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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

Itsukushima-jinja

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

Sensui-jima

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 Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima

Okonomi-mura

This Hiroshima institution is a touristy but fun place to get acquainted with okonomiyaki and chat with the cooks over a hot griddle. There are 25 stalls spread over three floors, each serving up hearty variations o…
Top Choice Religious in Miyajima

Kangen-sai

This Shintō ritual sees decorated wooden boats float by to the sound of traditional drums and flutes. It's held in summer, starting early evening on the 17th of the sixth lunar-calendar month (late July/early August…
Top Choice Bar in Hiroshima

Organza

Bookshelves, old-fashioned furniture, a piano and a stuffed deer head all add to the busy surrounds at this smoky lounge-bar. Organza hosts an eclectic schedule of live events (from acoustic guitar to cabaret), some…
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

Daishō-in

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…