Known as the stronghold of Mōri Motonari, Akitakata has numerous historical remains connected to the Mōri clan. This itinerary will visit the sights connected to the Mōri clan, such as Mōri Motonari's grave.
From Hiroshima City: Tram 20 min
From Miyajima: Train 30 min, Ferry 10 min
Hiroshima City (Atomic Bomb Dome) or Miyajima
The Atomic Bomb Dome and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park TFrom Miyajima: Ferry 10 min, Train 30 min
Leave Hiroshima City
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.
Car 1 hr
Kagura Monzen Toji Village
Natural hot springs, traditional inns and shops are all here. The shops use fresh local ingredients from the farms and the mountains nearby. Also, there is the rare building used exclusively used for kagura performances (a type of Shinto theatrical dance). 22 kagura theater troops from Akitakata take it in turns to perform, clocking over 150 days of performances per calendar year. There are performances on most weekends.
Car 20 min
Akitakata City Museum of Local History
Mōri Motonari, who rose to fame during the Warring States period, spent his life in this region and countless objects from this time have survived and are currently on display. With movie displays that make the life and times of Motonari more accessible, this museum is a must for fans of Japanese history. There are also exhibits relating to the 'Kotachi Kofun' burial site that is a designated historical landmark. Exhibits also explain about local performing arts and festivals.
Walk 15 min
Mōri Motonari's Grave
Originally a modest local samurai lord, Mōri Motonari rose to become the ruler of the Chugoku region of Japan. This is the final resting place of Mōri Motonari, known to many as the shrewdest general in the Warring States period.
Inside Tōshun-ji Temple (the Mōri family temple), moss grows like a green carpet and time feels like it has stopped. Every year on 16th July, a memorial service is held for Mōri Motonari, with descendants of the Mōri clan and fans of Motonari usually in attendance.
Walk 30 min
Thought to have existed since ancient times, it is said to enshrine Susanō-no-Mikoto (a male deity) who famously defeated Yamata-no-Orochi (a large serpent with eight heads). At the entrance, five ancient Japanese cedar trees are still growing, each over 1,000 years old. Mōri Motonari prayed for victory at this shrine before departing for battle. Every year, the Hiroshima J-League soccer team Sanfrecce Hiroshima and their fans come to pray for victory.