World Heritage Sites and Islands of the Seto Inland Sea

World Heritage Sites and Islands of the Seto Inland Sea

This will take you to Hiroshima's two World Heritage Sites and interesting sightseeing spots nearby. For those who want to stay overnight, we recommend staying at the famous Ikuchijima Island and Innoshima Island on the Shimanami Kaido.

Day 1

Depart from Hiroshima Station

Train 25 min Or take the tram

Miyajimaguchi Station

Walk 3 min

Miyajimaguchi Pier

Ferry 15 min

Miyajima Pier

Stroll around Miyajima

Itsukushima Shrine

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 15 min

Miyajima Pier → World Heritage Sea Route → Motoyasu River Pier

World Heritage Sea Route 45 min

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.

Train 15 min

(For those preferring a one day trip, the itinerary finishes here.)

Hiroshima Station

Walk 20 min

Walk around Hiroshima City
For those preferring a one day trip, do not go to Hiroshima Castle, but return to Hiroshima Station

Train 20 min

Hiroshima Castle

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.

Train 20 min

Day 2

Hiroshima Station

Train 35 min

Shin-Onomichi Station

Train 45 min

Rental car Or take a bus to Onomichi Station, then the bus to Setoda, getting off at Kōsan-ji

Ikuchijima Island
(Sites include Kosanji Temple Museum, Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art, Miraishin-no-oka, and island-wide Art Museum)

This is one of the islands connected by the bridges of the Shimanami Kaido.
Known as the origin of the 'Setouchi Lemon' , This is the nation's leading citrus producing area,. It even has its own citrus themed amusement park. You can also enjoy the island's art, with its historical objects on display at the Kōsan-ji Museum and the Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art, along with the originality of the artworks at the Miraishin-no-oka and the 'Island is an Art Museum'.
The island is also famous for its thriving octopus fishing industry. You too can enjoy the island's traditional octopus cuisine such as octopus sashimi, octopus tempura and other delicious tentacled dishes.

Car 5 min Or Bus

Innoshima island
(Sites include Innoshima Suigun Castle, Innoshima Flower Center, Honinbō Shūsaku Go Memorial Museum)

Innoshima is known as the island of pirates, flowers and fruit.
In the middle ages, the island was the stronghold of the Murakami clan, also known as the Murakami pirates, who controlled the Seto Inland Sea. Their unique castle has been restored and now houses a museum that details the exploits of the Murakami seafarers.
The Shirotakiyama and Innoshima Park are both popular for their spectacular views of the Seto Inland Sea. The Innoshima Flower Center with its lawns surrounded by flowers, the big lighthouse at Hamasaki and the lighthouse museum, and the campsite at the Innoshima Bridge Memorial Park are also firm favorites.
It is also known as the origin of the Hassaku and Ansei varieties of citrus, as well as the birthplace of the famous Go player Honinbō Shūsaku.

Car 25 min or take the bus

Return to Shin-Onomichi Station

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