The Hiroshima and Miyajima Top 10   広島と宮島のトップ10

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Cenotaph memorial

The memorial in Hiroshima Peace Park

Shukkei-park in Hiroshima

Maples at Shukkei-in Garden.

Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima

Tips from Alexis, our local Travel Angel

Unmissable places, great restaurants and local specialties: Alexis, our local Travel Angel in Hiroshima, reveals his top things to do there.

A city marked by history, and a legendary island: here's what not to miss in Hiroshima and Miyajima:

  • Go to Sandankyo Gorge, where you can hike in an incredible setting. Another plus: some routes are by boat, and you can enjoy a snack at an inn perched high on the cliffs above the river.
  • See Shukkei-en Garden, which still contains one of the few trees that withstood the atomic bombing.
  • Visit Shappo, an amazing hat shop and a great way to learn about Japanese fashion.
  • Try an okonomiyaki, the local specialty, at Kaapu Okonomiyaki restaurant (vegetarian okonomiyaki possible on request). Address: 1-chome 3-11, Sakaimachi, Naka-ku
  • Enjoy a fruit sundae or another fruity treat at Tamaru Fruit Cafe. Address: 1-27 Naka-ku, Hondori.

On Miyajima Island, southwest of Hiroshima:

  • Visit the shrine of Itsukushima in winter (January, February): The water is lovely and clear, and high tide in the afternoon provides a magnificent view of the iconic torii.
  • Try the fried momiji manju of Momijido Honten. Open daily from 9am to 6pm. Address: 448-1 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima.

See also our house for rent in Hiroshima.

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