Top Choice Museum in Hiroshima

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

The main building of Hiroshima's premier museum houses a collection of items salvaged from the aftermath of the atomic bomb. The displays are confronting and personal – ragged clothes, a child's melted lunch box, a …
Top Choice Shinto Shrine in Miyajima


With origins from as far back as the late 6th century, Itsukushima-jinja gives Miyajima its real name.The shrine's pier-like construction is a result of the island's sacred status: commoners were not allowed to set …
Top Choice Island in Tomo-no-ura


The island of Sensui-jima is just five minutes across the water from Tomo-no-ura town. There's a walking path that hugs the coast, passes by interesting rock formations and offers lovely sunset views across the wate…
Top Choice Historic Site in Hiroshima

Atomic Bomb Dome

Perhaps the starkest reminder of the destruction visited upon Hiroshima in WWII is the Atomic Bomb Dome. Built by a Czech architect in 1915, it was the Industrial Promotion Hall until the bomb exploded almost direct…
Top Choice Gate in Miyajima

Floating Torii

This 16m-tall vermilion torii (shrine gate) is a symbol of Miyajima, standing out in the bay and serving as the watery entrance to World Heritage shrine Itsukushima-jinja. At high tide, the torii appears to float on…
Top Choice Gallery in Ōmi-shima

Tokoro Museum

This museum boasts a small but interesting collection of modern sculpture, often satirical, in a hilltop building with stunning sea views from the deck.
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Miyajima


Just south of town at the foot of Misen, Daishō-in is a worthwhile stopping point on the way up or down the mountain. This Shingon temple is crowded with interesting things to look at: from Buddhist images and praye…
Top Choice Historic Building in Tomo-no-ura

Ōta Residence

On the corner of a lane leading back from the harbour area, this former Ōta residence is a fine collection of restored buildings from the mid-18th century. Guided tours (included in the admission) take you through t…
Top Choice Gallery in Ikuchi-jima

Ikuo Hirayama Museum of Art

The Ikuo Hirayama Museum of Art is dedicated to the life and work of the famous and well-travelled Setoda-born artist. The collection here includes several striking works inspired by Ikuo's journeys in India and alo…
Park in Hiroshima

Peace Memorial Park

Hugged by rivers on both sides, Peace Memorial Park is a large, leafy space criss-crossed by walkways and dotted with memorials. Its central feature is the long tree-lined Pond of Peace leading to the cenotaph. This…