Top ChoicePark in Hiroshima

Peace Memorial Park

Peace Memorial Park

Hugged by rivers on both sides, Peace Memorial Park is a large, leafy space crisscrossed by walkways and dotted with memorials and tranquil spaces for reflection. Its central feature is the long tree-lined Pond...

Top ChoiceShinto Shrine in Miyajima

Itsukushima-jinja

Itsukushima-jinja

With origins as far back as the late 6th century, Itsukushima-jinja gives Miyajima its real name. The shrine's unique and attractive pier-like construction is a result of the island's sacred status: commoners...

Top ChoiceIsland in Tomo-no-ura

Sensui-jima

The island of Sensui-jima is just five minutes across the water from Tomo-no-ura town, though vastly different for its rugged natural beauty, as there are no residential homes. There's a walking path that hugs...

Top ChoiceMuseum 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 lunchbox,...

Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Hiroshima

Atomic Bomb Dome

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...

Top ChoiceGate in Miyajima

Floating Torii

This 16m-tall vermilion torii (shrine gate) is a symbol of Miyajima and the watery entrance to World Heritage shrine Itsukushima-jinja. At high tide, it appears to float on the water. There has been a torii at...

Top ChoiceOkonomiyaki 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...

Top ChoiceTofu in Hiroshima

Tōshō

In a traditional wooden building overlooking a large garden with a pond and waterfall, Tōshō specialises in homemade tofu, served in a variety of tasty and beautifully presented forms by kimono-clad staff. Even...

Top ChoiceBar 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),...

Top ChoiceMountain in Miyajima

Misen & Ropeway

Covered with primeval forest, the sacred, peaceful Misen is Miyajima's highest mountain (530m), and its ascent is the island's finest walk – especially in spring and autumn, when the valley is painted with cherry...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Temple in Onomichi

Senkō-ji

Senkō-ji is the best known and most impressive of Onomichi's temples. Among its features is the kyō-onrō, a bell tower whose bell always rings in the new year – the sound of this bell is registered as one of the...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Temple in Miyajima

Daishō-in

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...

Top ChoiceGallery 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...

Top ChoiceOkonomiyaki in Hiroshima

Hassei

The walls of this popular okonomiyaki specialist are covered with the signatures and messages of famous and not-so-famous satisfied customers. The tasty, generous layers of cabbage, noodles and other ingredients...

Top ChoiceHistoric 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...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Miyajima

Fujitaya

Discerning visitors queue at this small restaurant in a traditional house and garden to get their hands on Miyajima's signature dish, anago meshidon, the only thing on the menu here. The large bowls of succulent...

Top ChoiceCafe in Tomo-no-ura

Tabuchiya

At this former merchant building, only one meal is served – hayashi raisu (beef in a rich tomato-based sauce on rice) – but it's served very well, and in a space filled with Japanese memorabilia. The set lunch...

Top ChoiceIzakaya in Miyajima

Mame-tanuki

By day at Mame-tanuki there are lunch sets, such as the tasty anago meshidon and fried oysters; at night it is one of the few places open late, serving drinks and izakaya-style small dishes. Look for the...

Top ChoiceCafe in Miyajima

Cafe Lente

This comfortable cafe boasts excellent views of the torii and sea. Open and airy, it serves handsome-looking lunches, such as Japanese chicken curry and vegan risotto, to go with the quietly stylish decor....

Top ChoiceBar in Hiroshima

Koba

It's bound to be a good night if you drop into this laid-back place, where the friendly metal-loving musician owner 'Bom-san' can be found serving drinks and cooking up small tasty meals. There is occasional live...