What are the best places to avoid dense travel in Hiroshima?
Whether you want to enjoy activities in nature or take a stroll through the city, where you can travel without being dense.
Just make sure you follow your new travel style by wearing a mask, washing your hands, and staggering your visit if it’s crowded!
1. Shimanami Kaido / Onomichi City
The Shimanami Kaido, which is attracting attention from cyclists not only in Japan but also around the world, is perfect for a trip without the dense.
You can also rent bicycles that can be dropped off at various locations along the Shimanami Kaido, making cycling a more casual experience.
Address: Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture – Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture
Access: 3-minute walk from JR Onomichi Station to the ferry terminal and disembark at Mukojima.
2. Itsukushima Shrine / Hatsukaichi City
Itsukushima Shrine, located on the World Heritage Site of Miyajima island, is a popular sightseeing spot that should not be missed during your visit to Hiroshima.
In addition to worshipping at Itsukushima Shrine, there are many other things to do, such as eating at the Omotesando shopping street and climbing the sacred mountain, Mt. Misen
The most common way to get to Miyajima is by ferry from Miyajima-guchi, but it is also recommended to consider a less crowded route such as a high-speed boat from Ujina Port in Hiroshima City or a pirate ship from the outlet mall Marina Hop.
For the time being, the Marina Hop Miyajima service only operates on weekends and holidays.
Address: 1-1 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Telephone number: 0829-44-2020
Access: Take a ferry from JR Miyajima-guchi Station or Hiroden Miyajima-guchi Station on the Hiroshima Electric Railway, disembark at Miyajima Pier, and walk about 10 minutes.
3. Peace Memorial Park / Hiroshima City
The Peace Memorial Park is a large park in the center of Hiroshima City, built in the hope of world peace.
The park is home to the Peace Memorial Museum and the Atomic Bomb Dome, and is visited by tourists from all over the world.
If you stand in front of the Cenotaph for the Atomic Bomb Victims, you can see the “Peace Light” and the Atomic Bomb Dome lined up in a straight line across the roof of the Cenotaph.
Address: 1 Nakajima-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Phone number: 082-504-2390 (Greenery Division, Greenery Promotion Department, Hiroshima City Urban Development Bureau)
Access: Take a streetcar from JR Hiroshima Station and get off at the “Atomic Bomb Dome” stop.
4. Hiroshima Castle / Hiroshima City
Hiroshima Castle, built by the Mori clan, the hegemons of Sanin and Sanyo, is a very tall and powerful castle with a total height of about 39 meters.
The current building is a reconstruction of the exterior after it was destroyed by the atomic bomb.
The best time to enjoy Hiroshima Castle without the dense crowd is in the evening when there are fewer people.
If you stroll around the grounds after visiting the castle tower, you can see the beautiful reflection of the castle lit up in the moat.
Address: 21-1 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Telephone number: 082-221-7512
Access: Take a streetcar from JR Hiroshima Station, get off at the Kamiyacho Higashi stop, and walk 10 minutes.
5. Array Karasukojima / Kure City
Kure region, once called the best military port in the East, is still home to the Kure base of the Maritime Self-Defense Force, and the port of Kure is lined with a variety of ships, including submarines and destroyers.
Array Karasukojima Park, located south of Kure Port, is the only park in Japan where you can see an active submarine up close.
The bus stop named “Submarine Force Mae(sen-suitai-mae)” is also unique to Kure.
It is also a great place to relax in the park with Kure’s famous melon bread in hand.
Address: Showa-cho, Kure City
Telephone number: 0823-25-3309 (Kure City Tourism Promotion Division)
Access: Take a bus bound for Ondo-Kurahashi, get off at “Submarine Force Mae,” and walk 1 minute.
6. Teishakukyo Gorge/ Shobara City
The huge natural bridge “Onbashi”, which was formed by the erosion of limestone caves and mountain streams, is a representative scenic spot of Teishakukyo and is one of the “three major natural bridges in the world” along with Prebisch in Switzerland and Rock Bridge in the United States.
It is one of the three largest natural bridges in the world.
According to folklore, the bridge is said to have been built by an ogre, and when you look up at the bridge from the downstream side, you can see the unevenness of the bridge like the face of an ogre, which is very impressive.
Address: Kami-teishaku, Misaka, Tojo-cho, Shobara City, Hiroshima Prefecture; Shimo-teishaku, Nagano, Jinsekikogen Town, Hiroshima Prefecture
Telephone number: 0847-86-0611 (Teishakukyo Tourist Association)
Access: about 20 minutes by cab from JR Tojo Station
7.Kosanji Temple / Onomichi City
Kosanji Temple, located on Ikuchijima Island along the Shimanami Sea Route, is a great place to see a replica of the five-story pagoda of Muroji Temple in Nara and a replica of Nikko Toshogu’s Yomei-mon Gate.
Fifteen of the halls and towers have been designated as “Tangible Cultural Properties of Japan.
At the top of the site, there is a marble garden called “Mirai Shin no Oka,” which is a popular photo spot.
Address: 553-2 Setoda, Setoda-cho, Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Telephone number: 0845-27-0800
Access: (Honshu side) 13 minutes by car from the Ikuchijima Kita IC of the Sanyo Expressway, (Shikoku side) 13 minutes by car from the Ikuchijima Minami IC of the Shimanami Kaido.
8. Sera Kogen Farm / Sera Town
Sera Kogen Farm is a vast farm facility where you can enjoy seasonal flowers such as tulips in spring, sunflowers in summer, dahlias in autumn, and candlelight nights in winter.
Each season’s elaborate decorations are rapidly becoming famous as an instagramable spot.
You can enter the park with your pet, making it a great spot to take cute pictures of your dog.
The opening period of the park changes each season, so please check the opening date before you go.
Address: 1124-11 Bessako, Sera-cho, Sera-gun, Hiroshima Prefecture
Phone number: 0847-24-0014
Access: 25 min. by car from Sera IC on the Chugoku Yamanami Highway
9. Takehara Townscape Preservation District / Takehara City
The Takehara Townscape Preservation District, which is full of atmosphere as if you were transported back to the Edo period (1603-1868), is a tourist spot where you can see the residences of wealthy merchants who flourished in the salt and sake industries, as well as historic temples.
It is often talked about as a filming location for many movies, such as the NHK TV series “Massan,” the movie “Rurou Kenshin,” commercials and anime.
It is also a popular course to visit together with Okunojima, a paradise for rabbits, located in Chukai station, about 10 minutes by car.
Address: Honmachi 3, Takehara City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Phone number: 0846-22-7745
Access: 15 minutes walk from JR Takehara Station
10. Tomonoura / Fukuyama City
Tomonoura, which flourished in the Edo period as a port for waiting for the tide, is often used as a location for movies and TV dramas due to its retro landscape.
In addition to the filming locations, there are many other interesting places to visit, such as Japan’s largest standing night light that has remained since the Edo period, temples and shrines, and Sensuijima, a power spot where you can see Japan’s only five-colored rocks.
The area is large and not too crowded, making it a good spot for a relaxing stroll.
Address: Tomomachi, Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Phone number: 084-928-1043 (Tourism Division, Fukuyama City Economic and Environmental Bureau)
Access: Take the bus bound for Tomo Port from JR Fukuyama Station and get off at “Tomonoura” or “Tomonou”.
These are the best sightseeing spots to avoid dense on your trip to Hiroshima!
The recommended sightseeing spots in Hiroshima introduced here are all places where you can avoid the densities because they are mostly outdoors.
You can also make your sightseeing in Hiroshima even more comfortable by finding the best means of transportation and time of day to get there.
Please enjoy your trip to Hiroshima by paying attention to infection control measures, such as checking the website in advance for precautions and business hours.
This information is current as of June 2021.
Please check the official website for the latest information.