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 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 Gallery in Ikuchi-jima

Ikuo Hirayama Museum of Art

The Ikuo Hirayama Museum of Art is dedicated to the life and work of the well-travelled, famous Setoda-born artist. The collection here includes several striking works inspired by Ikuo's journeys in India and along …
Top Choice Gallery in Ōmi-shima

Tokoro Museum

In Ōmi-shima, don't miss the Tokoro Museum, a small but interesting collection of modern sculpture in a hilltop building with stunning sea views from the deck.
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 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…
Bridge in Iwakuni


Iwakuni's chief claim to fame is the graceful Kintai-kyō, built in 1673 during the rule of feudal lord Kikkawa Hiroyoshi. It has been restored several times since then, but its high arches remain an impressive sight…
Top Choice Historic Building in Tomo-no-ura

Ōta Residence

On a lane leading back from the harbour area, the former Ōta residence is a fine collection of restored buildings from the mid-18th century. Guided tours (included in admission) take you through the impressive famil…
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, passing by interesting rock formations and offering views across the water, especial…
Top Choice Buddhist Temples in Onomichi

Temple Walk

This trail takes in 25 old temples in the hills behind the town, following narrow lanes and steep stone stairways, where cats laze about here and there in the sunshine. Along the route is a ropeway to an observation…