Three For Three
In Hiroshima Prefecture, there are at least three places with the number 3 (三) in their names: Sandankyo (三段峡), Miyoshi (三次), and Mihara (三原). The three Threes are located in three different parts of Hiroshima Prefecture (Geihoku, Bihoku, and Bingo, respectively) and thus the nature, tourist sites, and specialty products of these locales are bound to differ. Spend three days touring three rural corners of Hiroshima by rental car and experience a different side of Hiroshima Prefecture day by day.
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: Sandan Gorge [Rental Car, ~60 minutes]
02 Sandan Gorge (三段峡)
The Sandankyo is a canyon on the Shibaki River in Akiota Town. Visitors can spend an entire day hiking, enjoying boat rides, and admiring the overall natural scenery, especially in autumn. In 2015, it was awarded three stars in the French Blue Guide, along with Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima.
Operation period: Mid April- late November.
※ Operates almost everyday during this period.
High School students and above – round trip/¥500 – one way trip/¥300
Junior High School students and below – round trip/¥400 – one way trip/¥200
Preschoolers – Free
Operation period: Late April – Late November
※ Operates only on weekends and public holidays. However during Golden Week, mid August, and between late October – late November, it operates almost every day.
Junior High School student and above – round trip/¥500
Elementary School student and below (includes Preschoolers) round trip/¥300
※If you wish to use your student discount, please present your passport or school ID at reception before entering.
- Shiwagi, Akiota Town, Yamagata Province, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Transportation: Taiyaki Yoshio [Rental Car, ~20 minutes]
03 Taiyakiya Yoshio (鯛焼屋 よしお)
Taiyakiya Yoshio is a beloved taiyaki shop in Akiota Town in Hiroshima Prefecture’s northwesterly Yamagata District. Boasting a history that dates back to 1970, this humble confectionary store attracts people from well outside Akiota, and on days off from work, lines can form and snake. Besides taiyaki, they also sell takoyaki, ice cream, jams, and homemade lemon soda.
- 3538-4 Kakei, Akiota Town, Yamagata District, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Transportation: Nukui Dam [Rental Car, ~17 minutes]
04 Nukui Dam (温井ダム)
Nukui Dam is a gigantic reservoir found in Akiota Town, and serves as a tourist attraction in its own right due to its size. The streams gushing through the walls are a sight to behold. Aside from the dam itself, the surround Lake Ryuki hosts a variety of flora and fauna, and makes for a decent walk.
- 1956-2 Kakei, Akiota Town, Yamagata District, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Lodging: Kagura Monzen Toji Village [Rental Car, ~60 minutes]
01 Kagura Monzen Toji Village (神楽門前湯治村)
Kagura Monzen Touji Mura is a popular Kagura themed tourist spot located in Midori-cho, Akitakata City. The town of Mitosato has been home to the traditional art of Kagura since ancient times, and there are still 13 Kagura troupes active there today. In the vast grounds of Kagura Monzen Touji Mura, there are natural hot springs, lodging facilities, and a hall dedicated to the performance of Kagura, all lined up in a row. This creates an amazing atmosphere that will make you feel like you’ve gone to back in time to a traditional Japanese period. In addition to viewing kagura, visitors can also enjoy activities such as experiencing kagura.
- 4627 Midori-cho Hongo, Akitakata, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Transportation: Miyoshi Winery [Rental Car, ~35 minutes]
02 Miyoshi Winery (三次ワイナリー)
Hiroshima Miyoshi Winery is located in Miyoshi City and is one of the leading wineries in Hiroshima. The winery has won awards in various domestic and international wine competitions, and is a popular and talented winery. The winery has many facilities where you can learn more about Miyoshi and its wines, such as the factory where the wine is made, the wine cellar, the vineyard where the grapes are grown, the wine museum where you can taste and buy the products, and the restaurant.
- 10445-3 Higashizakaya-cho, Miyoshi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
03 Okuda Genso Sayume Art Museum (奥田元宋・小由女美術館)
The Okuda Genso Sayume Art Museum is located in the center of Miyoshi City. Opened in 2005, the museum is named after the couple, Japanese-style painter Okuda Genso and Japanese doll artist Okuda Sayume, who both received awards for their contributions to culture. The museum has a permanent display of Japanese paintings by Okuda Genso and dolls by Sayume. It also frequently holds special exhibitions such as the Sylvanian Families Exhibition. The museum also has a tea ceremony room, where visitors can enjoy a tea ceremony experience on weekends and holidays for an additional fee.
- 10453-6, Higashisakaya-cho, Miyoshi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
04 Restaurant Yoshoku Kobo (レストラン洋食工房)
Restaurant Yosoku Kobo is a museum restaurant attached to the “Okuda Genso Sayume Museum.” The large windows offer a view of the museum’s beautiful garden, which changes its appearance with the seasons. The menu at the restaurant consists of casual course meals and French cuisine such as beef stew, and most of the dishes are made with fresh ingredients from Miyoshi. Limited edition menus are also offered according to the seasons, so you can enjoy new dishes whenever you visit.
- 10453-6, Higashisakeyamachi, Miyoshi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Transportation: Miyoshi Mononoke Museum [Rental Car, ~15 minutes]
05 Miyoshi Mononoke Museum (三次もののけミュージアム)
The Miyoshi Mononoke Museum is located about 10 minutes by bus from JR Miyoshi Station. It is the first public museum in Japan to focus on the theme of yokai, and contains about 5,000 valuable materials and artworks collected by yokai researcher Goichi Yumoto. The theme of the museum, “Yokai,” is a general term for ghosts, demons, and fairies that are believed to have existed in Japan since ancient times, and were thought to cause mischief and bring good luck.
Adult – ¥600
High School/University student – ¥400
Elementary/Junior High School student – ¥200
Preschooler – Free
※If you wish to use your student discount, please present your passport or school ID at reception before entering.
- 1691-4, Miyoshi-cho, Miyoshi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Lodging: Kimita Onsen Mori no Izumi [Rental Car, ~15 minutes]
01 Kimita Onsen Mori no Izumi (君田温泉森の泉)
Kimita Onsen Mori no Izumi is a hot spring facility located in Kimita Town, deep in the mountains of Miyoshi City. You can take a bath in the natural hot spring, which has been loved by the local people since ancient times, or stay in the cottage attached to the hot spring. Inside the facility, there is a market selling local products of Kimita Town where you can buy souvenirs. There is also a shuttle bus that runs between the facility and JR Miyoshi Station, making it easy to get there even without a rental car.
Junior High School student and above – ¥700
Elementary School student and below – ¥350
3 years or less – Free
※ Face towel, bath towel – Sold separately
※ If you are a student, please
present your passport or
school ID at reception before
entering the bath.
※ If you have a tattoo, please
cover it with skin-colored tape
before entering the bath.
- 311-3 Kimita-cho Izumiyoshida, Miyoshi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Lodging: Kimita Oshima Shrine [Rental Car, ~72 minutes]
02 Oshima Shrine (大島神社)
Oshima Shrine, which is only a fifteen-minute walk from JR Mihara Station, is a shrine that has a deep connection to Mihara and has been treasured by the people of Mihara throughout the ages. It is said that the present Oshima Shrine came about when Kobayakawa Takakage, the ruler of Mihara Castle and fervent worshipper of the local tutelary god Oshima Inari (who protected the castle and territory), took the branch shrines of Itsukushima Shrine–which he prayed to even in the midst of battle–and moved them in with the Oshima Inari shrine. Every February, there is a Hina Festival where people pray for the growth of healthy girls, and that event bustles with locals.
- 3-6-12 Honmachi, Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Lodging: Mihara Station [Rental Car, ~3 minutes], then return rental car.
03 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.
- 1-1 Shiromachi, Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
04 Okonomiyaki Tetchan (お好み焼 てっちゃん)
Okonomiyaki Tetchan is a popular okonomiyaki restaurant in Mihara City. There are 7 other restaurants all thoughout Japan including Hiroshima, Osaka, Tokyo, boasting nationwide popularity. Okonomiyaki Tetchan offers a wide variety of okonomiyaki, including modern-yaki (Osaka-style but with noodles) and Mihara-yaki topped with chicken offal. Mihara-yaki is a very rare dish that can only be found in the Mihara okonomiyaki restaurants in Hiroshima Prefecture.
- 1-5-25 Shiro-machi, Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Transportation: Tadanoumi Station [JR Kure Line, ~25 minutes]
05 Tadanoumi Station (忠海駅)
Tadanoumi Station is a humble station right by Tadanoumi Port, which is most tourists’ first stop on their journey to Okunoshima, the infamous “Rabbit Island” off the coast of Takehara. As such, the station sign also features a rabbit mascot to remind tourists to disembark here if they wish to see the bunnies. Its location also makes it easy to squeeze a quick visit to either Takehara Preserved Historic District or Mihara Castle in the same day as well.
- 1-1-1 Tadanoumi Nakamachi, Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Buy pellets to feed the rabbits on Okunoshima [Ferry, ~15 minutes] in the gift shop beforehand!
06 Ōkunoshima (大久野島)
Okunojima is an uninhabited island located about 15 minutes by ferry from Omishima Island, one of the islands on the Shimanami Kaido, and from Tadanoumi Port, a short distance from JR Tadanoumi Station. Okunojima has long been famous as the “Rabbit Island,” with about 900 wild rabbits living on the island. Okunojima is also known as the island where the former Japanese Army secretly conducted poison gas experiments during World War II, and the island is dotted with facilities such as the Poison Gas Museum.
- Okunoshima, Tadanoumi-cho, Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Transportation: Mihara Station [Ferry & JR Kure Line, ~40 minutes]
07 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.
- 1-1-1 Shiromachi, Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Proceed to your next destination via Shinkansen or Hiroshima Airport Limousine Bus!
Hiroshima Station (広島駅)
2-37 Matsubaracho, Minami Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Sandan Gorge (三段峡)
Shiwagi, Akiota Town, Yamagata Province, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Taiyakiya Yoshio (鯛焼屋 よしお)
3538-4 Kakei, Akiota Town, Yamagata District, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Nukui Dam (温井ダム)
1956-2 Kakei, Akiota Town, Yamagata District, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Kagura Monzen Toji Village (神楽門前湯治村)
4627 Midori-cho Hongo, Akitakata, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Miyoshi Winery (三次ワイナリー)
10445-3 Higashizakaya-cho, Miyoshi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Okuda Genso Sayume Art Museum (奥田元宋・小由女美術館)
10453-6, Higashisakaya-cho, Miyoshi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Restaurant Yoshoku Kobo (レストラン洋食工房)
10453-6, Higashisakeyamachi, Miyoshi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Miyoshi Mononoke Museum (三次もののけミュージアム)
1691-4, Miyoshi-cho, Miyoshi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Kimita Onsen Mori no Izumi (君田温泉森の泉)
311-3 Kimita-cho Izumiyoshida, Miyoshi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Oshima Shrine (大島神社)
3-6-12 Honmachi, Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Mihara Castle Ruins (三原城跡)
1-1 Shiromachi, Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Okonomiyaki Tetchan (お好み焼 てっちゃん)
1-5-25 Shiro-machi, Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Tadanoumi Station (忠海駅)
1-1-1 Tadanoumi Nakamachi, Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Okunoshima, Tadanoumi-cho, Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN