Hiroshima stands for world peace and relentless efforts for restoration. The Atomic Bomb Done located in the center of the city and next to the Peace Memorial Park is an eternal reminder not only of Hiroshima's history, but also of the challenges that humanity faces today and in the future. The tranquil atmosphere of the nearby world heritage site of Miyajima suggests where the alternative lies - in peace and harmony with each other.
Atomic Bomb Dome Area Map
Atomic Bomb Dome / Peace Memorial Park
Also known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, this iconic monument was the only building to survive the atomic bomb attack in 1945. This remnant of the former Industrial Promotion Hall now stands as a tangible reminder of Hiroshima's modern history inside the symbolic Peace Memorial Park.
With a history dating back to the 12th century, this holy Shinto shrine is Miyajima Island's symbol and most popular attraction. Its iconic red gate appears to float gracefully over the water during high tide, the beauty of which has secured Itsukushima Shrine as one of Japan's Three Best Sights since ancient times.
The highest mountain on Miyajima Island (500 meters) offers a commanding view over the Seto Inland Sea. Worshipped as a holy Buddhist sanctuary since the 9th century, Mt Misen provides excellent opportunities for hiking and discovering well-preserved temples along the way. A ropeway is also available. Mt Misen is particularly picturesque during the autumn colors season.
This holy Buddhist temple consists of multiple buildings, monuments and religious objects. Among the most interesting treasures of the temple is a cave with 88 statues representing the temples of the Shikoku Pilgrimage. The temple is surrounded by beautiful autumn foliage and is the starting point for the hiking to the top of Mt. Misen.
Omotesando Shopping Street
Miyajima's main shopping street spans for several hundred meters between the port and the Itsukushima Shrine. Here you will find many shops selling local souvenirs and local delicacies. Freely roaming deer adds a particularly charming touch to the traditional landscape of Miyajima.
World Heritage Sea Route
This sea route connects the Peace Memorial Park with Miyajima Island directly by a boat in less than an hour. During high tide the boat may even pass under the giant floating red gates of Itsukushima Shrine.
Hiroshima's main specialty is Okonomiyaki prepared in a different way than in Osaka. An entire restaurant area in the city, named Okonomimura, is devoted to this local treat. In addition, Hiroshima and Miyajima are well-known for growing some of Japan's most delicious oysters - highly recommended to seafood lovers!
This new landmark opened in 2016 next to the Atomic Bomb Dome. The tower offers a wide array of attractions, including local souvenirs and exhibitions with interactive digital displays. The view over the Peace Memorial Park from the top observatory is impressive for the new perspective over the city's iconic symbols.