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Immerse Yourself in the 10 Best Attractions in Hiroshima City

Immerse Yourself in the 10 Best Attractions in Hiroshima City

Located in the Chugoku region of Japan, Hiroshima is surrounded by rich nature – to the west is the Seto Inland Sea, and stretching from east to north are majestic mountains. Today, Hiroshima is a famous landmark with many attractions and interesting activities for visitors. Besides Itsukushima Shrine and Genbaku Dome, Hiroshima has many interesting destinations. Those all contain historical stories and scenic beauty, which easily enchant you from the first visit. Let’s follow The Broad Life to explore the best attractions in Hiroshima!

1. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome.
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An image of the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome and Orizuru Tower in behind.

Covering an area of 120,000 m2 in the central area of Hiroshima city, before World War II, Hiroshima Park used to be the political and commercial center of the city. After the war, the park became a place to preserve historical markers to remind people of peace.

The park has the Atomic Bomb Dome memorial house, recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage that can accommodate more than 220,000 people.

2. Hiroshima Castle

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Hiroshima Castle and cherry blossom in Japan.

For many tourists, when coming to Hiroshima, it would be a mistake not to visit Hiroshima Castle. In the past, Hiroshima Castle was destroyed in 1945 and restored in 1958. Now, it has become a museum of typical Samurai culture and history. The castle is 5 stories high and has an observation deck, allowing visitors to view the city from above.

Coming here in the spring, you can admire the view of cherry blossoms blooming, making the whole castle more brilliant and majestic.

3. Miyajima Island and Itsukushima Shrine

Located in the northwest of Hiroshima Prefecture, Miyajima is an island famous for its Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, which is recognized as a world heritage site.

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The Torii of Itsukushima on Miyajima Island, Japan.

In fact, Itsukushima is one of the largest shrines in Japan. This is also the only temple in the world with a torii gate and a shrine in the middle of the sea. Itsukushima was built under the orders of General Kiyomori Taira in the 12th century, with the structure and walkways built on pillars just above sea level. Accordingly, the temple seems to be floating on the sea when the tide rises.

In addition to Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima Island also has many other attractions and fun activities. You can watch wild deer roaming the beautiful streets, and visit many Shinto shrines and traditional Japanese temples. Particularly, you can enjoy oyster specialties including raw oysters, grilled oysters, or crispy fried oysters in flour,…

You can easily travel to Miyajima Island by ferry or boat to freely explore the island.

4. Shukkei-en Garden

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Shukkei-en Garden in Hiroshima. Image source: Mehmet Aktugan on Flickr.

As a verdant oasis in the city, Shukkei-en Garden is a historical Hiroshima attraction that has been providing a picturesque retreat since 1620. Designed to encapsulate the vastness of nature in a compact space, the garden features miniature landscapes of mountains, valleys, and forests. You can wander through the paths that meander around the central pond and discover various tea houses offering tranquil views. The garden’s meticulous design and seasonal beauty make it a top destination for those seeking the essence of Japanese aesthetics.

5. Mitaki-Dera Temple

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Mitaki-dera Temple in Hiroshima, Japan.

Considered a “Jewel in the rock” of Hiroshima, Mitaki-dera Temple embraces a walk through the forest. It’s a destination for tourists who want to return to nature and escape the noise of daily life. This is not only a sacred and famous temple for its unique architecture and characteristic red paint, but also an attractive check-in point for tourists in the fall, when the leaves change color.

On the slope up to the temple, you will see many waterfalls, lakes, stone Buddha statues, and fresh green forest carpet, creating a poetic scene like a watercolor painting.

6. Sandankyo Gorge

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The landscape of Sandankyo Gorge waterfalls and forest trails in Hiroshima, Japan. Source: metrotrekker.

If you want to fully feel the majesty of Hiroshima, you can visit Sandankyo Gorge. It’s a place with clear stream water gurgling in all four seasons, from the brilliant cherry blossoms in spring, and beautiful red foliage in autumn to the green, cool on summer days despite the sweltering heat.

Coming here, you can choose a trekking route through the forest or rent a kayak to fully immerse yourself in nature. Special stops after the journey are the beautiful 3-tiered Sandan waterfall and Kurofuchi Lake with emerald green water.

7. Orizuru Tower

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Hiroshima Orizuru Tower’s rooftop observatory. Image credit to Kanesue on Flickr.

Orizuru Tower, a recent addition to Hiroshima attractions, offers a unique vantage point over the city. Opened in 2016, this 50-meter tall structure provides an unobstructed view of the Peace Memorial Park and the A-Bomb Dome. In particular, the tower’s observation deck, ‘HIROSHIMA HILLS,’ and the interactive Orizuru Wall, where you can add your own paper crane, are highlighted. The tower’s design and the experiences it offers embody Hiroshima’s commitment to peace and remembrance.

8. Mazda Museum

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A corner of Mazda Museum in Hiroshima, Japan.

The Mazda Museum is an automotive enthusiast’s dream and a proud Hiroshima attraction. Located within Mazda’s headquarters, the museum showcases the company’s journey from its inception to its current status as a global car manufacturer. Visitors can explore exhibits of historic cars, learn about the revolutionary rotary engine, and even observe the car assembly line. The museum encapsulates Mazda’s spirit of innovation and is a must-visit for anyone interested in the evolution of the automobile industry.

9. Hiroshima Museum of Art

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Hiroshima Museum of Art.

The Hiroshima Museum of Art stands as a beacon of culture among Hiroshima attractions. Established in 1978, it’s nestled within Hiroshima Central Park and boasts a collection that spans European masterpieces to modern Japanese art. The museum’s galleries are a dialogue between the East and West. Some works range from Impressionist paintings to contemporary pieces. It’s a sanctuary for art lovers and a testament to Hiroshima’s resilience and dedication to peace and culture.

10. Okonomi-mura Culinary Village

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Having Okonomiyaki at one of the food stalls in Okonomi-mura culinary village.

A journey to explore Hiroshima cannot be complete without a culinary experience. Especially, there is the famous Japanese version of pancakes – okonomiyaki. To enjoy authentic Japanese pancakes, you need to visit Okonomi-mura culinary village. This is a complex restaurant consisting of 24 okonomiyaki stalls with many different flavors and styles.

Made in a new version, which is different from the Kansai or Tokyo region, the pancake is made from flour, cabbage, and pork with octopus, and cheese, then arranged in layers. The top layer is yakisoba noodles, fried eggs, and lots of okonomiyaki sauce. In addition, you can enjoy versions such as seafood pancakes, pork, garlic, or vegetarian pancakes,…

Read more: Monjayaki vs Okonomiyaki: A Battle of the Japanese Savory Pancakes

Embracing Hiroshima’s Legacy

As our exploration of the best attractions in Hiroshima comes to an end, we are reminded of the city’s remarkable resilience and beauty. Each site tells a story of recovery and hope, inviting us to reflect on the past while enjoying the present. Hiroshima’s attractions are not just destinations; they are poignant reminders of peace and the enduring spirit of its people.

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  • Richard Lowe

    This is a place I’ve wanted to visit for some time. I’ll never make it to japan, but if I did, I would go here. Thanks for the tour.

  • Steph S

    Absolutely gorgeous photos, thank you so much for sharing. I have always wanted to visit and this is an excellent guide!

  • Cindy

    Great roundup of Hiroshima’s top attractions! The Gorge and culinary center looked like great places to see. Adding this to my travel list!

  • Antonia

    I loved the virtual tour. Thank you. Very informative and Educational. Shall keep in mind if ever in Japan.

  • Emily

    Hiroshima City looks like a dream! I would love to go and visit all of these stunning attractions face-to-face one day.

  • Kimberley asante

    Your guide to the 10 best attractions in Hiroshima is fantastic! Each attraction you’ve highlighted offers something unique and special, giving readers a comprehensive overview of what this vibrant city has to offer. I particularly appreciate how you’ve provided insights into the historical significance of places like the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum, allowing readers to understand the city’s rich cultural heritage. The inclusion of practical tips and recommendations for visiting each attraction adds immense value to your post, making it a must-read for anyone planning a trip to Hiroshima. Thanks for sharing these wonderful insights and recommendations!

  • Ivan Carlo Jose

    Such beautiful places. Japan is in my bucket list, I’ll definitely check Hiroshima.

  • LisaLisa

    WOW, truly stunning and sounds like a great place to visit. I know every attraction has a lot of history behind it but I tell you, the Hiroshima Castle is so unique!!

  • Gervin Khan

    Japan is one of the most beautiful countries I would love to visit especially Hiroshima City. I heard there are a lot of beautiful spots to visit and enjoy when you are in that place.

  • Fransic verso

    We will be going to Japan soon this year and we would love to visit these attractions. Thank you for sharing!

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