Western Honshu Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Western Honshu - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Hiroshima 13

Matsue 8

Hagi 5

Tsuwano 4

Miyajima 4

Okayama 3

Kurashiki 2

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A-Bomb Dome

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

This ruin is a poignant symbol of man's self-destructiveness. It was the city's old Industrial Promotion Hall, and it stands in stark...


  • Cave

This otherworldly limestone cavern, Japan's largest, lies roughly halfway between Hagi and Yamaguchi. Although the cavern is roughly...

Buke Yashiki

  • House/Mansion/Villa

Built in 1730, this house belonged to the well-to-do Shiomi family, chief retainers to the daimyo. Note the separate servant quarters,...

Children's Peace Monument

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

Many consider this the most profound memorial in Peace Memorial Park. The figure is of Sadako, a 10-year-old girl who developed leukemia...

Flame of Peace

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

Behind the Memorial Cenotaph, this flame will be extinguished only when all atomic weapons are banished. In the meantime, every August...


  • Building/Architectural Site

Atop a small hill overlooking Itsukushima Jinja, this pagoda is lacquered in bright orange, like the more famous gate, and dates from...

Hiroshima Bus Company

  • Tour–Sight

If you want to see the sights, a 4-hour, 40-minute tour of the city's major sights costs ¥3,500. Tours leave at 9 am and 2 pm. An eight-hour...

Hiroshima Children's Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

The city's hands-on children's museum is a good diversion for the kids. The joyful noise of excited children alleviates the somber mood...

Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

The memorial recounts the stories of known victims of the atomic devastation. In addition to the extensive archives of names, a collection...

Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation

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The Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation's International Relations and Cooperation Division has a popular program where you can visit the...