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Summer in Hiroshima! Recommended sightseeing spots to visit in Hiroshima!

Summer in Hiroshima! Recommended sightseeing spots to visit in Hiroshima!

In addition to World Heritage sites and ancient shrines and temples, Hiroshima has many leisure spots that take advantage of its location facing the sea. You can choose a spot to visit and enjoy it according to your purpose and preference. This time, we'll introduce some of the best places to visit in Hiroshima during summer. (Information as of July 2019)

Itsukushima Shrine

Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a national important cultural property is located right on the sea, its Torii gate is also in the sea. The shrine is dedicated to the deities Ichikishimahime no Mikoto, Tagorihime no Mikoto, and Tagitsuhime no Mikoto, who have been worshipped as guardians of the nation's safety and the sea. It is one of the three most scenic spots in Japan, along with Matsushima and Amanohashidate.

Address:  1-1 Miyajima Town, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture (Take the JR Miyajima Ferry from Miyajima-guchi Pier to Miyajima Pier". A 10-minute walk from Miyajima Pier.

Opening hours:

January 1,    0:00 - 18:30

January 2 - January 3,    6:30 - 18:30

January 4 - the end of February,    6:30 - 17:30

March 1 - October 14,    6:30 - 18:00

October 15 - November 30,    6:30 - 17:30

December 1- December 31,    6:30 - 17:00

Peace Memorial Park

Peace Memorial Park, built in the center of Hiroshima City, is a vast park with facilities such as the Atomic Bomb Dome, which is registered as a World Heritage Site, the Cenotaph for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. In the hope that the tragedy of the atomic bombing will not be repeated, the park also plays a role in sending a message of peace to the entire world. Photography is allowed in the museum as long as it is for personal use and no flash is used. The sound of the Peace Bell in the park has been selected as one of the 100 best soundscapes in Japan to preserve by the Ministry of the Environment.

Address:  1 Nakajima Town, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture (Take a bus from JR Hiroshima Station and get off at the "Peace Memorial Park" bus stop)

Opening hours:  The park is open all the time (facilities hours vary depending on the season)

Onomichi Town

Known as a town with many slopes, Onomichi is also a familiar setting for novels and movies. There are many sightseeing spots such as "Senkouji Park", where you can see the port of Onomichi and the islands of the Seto Inland Sea,  "Ikuo Hirayama's Museum of Art", Japanese painting master, and "Onomichi History Museum " where you can learn about the history of Onomichi City. Ethnic cuisine stores with Onomichi-yaki (okonomiyaki) and Onomichi ramen are lined up mainly along the JR Sanyo Main Line. In summer, we also recommend swimming at Shimanami Beach.

Address:  Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture (Onomichi Station or Shin Onomichi Station on the JR Line)

Opening hours:  Varies depending on the facility.

Tomonoura Port

Tomonoura is a port town in Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Streets full of history are well-known as a location for movies and TV dramas, there are old shrines and temples, historical sites, and an exhibition facility called "Irohamaru Exhibition Hall" (Irohamaru Tenjikan), related to Sakamoto Ryoma (famous Japanese samurai). The area is also popular among photography enthusiasts for its scenic beauty spots facing the sea. It is also a great place to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Address:  Tomomachi, Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture (Tomotetsu Bus: "Tomonoura" or "Tomoko" bus stops)

Opening hours:  Varies depending on the facilities

Okuno Island

Okuno Island (Okunoshima), which floats in the Seto Inland Sea, is a small island with vacation villages, recreational facilities, a visitor center, and wartime monuments. Known as the "Rabbit Island" where about 700 rabbits live, it is a famous place visited by tourists from Japan and abroad. You can enjoy accommodations, campgrounds, and a swimming beach here, and spend time in the great outdoors while interacting with the rabbits.

Address:  Chukai Nakamachi, Takehara City, Hiroshima Prefecture (Ferry from JR "Tadanoumi Station". From Omishima Ferry / Kyukamura Passenger Ship "Tadanoumi Port" to "Okunoshima Pier")

Opening hours:  Varies depending on facilities.

Miyajima Public Aquarium

The Miyajima Aquarium (Miyajima Marine) is located right next to Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage Site. Known for being the first in the world to succeed in breeding finless porpoises, which are small dolphins, finless porpoises are also used as symbol marks. The aquarium's basic philosophy is "healing" and "interaction," and it offers the joy of participation and experience.

Address:  10-3 Miyajima Town, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture (25-minute walk from the JR Miyajima Ferry Miyajima Pier)

Opening hours:   9:00 - 17:00  (last admission 16:00)

There are various sightseeing spots in Hiroshima to visit in the summer, such as World Heritage Sites, strolls through the cityscape where you can feel the history, islands where you can interact with animals, and aquariums. When you travel to Hiroshima, be sure to visit the spots we've introduced.

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