We have carefully selected the best spots to help you experience the amazing Seto Inland Seaside of Hiroshima. Feel the cool sea breeze on your face as your tour around multiple seaside locations.
01 Hiroshima Station (広島駅)
Hiroshima Station is the bustling transportation hub of our peaceful city, and one of the principal entertainment hubs as well. All JR lines in the city stop here, and from here, people can take numerous buses and streetcars anywhere in the city, or even out of town. The ekie shopping complex located inside the station building also has no shortage of restaurants and souvenir shops to keep visitors busy for hours.
- 2-37 Matsubaracho, Minami Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Transportation: Kure Station [Kure Line]
02 Yamato Museum, a.k.a. Kure Maritime Museum (大和ミュージアム、又の名を呉市海事歴史科学館)
Kure City was once the location of the largest naval arsenal in Japan. During World War II, the city built the great Battleship Yamato, which was one of the world’s largest battleships at the time. After the war, the city built many of the world’s largest trading tankers, and today Kure continues to flourish as a shipbuilding town. The Yamato Museum, located a five-minute walk from Kure Station, is a museum that introduces the modern history of Kure’s use as a military port and Kure’s world-class shipbuilding and their application of science and technology over the ages. The museum has valuable artifacts such as a full-size Type 62 Zero fighter plane and an exhibition room that explains shipbuilding and other scientific advancements in a step-by-step manner that is easy to understand for everyone.
(Exhibition Admission Fee)
General (University students
and above) – ¥500
High School students – ¥300
Elementary/Junior High School
students – ¥200
Preschoolers – Free
※ If you are a student, please
present your passport or
school ID at reception when
purchasing your ticket.
- 5-20 Takara-cho, Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
03 Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Kure Museum, a.k.a. Iron Whale Museum (海上自衛隊呉史料館、又の名をてつのくじら館)
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Kure Museum (also known as the Iron Whale Museum) is the only museum in Japan that displays an actual full-size submarine above water. The museum has documents on the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s history, which still has its main base in Kure. The museum also has information on the functions of the underwater minesweeping taskforce, whose mission is to find and dispose of mines and other hazardous materials. There is also information on the history and technologies used in submarines and daily activities on board the vessels.
- 5-32 Takaracho, Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
04 Alley Karasukojima (アレイからすこじま)
Alley Karasukojima is the only park in Japan where you can see submarines up close. The name “Alley Karasukojima” comes from the name of a small island (built up by landfills in the Taisho era) called “Karasukojima,” which used to be located in Kure Bay and had a circumference of 30 to 40 meters. The “Alley” part comes from the English word for a small pathway. During World War II, the battleship Yamato was secretly manufactured near Alley Karasukojima, and you can be a first-hand witness to the history of Kure’s prosperity as a military city.
- 6-6 Showa-cho, Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
05 Kure Hi Kara Shokudou
The Kure Hi Kara Shokudou is a café-restaurant located about a three-minute walk from Kure Station. The restaurant is reminiscent of the inside of a submarine and offers a variety of dishes such as Kure’s famous “Maritime Curry.” The Kure Hi Kara Shokudou serves the same curry served on the Sōryū-class submarines, which was originally a weekend dinner for submarine crews.
- 737-0029Orimoto Marine Building No. 3, 4-21 Takaracho, Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Transportation: JR Takehara Station [Kure Line]
06 Takehara Preserved Historic District (たけはら町並み保存地区)
Known as “Aki’s Little Kyoto,” the Takehara Preserved Historic District is a tourist spot where you can see the old streets of Takehara City, which has prospered since ancient times. Lined with old houses and warehouses that are over several hundred years old the area has been selected as a national important traditional building preservation district. Once you step into the district, you will feel as if you have taken a step back in time to traditional Japan.
- 3-11-7 Honmachi, Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Transportation: JR Onomichi Station [Kure Line & Sanyo Line]
07 Senkoji (千光寺)
Senkoji Temple is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Onomichi. The temple is located halfway up Mt. Taiho and is said to have been built about 1,200 years ago. The vermilion-lacquered main hall, also known as the “red hall,” is said to be unique in its beauty and has been preserved in many postcards and photographs since ancient times. The Senkoji ropeway, which departs from the foot of the mountain, is a convenient way to get to Senkoji. It takes about three minutes to reach the mountainside where Senkoji Temple is located.
- 15-1 Higashitsuchido-cho, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Ichibankan” is a ramen restaurant located about a 10-minute walk from Onomichi Station. The ramen served in Onomichi is called “Onomichi Ramen,” and is characterized by a light chicken-based soup with a rich flavor and a lot of back oil. Ichibankan is one of the most popular Onomichi ramen restaurants, offering ramen with plenty of green onions and a clear, special soup.
- 2-9-26 Tsuchido, Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
Transportation: JR Fukuyama Station [Sanyo Line]
09 Fukuyama Station (福山駅)
Fukuyama Station is a stop on the Sanyo Shinkansen, although not all Shinkansen trains stop there. The platforms may be humble, but the area around the station is bustling with life, just like its counterpart in Hiroshima City. Countless shops and eateries can be found in the adjacent buildings, and the numerous bus platforms just outside can whisk travelers away to destinations like Tomonoura, Shinshoji, Miroku no Sato, or Abuto Kannon-ji.
- 30-1 Sannomaru-cho, Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Hiroshima Station (広島駅)
2-37 Matsubaracho, Minami Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Yamato Museum, a.k.a. Kure Maritime Museum (大和ミュージアム、又の名を呉市海事歴史科学館)
5-20 Takara-cho, Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Kure Museum, a.k.a. Iron Whale Museum (海上自衛隊呉史料館、又の名をてつのくじら館)
5-32 Takaracho, Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Alley Karasukojima (アレイからすこじま)
6-6 Showa-cho, Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Kure Hi Kara Shokudou
737-0029Orimoto Marine Building No. 3, 4-21 Takaracho, Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Takehara Preserved Historic District (たけはら町並み保存地区)
3-11-7 Honmachi, Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
15-1 Higashitsuchido-cho, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
2-9-26 Tsuchido, Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
Fukuyama Station (福山駅)
30-1 Sannomaru-cho, Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN