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The 5 Best Things to Do in Hiroshima

Hiroshima(広島) is about 340 km west of Osaka on the main island of Honshu. Hiroshima is noted as the site where the first atomic bomb was used in warfare. Within the Peace Memorial Park, located at the epicenter of the explosion, you can find memorials, museums, and the Atomic Bomb Dome. Since the war, Hiroshima has grown into one of Japan's major cities.

This article will present the top 5 Things to Do in Hiroshima!

1) Itsukushima Shrine(厳島神社)

Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社) is a Shinto shrine on the island of Itsukushima (popularly known as Miyajima:宮島), best known for its "floating" torii gate. The shrine complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Japanese government has designated several buildings and possessions as National Treasures. It was originally in 593 by Saeki no Kuramoto(佐伯鞍職). Later, Taira no Kiyomori(平清盛) became heavily involved with the shrine in 1168.

Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社)

- Address: 1-1 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi City 739-0588
- Access: From Hiroshima Station, take the JR Sanyo Line to Miyajimaguchi Station (27 minutes). Then, take the ferry from Miyajimaguchi to Miyajima Pier (10 minutes). Itsukushima Shrine is a short walk from Miyajima Pier (10 minutes).
- Opening hours: AM6:00 ~ PM6:00
- Admission: Free
- Tel:+81-829-44-2020

2) The Hiroshima Peace Memorial / Atomic Bomb Dome(原爆ドーム)

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial(広島平和記念碑), originally the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, and now commonly called the Atomic Bomb Dome(原爆ドーム) is part of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The ruin of the hall serves as a memorial to the people who were killed in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945. Over 70,000 people were killed instantly, and another 70,000 suffered fatal injuries from the radiation.

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial(広島平和記念碑)

- Address: 1 Chome-1-10 Ōtemachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0051
- Access: From Hiroshima Station, take tram line 2 or 6 to Genbaku-Domu Mae station.
- Opening hours: 8:30AM to 6:00PM (until 19:00 in August, until 17:00 from December to February)
- Admission: 200yen
- Tel:+8182-242-7831

3) Shimanami Kaido Bikeway(しまなみ海道)

Shimanami Kaido Bikeway runs between Onomichi(尾道) in Hiroshima prefecture and Imabari(今治) in Ehime Prefecture, hopping across several islands of the Seto Inland Sea(瀬戸内海). This 70km bikeway connects Onomichi with the islands of Mukaishima(向島), Innoshima (因島: for the pirate Suigun Castle), Ikuchijima (生口島: for Kosan-ji), Omishima(大三島), Hakatajima(伯方島), and Oshima(大島), ending in Imabari on Shikoku Island. You can enjoy the ocean view while cycling across the bridge! 

Shimanami Kaido Bikeway(しまなみ海道)

- Address: Onomichi City of Hiroshima Pref. to Imabari City of Ehime Pref.
- Access: 15 minutes by walk from JR Onomichi station
- Opening hours: 8:30AM to 6:00PM (until 7:00PM in August, until 5:00PM from December to February)
- Admission: Electric assist bicycle: Adults: 1,500 yen (up to 6 hours), Tandem bicycle: 1,200 yen per day, Other bicycles: 1,000 yen per day (adults) and 300 yen per day (children). A 1,000 yen for adults (500 yen for children) deposit is required. (If the bicycle is returned to the terminal within the same island, the deposit will be refunded.)
- Tel:+81-848-20-0005

4) Hiroshima Castle(広島城)

Hiroshima Castle(広島城), sometimes called Carp Castle(鯉城), was a castle in Hiroshima that was the home of the daimyō(feudal lord) of the Hiroshima han (fief). The castle was constructed in 1592, but was destroyed by the atomic bombing on August 6, 1945. It was rebuilt in 1958, a replica of the original that now serves as a museum of Hiroshima's history before World War II.

Hiroshima Castle(広島城)

- Address: 21-1 Motomachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture 730-0011
- Access: 15 minutes by public bus from JR Hiroshima station
- Opening hours: 9:00AM to 6:00PM (until 5:00PM in December to February)
- Admission: 370yen
- Tel:+81-848-20-0005

5)Taishaku-kyo Valley(帝釈峡)

The Taishaku Valley is a 18-kilometer-long canyon in the Kibi-kogen Highlands(吉備高原) in eastern Hiroshima that was carved into the karst tableland by the Taishaku-gawa River(帝釈川). The valley is beautiful during spring and summer but most people come here to see the beautiful fall leaves. On-Bashi(雄橋) Bridge which is a national natural monument is Japan’s No. 1 natural bridge with a total length of 90m which was actually in use up until the Taisho Period in the early 20th century.

Taishaku-kyo Valley(帝釈峡)

- Address: Jinsekikōgen, Jinseki District, Hiroshima Prefecture 729-3602
- Access: 18 min by bus bound for Shushi from Tojo Station of JR Geibi Line
- Tel: +81-847-86-0123

Hiroshima is waiting for you!
Let's go to stroll around historical sites and enjoy abundant Nature in Hiroshima! 

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Koki Miyashita

Author & Editor