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A prefecture that refuses to be defined by tragedy

Discover tranquil shrines, quaint port towns, and welcoming, friendly people.

In the center of the Chugoku region on Japan’s main island of Honshu, Hiroshima Prefecture offers a wealth of different things to see and do. From its sobering monuments located in its prefectural capital of Hiroshima City to stunning shrines and islands running wild with friendly deer and cute rabbits. While we should never forget it as a symbol of peace for its part in WWII, there ‘s also just so much more to Hiroshima.

Hiroshima City

Peace Dome in Hiroshima, Japan.

Atomic Bomb Dome on the Motoyasu River.

Hiroshima city makes a great base for exploring the region. Spend a decent amount of time seeing the city’s main sights, including the Peace Memorial Park and UNESCO World Heritage A-Bomb Dome, as well as the reconstructed Hiroshima Castle. Stuff yourself with Hiroshima-yaki at Okonomimura, a kind of okonomiyaki theme park with lots of restaurants serving up the local version of this savory pancake. 

A 40-minute train ride will take you to Saijo, Hiroshima’s sake (rice wine) town. Here you can attempt not to fall over at the end of a walking tour of the district’s numerous breweries.

Miyajima and Okunoshima

Itsukushima Shrine is floating on the sea in Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan..

“Something else, right?”

The Itsukushima Shrine at Miyajima is one of Japan’s most iconic scenes. The island is also an easy day trip from Hiroshima City. Lunch and dinner ferry cruises operate between Hiroshima and Miyajima, or you can take the train from Hiroshima Station to Miyajimaguchi Station and a ferry from there. There are traditional shops and inns on the island, and it’s worth staying overnight. Like Nara, deer live on the island and will boldly approach visitors for food.

Another day trip can be had on Okunoshima, an island overrun with thousands of adorable rabbits. Once a hidden stronghold of the Imperial Japanese Army, Okunoshima is an absolute must for bunny lovers, or just those looking for a unique experience. The entire island can be circled in a couple of hours on foot or by bicycle. Just make sure you bring lots of food for the hungry critters.

Explore the countryside

Landscape of Tomonoura, Hiroshima.

Small towns can be big on beauty.

In the prefecture’s south side lies Tomonoura, a picturesque fishing town that’s part of the Setonaikai National Park. Onomichi is another quaint port nearby. Those vying for a temple walk will find 25 of the town’s 48 temples dotted among its slopes. Onomichi is also the starting point of the Shimanami Kaido, a 60-kilometer highway of nine individual bridges connecting Honshu and Shikoku that makes for a spectacular cycling route.

Are you feeling even more adventurous? Just two hours from Hiroshima City, Sandankyo Gorge is @erfect for a hike. Especially in autumn when the leaves change. You can take a riverboat through the ravine passing through the waterfalls. The rivers’ clear, clean flowing water and aqua blue pools are breathtaking.

Want to see more? Start planning your trip to Hiroshima with the locations below.

Places to visit

Shukkeien Garden

Shukkeien Garden

Explore the best of traditional Japanese landscaping and views of the stunning taiko-bashi bridge at Shukkeien Garden, a historic oasis in the heart of Hiroshima.

Bihoku Hillside Park

Bihoku Hillside Park

For the best views of seasonal flowers and winter illuminations in Hiroshima.

Daisho-in Temple

Daisho-in Temple

A temple located at the foot of Mount Misen on Miyajima Island.

Fukuyama Castle

Fukuyama Castle

Considered one of Japan’s top 100 castles, Fukuyama Castle was built at the beginning of the Edo Period.

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Itsuskushima Shrine Miyajima Gate in Japan

Itsukushima Shrine

See it in person.

Shimanami Kaido

Dig into the beauty from Hiroshima to Ehime while cycling through these Japanese islands.


Osuga Cho

A hidden gem of Hiroshima City’s nightlife and a perfect place to sink your teeth into some okonomiyaki.

OnomichiKurushima kaikyo bridge in Ehime, Japan.


A quaint adventure before doing the Shimanami Kaido.

Genbaku Dome (A-Bomb Dome)

In its resilience, it stands as a reminder of war’s devastation.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

A testimony to pain and despair where hope lies at the end of a dark journey.


The inspiration for Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘Ponyo on the Sea by the Cliff.’

Mitaki-dera Temple

Soak up the harmonious atmosphere in Hiroshima’s spectacular woodland temple.

Hiroshima Peace Pagoda

A prayer for everlasting world peace nestled in the hills of Hiroshima.


The perfect Hanami hideaway and home to glorious sake.

Hiroshima Peace Bell

For those who seek peace from the storms of society, a bell rings with hope.

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is incredibly moving.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

If there's one thing you see in Hiroshima, it should be this.

Miyajima, Japan - November 15 2013: Unidentified vendors sell grilled oyster with soy sauce to tourist which is very popular amongst the people at Omotesando Shopping Street

Omotesando Shotengai

A lively hub of souvenir shops and bite-sized snack stalls lead the way to the iconic Itsukushima Shrine.

Miyajima Island Cable Car, Japan

Mount Misen

Climb your way to enlightenment.

Hiroshima Castle is also known as 'Carp Castle'

Hiroshima Castle

Hiroshima's medieval stronghold.

Rabbit on Okunoshima "rabbit island" Japan


Lie down with a couple of carrots and rediscover, for a fleeting moment, the pure joy of a child holding their first pet.

Miyajima Shrine Japan


Cross the floating boundary between the human and spirit world.

Hiroshima, Japan skyline at the Atomic Dome.


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