- Atomic Bomb Dome
- Even with its location so close to the hypocenter of the atomic bomb in 1945, the building escaped complete destruction and remains a potent reminder of this harrowing event. The Atomic Bomb Dome is a symbol for Hiroshima’s desire for world peace.
- Itsukushima Shrine
- Itsukushima Shrine with its famous vermillion o-torii gate floating in the sea was built in 593CE.
The magnificent shrine designated as a national treasure was remodeled into the current style by Military leader Taira no Kiyomori in 1168.
and prospered as one of the Heike clan’s most prestigious shrines.
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- Hiroshima Castle
- The castle city of Hiroshima that flourished under the reign of the Mori, Fukushima, and Asano houses has a rich history.
Hiroshima Castle built by Mori Terumoto in 1589 was designated as a national treasure in 1931, but was subsequently destroyed by the atomic bomb. It was rebuilt in 1958.
Today, as well as exhibits and artifacts relating to the castle on display inside, you can try on traditional samurai armor and pose for pictures.
- Shukkei-en Garden
- Shukkei-en Garden in the center of Hiroshima was created as a detached villa during the Edo period by the former feudal lord of Hiroshima Castle, Asano Nagaakira. The Asano family used this garden for leisure purposes.
- Kintaikyo Bridge(Iwakuni City Yamaguchi Prefecture)
- The Kintai Bridge is known as one of the three most famous and eccentrically designed bridges in Japan.
Spanning Yamaguchi’s Nishiki River - the biggest river in the prefecture with a width of 200m - the Kintai Bridge comprises of five wooden bridge sections constructed in 1673 by the 3rd Lord of Iwakuni, Kikawa Hiroyoshi.
- Hiroshima Okonomiyaki
- The ever-popular ‘Hiroshima Okonomiyaki’
There are one thousand okonomiyaki restaurants in Hiroshima. The mind boggles if you try to imagine how many okonomiyaki pancakes are being eaten everyday in Hiroshima.
In Hiroshima, you can also experience cooking an okonomiyaki firsthand.
- Experience Hiroshima okonomiyaki
- Establishments where you can experience okonomiyaki-making workshops as a group.
There are other locations inside the city offering workshops besides these sauce manufacturers.
- Experience Momiji-manju Home-baked , Scoop making
- If you go to Miyajima, you can have a momiji-manju cooking experience. In the Miyajima Traditional Craft Hall across the street and to the left as you exit the ferry terminal, there is a workshop area where you can experience and learn about traditional Miyajima crafts. On the 2nd floor, you can experience the ‘handmade momiji-manju workshop’, and on the 3rd floor you can experience the ‘wooden rice scoop carving workshop’.
- Hiroshima's Sake
- Hiroshima’s famous sake district ranks alongside the famous Fushimi area in Kyoto and the Nada district in Kobe. 30 minutes to the east of Hiroshima City is Saijo in Higashi-Hiroshima. Look to the east of Saijo Station and you will see a concentration of traditional Japanese sake breweries. Of course, the sake here is delicious, but walking around the old sake district and visiting the breweries makes for an enjoyable day out.
- Experience Japanese tea
- In places like Shukkei-en, you can experience tea ceremony while gazing out at the beautiful Japanese gardens.
- Kagura is a popular traditional performing art in Hiroshima and Shimane, passed on from generation to generation.
- Miyajima fireworks On The Sea
- Miyajima’s underwater fireworks lighting up the summer night’s sky.
Itsukushima Shrine and the torii gate floating in the sea set against a background of beautiful fireworks is a sight to behold.
- Skiing and Snowboarding
- There are many ski resorts in Hiroshima Prefecture and the area is renowned for its high quality of snow.