Hiroshima prefecture is the center of Chugoku district. Hiroshima city with the prefectural office’s location is famous as a city damaged by the atomic bomb during the Second World War. If you go to Hiroshima, you can visit the famous museum that memorized those days. At the same time, you can feel the strength of this city that was later rebuilt. Hiroshima has Miyajima Island which is a very popular tourist attraction. A trip to Hiroshima will give you a lot of wonderful experiences.

Outline of Hiroshima Prefecture

Map of Hiroshima Prefecture

Map of Hiroshima Prefecture


There are two sightseeing spots which can not be removed from itinerary during Hiroshima sightseeing. One is Miyajima Island in the Seto Inland Sea. And the other is Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima city.

Hiroshima prefecture is located in a calm area facing the Seto Inland Sea in western Japan. This prefecture is connected to the Ehime prefecture of Shikoku on the other side of the Seto Inland Sea by a connecting bridge named “Shimanami Kaido”. From this bridge you can enjoy the scenery of the beautiful Seto Inland Sea.

Shimanami Kaido’s starting point is Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Onomichi is a beautiful town often used as a film location. You may stop by Onomichi.



There is Hiroshima Airport in Mihara city, Hiroshima prefecture. It is approximately 45 minutes by bus to JR Hiroshima Station from this airport. At Hiroshima Airport, scheduled flights are operated with the following airports.

International flights

Seoul / Incheon
Shanghai / Pudong
Taipei / Taoyuan
Hong Kong

Domestic flights

Sapporo / New Chitose
Tokyo / Haneda
Tokyo / Narita
Okinawa / Naha


The Sanyo Shinkansen runs in Hiroshima Prefecture. Hiroshima Prefecture has the next 5 stations.

Fukuyama station
Shin-Onomichi station
Mihara station
Higashi Hiroshima station
Hiroshima station

It is approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes by Hiroshima Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Hiroshima Station. Among people coming from Tokyo to Hiroshima, the number of users of airplanes and Shinkansen are nearly half.


Miyajima (Itsukushima Shrine)

The torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island = Shutterstock

The torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island = Shutterstock

Miyajima Island is a small island in the west of Hiroshima City. Here is a very famous old shrine named Itsukushima Shrine. This shrine sticks out in the shallow of the Seto Inland Sea. To the huge torii gate, you can walk when the sea is at low tide.

Behind this shrine is Mt. Misen. From the top of the mountain you can see the Seto Inland Sea and Shikoku.

About Miyajima and Itsukushima Shrine I have already introduced in several articles. If you are interested, please stop by those articles.

>> For details of Itsukushima Shrine, please see this article
>> For details of Miyajima please see this article
>> For Miyajima’s autumn leaves, please see this article


Hiroshima city

Peace Memorial Museum

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Japan with blue sky = shutterstock

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Japan with blue sky = shutterstock

Even if you go to Hiroshima City, you may no longer be able to find the image of a city that has become ruined by the atomic bomb. Hiroshima City became ruined in a moment on August 6, 1945. However, after that, the surviving people of Hiroshima worked hard and fulfilled the reconstruction. If you walk in Hiroshima City, you will feel the power of this city.

However, if you observe the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, you will also feel that people in Hiroshima have never forgotten the tragedy of the atomic bomb. Regarding Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, I have already introduced in the following article. If you do not mind, please drop in to this article as well.

>> For details of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum please refer to this article


Shimanami Kaido

“Shimanami Kaido” connecting Hiroshima prefecture and Ehime prefecture of Shikoku is a wonderful bridge where travelers can comfortably cross by bicycle. About Shimanami Kaido, I introduced in the following article. If you do not mind, please refer to this article.

>> For details of Shimanami Kaido please see this article


Onomichi city

Ropeway in onomichi, Hiroshima, Japan = shutterstock

Ropeway in onomichi, Hiroshima, Japan = shutterstock

Small street in Onomichi = shutterstock

Small street in Onomichi = shutterstock

Onomichi is a fun town. As you can see in the photo above, houses are densely beside the ocean in Onomichi. If you go to the Senkoji Park on the mountain by the ropeway which is operated in this town, you can look over this whole town. Beautiful sea is spreading beyond that.

In Onomichi, walking in town is fun. If you take a ropeway, I will recommend walking on the way home. It takes about 30 minutes on foot to reach the station at the foot of the mountain. There are really many retro houses on the slope of the mountain. If you get off the narrow slope, you may encounter lots of cats on the way.

It is approximately 40 minutes by Shinkansen from Hiroshima station to Onomichi city. It takes about 3 minutes by the ropeway to Senkoji Park.

Onomichi is well known for its delicious amen. Please do eat it.

>> For details of Onomichi please see the official website


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