Itineraries 2days

World Heritage and History of Hiroshima

World Heritage and History of Hiroshima

For first-time visitors to Hiroshima, this is a great plan full of must-see attractions. Enjoy two World Heritage Sites and the strong history of Hiroshima in just two days and one night.

Day 1

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.

Address
2-37 Matsubaracho, Minami Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

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Transportation: JR Miyajima-guchi Station, Miyajima Pier [Tram (Miyajima Line) & Miyajima Ferry].

02 Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社)

Itsukushima Shrine is a famous shrine located on the island of Miyajima within the city limits of Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture. Itsukushima Shrine was initially built in the year 593, but it was not until the year 1168 that the military leader Taira no Kiyomori rebuilt the shrine into its present magnificent state. The gods enshrined at the shrine are known as the Munakata Sanjojin. (Three Goddesses of Munakata) They are believed to have power over maritime safety, fishing, traffic safety, and business prosperity. In 1996, Itsukushima Shrine was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the Atomic Bomb Dome.


(Admission Fee)
Adult – ¥300
High School student – ¥200
Elementary/Junior High School
student – ¥100
(Admission & Treasure House
set)
Adult – ¥500
High School student – ¥300
Elementary/Junior High School
student – ¥150
※ If you are a student, please
present your passport or
school ID at reception when
purchasing your ticket.

Address
1-1 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

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03 Miyajima Omotesando Street

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04 Miyajima Public Aquarium (宮島水族館)

The Miyajima Aquarium is the only aquarium on Miyajima Island, and is a popular tourist spot for both domestic and international visitors. The aquarium is divided into 15 areas, where you can see the rare fish and aquatic creatures that live in the Seto Inland Sea, where Miyajima is located. A sea lion show is held every day in a special pool outside the facility. Watch the sea lions perform tricks, see their powerful jumps and experience a great view as you watch them swim up close.

Address
10-3 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

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05 Anago-meshi Ueno Miyajima-guchi Honten

The Anago-meshi Ueno Miyajima-guchi Honten is a long-standing Japanese restaurant established in 1901. It specializes in anago (conger eel) dishes and serves Anago-Meshi,” a famous Miyajima specialty. Conger eel is a specialty of Miyajima, along with oysters. This location offers anago-meshi using freshly grilled anago in a special recipe. The restaurant also sells takeout anago-meshi lunch boxes.

Address
739-04111-5-11 Miyajima-guchi, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture

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Transportation: JR Shin Hakushima Station, Hondori Station [Sanyo Main Line & Astram Line]

06 Atomic Bomb Dome (原爆ドーム)

On August 6, 1945, the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. To this day, the Atomic Bomb Dome conveys the horror of the bomb’s destructive power and the extent of the damage it caused. The Atomic Bomb Dome avoided total destruction, although it was only about 160 meters from the blast’s hypocenter. However, all the people inside the building died instantly, and the beautiful Western-style exterior and interior were utterly destroyed, with only the building’s steel frame remaining intact. In 1996, the Atomic Bomb Dome was registered as a World Heritage Site to be an architectural reminder of the horrors of nuclear weapons.

Address
1-10 Otemachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

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07 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (広島平和記念資料館)

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is a facility that exhibits materials related to the atomic bombings. Such items include artifacts of A-bomb survivors as well as photographs and drawings that illustrate the devastation of the bombing. More than 400,000 foreign visitors have visited the museum to date, and overseas visitors account for 20-30% of the total number of visitors. The exhibits at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum are divided into five areas in total and appeal to the world for peace from two main perspectives: “What happened in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and how the city was rebuilt,” and “How terrible and destructive nuclear weapons really are.” Audioguides (400 yen per unit) are also available for rent to help visitors learn more about the exhibits. The audio guides are available in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Russian, and Thai.

 


 

(Exhibition admission fee)
18+ – ¥200
High School student – ¥100
Junior High School student
or under – Free
※ If you are a student, please
present your passport or
school ID at reception when
purchasing your ticket.

Address
1-2 Nakajima-cho, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

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08 Orizuru Tower (おりづるタワー)

HIROSHIMA ORIZURU TOWER is a tourist attraction located next to the Atomic Bomb Dome. The north walls of the building are decorated with illustrations of ‘Orizuru’ paper cranes, which symbolize peace. The building also occasionally plays host to seasonal events. The first floor has a café and souvenir shop, and the 12th floor is “ORIZURU SQUARE,” where visitors can try their hand at making paper cranes. On the rooftop, there is an observation deck called “HIROSHIMA HILLS,” where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Hiroshima City and spend time relaxing.
The most attractive part of HIROSHIMA ORIZURU TOWER is the spectacular view of Hiroshima from the rooftop observation deck, from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the the Wolrd Heritage A-bomb Dome Site, Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Castle, and other parts of the city. The observation deck is covered, so you can enjoy the view even in the rain. Also, at the “ORIZURU SQUARE” on the 12th floor, you can enjoy making ‘Orizuru’ paper cranes. You can then throw your ‘Orizuru’ into the “ORIZURU WALL.”- a distinct glass display filled with paper cranes and the hopes and wishes that accompany them from all around the world!

Address
1-2-1 Otemachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

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09 Hiroshima Castle (広島城)

Hiroshima Castle was built in the year 1599 by Hiroshima’s most powerful warrior and leader at the time, Mori Terumoto. The castle featured a five-story Castle Tower, a Honmaru Palace, and a moat that flows like a river. Unfortunately, both the Castle Tower and the Honmaru Palace were destroyed by the atomic bombing in 1945, and only the Castle Tower has been reconstructed. The castle tower now houses the Hiroshima Castle Museum, which exhibits materials related to Hiroshima’s history, the Mori family, local folklore, and natural history.


(Entry fee)
18+ – ¥370
Senior citizen – ¥180
High School student – ¥180
Junior High School student
or under – Free
※ For students and senior
citizens, please present
identification to verify your age
such as your passport, or
school ID, at reception when
purchasing your ticket.

Address
21-1 Motomachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

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10 Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine (広島護国神社)

The Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine is located on the site of Hiroshima Castle, and is the largest shrine in the city center. Various festivals are held at the shrine, including the Especially 600,000 people visit the shrine in January As Hatsumoude (first visit of the new year) . Another popular festival is the Tondomatsuri. Held on January 15, every year it attracts many people who come to see the huge bonfires to pray for good health and family safety. If you are lucky, you might also see a wedding ceremony in the traditional Japanese kimono style, however you will have to watch from a distance.

Address
21-2 Motomachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

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11 Okonomimura

Address
5-13 Shintenchi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-0034 Hiroshima Prefecture

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12 RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima (リーガロイヤルホテル広島)

The RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima is attached to the Pacela shopping center downtown, and also well renowned by Hiroshimarians. There is a plethora of eateries to be found within the hotel itself, so even those who don’t stay overnight have a good reason to visit. In addition, the hotel is right across the street from the Hiroshima Museum of Art and near the Hiroshima Bus Center, making it a near-perfect choice of accommodation for tourists.

Address
6-78 Motomachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

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Day 2

01 RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima (リーガロイヤルホテル広島)

The RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima is attached to the Pacela shopping center downtown, and also well renowned by Hiroshimarians. There is a plethora of eateries to be found within the hotel itself, so even those who don’t stay overnight have a good reason to visit. In addition, the hotel is right across the street from the Hiroshima Museum of Art and near the Hiroshima Bus Center, making it a near-perfect choice of accommodation for tourists.

Address
6-78 Motomachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

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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.

Address
5-20 Takara-cho, Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

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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.


Free admission

Address
5-32 Takaracho, Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

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04 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.

Address
737-0029Orimoto Marine Building No. 3, 4-21 Takaracho, Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture

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Transportation: JR Takehara Station [Kure Line]

05 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.

Address
3-11-7 Honmachi, Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

Detail

Transportation: JR Sanyo Line

06 Mihara Castle Ruins (三原城跡)

The Mihara Castle Ruins are the ruins of the great Mihara Castle that once existed in Mihara City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Although only a part of the castle still exists, such as the castle tower (the stone foundation of the castle tower), the moat surrounding the castle, and the Funairi Tower, it is known as a popular tourist spot visited by most of the tourists who come to Mihara City for sightseeing due to its convenience of being just a short walk from JR Mihara Station. This is one of the few places in Japan where you can see part of the castle ruins from the platform of JR Mihara Station, or even from the JR train.

Address
1-1 Shiromachi, Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

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07 Suishin – Yamane honten

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08 Mihara Station (三原駅)

From the moment passengers step off the train, tourism is instantly possible as the Mihara Castle Ruins are visible from the platform. Mihara Station forms part of the center of Mihara City, and as such, numerous stores and restaurants of interest are concentrated around here. Drop by one of the okonomiyaki joints in the middle of sightseeing for an exclusive Miharayaki, renowned for adding fresh chicken offal as a topping.

Address
1-1-1 Shiromachi, Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

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Hiroshima Station (広島駅)

2-37 Matsubaracho, Minami Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社)

1-1 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

Miyajima Omotesando Street

Miyajima Public Aquarium (宮島水族館)

10-3 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

Anago-meshi Ueno Miyajima-guchi Honten

739-04111-5-11 Miyajima-guchi, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture

Atomic Bomb Dome (原爆ドーム)

1-10 Otemachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (広島平和記念資料館)

1-2 Nakajima-cho, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

Orizuru Tower (おりづるタワー)

1-2-1 Otemachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

Hiroshima Castle (広島城)

21-1 Motomachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine (広島護国神社)

21-2 Motomachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

Okonomimura

5-13 Shintenchi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-0034 Hiroshima Prefecture

RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima (リーガロイヤルホテル広島)

6-78 Motomachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima (リーガロイヤルホテル広島)

6-78 Motomachi, Naka 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 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

Mihara Castle Ruins (三原城跡)

1-1 Shiromachi, Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN