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Visit of Ôkunoshima island
Ôkunoshima, declared " kyukamura ", literally "village to rest", is a small island located off the coast of Hiroshima Prefecture in the Setouchi Sea (Inland Sea of Japan).
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At the south-eastern tip of the island of Honshu, a stone's throw from the southern Kyushu, the city of Yamaguchi sits quietly on the banks of the Ichinosaka river.
Omijima Boat Tours
Omijima Boat Tours: the island of Omijima is famous for its stunning coastline and is known as the Marine Alps. It is a day trip from Hagi in Yamaguchi.
Hiyako Samurai District Hagi
Hiyako Samurai District in Hagi is the least well-known of the town's samurai districts but is also an Historic Preservation District.
Hagi Castle is located on the Abu River Delta, at the western tip of Honshu Island. Surrounded by hills, the castle was built by the defeated Mori clan after the Battle of Sekigahara.
Built on the delta of the Abu-gawa River and bordered by the Sea of Japan, Hagi, a former castle town in Yamaguchi prefecture, delights visitors with its location and numerous historical sites.
Situated in the sea facing the city of Hiroshima, the island of Ninoshima is steeped in history. During the Second World War, it served as a refuge for the Japanese.
Mutsu Memorial Museum
Mutsu Memorial Museum: the Mutsu Memorial Museum, in Ihota, Yamaguchi Prefecture, is dedicated to the the Japanese battleship Mutsu, which sank near here in 1943.
Mitarai: read a guide to the port town of Mitarai on Island in Hiroshima Prefecture. Mitarai used to be the largest brothel in the Inland Sea during the Edo Period.
Hiroshima In A Day
Hiroshima In A Day: how to spend an enjoyable and thought-proving day in Hiroshima. Visit the A-Bomb Dome and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park followed by Hiroshima Castle.
Yanai is a charming, small, historical town on the south coast of Yamaguchi Prefecture and well worth a day trip from Hiroshima, or a stop on the way down to Kyushu.
Onomichi Travel Inland Sea
Onomichi (尾道) travel: Onomichi a pretty town in eastern Hiroshima Prefecture along the Seto Inland Sea close to the Shimanami Kaido and several nearby islands.
Kure Travel Guide
Kure (呉) is a port and ship-building city on the coast of Hiroshima Prefecture. Kure is the second oldest naval dockyard in Japan and a base for the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF)
Shimo-kamagari & Kami-kamagari
Shimo-kamagari & Kami-kamagari are two islands off the coast of Kure in Hiroshima Prefecture.
Osaki-kamijima Island (大崎上島) is one of four small islands off the coast of Hiroshima Prefecture. The others are Osaki-shimojima, Kami-kamagarijima and Shimo-kamagarijima.
Tobishima Kaido is a 46 km cycle route that crosses the Aki Nada Islands via seven bridges, and offers some wonderful coastal scenery and seascapes with little traffic.
Takehara is a small port city in Hiroshima Prefecture, on the Inland Sea, once an important salt production center and now a Little Kyoto famous for its preserved traditional Edo Period streets.
Visit Hiroshima by bike
Very flat, the city of Hiroshima is ideal for getting around by bike. In addition to being an ecological means of transport, the bicycle will make you discover the city from another angle!
The small town of Saijo, located about forty minutes from Hiroshima, is a must-see for all sake lovers, and for good reason: Saijo is considered one of the three major sake-brewing districts in Jap
Onomichi Cat Trail Walk
Located between Hiroshima and Okayama, the town of Onomichi, by the Seto Inland Sea, is a haven of peace. Classified as a national heritage, it is also known for being the city of cats.
Top 5 places to see cherry trees in Hiroshima by our Travel Angel, Alexis
Discover the city of peace under the pink branches covered with sakura . Flowering begins on March 28, 2017.
The Hiroshima and Miyajima Top 10
Unmissable places, great restaurants and local specialties: Alexis, our local Travel Angel in Hiroshima, reveals his top things to do there.
Omishima guide: read a guide to Omishima in the Inland Sea and its many museums including the Tokoro Art Museum, the Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture and the Ken Iwata Mother and Child Museum.
Oyamazumi Shrine on Omishima island is a must-see for visitors interested in historic samurai arms and armor.
Tsuwano Castle Ruins
Tsuwano Castle is now in ruins with only the stone walls in evidence but there are tremendous views from the castle over Tsuwano town.
Innoshima is a small island of just under 40 square kilometers in the Seto Inland Sea between Honshu and Shikoku known as the home of the Murakami pirates.
Futabanosato Walking Trail
Futabanosato Historical Walking Trail is an approximately 10km route that connects with 16 historic shrines and temples in Hiroshima.
Hiroshima City Naka Incineration Plant
The Hiroshima City Naka Incineration Plant was designed by architect Yoshio Taniguchi and is a masterpiece of function and form.
Memorial Cathedral of World Peace Hiroshima
The Memorial Cathedral of World Peace in Hiroshima was inspired by Reverend Hugo Lassalle and designed by Japanese architect Murano Togo.
Onomichi in Hiroshima is a small town clinging to steep hillsides on the Inland Sea coast with many movie and literature connections that recall an earlier time in Japan.
South of Hiroshima is a beautiful beach with a legendary reputation, far away from the concrete and bustle: Kurahashi.
Mihara Castle in Hiroshima Prefecture was built by Kobayakawa Takakage in 1567 to enhance the control of the coastline by the powerful Mori clan.
Iwakuni Castle Yamaguchi
Iwakuni Castle: Iwakuni Castle in Yamaguchi Prefecture is a concrete reconstruction built in 1962, a copy of the original Edo Period castle built between 1601 to 1608.
Nosaka Pottery: read a guide to the fine pottery produced at the Nosaka kiln in hagi, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Hiroshima Castle: read a guide to Hiroshima Castle (Carp Castle) in central Hiroshima city, destroyed by the atomic bomb and rebuilt in 1958.
Onomichi Castle: Onomichi Castle near Senkoji Park in Onomichi, Hiroshima, was built as a replica castle in 1964.
Fukuyama Castle: read a guide to Fukuyama Castle, a mainly reconstructed castle in Hiroshima Prefecture, western Japan.
Yamaguchi City Guide
Yamaguchi: read a guide to Yamaguchi city the prefectural capital of Yamaguchi Prefecture in south-west Japan.
Ikuchijima: read a guide to the island of Ikuchijima in the Inland Sea famous for the temple of Kosan-ji.
Aiba Waterway: the Aiba Waterway in Hagi, Yamaguchi Prefecture is an historic canal that flows into a number of Edo Era houses.
Okunoshima: read a guide to Okunoshima Island in Hiroshima famous for its rabbits, hot springs and a World War II-era Poison Gas Museum.
Tsuwano guide: read a guide to Tsuwano in Shimane prefecture, including Tsuwano sights, festivals and accommodation details.
Hamada Guide Shimane
Hamada guide: read a travel guide to Hamada in Shimane Prefecture, south west Japan.
Masuda Guide Shimane
Masuda City & Hotel Guide: read a guide to Masuda in Shimane Prefecture including Masuda temples and shrines, hotels and images.
Iwakuni & Iwakuni Castle Travel Guide. Read a guide to Iwakuni in Yamaguchi famous for its castle and Kintai Bridge. Find Iwakuni hotels and travel details.
Hagi City Guide
Hagi guide: read a travel guide to the historic town of Hagi in Yamaguchi Prefecture, southwestern Japan.
Tatara Bridge Ikuchiyama - Omishima
The Tatara Bridge (Tatara Ohashi) connecting the island of Ikuchijima in the Inland Sea with Omishima, boasts a center span of 890 meters.
Takayoshi Kido Residence Hagi
Takayoshi Kido Residence: Kido's residence is preserved in Hagi's Horiuchi quarter and is a simple Japanese-style house with tatami matsin lots of small rooms.
Ruriko-ji Temple in Yamaguchi City
Ruriko-ji Temple 瑠璃光寺: This pagoda at Ruriko-ji temple in Yamaguchi City is one of the three most important 5-storied pagodas in Japan.
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