Millions travel every year to the island of Miyajima to visit the world-famous Itsukushima Shrine and its iconic floating gate. In autMillions travel every year to the island of Miyajima to visit the world-famous Itsukushima Shrine and its iconic floating gate. In autumn, the brilliant colours of Miyajima's pristine primeval forest and the Japanese maples in Momijidani Park draw in the crowds.
Hiroshima's Atomic Bomb Dome is a poignant reminder of the horrors of war and the movement against nuclear weapons. A visit to the Atomic Bomb Dome and the Peace Memorial Museum is an essential part of any trip to Hiroshima.
As a location, Hiroshima City has it all. As well as easy access to the charming islands of the Seto Inland Sea in the south, it's a stone's throw away from the impressive Chugoku Mountains in the north. In winter, head into the mountains for fun in the snow and relaxing hot spring onsens.
Hiroshima has 13 ski resorts accessible from the city by car or bus. You'll find all the resorts offer slopes catering to all levels and most provide rental ski and snowboard gear. A short excursion to a ski resort is the perfect way to make the most of winter in Hiroshima.
Hiroshima is Japan's leading producer of oysters. Make sure you get your fill during oyster season that runs from October to March. Keep an eye out for oyster huts hugging the coastline - especially ones offering special harvesting and dining experiences.
Saijo, Hiroshima's famous sake district, ranks among the best sake producing areas in Japan. Home to eight functioning sake breweries, Saijo is a must for anyone with an appreciation for Japanese sake. The best part about visiting Saijo? Most breweries let you sample the product.
This is Onomichi's signature dish. It is renowned for its delicious soy sauce and fish soup, handmade noodles, and succulent morsels of pork fat. Each restaurant has its own distinctive take on the famous dish. It's easy to spot the popular restaurants - just look for long queues outside.
This savoury okonomiyaki is the ultimate Hiroshima comfort food. Its popularity grew in postwar Hiroshima and now you can see okonomiyaki restaurants wherever you go. Visiting an okonomiyaki restaurant is the quickest way to acquaint yourself with Hiroshima food culture.
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From luxury villas to backpacking hostels, traditional inns to a floating hotel, Hiroshima offers a vast range of accommodation to match the needs and budgets of any traveller.