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Hiroshima (prefecture)

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Hiroshima (prefecture)

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Hiroshima prefecture (広島県 Hiroshima-ken) is in the western Chugoku region of the main Japanese island Honshu.



  • Hiroshima — The prefectural capital
  • Onomichi — Port city known for old temples and Japanese authors

Other destinations

Floating torii of Miyajima
  • Miyajima — Site of the famous floating torii, and a well-preserved little town


Get in

By plane

Hiroshima Airport (IATA: HIJ) fields a fairly good selection of domestic flights as well as some from Seoul, Bangkok and various points in China. Flight time from Tokyo, the busiest route, is around 90 minutes.

By train

The Sanyo Shinkansen from Osaka to Fukuoka (Hakata) runs down the coast of Hiroshima prefecture, stopping at all major cities including Hiroshima and Onomichi. Direct Nozomi trains from Tokyo take about four hours to reach Hiroshima and cost ¥18,500 one-way.

By bus

Get around


Fukuyama City

  • Fukuyama Castle
  • Myōōin Temple
  • Bingo Kokubunji Temple
  • Human Rights and Peace Museum
  • Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of History
  • Kannabe Town Historical Folklore Museum
  • Fukuyama Municipal Zoo

Hiroshima City

  • Atomic Bomb Memorial Museum and Peace Park A visit to Hiroshima naturally brings people to the Atomic Bomb Memorial Museum and Peace Park to see the real affects of atomic warfare. Genbaku Dome is the famous symbol of Hiroshima, as it one of the only structures that remained standing after the bomb hit. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hiroshima Castle (広島城, Hiroshima-jō) - The original castle was built in the 1590s however, it did not survive the atomic bomb. The present-day castle is a reconstruction built in 1958. Only a picture was used in the reconstruction of the castle, so it is not exactly the same as the original castle.
  • Shukkeien Garden (縮景園 Shukkeien) - The garden was originally constructed in 1620 by the daimyo Asano Nagaakira. The gardens suffered extensive damage in the atomic bombing in 1945 however, it was reconstructed and opened to the public in 1951.
  • Mitaki-dera Temple
  • Fudoin Temple
  • Gokoku Shrine
  • Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum

Mihara City

  • Buttsuji Temple
  • Mitsuki Hachimangu Shrine
  • Mount Fudekage

Miyajima Island

  • Itsukushima Shrine As the most photographed shrine in Japan, Itsukushima Shrine is one of the most beautiful Shinto Shrines in the nation.
  • Mount Misen


  • Innoshima Suigun Castle
  • Souraiken Garden
  • Kosanji Temple
  • Saikokuji Temple
  • Jodoji Temple
  • Onomichi Historical Museum
  • Onomichi City Museum of Art
  • Entsuba Memorial Museum
  • Ikuo Hirayama Museum of Art
  • Innoshima History Museum
  • 88 Temples of Innoshima




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