This itinerary will take you to Hiroshima's two World Heritage Sites. First, a trip to the famous shrine on the sea - Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima. This is followed by a visit to the Atomic Bomb Dome - a stark reminder of the horrors of man's first use of nuclear weapons in wartime.
The beautiful Itsukushima Shrine and the vermilion O-Torii gate floating in the water were built in the late Heian period on the orders of Taira no Kiyomori. With the mystical Mt. Misen in the background, all the elements of the island weave an elegant tapestry. Walk around the World Heritage Site of Itsukushima Shrine to understand why this island with its pristine nature and traditional culture has been worshipped as a god of the sea since ancient times.
Walk from Miyajima Pier 10 minn
This majestic shrine with its unique location on top of the water is the most widely recognized shrine in Japan. It took its current form in the 12th century under the orders of Taira no Kiyomori. Be sure to savor the contrast of the vermilion shrine and the green mountain in the background. This site was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1996.
Walk 5 min
'Senjokaku' Hall (the hall of one thousand tatami mats)
Created by Toyotomi Hideyoshi to pray for the souls of his fallen soldiers, the work on the boards in the ceiling and the main entrance was stopped due to the death of Hideyoshi and remain unfinished to this day. It is located on a small hill next to Itsukushima Shrine.
Walk 10 min
There is a free bus every 20 minutes that goes to the ropeway at Momijidani Station.
Ropeway 15 min (30 min walk after leaving the ropeway).
It is possible to view the Seto Inland Sea and the mountains of Shikoku all at once from the summit of Mt. Misen. At a height of 535 m, it is the highest point on the island. The mountain has been an object of worship since ancient times and the forests on Mt. Misen have been designated as a natural monument. Near the summit, you can find the Gumonji-do created for Buddhist training by the famed Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi, the Sankido Hall, and the Dainichido Hall. These are all surrounded with great boulders and impressive natural scenery.
Depart from Miyajima Pier (Miyajima Island)
Ferry 10 min
※An alternative is to take the World Heritage Sea Route to the Motoyasu Bridge at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Usual journey time 50 min.
Walk 2 min
Streetcar 50 min
Atomic Bomb Dome
The Atomic Bomb Dome that became a World Heritage Site in December 1996 was originally the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall - used for the display of products and merchandise. After the bomb, the building became known as the Atomic Bomb Dome and it has since become a symbol for the global movement to rid the world of nuclear weapons and make world peace a reality.
Walk 5 min
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Park
The museum continues to spearhead the global movement towards nuclear disarmament and a lasting world peace. The museum is divided into the East Building and the Main Building. In the East Building, the history of Hiroshima before and after the bombing is exhibited with pictures, movies and displays. The Main Building exhibits items that convey the devastation caused by the atomic bomb. In spring, the Peace Park is covered with cherry blossoms.
Walk 14 min
The Hiroshima style of 'okonomiyaki' is much loved by the city's inhabitants. You can find the perfect okonomiyaki to suit your tastes in the Okonomi-mura building, where 27 famous okonomiyaki restaurants have set up shop. It is located in the heart of the city, between Aioi Dori St. and Heiwa Odori St. This is fast becoming a popular destination for visitors looking for authentic okonomiyaki.
Walk Stroll around Hiroshima City
Asano Nagaakira began construction of this garden for his villa the year after he was appointed as the Daimyo of Hiroshima in 1619. The job of creating the garden was left to the tea master Ueda Soko. There is a theory that the garden is said to be comprised of many picturesque scenes created in miniature, or that it is modeled on the West Lake in Hangzhou in China. It was designated as a National Site of Scenic Beauty in 1940 and it is also famous for its cherry blossoms and plum blossoms.
Walk 10 min
Hiroshima Castle was built by Mōri Terumoto, one of the council of five elders appointed by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. In the Edo period, it was used by the Fukushima clan and the Asano clan. The castle tower was designated as a national treasure in 1931, but it was later destroyed by the bomb. The castle was restored in 1958 and as part of its 400th anniversary in 1989, the interior was fully refurbished and now acts as a museum detailing the history and culture of Japanese samurai families.