While the Omotesando may be the bustling main shopping street of Miyajima Island these days, for a true taste of Miyajima one must step back into the winding backstreet of Machiya.
Explore these great things to see and do in Hiroshima, from the floating torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine to the forests of Taishakukyo Gorge.
Located on the Kamikamagari Island as part of a string of islands draped across the Seto Inland Sea, Kenmin-no-Hama is one of Japan’s top 100 beaches.
About 15 minutes from Tadanoumi Port, this small island, just 4km in circumference, is known for being home to some 700 wild rabbits, and attracts all kinds of tourists seeking solace and healing.
Shimanami Kaido is a 60km expressway, with pathways for pedestrians and bicyclists, connecting six small islands in the Seto Inland Sea.
Kagura is performed every week at the Kagura Monzen Toji Village and is the Shinto theatrical dance based on legends, performed by dancers dressed in gorgeous costumes and masks, and accompanied by traditional music.
Taishakukyo Gorge is a valley deep in the mountains over 18km long and leads to the largest natural bridge in Japan at 90m long and 19m wide called Onbashi.
At 535 meters, the highest on the island, this mountain was worshipped in the area as holy.
Every year in May, with over 1,000,000 visitors from all over Japan, The Hiroshima Flower Festival is one of the largest events in the country.
Okonomiyaki is the dish of Hiroshima.
Oysters (kaki in Japanese) are the seafood speciality of Hiroshima.
Shukkeien Garden was originally built in 1620 by Ueda Soko, a renowned master of the tea ceremony, as a villa garden for Asano Nagaakira, a feudal lord of Hiroshima.
Named a World Heritage Site in 1996, Itsukushima has long been renowned as a holy island and with Itsukushima Shrine actually standing on the water, provides a breathtaking view of the sea that looks truly spiritual.
The spectacular Miyajima Water Fireworks Festival sees 5,000 fireworks launched across the strait of water between the island and the mainland, doubling the light and color with reflections in the water.
This pagoda was originally constructed in the 15th century and was crafted with not only traditional Japanese style designs but also Chinese ones.
This large Japanese garden follows the traditional “”Chisenkai-yu”” style, featuring a central pond encircled by a path from which to enjoy the tranquil scenery.
Hiroshima Castle is Hiroshima City’s best-kept secret. Located in the heart of the city, the castle formed the backbone of the region’s military history.