbits as this makes them flee and sometimes break a bone.