Hiroshima prefecture and the capital of Hiroshima City are well-known around the world for two important UNESCO World Heritage sites, Itsukushima Shrine and the A-Bomb Dome of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Itsukushima Shrine is one of the most significant shrines in the country, and the only shrine in the world which has a torii-gate and shrine built in the middle of the sea. It has become an iconic image of Japan. The A-Bomb Dome has symbolic meaning the world over. This is the area where the first atomic bomb was dropped, just 160 meters from the dome itself. Hiroshima City and the surrounding memorial park has transitioned from a place of unimaginable tragedy to a sacred spot, representing humanity’s global prayers for a lasting peace. Beyond these iconic spots, visitors here can enjoy the rich natural beauty, impressive mountains and inspiring island views along the Seto Inland Sea.


The island of Miyajima is famous for its Buddhist holy sites and its friendly, free roaming deer. Officially titled Itsukushima, the name Miyajima, which literally translates to "shrine island", was popularized because the island is part of a district called Miyajima in Hatsukaichi City. The most...

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