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[Hiroshima ]4 classic and new tourist attractions in Aki area

[Hiroshima ]4 classic and new tourist attractions in Aki area

2021-04-05 Management office

The Aki area of Hiroshima is home to the World Heritage Site Itsukushima Shrine and the Atomic Bomb Dome. It is also an area where Hiroshima's representative tourist attractions are concentrated, attracting many people from all over the world in search of peace, history, and culture.
For those who are new to some of Hiroshima's classic sightseeing spots and are going on their first trip to Hiroshima, it may be difficult to know where to visit in this area with its many tourist attractions. We will introduce some of the newest and most talked-about places to visit in addition to the standard tourist attractions in Hiroshima.
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Peace Memorial Park

The park was created with the wish for permanent world peace due to its proximity to the hypocenter. Within Peace Memorial Park, there are monuments of peace such as the Atomic Bomb Dome and the Cenotaph for the Atomic Bomb Victims, both registered as World Heritage sites, as well as the National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, an important cultural asset of Japan.
Although it is a park where visitors can learn about the tragedy of the atomic bombing and the preciousness of peace, it is also a beautiful park surrounded by the river and greenery. In spring, approximately 300 Someiyoshino cherry trees blooming along the river are a sight to behold.
Admission to the park is free, so we recommend taking a walk through the beautiful park while feeling the preciousness of peace.

Name of store: Heiwa Memorial Park
Address: Nakajimacho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Phone number: 082-504-2396
Fee: Free of charge
Hours of operation: 0:00 - 24:00 throughout the year
URL: https://www.hiroshima-navi.or.jp/post/006127.html

A-bomb Dome

The Atomic Bomb Dome, located in Peace Memorial Park, is an essential spot for conveying the tragedy of the atomic bombing to future generations. At the time of the atomic bombing, the building used to be "Industrial Promotion Hall "where many people worked. "The Industrial Promotion Hall "was hit about 160 meters from the hypocenter, and all the people who worked there were killed instantly. The shape of the disk atop the former Sangyo Shokokan remains and is now known as "the Atomic Bomb Dome ".
The Atomic Bomb Dome is now registered as a World Heritage Site. Although it is not possible to go inside, the A-bomb Dome can be seen from outside the fence. The crumbling exterior walls and exposed steel frame make you acutely aware of the tragedy of the atomic bombing.
For those who wish to learn more about the history of the A-bomb Dome and the horror of the atomic bombing, a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, also located within the park, is also recommended.

Orizuru Tower, a new landmark

Orizuru Tower is a relatively new spot that opened in September 2016 on the east side of the Atomic Bomb Dome.
The first floor features a product exhibition with a variety of Hiroshima's specialties and a café featuring Hiroshima ingredients; the second floor is a conference room for peace education; and the 12th to RF floors are observation decks from which you can see the Atomic Bomb Dome, Peace Memorial Park, and even Miyajima on a clear day. We recommend this 12th floor area at Orizuru Tower.
At "Origizuru Plaza "on the 12th floor, visitors can experience origami and other origami-themed digital content, making it a fun place for children and adults alike to learn.
Also, at "Origami Wall "on the 12th floor, visitors can use special origami paper and insert their own folded cranes into the wall. The cranes, along with those of past visitors, will be accumulated and become a part of the exterior wall. "The Origami Wall "is a beautiful and "SNS-worthy" spot even when viewed from the outside.

Name: Orizuru Tower
Address: 1-2-1 Otemachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Phone number: 082-569-6803
Fees: Adults 1,700 yen, junior high and high school students 900 yen, elementary school students 700 yen, infants (4 years and older) 500 yen.
*Orizuru input fee 100 yen.
Hours: Regular 10:00-19:00 July-September 10:00-20:00
Same-day ticket sales and admission to the rooftop observation deck are available until one hour before closing.
*Business hours and holidays may vary due to the spread of the new coronavirus.
URL: https://www.orizurutower.jp/


Miyajima in Aki is an essential candidate for a trip to Hiroshima. It takes about 30 minutes from Hiroshima Station to Miyajima-guchi by train, and from there it is a 10-minute ferry ride to Miyajima. Miyajima is a treasure trove of sightseeing spots, including the famous Itsukushima Shrine ", one of the three most scenic spots in Japan ", the mysterious spot "Yayama ", the five-story pagoda "" and the Miyajima Aquarium "" .
We recommend that you take a one- or two-day course to enjoy Miyajima at your leisure, but since Miyajima can be visited within walking distance, you can also visit the main spots of Miyajima in half a day.
Here are some carefully selected spots recommended for those who want to enjoy Miyajima in half a day.

Itsukushima Shrine, World Heritage Site

When you come to Miyajima, you cannot miss Itsukushima Shrine, which is registered as a World Heritage site.
The shinden-zukuri (sleeping quarters) shrine pavilion, said to have been built by Taira no Kiyomori during the Heian period (794-1185) on the present sea level, is well worth a visit.
The most noteworthy point of Itsukushima Shrine is that visitors can enjoy different scenic beauty depending on the ebb and flow of the tide! At high tide, visitors can admire the beauty of the shrine pavilions and the Otorii gate, which appear to float in the sea, and at low tide, visitors can walk across to the Otorii gate. It is only at low tide that "Kagami-ike (Kagami Pond) ", which is formed by water gushing from the sandy beach, appears over three locations.
The view of both ebb and flow cannot be seen in half a day, but we recommend that you check the timing of the tides in advance of your visit.

Name of shop:Ishima Shrine
Address: 1-1 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Phone number: 0829-44-2020
Viewing hours:Summer 6:30~18:00/Winter 6:30~17:00
*Please check the website for different viewing hours depending on the time of year.
URL: http://www.itsukushimajinja.jp/index.html

Eating and drinking on Main Street

Omotesando Shopping Street, the main street of Miyajima, is recommended for eating and walking after visiting the shrine. There are many stores offering Miyajima's famous oyster and conger eel dishes, as well as freshly baked chikuwa, oysters, dumplings, and other delicacies that will make you want to grab a bite. One of the most famous Miyajima's classic sweets is Momijido's "deep-fried momiji (150 yen) ". It is a simple sweet made by tempura-ing Hiroshima's famous momiji manju, but when you bite into the hot dough, the outside is crunchy and the filling is delicious and addictive.

BIG SET's "Oyster Curry Bread (310 yen) "is also popular as a gourmet food to eat. This gorgeous curry bun contains two of the famous oysters. The aroma of curry and creamy oysters are a perfect match! Try it while walking around.

Store name: Red Leaf Hall
Address: 448-1 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Phone number: 0829-44-2241
Hours of operation: 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. approx.

Store name: BIG SET
Address: 853-2 Hamano-cho, Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Phone number: 0829-44-2343
Business hours: 08:00-18:00 (close when sold out)

Commercial "etto "

Opened in April 2020, this is a newly opened commercial facility by Hiroshima Electric Railway Co.
"etto "stands next to the new ferry terminal at Miyajima-guchi, so you can stop by while waiting for your ferry. the first floor houses souvenir stores and general merchandise stores, while the second floor contains restaurants where you can enjoy local gourmet foods and sweets from Hiroshima and the Setouchi area. This is the perfect spot to pick up souvenirs for your return trip to Miyajima. Some stores have opened for the first time, and you can purchase souvenirs unique to Hiroshima, such as "Lemosco ", a popular lemon-flavored Tabasco. There are also stores where you can take out the famous anagome meshi (eel rice) and Hiroshima Chinese soba noodles, so we recommend taking them home for an evening meal at your hotel.

Store name: etto
Address: 1-11-8 Miyajimaguchi, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Business hours: 1F (food and souvenirs) 11:00-19:00 2F (food and beverage) 11:00-20:00

Okuno Island

"Okunojima "in Takehara City, Hiroshima Prefecture is a small island about 4 km in circumference. During the war, poison gas was manufactured on Okunojima, and it has a sad history of being erased from the map as a secret item of the former Japanese military. since this fact was not made public until 1984, negative legacies of the war can still be seen today, such as "the ruins of a powder magazine "which was a former Japanese military building and "the remains of an artillery battery ".
Recently, the island has also gained popularity as a resort island surrounded by rich nature and beautiful ocean. Cars are not allowed on the island, so visitors can enjoy cycling around the island, interacting with rabbits, camping, and enjoying the beach. This is a great spot for both those seeking "healing" and those who want to experience history.

"Rabbit Island in the Seto Inland Sea "

Okunojima is known worldwide as "Rabbit Island. There are more than 700 wild rabbits on the island. When you arrive at Okunojima, you will be greeted by rabbits. You will find rabbits everywhere on the island, so you will never be at a loss for photo opportunities.
"You can see war ruins and rabbits ", "rabbits relaxing on the beach ", "rabbits on an observation deck "and other soothing sights.
Also along the beach are sound collectors of various sizes in the shape of rabbit ears.
Put your head in the sound collector and you will hear the chirping of birds, the sound of waves, and the sound of the wind. ...... Feel like a rabbit and experience the "sounds" of Okunojima. This is also one of the most "SNS-worthy" spots.
There are also some things to keep in mind when interacting with rabbits. Do not feed the rabbits sweets or bread, and collect and take home any leftover rabbit food to avoid attracting rodents and wild boars. Please follow the precautions and enjoy interacting with the rabbits.

"Resort Experience at Vacation Village Okunojima "

The only lodging facility on Okunojima. This facility is popular for its natural radon hot springs, which are rare in the Seto Inland Sea, and for its seasonal cuisine, including octopus, a specialty of the Seto Inland Sea.
There are also a variety of leisure facilities for cycling, tennis, fishing, and other activities. In summer, bathing beaches and swimming pools are open, providing a resort-like atmosphere.
The best thing about the Holiday Village Okunojima is the spectacular view of the Seto Inland Sea. In particular, the brilliant orange sunset at sunset is breathtakingly beautiful. You can spend a relaxing time as you wish, watching the sunset while soaking in the hot springs, or watching the sunset with rabbits, etc.

Name: Vacation Village Okunojima
Address: Okunojima, Chukai-cho, Takehara City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Phone number: 0846-26-0321

Okunojima Poison Gas Museum

Okunojima Island, where poison gas weapons were once manufactured. On the island, one can see the ruins of gun emplacements, power plants, poison gas storage facilities, and other war legacies. The buildings where poison gas was manufactured also remain, but are largely off limits.
At the Okunojima Poison Gas Museum, visitors can view materials related to the production of poison gas and the former Japanese army's abandoned ammunition in China.
This will be a time to reflect on the tragedy that led to so many victims and the horror of weapons of mass destruction in the process of making poison gas.

Name: Okunojima Poison Gas Museum
Address: Okunojima, Chukai-cho, Takehara City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Hours of operation: 9:00-16:00
*Opening hours are subject to change on a temporary basis.
Fee: 150 yen for those 19 and older; free for those under 19.
Phone number: 0846-26-3036

village of one's choice

Gourmet food you must try when you come to Hiroshima "Okonomiyaki ". This style of okonomiyaki, which is filled with buckwheat and cabbage and layered with dough, is just delicious when eaten locally.
If you want to enjoy the best okonomiyaki, you can't go wrong by visiting "Okonomimura ".
Okonomimura is located in the downtown area in the center of Hiroshima City. 23 okonomiyaki restaurants are gathered on all four floors of the eight-story building. All of the restaurants are set up around teppan counters. You can use the teppan as a plate and eat hot okonomiyaki directly from the teppan while saying "hah-hah-hah ".
And the price of "Meatball Soba ", a staple at Okonomimura, is the same at all 23 restaurants. The sauce used is also the same, so you will be satisfied with the quality no matter which restaurant you go into.
However, you will not get lost if you check out the stores you are going to beforehand, so here are two stores recommended by the author.

Name: Okonomimura
Address: 5-13 Shintenchi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Business hours: Varies by store. Please check the website.
Closed: Varies by store. Please check the website.
Phone number: 082-241-2210
URL:http:// http://www.okonomimura.jp/index.html

Long-established famous restaurant "Yamachan "

It is a long-established restaurant established in 1965. The energetic lady grills the okonomiyaki, giving the restaurant an atmosphere of "this is the royal road to Hiroshima okonomiyaki". Inside the restaurant, you can see autographs of Carp players and celebrities, indicating that it is a popular restaurant. We recommend the standard "with buckwheat (meatballs) (850 yen) "and the Yamachan Special (1500 yen) "with meatballs, shrimp, and squid ".
It is hearty, but not too rich, and the overall balance is good so that even women can eat it in small portions. We also recommend the horumon-yaki (grilled hormone) and mino-yaki (grilled mino meat).

Name: Yamachan
Address: 2nd floor in Okonomimura
Hours of Operation:
[Month ~ Gold ]15:00~24:00
[Soil wish ]10:30~24:00
Regular day off: irregular
*Business hours and holidays may vary due to the spread of the new coronavirus.
Phone number: 082-248-3424

Highly rated by reviewers "Atom "

Located on the 4th floor of Okonomimura "Atom "is an okonomiyaki restaurant established in 1995. Atom's characteristic is slow grilling without oil. With plenty of cabbage and bean sprouts, this okonomiyaki is not cloying and you will never get tired of it.
The restaurant's signature menu item is "Atomu ". In addition to the standard meat, egg, and noodles, it also contains garlic and kimchi. The smell of garlic whets the appetite and makes these okonomiyaki a dish that will not stop your chopsticks.
In addition, there are a variety of other teppanyaki dishes such as scallop butter, winter-only oyster butter, and grilled vegetables, which are recommended as snacks for drinks.

Store name: Atomu
Address: 4th floor in Okonomimura
Hours of Operation:
11:00-14:00, 17:00-2:00
Closed: Open every day
*Business hours and holidays may vary due to the spread of the new coronavirus.
Phone number: 082-240-1639


We have introduced some recommended sightseeing spots in the Aki area, Hiroshima.
Hiroshima The Aki area has many tourist attractions that represent Hiroshima and are standard tourist attractions.

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