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If night view specialist Motou Marumaru were to guide visitors to the night views of Hiroshima, he would...

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Mr. Motou Marumaru

Mr. Motou Marumaru

Night View Producer

Born in 1965. He began his career in earnest as one of the only critics of nightscapes in Japan. He critiques the beauty of nightscapes based on landscape studies, color psychology, etc., and is working to create his own "nightscape studies" that will highlight the essence of these views. He is the only person in the world to have simultaneously set three Guinness World Records for night staging: (1) the world's largest light ground painting, (2) the world's largest light sculpture, and (3) the world's largest water surface SD projection mapping.

Mr. Motou Marumaru, a specialist and leading expert on Japanese night views, will guide you through the unique "nightscapes" of Hiroshima. The three areas introduced—Hiroshima City, Kure, and Onomichi—each have different ways to enjoy nightscapes. In Hiroshima City, the shadows cast by the river are distinctive, and there are also night views where you can enjoy the shadows created by indirect light. In Onomichi, you can enjoy the flow of time, while Kure is characterized by the masculine, sturdy lights of the harbor. This is a nightscape sightseeing tour that will change your concept of how to enjoy night views, as Mr. Marumaru suggests, "Don't just look at nightscapes, feel them with your heart.”

If night view specialist Motou Marumaru were to guide visitors to the night views of Hiroshima, he would...

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Yokokawa Station

Travel time : 30 minutes

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The night view of the retro station building will make you feel like you're traveling to another country.

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3 Yokogawa-cho, Nishi-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, 733-0011

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0570-002-486

Enjoy emotional retro illuminations that combine light and shade.

Hiroshima is a city with a large gap between “light and dark”. Compared to other regional cities, Hiroshima City is a narrow plain with mountains and the sea close by, so the city center is very compact. There are also very few high-rise buildings. Places where people gather, such as the area around Nagarekawa River, are glittering with neon lights, but once you leave that area, it’s really dark at night.

In such a dark town, the lights of the JR streetcar lines and Yokogawa Station building create a soft, shadowy structure at night. These kinds of illuminated buildings can be seen in many places in Europe. European nightscapes are not about adding lights, but rather subtracting them. By eliminating unnecessary illumination, the view of lights gently floating in the darkness evokes a certain nostalgic, retro feeling.

  • Mr. Motou Marumaru
    Mr. Motou Marumaru
    Night View Producer

    The Yokogawa station building has a different appearance in the daytime and at night. During the day, it looks modern, classic, and solid. But at night, the gentle light gives it a softer impression. If you have time, I hope you will enjoy the difference between the two.

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3 Yokogawa-cho, Nishi-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, 733-0011

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0570-002-486

5-minute walk

Teramachi

Travel time : 30 minutes

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Enjoy the beautiful shimmering light reflecting diffusely off the surface of the river.

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Teramachi, Nishi-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima 730-0801

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A night view of the riverbank created by the "light of life".

About five minutes south of Yokogawa Station there is a bridge with an unusual name called Sorazaya-bashi. Upon crossing the bridge, you will enter Teramachi. On the east bank of the Honkawa River, you can see the lights of a huge apartment building floating in the pitch-black darkness. In the daytime, it is just a plain apartment, but at night the “light of life” spills out from each room of the apartment, making the whole building stand out in the darkness. The combination of the apartment and the river becomes a night view that can be seen only in Hiroshima, where the entire city is dark.

Another highlight of the night view of Hiroshima is the diffuse reflection of water on the surface of the river. The diffuse reflection of the lights from the rooms of the apartments on the river surface is beautiful and somehow nostalgic.

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    Mr. Motou Marumaru
    Night View Producer

    There are three ways to enjoy the night view of Hiroshima: "Light of Peace," "Light of Life," and "Light of History. The residential nightscapes have less light on busy weekdays, so they look better on holiday nights when families are gathering and enjoying themselves.

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Teramachi, Nishi-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima 730-0801

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3-minute walk

Hiroshima Castle

Travel time : 60 minutes

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Learn about the duality of Hiroshima Castle, which looks different from day to night.

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21-1 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima 730-0011

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082-221-7512

Historically Symbolic Buildings of Hiroshima

Hiroshima Castle, a landmark in the city, is lit up at night and is very photogenic. The castle’s walls, which are mostly dark brown, blend in with the darkness and cast more shadows when lit up. The castle is surrounded by an unobstructed view, and at night it is covered in jet-black darkness, which makes the castle stand out even more clearly. The castle transforms into something completely different from its daytime appearance.

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    Mr. Motou Marumaru
    Night View Producer

    It’s also recommended to view Hiroshima Castle’s different faces which change depending on the moonlight. In the days when there was no electricity, moonlight illuminated the dark night. Nowadays, the castle is illuminated by lights, but the night sky itself remains as it was in the past. The gradation of the moonlit night sky and the castle is a true "historical light”. You can imagine the scenery when the castle was first built.

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21-1 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima 730-0011

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082-221-7512

3-minute walk

The Atomic Bomb Dome / The Peace Memorial Park

Travel time : 60 minutes

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Because it's a simple light up

Be impressed by the outstanding night World Heritage Site

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1-10 Otemachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima 730-0051

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082-504-2390

A valuable night view that makes you think about “peace”

The Atomic Bomb Dome has been watching over from the day of the bombing to the reconstruction of the city into what it is today. The reflection of the dome on the surface of the river is a reminder of “peace”. A clean river was restored to the town that had been burned to the ground by the war, and the Peace Memorial Park was built. From the Peace Memorial Park, you can see the remains of the war in a time of peace. Especially at night, when there is no light to disturb the surroundings, the A-bomb Dome, illuminated by white light, appears sharper and more impactful than in the daytime. We feel that this is a precious night view that leads one to think about what peace is.

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    Mr. Motou Marumaru
    Night View Producer

    Rather than seeing it up close, visitors can enjoy the view from the riverbank together with the Atomic Bomb Dome reflected on the river, which is one of the natural features of Hiroshima.

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1-10 Otemachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima 730-0051

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082-504-2390

If night view specialist Motou Marumaru were to guide visitors to the night views of Hiroshima, he would...

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Onomichi Main Street Shopping Street

Travel time : 45 minutes

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Enjoy a timeless view.
Experience an emotional journey.

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2-3-19 Todo, Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, 722-0035

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Get a sense of Onomichi's retro feel, reminiscent of the Showa era.

The entire town of Onomichi has a lot of scenery that reminds visitors of the good old days of the Showa era. You can feel the atmosphere especially in the evening and at night. One spot in particular is the Onomichi Hondori shopping street. Just as the sun is setting in the west, you can see the soft light coming in from the entrance of the shopping street. If you go a little further and look back, you can enjoy the shadowy scenery created by the shopping street.

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    Mr. Motou Marumaru
    Night View Producer

    Around evening time is when the shadows are more easily created in narrow alleys. You can see nostalgic views that create an atmosphere of the Showa era.

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2-3-19 Todo, Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, 722-0035

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20-minute walk

The slope leading up to Senkoji Temple

Travel time : 20 minutes

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Feel Onomichi's relaxed atmosphere.
Go on a journey to experience the flow of time.

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Higashidodo-cho, Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, 722-003

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View the slopes and streets of Onomichi at dusk.

One of the charms of Onomichi is its slopes. If you climb up the narrow streets, you can enjoy the panoramic night view around Senkoji Temple. But that doesn’t mean that you have to just walk up the hill. The time between dusk and nightfall is called “dusk,” and the view of the slope during this time is also a highlight. As you walk up the narrow, shadowy slope, it slowly gets dimmer and dimmer. The sky reflects a gradation of purplish-blue colors. It is not dark, but not bright either. At that time of the day, the street lights are beginning to come on, and if you look back down the hill, you can see the town lit up with neon lights and the glowing ferry boats moving slowly and gently. The night view is so relaxing that even first-time visitors to Onomichi will feel nostalgic.

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    Mr. Motou Marumaru
    Night View Producer

    Cold colors (blue and purple) activate the parasympathetic nervous system and calm us down. It is truly the time of dusk.

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Higashidodo-cho, Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, 722-003

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20-minute walk

Senkoji Park Observatory

Travel time : 30 minutes

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Take in the view overlooking the city of Onomichi.
Enjoy the sense of freedom.

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19-1 Nishidodo-cho, Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, 722-0032

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0848-38-9184

A great panoramic view representing Onomichi.

It will be night by the time you reach Senkoji Temple through the narrow path. When we move from a narrow place to a wide place, we feel a kind of liberation. It’s the same with scenery; when you see a wide view from a narrow one, you feel a sense of freedom. Needless to say, the view from Senkoji Temple is famous, but the night view is especially beautiful. The beauty of the view is enhanced by the exuberance of the climb. After passing through the nostalgic shopping street in the evening, you will pass through a narrow path toward Senkoji Temple in the twilight. From Senkoji Temple you will see a panoramic night view of Onomichi. This “feeling the flow of time” is what makes Onomichi’s night view a must-see.

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    Mr. Motou Marumaru
    Night View Producer

    Senkoji Temple has many places where you can look down on the city of Onomichi. The observatory will be reopened in April 2022. It is expected to attract attention as a new night view spot.

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19-1 Nishidodo-cho, Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, 722-0032

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0848-38-9184

If night view specialist Motou Marumaru were to guide visitors to the night views of Hiroshima, he would...

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Kure Minato Observatory

Travel time : 30 minutes

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Bask in the light brought by the huge port.
Get an energy boost.

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4 Takara-cho, Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture, 737-0029

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0823-23-7845

The orange lights are a unique sight in a port city.

Kure is a huge port city that has long been home to shipyards and a military port. The night view of Kure is characterized by the warm colored lights often seen in the harbor at night. These are called high-pressure sodium lights, and they are often used at docks and highway junctions as cautionary lights.
In fact, warm colors (red and orange) have the effect of activating the sympathetic nervous system, raising the pulse and body temperature, so it is recommended to see them when you want to recharge your energy while traveling, or when you are feeling down.

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    Mr. Motou Marumaru
    Night View Producer

    The nightscape with its cautionary high-pressure sodium lights has a fiercely masculine impression, although it may be strange to describe it in terms of gender. Don't you feel that this is a nightscape of a town where somewhat rugged men work?

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4 Takara-cho, Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture, 737-0029

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0823-23-7845

By car 20 minutes

Ozora Mountain Park Observatory

Travel time : 30 minutes

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A panoramic beauty with a 360-degree view.
A trip that will make you feel romantic.

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25 Hiromachi, Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture, 737-0115

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0823-25-3309

A park certified as a "Japan Heritage" spot.

This is a hole-in-the-wall spot with a panoramic view of Kure City. It was the site of an artillery battery during the war, and the “Ozora-yama Battery” has been recognized as a Japanese heritage site. One of the reasons why it was chosen as the location for the battery is because of its 360-degree view, which provides a great vantage point. This is the only place where you can see the breathtaking night view from the eastern part of Kure City to the Marino Bridge, which was completed in 2012.

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    Mr. Motou Marumaru
    Night View Producer

    Be careful at night, as you will be passing through a dark mountain path. It is also dark in the park, so use a flashlight or the light in your smartphone to walk around.

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25 Hiromachi, Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture, 737-0115

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0823-25-3309

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#Editor's Note

When most people hear the word "nightscape," they think of a beautiful, glittering, romantic view. However, the night view spots in Hiroshima are unique and can only be experienced in Hiroshima. A stroll through Hiroshima's nightscape is characterized not only by visual enjoyment, but also by imagination, using the brain and feeling with the heart. There are night views here that will remain not only in your brain or in photos, but also in your mind’s eye forever.

Mr. Motou Marumaru

Mr. Motou Marumaru

Night View Producer

Born in 1965. He began his career in earnest as one of the only critics of nightscapes in Japan. He critiques the beauty of nightscapes based on landscape studies, color psychology, etc., and is working to create his own "nightscape studies" that will highlight the essence of these views. He is the only person in the world to have simultaneously set three Guinness World Records for night staging: (1) the world's largest light ground painting, (2) the world's largest light sculpture, and (3) the world's largest water surface SD projection mapping.

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