Recommended for beginners in Hiroshima ♪ Here are 14 sightseeing spots in “Teppan” that you can't miss when you come to Hiroshima.
It's also perfect for when you've been to the sightseeing spot you're looking for, but you can afford it on your schedule.
1. Atomic Bomb Dome
The Atomic Bomb Dome was built in 1915 (Taisho 4) as the Hiroshima Prefectural Bussan Display Hall. On August 6, 1945 (Showa 20), the atomic bomb was only about 160 meters away from the hypocenter, and the blast reached almost directly above, so part of the building's walls escaped collapse. Registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1996 (Heisei 8). We continue to appeal for the abolition of nuclear weapons and the importance of lasting peace in the world.
A short walk from Hiroshima Station on the tram “Genbaku Dome-mae”
2. Peace Memorial Park
Peace Memorial Park is a large park located in the center of Hiroshima. It was built in this place close to the hypocenter in the hope of lasting peace in the world. Inside the park are the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, the Atomic Bomb Dome registered as a World Heritage Site, the Cenotaph for the Atomic Bomb Victims, the Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and the Hiroshima International Conference Center. The sound of the Peace Bell has been selected as one of the top 100 sounds of Japan that we want to preserve.
About a 1-minute walk from Hiroshima Station on the tram “Genbaku Dome-mae”
3. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum was opened in 1955 (Showa 30) with the aim of conveying the actual situation of the damage caused by the atomic bomb to people around the world and contributing to the abolition of nuclear weapons and the realization of world peace, which is the heart of Hiroshima. It consists of the East Building and the Main Building, and collects and exhibits photographs and materials showing the survivors' belongings and the devastation of the atomic bombing, and introduces the history of Hiroshima before and after the atomic bombing, and the situation of the nuclear age.
About 10 minutes on foot from Hiroshima Station on the tram “Genbaku Dome-mae”
4. Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims
The Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims is a national facility located in the Peace Memorial Park to commemorate the victims of the atomic bomb. It was established in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the A-bomb sites, to memorize the precious sacrifices of the atomic bomb and pray for eternal peace. The building was designed by architect Kenzo Tange. There are exhibits such as an information exhibition corner, a testimonial reading room, a peace memorial space, and a memorial corner for the dead.
About 5 minutes on foot from Hiroshima Station on the tram “Hondori” or about 5 minutes on foot from “Genbaku Dome-mae”
5. Hiroshima Castle
Hiroshima Castle, also known as Koi Castle or Zaimajo, was built by Terumoto Mori. Construction of the castle began in the spring of 1589 (Tensho 17), and it is said that it was completed in 1599 (Keicho 4). The castle tower lost in the atomic bomb was restored in 1958 (Showa 33) with reinforced concrete as a symbol of the reconstruction of Hiroshima. Furthermore, in 1989 (Heisei 1 year), in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the construction of Hiroshima Castle, the maintenance of the Ninomaru was promoted, and in 1991 (Heisei 3), the Omotegomon Gate and the Gomon Bridge were built, and in 1994 (Heisei 6) there were flat towers, tamon towers, and taiko towers It's completed.
About 8 minutes on foot from Hiroshima Station on the tram “Kamiyacho Higashi”
In 1620 (Genwa 6), Shukkeien was built as a villa for the Asano family, the lord of Hiroshima. It was named “Shukkeien” because the scenery of the mountain river, the state of Kyoraku, and the shrine of Miyama are shrunk in the garden. After the Asano family donated this garden to Hiroshima prefecture in 1940 (Showa 15), it became widely open to the public and became familiar to the public. Due to its Japanese-like scenery, it is a popular spot not only among locals but also foreign tourists.
10 minutes on foot from Hiroshima Station or 2 minutes on foot from Hiroshima Station on the tram “Shukkeien-mae”
7. Orizuru Tower
Orizuru Tower opened in September 2016. Located on the east side of the World Heritage Site Atomic Bomb Dome, this is a new complex where you can experience the richness of Hiroshima. There is a local product hall and a cafe, perfect for finding souvenirs or taking a short break. The biggest attraction is the view from the observatory! You can see the Atomic Bomb Dome, the Peace Memorial Park area, and even Mt. Misen in Miyajima in the distance on a clear day. “Orizuru Hiroba” on the 12th floor is a hands-on floor where you can play digital contents with orizuru and origami themes.
About a 1-minute walk from Hiroshima Station on the tram “Genbaku Dome-mae”
8. Okonomimura, Okonomi Republic Hiroshima Village, Hiroshima Okonomimatari Station Square Plaza
It is a complex facility where you can enjoy okonomiyaki from various shops. Dozens of okonomiyaki shops are densely populated, so you can compare and eat while enjoying the characteristics and differences of the shops. There are also shops that offer “Okonomiyaki Experience Learning,” where you can make your own okonomiyaki from Hiroshima, and you can enjoy it from children to adults.
This okonomiyaki experience studio is conveniently located a 2-minute walk from JR Hiroshima Station. It has good access from sightseeing spots such as the Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima Castle, and you can actually experience the culture of okonomiyaki together with sightseeing. Get an original apron and paper hat as a souvenir! Muslim-friendly and vegetarian menus are also available.
2 minutes on foot from JR Hiroshima Station
10. Hondori Shopping Street (Hondori), Fukuromachi (Urabukuro), Namiki-dori Street, Chuo-dori
Hondori Shopping Street is an ultra-wide shopping street that represents the Chugoku and Shikoku regions, and is commonly known as Hondori. Fukuro-machi (commonly known as Urabukuro) is two streets adjacent to the main street south. Lined with fashionable shops such as apparel and cafes, Namiki-dori is a popular spot for young people. Chuo-dori is a gorgeous street lined with large stores and a wide variety of shops, and it is also the main venue for events such as Toka-san and Ebe-san.
11. Itsukushima Shrine
It is a shrine facing the Seto Inland Sea on Itsukushima Island (Miyajima), and is the head temple of Itsukushima Shrines nationwide. It is registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. It is called “Aki no Miyajima” and is also famous as one of the three most scenic spots in Japan. There are many national treasures and important cultural properties, and the Heike Nokyo, which was paid by the Taira family including Taira no Kiyomori in the Heian period, is particularly famous.
JR West “Miyajimaguchi Station” or Hiroshima Electric Railway “Hiroden Miyajimaguchi” ~ From Miyajimaguchi Pier to Miyajima Pier by ferry (about 10 minutes) ~ Walk from Miyajima Pier to Shrine Entrance (about 15 minutes)
It is the Daihonzan Daishoin of the Shingon sect Omuro school (Sohonzan Ninna-ji Temple). It is said that in 806 (first year of Daido), Kobo Daishi (Kukai), on his way back from Tang China, performed the 100-day practice of Gumonji (Gumonji) at Misen (Misen) and founded it. The eleven-faced Kanzeon Bosatsu is enshrined in the Kannon-do. Until the Meiji Restoration, it is said to be a Gyoki work of Honji Buddha enshrined in Honjido, which was in the rear garden of Itsukushima Shrine. The first prime minister, Hirobumi Ito, deeply believed, and visited many times and was also instrumental in the renovation of the Misen mountain trail.
20 minutes on foot from Miyajima pier or about 10 minutes by taxi
Mt. Misen is a mountain in the central part of Itsukushima Island (Miyajima), and has been worshipped since ancient times. There are many climbing routes, and a ropeway is also installed. There is an observatory at the top, and it is a scenic spot where you can overlook Itsukushima (Miyajima), one of the three most scenic spots in Japan.
2 hours on foot from Miyajima pier or 25 minutes on foot from Miyajima pier ~ 15 minutes by ropeway from Momijidani station ~ 30 minutes walk after getting off
14. Yamato Museum
The Yamato Museum (Kure Maritime History and Science Museum) showcases the “history of Kure,” which can be said to be the history of Japan's modernization after the Meiji period, and various types of “science and technology,” including shipbuilding and steelmaking, which became the foundation of that modernization. I introduce it while touching on the life and culture of that time. One tenth of the battleship “Yamato” is displayed in the hall, and the Zero type fighter jets, the human torpedo “Kaiten”, and the special submarine boat “Kairyu” in the large materials exhibition room are all real and real. Outside, there are also exhibits such as the main gun barrel of the battleship “Mutsu” and the diving research ship “Shinkai”, and there is also a lawn open space and a park that reproduces the size of Yamato.
About 5 minutes on foot from JR Kure Station
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