Top 35 Things To Do In Hiroshima (Japan)

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When you visit Hiroshima, most people will tell you to focus on the memorials honoring the victims of the atomic bombing of 1945.

However, you will find a lot more things to do in Hiroshima.

If you are wondering what to do in Hiroshima, Japan, please be sure to check out this awesome list that we have compiled.

Things To Do In Hiroshima

1. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Hiroshima Peace Memorial park
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Found at the north end of the island, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is a location where people pray for peace.

This island is formed by two of Hiroshima’s rivers which are Ota River and the Motoyasu River.

This pleasant green park is the location of most of the memorials dedicated in memory of the 1945 atomic bombing.

Across from this park on the other side of the river, you will find the Atomic Bomb Dome.

This park is close to the hypocenter of the atomic bomb explosion, and you will see the Cenotaph for A-Bomb victims here.

If you travel a little farther south, you will find the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum also.

From other areas in Hiroshima, most people go to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park by using the Motoyasu-Bashi Bridge.

This bridge will bring you directly to the reflecting pool. The park is open 24 hours a day and is free to enter.

Address: 1-2 NakajimachoNaka, Hiroshima 730-0811, Hiroshima Prefecture

2. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
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If you want to understand the horrors, ramifications, and consequences of the atomic bombing inexplicable tragedy, another one of the things to do in Hiroshima is this fantastic museum.

In detail, this museum shows you the events leading to the bombing and those events that took place after the attack.

It is not for the faint-hearted people, instead, it was designed for those individuals who want to understand what this atomic blast did to the Japanese people of Hiroshima, Japan.

In excruciating detail, you will see the belongings of various victims and evidence from the moment after the bomb dropped.

It can be a problematic museum to visit for some people, so you may consider carefully before bringing children here.

The exhibits are not gory, but the most profound impression is left from the human suffering caused by this tragic event.

Most days, when visiting this museum, you will see crowds of school children.

The hours of operation are from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm (Mar-Jul and Sep-Nov), and it is 50 Yen for adults but free for children.

Address: 1-2 Nakajimacho, Naka-kuHiroshima 730-0811, Hiroshima Prefecture

3. Cenotaph For A-Bomb Victims

Cenotaph For A-Bomb Victims
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This Memorial Monument for Hiroshima, Japan can be found near the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

It is a concrete monument that is shaped like a horse saddle. You will find it when you reach the center of the park.

The half-circle shape of this monument was designed to symbolize a shelter for all of the souls who perished in the bombing in 1945.

When you carefully inspect this Cenotaph, you will find an inscription. It states “Rest in peace, for (they or we) shall not repeat the error.

The Japanese language allows this sentence to be inherently ambiguous.

However, it clearly states that atomic weapons must never be used again. The park is open 24 hours a day, and the admission is free to see the Cenotaph.

Address: 1 Nakajima-cho Naka-kuHiroshima 730-0811, Hiroshima Prefecture

4. Atomic Bomb Dome

Atomic Bomb Dome
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In August of 1945, Hiroshima was destroyed by a nuclear bomb.

The Atomic Bomb Dome is one of the most recognized symbols associated with Hiroshima, Japan, and should be at the top of things to do in Hiroshima.

It commemorates this tragedy. You can see this dome precisely the way it was after the bombing with its rubble and twisted metal.

Most of the surrounding area of this Atomic Bomb Dome was also left without any changes.

The original building was the Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall which was close to the hypocenter of the bomb.

The remaining parts of the building are used to show how much power and destruction a nuclear weapon can yield.

This dome should be at the top of your list of places to see while visiting Hiroshima, Japan.

You will also see various paper cranes that were made by children from across Japan. These cranes are created in dedication to peace.

The children learn the slow and tenacious road the city of Hiroshima and Japan have had to take to recover from the destruction caused by a nuclear weapon.

The dome is open every day, and it is free to view.

Address: 1-10 Otemachi Naka-kuHiroshima 730-0051, Hiroshima Prefecture

5. Children’s Peace Monument

Children's Peace Monument
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When you are looking for things to do in Hiroshima, you must visit the Children’s Peace Monument, also located in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

This memorial is probably the most touching monument in Hiroshima.

It portrays a child with her arms reaching for the sky. This child has a crane above her, and the statue was designed to tell the story of Saski Sadako.

Saski developed radiation sickness after the 1945 atomic bombing.

She believed that if she was able to fold 1000 origami cranes, it would make her better. Unfortunately, she passed away before finishing all 1000 cranes.

When you visit this monument, you will see many folded strings of origami cranes.

People from across the globe offer these cranes all around the memorial. You can access the memorial 24 hours a day, and the admission is free.

Address: 1 Nakajimacho, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, 730-0811, Japan

6. Shukkei-en Garden

Shukkeien Japanese garden in Hiroshima
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You can find this marvelous garden located northeast of Downtown Hiroshima.

Selected as one of Japan’s 100 Historic Parks, the Shukkei-en Garden is a must see when deciding on things to do in Hiroshima.

This garden is truly diverse with the visitors being able to enjoy various sites including mountainous area, sandy beach area, lush forest area, and a valley area.

The translation of Shukkei-en is shrunken-scenery, which perfectly describes these various sites hidden in this gorgeous garden in Hiroshima.

This garden can be dated back to 1620 (the early Edo Period) and is typically considered the quintessential Japanese-style garden.

You will also find teahouses and tranquil lakes as you walk around this serene garden.

The hours of the garden are from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm from April to September and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm from October to March. The price of admission is 260 Yen.

Address: 2-11 Kaminoboricho, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, 730-0014, Japan

7. Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art

Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
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This museum is an excellent choice when you are visiting Hiroshima and love art. You will find it located about 1km south of the Hiroshima Station.

It is called a modern art museum and offers a variety of exhibitions to suit everyone in your group.

The current show is what the museum is currently offering at the time. It typically changes every few weeks or months.

The special exhibition is used to showcase solo and group artists who portray the beautiful developments in art.

The collection exhibition is a two-part exhibition that highlights all of the museum’s holdings while showcasing the many ways to enjoy art.

The admission price depends on which exhibit you would like to visit. The current exhibition is free.

You can visit any part of the museum from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm every day except on Mondays and holidays.

Address: 1-1 Hijiyamakoen, Minami Ward, Hiroshima, 732-0815, Japan

8. Miyajima Island

Miyajima Hiroshima
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Another one of the top things to visit while in Hiroshima, Japan is Miyajima Island. This small island is located a short distance from Hiroshima, Japan.

During autumn, you will find an incredibly scenic and picturesque Miyajima Island. It is said to be one of the most lovely places in all of Hiroshima, Japan.

You can take a ferry from the port in Miyajimaguchi to reach this fantastic island, which is full of exquisite Japanese architecture and culture in just ten minutes.

The island is full of temples from ancient times and Buddhist temples that are still in use today.

The green forests make this island one that you cannot miss while traveling in Hiroshima.

In August, one of the most popular activities on Miyajima Island is the yearly Water Fireworks. The natives of the island set off fireworks near the edge of the water.

With the Itsukushima Shrine in the back and the water reflecting, it is a truly fantastic sight to see.

With a history of over 1400 years, many of the natives believe that this island is the place God dwells because of the Itsukushima Shrine. It is open every day and free to everyone.

9. Hiroshima-Style Okonomiyaki

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As you progress during the day, you are sure to get hungry. When you are ready, you should try their local cuisine.

The most famous dish is the popular Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki.

Some individuals describe this dish like a savory pancake. This delight is a distinct style of a combination of a variety of ingredients.

These ingredients can include vegetables, noodles, squid, pork, cabbage, sauces, eggs, and just about any other element you desire.

The exact ingredients depend on the shop’s own unique and individual style. You can find a massive variety of okonomiyaki in Okonomimura.

This area is basically a food theme park which has over 20 different okonomiyaki restaurants in one building.

It is one of the best places to try this local delicacy. The best times to visit depends on the specific establishment, but you can find several ones that are open after dusk.

The price also depends on the restaurant and the ingredients in your chosen okonomiyaki.

Address (Okonomimura): 5-13 Shintenchi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, 730-0034, Japan

10. Hiroden

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If you want to travel back in time while looking for things to do in Hiroshima, you must take a streetcar.

Hiroshima has a massive amount of trolleys and a light rail system across the city.

It sees it as a matter of pride to continue to offer this disappearing travel option.

With over 300 streetcars, you can see one of Hiroshima’s Hiroden roll slowly down the street of the city.

These streetcars have traveled the roads of Hiroshima, Japan since 1912, taking the Japanese people where they need to go.

It took the streetcars only three days after the bombing to start running again.

If you are lucky, you may even be able to catch a ride on one of the few streetcars still in service from this time.

Over time, Hiroshima has continued to purchase other city’s trolleys which provides you with a variety of choices.

The Hiroden is sometimes referred to as the Moving Streetcar Museum. The first streetcar leaves around 5:30 am, and the last is around 11:30 pm.

The price of the Hiroden varies according to the distance traveled, but the flat rate costs 180 Yen for adults. You must pay 90 Yen for children.

11. Mazda Museum

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When the plane lands in Hiroshima, one of the first things you will notice is all of the Mazda cars zooming around the place.

Mazda was founded in Hiroshima, Japan in 1920, making the city rich in Mazda history.

You can visit the museum, see the corporate headquarters, and see a working assembly line.

Next to the corporate headquarters, Mazda owns a small parcel of land. This land contains the research and development center and various factories.

This stop may not be the ideal spot for everyone, but you can learn a lot about the making of cars with a guided tour.

You can also purchase all the Mazda merchandise for your friends who are crazy about cars.

You can find a spot on a guided tour every day of the year except for national and company holidays. The trip takes approximately about one and a half hours.

The price for the tour is free, but you do need to make a reservation in advance. You can call or email to avoid any misunderstandings.

Address: 1-1 Nihookimachi, Minami Ward, Hiroshima, 734-0057, Japan

12. Hiroshima Castle

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Even though the atomic bomb destroyed this castle, visiting it is still one of the best things to do in Hiroshima.

It was restored and is now a fantastic example of traditional Japanese castle construction.

You will see a spectacular moat, stone walls, and ‘Hinomaru’ section while visiting the Hiroshima Castle.

The castle is five-stories tall and was first built in 1589 as a vital government center for the Hiroshima, Japan region.

The castle gardens are one of the best spots in Hiroshima to see cherry and plum blossoms.

After climbing the castle stairs, you will see a splendid view of the skyline and the gardens.

Inside the castle, artifacts, artwork, and various other exceptional items from ancient times can be viewed.

When you visit, you can pay an extra fee to dress as a wartime samurai with a samurai helmet.

The castle is open from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm during the summer months but closes earlier during the winter. The price is 370 Yen for adults, but free for children.

Address: 21-1 Motomachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, 730-0011, Japan

13. Itsukushima Shrine

Itsukushima Shrine
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When you visit the island of Miyajima, you are entering one of three of the most scenic spot in Hiroshima, Japan.

This shrine is world renowned for its visual representation of the ancient religion Shinto.

It contains a grand torii gate ‘floating’ in the spectacular sea. This gate was designed to make it look as if it is floating above the water.

This effect is especially noticeable during high tide.

This shrine attracts people from across the globe because they want to experience its amazingly rich history, beauty, and architecture.

Many people have been coming to this shrine to worship for centuries. They even perform a variety of traditional rites at the Itsukushima Shrine.

Japan and Hiroshima have always believed the location of the shrine on the island is sacred, so in 1996, it was declared as a World Heritage Site.

This shrine is one of the top places to visit in Hiroshima and you should not miss it.

The best time to visit is in the morning because it will be less crowded and more serene.

It opens at 6:30 am and closes at 5:00 pm. The price is 300 Yen for adults and 100 Yen for children.

Address: 1-1 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima 739-0588, Japan

14. Shimanami Kaido Expressway

Shimanami Kaido Expressway
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If you love to bike ride or want to take a refreshing drive, this 70km expressway with nine bridges that link six islands is worth the trip.

These islands include Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, and Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture which provides a wealth of scenery well worth seeing.

You can rent a bike from one of the many rental shops located along the route.

As you travel the expressway, you should be sure to stop and take some beautiful photos over the ocean and look at all of the attractive sights.

You can also rent a car to take a scenic drive through this expressway.

The expressway does not charge to ride or drive and never closes. However, it would be best if you planned for the rental charges or accommodations.

15. Mitaki-Dera Temple

Mitaki-Dera Temple
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This Shingon-sect temple was built in 809. Located in downtown Hiroshima, Japan, this Buddhist temple should be at the top of your list of things to do in Hiroshima.

You will be surprised by the scenic beauty of Mitaki and will love this tranquil area where you can chill and enjoy the peace.

It is a beautiful area year round but the best time to visit is during autumn. You can walk the grounds of this temple and enjoy the Buddhist statues and waterfalls.

The name of this temple translates as ‘Three Waterfalls Temple’ which describes the properties perfectly.

These waterfalls ensure the fields are bright and green while the trees are fantastic to view.

When you are looking for a Zen moment, you must visit the Mitaki-Dera Temple in Hiroshima.

Art and nature lovers will enjoy the perfect combination of both in this temple.

The temple is open every day with hours from 8:00 am to 5:30 in March through November.

During December to February, the hours of operation change where the temple closes at 5:00 pm. The price to enter is free.

Address: 411 Mitakiyama, Nishi Ward, Hiroshima, 733-0805, Japan

16. Mount Haigamine

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With the absolutely breathtaking and unique view from the top of the mountain, many individuals would say Mount Haigamine in Hiroshima, Japan is one of the top three nightscapes in Japan.

As you stand at the top of this mountain, you will get a bird’s eye view of Hiroshima. Many individuals have described this view as a sea of jewels sparkling in the night.

With a panoramic view of the islands and city surrounding Hiroshima, you will not find a more spectacular spot in the area.

The only high point in the entire area is the city of Hiroshima.

If you and your significant other are traveling together, you will not find a more romantic evening than a visit to Mount Haigamine in Hiroshima, Japan.

While visiting, you can take the perfect picture to take home as a fantastic souvenir.

For the most optimal experience, you should visit the mountain at night. It is open 24 hours a day and is free of charge.

17. Wood Egg Okonomiyaki Museum

Wood Egg Okonomiyaki Museum

After tasting okonomiyaki and the other local cuisine of Hiroshima, you must make a stop at the fabulous Wood Egg Museum. This museum will make a foodie’s dream come true.

As you tour this museum, you will learn about the amazingly rich history of okonomiyaki, a delicacy with a home based in Hiroshima, Japan.

One of the unique aspects of this museum is that you even get to make a sample of this delicacy for yourself.

You can explore all of the ingredients involved with this fabulous Hiroshima dish.

You can experience three different courses to explore okonomiyaki at its finest. Each of these courses is different.

For example, you can just tour the factory and make your own okonomiyaki.

The museum is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on the weekends, but you must make reservations.

The price of this museum depends on which of the three courses you want to experience.

With a quick museum and factory tour, you will learn all of the secrets that make this dish the local favorite.

Address: 7 Chome-4-5 Shoko Center, Nishi Ward, Hiroshima, 733-0833, Japan

18. Miyajima Ropeway

Miyajima Ropeway
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This gondola ride provides you with the most wondrous panoramic view that you cannot experience anywhere else in Japan from 500 meters above the sea near Hiroshima.

You will be able to relish all of the glory associated with Hiroshima, Japan’s attractions from this ropeway.

You will also enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Seto Inland Sea and the glorious photographic view of the Miyajima ancient forest.

The feeling you get while riding this ropeway will only enhance this sightseeing adventure.

You will describe this adventure across the sky to your friends as similar to walking on air.

It is possible to access this ropeway from Mount Misen. You can hike to the top of this mountain in about an hour.

Once at the top, you can take a cable car across the sea. However, if you are late for the gondola back, you will have to walk down to Hiroshima.

You can visit the ropeway from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, but does close for any required inspections or repairs.

The price is 1000 Yen for those individuals over 12 years old for a one-way ticket and 1800 Yen for a round trip ticket.

If you have children between six and 12, their tickets will cost 500 Yen for one-way and 900 Yen for a round trip ticket.

Address: Itsukushima, Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima 739-0588, Japan

19. Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall For The Atomic Bomb Victims

Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims
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This hall was created out of a desire to memorialize the victims who lost their lives to the atomic bombing tragedy in 1945.

It also stands as a reminder to current and future generations of the massive amount of suffering the people of Hiroshima, Japan has endured.

A Memorial Hall was also considered to be necessary to provide a safe and comfortable place for the families and loved ones.

They can remember and honor the victims while portraying truthfully the pain and damage caused by this one horrific event in history.

Regardless of the fact that it represents pain and suffering, Hiroshima’s Memorial Hall still symbolizes peace.

It shows the present and future generations the truly horrendous cost of the use of nuclear weapons.

Hopefully, these generations will focus and reflect on the aspects of peace instead of the elements of war.

You can explore and experience the Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims for free between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm any day of the week.

Address: 1-6 Nakajimacho, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, 730-0811, Japan

20. Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima

Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium
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This stadium was opened in 2009 and has become the home of Japan’s newest baseball team, the Carps.

The stadium was designed as flat construction, which gives you openness and ambiance that you cannot find in other stadiums.

When you visit this stadium, you can choose from a variety of seat styles.

A field-level seat promises a player’s perspective view for the individual. You can also choose from tatami-style seating and lounge style recliners.

You may also want to sit on the Bikkuri Terrance and enjoy BBQ while enjoying the fast pace game.

It also offers a sports bar for those of you who would like to enjoy a refreshing beverage while enjoying the game.

If you do not want to pay to watch a game, you can visit the Tadami Area, which is a free viewing area. This area is located on a path near the left field.

The price of tickets for a Carp game depends on the available seats you decide you want. The hours of this stadium depends on the Carp’s season playing schedule.

Address: 2 Chome-3-1 Minamikaniya, Minami Ward, Hiroshima, 732-0803, Japan

21. Kamiyacho And Hatchobori

Hatchobori
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If you are someone who loves to shop, you must visit the Kamiyacho and Hatchobori business districts in Hiroshima, Japan.

These two areas are in the vicinity of a variety of the top attractions in Hiroshima including Hiroshima Castle, A-Bomb Dome, and Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine.

After visiting these fantastic attractions in Hiroshima. Kamiyacho or Hatchobori is an excellent choice to end the day.

Either of these places is also fabulous for a quiet lunch stop where you can rest for a while and enjoy people watching.

One of the city’s famous landmarks, Hiroshima Sogo Department Store, is located in Kamiyacho.

You should also visit the underground city, Kamiyacho Shareo, while in the Kamiyacho district.

This underground city has a variety of shop and sweet stores geared towards young ladies.

In Hatchobori, you can find one of the six branches of Micchan Souhonten which is the ones responsible for the first Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki.

The hours and prices of these areas depend upon which shops and restaurants you visit.

22. Kure Maritime Museum

Kure Maritime Museum
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The Japan Military Self Defense Force (JMSDF) is located in Kure, which is close to Hiroshima.

When visiting JMSDF, you will find the Kure Maritime Museum inside the grounds.

The town, Kure, was a naval port before the war, but during the war, this town was known as the makers of the world’s largest tankers.

It is also the place that helped Japan become a major shipbuilding nation.

This museum provides you an excellent explanation of the Kure’s history, shipbuilding, and steelmaking.

Over 8 million visitors walk the halls of this museum every year. When you visit the museum, you must be sure not to miss the battleship Yamato.

This battleship is on a 1/10th scale of the original; however, it was designed to perfectly recreate the original by using blueprints, photographs, and videos.

You can also visit the 3rd floor, which includes the Shipbuilding Technology area where you can learn many of the mysteries of science.

The business hours of the museum are 9:00 am to 6:00 pm every day but Tuesday.

This museum is open during Golden Week, summer holidays, and New Year’s. The price for adults is 500 Yen and 200 Yen for children.

Address: 5-20 Takaramachi, Kure, Hiroshima 737-0029, Japan

23. Sera Kogen Farm

Serakogen Farm
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If you would like to enjoy a scenic drive, you must make the 40 minutes from downtown Onomichi trip to the Sera Kogen Farm.

During the spring, the farm holds the Spring Tulip Festival.

This mid-April to early May festival sees the planting of approximately 850,000 tulips of about 650 breeds.

During August, you can experience the Sunflower Festival. This festival includes the cultivation of over 1.1 million golden sunflower blossoms of 100 varieties.

This collection of sunflowers is the most extensive collection of sunflowers in all of Japan.

The last festival is held in mid-September and late October and is called the Dahlia Festival.

During this festival, you can experience the glory of over 450 different types of Dahlia where each variety has its unique artistic beauty.

After exploring these beautiful displays of flower, you can get some lunch at the Farm Restaurant while sitting on the favorite terrace barbeque.

The Flower Café is an excellent choice for a quick midday snack or drink.

This farm is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm every day because the farm does not close while the festival is being held.

The price for admission is 800 Yen for adults and 400 Yen for children age four to elementary school age.

Address: 1124-11 Betsusako, Sera, Sera District, Hiroshima 729-3305, Japan

24. Sensuijima Island

Sensuijima Island
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The Sensuijima Island can be reached from Hiroshima by ferry at Tomo-no-Ura. This island is located at the center of Setonaikai National Park, which is the first of its kind in Japan.

While on this island, you can experience nature undisturbed by man. The only occupants on this island are the visitors to two hotels.

The last ferry leaves the island at 9:35 pm and Sensuijima becomes a deserted island.

If you are visiting Hiroshima, Japan between June and September, you can book a sea firefly tour where you can experience the blue glow of the sea fireflies in the water surrounding the island.

You can find blue, yellow, red, white, and black rocks up to 1km on the shore going to the island.

You can choose to hike four different trails, including the Senningaoka Observation Point. This trail has the honor of being one of the Top 100 Sunsets in Japan.

While on the island, you should visit the Kokoara hotel where you can enjoy a sauna set in a cave.

The hours for the island are from 7:30 am to 9:30 pm, but the ferry runs from 7:10 am until 9:35 pm. The price of the boat is 240 Yen for a round trip.

25. Preserved District Of Takehara

Preserved District Of Takehara
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A little sightseeing should be on your list of things to do in Hiroshima, Japan.

One of the local favorites is the Preserved District of Takehara. You can see old mercantile houses, a variety of temples and shrines, and buildings.

This district received its preserved title in 1982 by Japan. With buildings from the Edo, Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods, the oldest building was constructed in 1691.

This area also is the home of the Taketsuru Brewery which is still in operation today.

It is known for its excellent brewing techniques of sake. Inside this brewery, you will find a museum which is worth a visit.

While visiting this district, you can take a tour of the brewery and the museum for free.

If you are into the anime series, ‘Tamayura’, you must visit the Hinomaru Photography Studio which is the setting for the series.

Hiroshima offers a variety of shopping districts, but this preserved district is an excellent choice to experience the history of Japan.

It is open 24 hours a day and is free of charge.

26. Onomichi Channel

Onomichi waterway
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This narrow sea will remind you of a river that you have seen in a variety of different movies.

As you cruise on a boat, you will enjoy the view with houses lined up on the mountains and the beautiful alleyways lining the slope.

These alleyways are stone-paved and curve around like a maze.

As you make your way down the channel, you will notice a scattering of temples. So many temples that some individuals call it the Little Kyoto of the West.

This long and blue channel also includes the islands of Seto which center around the Shimanami Kaido.

The Onomichi Ekimae Tosen is a ferry that will take you from Onomichi to the beginning of the Shimanami Kaido Cycleway.

The price of this ferry is 100 Yen to get to the first island. If you want to take a bike, it will cost you an extra 10 Yen.

The boat ride is only ten minutes, but it is an affordable way to see Onomichi from the channel.

27. Mount Misen

View From Mount Misen Summit
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With an altitude of 535m, you can experience a beautiful panoramic view of the Seto Inland Sea and the Islands.

If you are a mountain climber, you have three different routes on this Hiroshima mountain.

A beginner will love the shortest route, which is the Momijidani Course. This course shows you the impressive colors of the four seasons.

With the 2000-step stone stairway, the Daisho-in Course has many stone Buddhist images which come from the ancient days to view.

The Omoto Course is the longest route on this mountain, and it travels through the Virgin Forest Misen. The course should take you about one to two and a half hour to complete.

If you do not want to climb the mountain, you can use the ropeway.

28. Kiyomori Shrine And Nishi Matsubara

Kiyomori Shrine
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This shrine was built to honor Taira-no-Kiyomori 770 years after he died.

Kiyomori designed and constructed the Itsukushima Shrine, and this shrine is located at one end of the Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima.

If you are traveling with pets, this shrine has a teahouse close by which allows pets. You can sit in the teahouse, relax and take a view at the breathtaking ocean.

During the spring, Hiroshima celebrates the Miyajima Kiyomori Festival, which is a prayer procession.

During this festival, a person from Hiroshima is chosen to lead the parade, which is an honor.

The hours and prices of this shrine are the same as the Itsukushima Shrine.

Address: 28-1 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima 739-0588, Japan

29. Momijidani Park

Momijidani park
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A natural lover visiting Hiroshima will love a stroll through this memorable park.

It runs along the Momijidani River and contains over 560 Japanese maple trees. This area is the most popular area for fall colors.

If you are traveling between the middle and end of November, you must be sure to add this wondrous park to your list of must-see.

It is open 24 hours a day and is free of charge.

Address: Momijidani Park, Miajimacho Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima

30. Onomichi Town

Onomichi Town
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This charming little town located near Hiroshima is surrounded by mountains, ancient temples, and buildings. You will feel a part of the vibrant culture of these fantastic people.

If you enjoy hot springs, this island has some of the best ones in Hiroshima, Japan.

The impressive beaches associated with this town will allow you to relax and enjoy the sunshine of Hiroshima.

With a little research, you will also realize Onomichi is home to some of Hiroshima’s most famous writers, artists, and poets.

You may even recognize Onomichi because it has been the setting for a variety of different movies.

If you love cats, you should be sure to visit Senkoji Park, where you will get to interact with many of these felines.

Because this is an open town, it does not have specific open and close hours.

However, the best time to visit would be from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm so that you can have the best experience.

Some of the attractions on the island require a fee, but most places can be accessed for free.

31. Miyajima Omotesando Arcade

Miyajima Omotesando Arcade
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When visiting the sacred island of Miyajima, you must make a stop at Hiroshima’s busiest arcade. When you think of an arcade, you probably think of a room full of arcade games.

The Omotesando Arcade is so much more than your average arcade. It is full of a variety of restaurants and shops where people relax and enjoy food after a long day of sightseeing.

If you are looking for souvenirs or mementos, this arcade is the place to visit while in Hiroshima.

It is open 24 hours a day on the weekdays. Some of the shops, however, are only open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

It is entirely free to walk around and enjoy the atmosphere of one of the most popular spots in Hiroshima.

Address: 838 Miyajimacho Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima

32. Daisho-in Temple

Daisho-in Temple
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Although the Daisho-in Temple is not as popular or famous as the Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima, Japan, it is still well worth the visit.

At the foot of Mount Misen, this temple was the home to the Itsukushima Shrine’s head priest for years until the Meiji period.

This period was when Buddhism and Shintoism separated into two different religions. This separation completely changed the direction of this temple and its practices.

With its exquisite and breathtaking architecture, you will not find another perfect example of Hiroshima’s religious beauty.

It contains various statues in a variety of shapes and sizes. When you enter the Cave, you will notice all of the Buddhist icons which the natives believe provides a range of blessings.

The hours of this temple are from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day of the week. The best part is you can experience all of the exquisite beauty for no admission charge.

Address: Takimachi-210 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima 739-0524, Japan

33. Senko-Ji Temple And Park

Senko-Ji Temple
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If you want to visit one of the top tourist stops in Hiroshima and possibly in Japan, you must see the Senko-Ji Temple.

This spectacular temple and park begins at the middle of Mt. Senko-Ji and expands to the mountain’s summit.

The view is magnificent, but you can add to this breathtaking view when you visit during the cherry blossom season.

You will find the bells associated with this temple are soothing and pleasant, which also adds to your experience.

If you are unable to visit this temple in Hiroshima during the day, the night view from the summit is just as spectacular.

The Senko-Ji Temple and Park should be at the top of your Hiroshima, Japan attraction’s list.

It is open every day of the year and is free of charge.

Address: 15-1 Higashitsuchidocho, Onomichi, Hiroshima 722-0033, Japan

34. Houkoku Shrine (Senjokaku)

Houkoku Shrine (Senjokaku)
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This shrine was built by Hideyoshi Toyotomi to honor fallen soldiers. However, he died, and the sanctuary was left unfinished for more than 400 years.

When you visit this shrine in Hiroshima, you will notice 116 thick pillars, which is the area that has been left incomplete.

Even though it is not complete, the shrine is still a fantastic sight.

If you love ema pictures, this shrine is an excellent choice. This shrine contains over 100 ema pictures with the oldest one coming from the Edo Era.

This shrine is open from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm every day. It will cost you 100 Yen for an adult and 50 Yen for children.

Address: Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima 739-0588, Japan

35. Daigan-Ji Temple

Daigan-Ji Temple
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After visiting Itsukushima Shrine, you can walk just a few minutes to the entrance of this amazing temple in Hiroshima.

It is one of the few temples in Hiroshima, which is famous nationwide. This national fame comes from the fact it enshrines one of the three Great Benzaiten.

You will also find four Buddha statues in the main hall. These statues have been selected as Important Cultural Property by the nation.

Also, you will find a variety of other amazing surprises in this temple so plan some extra time.

It is open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Sunday. It is free of charge for visitors to enjoy.

Address: 3 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima 739-0535, Japan

Start Planning Your Trip To Hiroshima

One of the best choices in your life is to take a vacation in Hiroshima, Japan. You can relax, unwind, and have a great time while enjoying the rich history of the Japanese people.

These top things to see and do in Hiroshima are sure to make your vacation a success.

Hopefully, you will never wonder what to do in Hiroshima again.