5 Unique, Cool and Fun Places to Visit in Hiroshima

Hiroshima Prefecture is full of fun sightseeing spots. In this issue, we will introduce five carefully selected spots, ranging from recommended spots where you can enjoy delicious gourmet food to unique islands rich in nature that you should visit along with sightseeing in the city! Enjoy your trip in Hiroshima, a city filled with a variety of attractions.


Okonomimura (お好み村)

Okonomiyaki is a specialty of Hiroshima Prefecture. Okonomimura is a famous spot with more than 20 okonomiyaki restaurants. All the floors from the 2nd floor to the 4th floor of the high-rise building are occupied by okonomiyaki restaurants! The Okonomimura is a lively okonomiyaki restaurant with a familiar atmosphere and delicious flavors that have not changed since the past. If you have a hankering for okonomiyaki, be sure to stop by.

Senkoji Park Observatory PEAK (千光寺頂上展望台PEAK)

Senkoji Park Observatory PEAK is an observation deck in Senkoji Park that was built in March 2022. The observation deck, designed like a 63-meter long, narrow bridge, offers a panoramic view of the city of Onomichi. The observation deck is reached by a spiral staircase. The stairs are not steep, allowing you to enjoy the view while climbing without becoming tired. The design of the observatory itself is very innovative and stylish, and is a great photo spot as you can enjoy the view of the Seto Inland Sea from any angle. It is one of the best places to stop by when sightseeing in Onomichi!

Miyajima island (宮島)

Otorii Gate and Boat

Along with Matsushima in Miyagi Prefecture and Amanohashidate in Kyoto, Miyajima is said to be one of the three most beautiful places in Japan. Itsukushima Shrine, with its impressive large red torii gate floating in the sea, is particularly famous and is a unique sight that can only be seen here. Miyajima is not only a shrine, but also a thriving tourist destination with a lively shopping district, fashionable cafes, restaurants offering Hiroshima specialties, and a variety of gourmet and souvenir spots. There is no bridge from the main island of Hiroshima Prefecture to Miyajima, so travel by ferry or boat is the basic method.

Okunoshima Island (大久野島)

Scenery of Okunoshima Island

Okunoshima is a small uninhabited island with a circumference of about 4 km, located off the coast of Takehara City. Also known as Rabbit Island, Okunoshima is famed for its wild rabbits. However, the island also has a darker history; it once housed a factory that manufactured poison gas for wartime use. Today, it serves as a valuable site that emphasizes the importance of peace.

Okunoshima, where history and rich nature intersect, is one of the most unique islands in Japan. It is a place where you can feed and take pictures of adorable wild rabbits and also learn about history.


Tenshinkaku (天心閣)


Located on a hill on Miyajima, this café offers an open-air view of Hokoku Shrine and the five-story pagoda. Sometimes referred to as a “café with a superb view,” the scenery of Miyajima’s seashore and the five-story pagoda is very calming.

The courtyard also has a magnificent view in the style of a Japanese garden. The terrace is a special place to sit during the season of autumn leaves. It is a luxurious spot to enjoy coffee and cheesecake or Hiroshima lemon cake while feeling the seasonal breeze.

It is also called a “hidden café,” and you will feel as if you are exploring the area as you turn down a narrow alley, climb stone steps, and climb a hill to reach the cafe. It can be reached from a back alley near the Omotesando shopping street.

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