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 [JR Kure Line, ~50 minutes]
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 Kure High Collar Mess Hall (呉ハイカラ食堂)
The Kure High Collar Mess Hall 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 High Collar Mess Hall serves the same curry served on the Sōryū-class submarines, which was originally a Friday dinner for submarine crews.
- 4-21 Takaracho, Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Transportation: JR Takehara Station [Kure and Sanyo Lines, ~135 minutes]
05 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
06 Ichibankan (壱番館)
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 broth.
- 2-9-26 Tsuchido, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Transportation: JR Hiroshima Station [Sanyo Line, ~75 minutes]
07 ekie (エキエ)
ekie (stylized with lowercase letters only) is a relatively new shopping center attached to the northern and eastern ends of Hiroshima Station. It’s actually broken down into several sections, but on the whole, it’s a bookstore, a convenience store, a food court, a nightlife destination, a souvenir store, and a supermarket at the same time! Grab a bite to eat here right after stepping off the Shinkansen, or buy a last-minute present for someone special right before catching your train!
- 1-2 Matsubara-cho, Minami Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Browse a wide variety of souvenirs from the Seto Inland Sea before returning to your place of accommodation and calling it a night.
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
Kure High Collar Mess Hall (呉ハイカラ食堂)
4-21 Takaracho, Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
15-1 Higashitsuchido-cho, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
2-9-26 Tsuchido, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
1-2 Matsubara-cho, Minami Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN