Western Honshu

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  • 1. 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 contrast...Read More

  • 2. Adachi Museum of Art

    Garden/Arboretum

    The gardens at the Adachi are some of the most breathtaking in all of Japan. Although visitors cannot enter the gardens themselves, the path...Read More

  • 3. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

    Naka-ku | Museum/Gallery

    A visit here may be too intense for some, but to appreciate the horror of the bombing and the hope that made Hiroshima into the city it is today...Read More

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  • 4. Izumo Taisha

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The oldest of Japan's Shinto shrines, Izumo Taisha has been of tremendous cultural significance—second only to the great shrine at Ise Jingu...Read More

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  • 5. Korakuen

    Garden/Arboretum

    One of the country's finest gardens, Korakuen has charming tea arbors, green lawns, ponds, and hills that were created at the turn of the 18th...Read More

  • 6. Akiyoshi-do

    Cave

    This otherworldly limestone cavern, Japan's largest, lies roughly halfway between Hagi and Yamaguchi. Although the cavern is roughly 6 miles...Read More

  • 7. Buke Yashiki (Samurai Residence)

    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, a shed...Read More

  • 8. 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 as...Read More

  • 9. 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 6, the...Read More

  • 10. Former Residence of Ogai Mori

    House/Mansion/Villa

    While spartan, the house is worth a visit to commemorate the achievements of this gifted genius who called Tsuwano his home. Ogai Mori (1862...Read More

  • 11. Go-ju-no-to

    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 1407....Read More

  • 12. Hiroshima Castle

    Naka-ku | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Hiroshima Castle was originally built by Terumoto Mori on the Ota-gawa delta in 1589. He named the surrounding flatlands Hiro-Shima, meaning...Read More

  • 13. Hiroshima Children's Museum

    Naka-ku | 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 of Peace...Read More

  • 14. Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims

    Naka-ku | 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 of...Read More

  • 15. Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum

    Naka-ku | Museum/Gallery

    Next to the Shukkei Garden, this museum is a visual treat. Standouts include two particularly surrealistic pieces: a typically fantastical piece...Read More

  • 16. Hon-dori

    Hon-dori | Neighborhood/Street

    Around Hiroshima's central district are hundreds of shops. Take the tram that runs from the main station to stop T-31, or simply walk east across...Read More

  • 17. Horiuchi

    Neighborhood/Street

    This is the old samurai section of town. From Shizuki Koen, cross the canal (on the middle bridge) to the east side, and head toward downtown...Read More

  • 18. Itsukushima Jinja

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This shrine was founded in AD 593 and dedicated to the three daughters of Susano-o-no-Mikoto, the Shinto god of the moon—also of the oceans...Read More

  • 19. Jo-zan Kiln

    Horiuchi | Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

    Stop in at this pottery studio near Shizuki Koen, perhaps the best place to browse through and purchase magnificent pottery. Usually you are...Read More

  • 20. Kurashiki Museum of Folkcraft

    Museum/Gallery

    Founded in 1936, the Museum of Folkcraft highlights the beauty of traditional objects used in everyday life. Housed in a series of 18th-century...Read More

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