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[Hiroshima ]8 recommended driving spots you won't want to miss

[Hiroshima ]8 recommended driving spots you won't want to miss

2023-02-27 Management office

In Hiroshima Prefecture, there are many places that are ideal for a date or a family drive. In this article, I, a long-time resident of Hiroshima Prefecture, will carefully select and introduce some of the driving spots that I really recommend, so please take a look at them.
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Café Slow 倉橋島

It is no exaggeration to say that Cafe Slow, located on Kurahashi Island in Kure City, is the perfect place for a drive. This restaurant is a hideaway café that creates a resort-like atmosphere by the sea, and the food, sweets, and drinks you can enjoy in this stylish space are exceptional and very comfortable. "SLOW Fish Burger "and "Kurahashi Squid Sandwich "are some of the best dishes filled with the charm of Kurahashi, and we hope you will try them once! Please come and try them. The menu seems to be different for lunch and dinner, so be sure to check it out beforehand.

With a kids' room, this is a great place to take children. However, it is expected to be crowded on weekends, so it would be safer to make reservations. It is also a place to enjoy barbecue, so it would be great if you could barbecue here in the summer. In winter, it can also be used as an oyster hut, so if you are interested, make a reservation as soon as possible.

The drive along the sea toward Kurahashi Island is tasteful. The road is relatively easy to drive, so even paper drivers can go there without any fuss.

Katsurahama Beach

Right next to Cafe Slow is "Katsurahama Beach ", with its white sandy beach and crystal clear waters. "This historic and historic place has been selected as one of the 100 best beaches in Japan "and offers very beautiful scenery, so be sure to stop by here as well.

"Location Information "
Name: cafe SLOW
Address: 551 Kurahashi-cho, Kure City, Hiroshima 737-1377
Access: 60 minutes by car from JR Hiroshima Station
Phone number: 050-5485-3632
Business hours: 11:00-21:30 Closed Mondays

Sengoku Island

Ikuchijima Island is among the islands crossed by the "Shimanami Kaido "that connects Hiroshima and Ehime, and is famous as an island of "lemons and art ". The gourmet food using Setoda lemons is exquisite, and we recommend you try it.

Hill of Future Heart

Ikuchi Island is famous for "Miraishin no Oka ", an all-white world filled with marble art. The marble seems to have been brought in from Italy, and the entire hill is a work of art. Even those who don't know anything about art will involuntarily say, " ", this is truly art! "I'm sure you will say, "This is art! It is a hot spot among fashionable girls for taking Instagram-worthy photos.

The Shimanami Kaido is a toll road, but it is an exciting way to visit various islands. In addition to Ikuchi-jima, there are also spectacular views, power spots, museums, etc. "Shimanami Kaido Drive "is highly recommended.

"Location Information "
Venue: Sengokujima
Address: Setoda-cho, Onomichi, Hiroshima 722-2403
Access: 40 minutes by car from Fukuyama Nishi IC
Phone number: 0845-27-2211 (Shima-okoshi-Section, Setoda Branch Office, Onomichi City)

Irori bandits

A classic driving spot for Hiroshima citizens would be "Yamazoku ". Yamazoku is located in Iwakuni City, which is only a little over an hour's drive from Hiroshima City, making it the perfect distance for a road trip. The restaurant is like a theme park that suddenly appears when you are on an empty mountain road.

It seems that the restaurant was named "Bandits "after a legend that there used to be bandits in this mountainous area of Iwakuni. Eating near the sunken hearth inside the restaurant is nice and tasteful, but eating outdoors in the wild is very comfortable. During the cold season, kotatsu (a table with a kotatsu over the fireplace) are also available.

As for the food, you should definitely try "Bandit Grill ""Bandit Musubi ""Bandit Udon ", which is known as one of the three generations of Bandits' specialties. There are also a variety of other delicious a la carte dishes.

In addition to food, there are souvenir stores selling local specialties and even a shrine called Musubi Inari. It is a great place for a date or a drive with the family.

Underground Kingdom Mikawa Mu Valley

On the way to Bandits, there is a very interesting underground kingdom called Mu Valley. It is a cave exploration attraction based on the concept of the Mu continent, and is a great place to visit with children or as a date.

Kintai Bridge (between Tokyo and Yokohama)

Kintai Bridge is a beautiful five-arched wooden bridge, "selected as one of the three most famous bridges in Japan ", and is a spot you can stop by on your way to Sanzoku. It is also a very famous sightseeing spot, and in spring, beautiful cherry blossoms can be seen along the river.

"Location Information "
Name: Irori Sanzoku
Address: 1380-1 Kuga-cho, Iwakuni-shi, Yamaguchi 742-0334
Access: 12 minutes on foot from Kinmyoji Station [exit].
Phone number: 0827-82-3115
Business hours: 9:30 - 5:00 (last order: 4:30)

Empty Station Orchard

Orchard is a spot near Hiroshima Airport that had its grand opening in October 2022. The facility is located in Hattendo Village, a fruit-themed place that mainly sells local specialties and other products.

Another attraction is that you can enjoy very delicious eats such as orchard parfait and Hattendo-supervised soft-serve ice cream. You can also use the stylish dome tent, which is sure to be instagram-worthy, free of charge, and enjoy your takeout products in it at your leisure.

Outside in the plaza, you can meet adorable ponies and play on the playground equipment, so this is an enjoyable spot even if you have small children. This is an excellent spot to go for a drive.

Central Forest Park Observatory

At "Central Forest Park "near Orchard, there is a viewing spot where you can get up close to airplane runways. It is a little-known spot where you can watch airplanes at a leisurely pace. The takeoffs and landings of airplanes are quite powerful, and even those who do not like airplanes will be impressed.

"Location Information "
Facility Name: Sky Station Orchard
Address: 10064-196, Yokurayama, Zeniriji, Hongo-cho, Mihara, Hiroshima 729-0416
Access: 45-50 minutes by car from Hiroshima City
Phone number: 0848-60-8390
Office hours: 10:00-16:00 on weekdays and 10:00-17:00 on Sundays

Kubo Agri Farm

One of the best places to drive in Saeki Ward, Hiroshima City is "Kubo Agri Farm ". It takes about 40 minutes by car from Hiroshima City to this farm rich in nature. Visitors can enjoy watching cows and feeding goats.


The charm of this place is the jarato. Available at the ranch café on the farm, the store's signature gelato is so good it will bring tears to your eyes. After all, the gelato at the ranch is exceptional. In addition, there is a rich menu of drinks using ranch milk, including lemonade made with the finest ingredients.

Some people lay out leisure sheets in the natural meadow to relax and enjoy the area to the fullest. There is also a little playground equipment, so it is a fun place for parents and children to go together.

"Location Information "
Facility Name: Kubo Agri Farm
Address: 1207-2 Oaza Shirasuna, Yurai-cho, Saeki-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, 738-0513
Access: 40 minutes by car from Hiroshima City
Phone number: 0829-86-0337
Business hours: 11:00-17:00 Closed Tuesdays

Sakhalin Gorge (i.e. the Gorge of Sakhalin)

If you want to enjoy nature while driving, I would recommend Teishakyo Gorge in Shobara City. Teishakyo is one of the national parks, and you can see the natural monuments "Yuubashi "and the milk caves "Hakuun-do ". The beauty of nature's formations is impressive.

fall-leaf viewing

It is also a very famous spot for viewing the autumn leaves during the fall foliage season. It is good to enjoy the autumn leaves from the pedestrian bridge, but you can also take a pleasure boat ride on the lake called "Shenlong Lake ". The view of the autumn leaves from the boat is spectacular.


This is probably the only place in the Chugoku and Shikoku area where you can experience riding a Segway on a permanent basis. Instructors will teach you how to ride a Segway, so please give it a try. You can also enjoy various other activities such as kayaking on the upper reaches of Lake Shinryu.

"Location Information "
Place name: Di釈峡
Address: 962-1 Misaka, Higashijo-cho, Shobara City, 729-5132
Access: 15 minutes by car from the Tojo IC on the Chugoku Expressway
Phone number: 0847-86-0611 (Teishakyo Tourist Association)

Roadside Station Saijo's Nonta Sake Brewery

Michi no Eki used to be just a little spot to take a break during a drive, but in recent years, it is common to drive for the purpose of visiting a roadside station. And "Roadside Station Saijo's Nonta no Sake Brewery "is truly the perfect place for a drive.

Opened in July 2022, this roadside station is not only a place to buy local sake and vegetables, but also a large indoor playground for children and a place to enjoy gourmet food.

Latte Art Cafe Crema

There are many stylish and cozy cafes in Higashi-Hiroshima, among which I would like to recommend "Latte Art Cafe Crema "in Hachihonmatsu. It is popular for its latte art. "is truly professional! "The delicate latte art is very professional and impressive. You may feel it's too good to drink. It is a must-see store for fashionable women, so you should definitely take a drive there.

"Location Information "
Facility Name: Roadside Station Saijo Nonta's Sake Brewery
Address: 10020-43 Teraya, Saijo-cho, Higashihiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, 739-0041
Access: 23-minute walk from Hachihonmatsu Station
Phone number: 082-493-8131
Business hours: 9:00-20:30

mountain where logging is prohibited

Noro Mountain in Kure City is designated as an area of the Seto Inland Sea National Park, where visitors can enjoy nature in all four seasons. It is also a popular driving spot, as it is relatively easy to access from urban areas.

Sazanami Skyline

Noro is also known for its cherry blossoms. The Sazanami Skyline "with its spectacular rows of cherry trees "is a spectacular sight, and we recommend that you take a drive there when the cherry trees are in full bloom.

Starry observatory

If you go beyond the Noro Campground, you will find an observatory where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the beautiful Seto Inland Sea. If you go there at night, you can see the star-filled starry sky and night view that will make you swoon, and if you go there on a date, you may find the atmosphere romantic. In the morning, it is a great spot to watch the sunrise.

"Location Information "
Venue: Mt.
Address: Itakyu, Kawajiri-cho, Kure-shi, Hiroshima 737-2631
Access: about 1 hour by car from Kure IC on Hiroshima-Kure Expressway
Phone number: 0823-87-2390


In this issue, we have compiled a list of driving spots covering a wide area of Hiroshima that are easy to reach even for paper-dravers. Hiroshima Prefecture is home to many great places for driving, including spots where you can experience the great nature of the Seto Inland Sea and mountains, as well as ranches, roadside stations, and spots with spectacular views. Please refer to this article and go for a fun drive with your family, friends, or lover.

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