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Visit the World Heritage Sites of Hiroshima in Autumn

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Built over eight hundred years ago, Itsukushima-jinja Shrine still continues to reflect its beauty on the surface of the ocean. The Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome conveys to modern times the horrors of nuclear bombs and war. A visit to Hiroshima in the fall lets you see these two contrasting World Heritage sites equally looking splendid with the colors of the autumnal leaves.

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Miyajima

[Traveling]

Shin-Osaka -- <Sanyo Shinkansen90 mins.> -- Hiroshima Station -- <JR Sanyo Main Line25 mins.> -- Miyajimaguchi -- <by walk5mins.> -- Miyajimaguchi Ferry Terminal -- <by ferry10mins.> -- Miyajimaguchi Pier -- <by walk>[Goju-no-To (Five-Story Pagoda)][ Houkoku-jinja Shrine ][ Itsukushima-jinja Shrine ][ Daisho-in Temple] [Momijidani Park] -- <Miyajima Ropeway15 mins.> -- Shishiiwa -- <by walk30 mins.> -- [Summit of Mt. Misen] -- (return on the same route and stay at Miyajima)

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Goju-no-To (Five-Story Pagoda)

An important cultural asset erected in 1407. This shrine stands 29.3 m high, and its colors and decorations still remain vibrant today.

Houkoku-jinja Shrine

This shrine is also called 'Senjokaku (Hall of One Thousand Mats)' because its huge floor area is equivalent to 857 tatami mats. Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of the most significant rulers in Japan's history, started building this shrine in 1587; however, he was not able to complete it.

Itsukushima-jinja Shrine

Constructed in the 6th century, this shrine consists of 37 buildings connected by a 300 m corridor. Since ancient times, people have considered the island itself as a god, as a most sacred place.

It is a unique construction, with the area under the sea regarded as part of the shrine, and there is a completely different atmosphere at high tide and low tide. Conservation work at sea is very difficult; however, the shrine looks almost the same as it did 800 years ago.

At low tide, you can walk out to the magnificent Otorii (Grand Gate) rising 16 m high from the sea, a symbol of the shrine and famous throughout the world.

Daisho-in Temple

This is the oldest temple in Miyajima, opened in 806 by Kukai (774-835), the founder of the Shingon Buddhist sect. Buddhist statues and an abundance of treasures fill the many rooms of this ancient temple.

Momijidani Park

Momijidani Park has about seven hundred maple trees including the smooth Japanese maple and Japanese maple - all of which turn red at the same time.

The best time of the year to view them is from mid- to late November.

Miyajima Ropeway

Climb to the summit of this sacred mountain where Kukai sat in meditation 1200 years ago. The exquisite scenery unfolds in front of your eyes, at times taking your breath away.

Shishiiwa Observatory

You can view the beautiful Inland Sea from the observation deck.

Misen Reika-do House

This is the site where Kukai underwent rigorous ascetic training for 100 days. It is said that the fire he lit at the time is still burning in the Reika-do House after almost 1200 years.

Summit of Mt. Misen

Take in the dazzling 360° panoramic view from the observation deck 535 m above sea level.

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Hiroshima

[Traveling]

Hiroden-miyajima-guchi -- <Hiroshima Electric Railway45 mins.> -- Genbaku Dome Mae -- [Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome][Peace Memorial Park] -- <Hiroshima Electric Railway10 mins.> -- Hacchobori -- <Hiroshima Electric Railway5 mins.>-Shukkeien-mae -- [ Shukkeien] -- <by walk10 mins.> -- [Hiroshima Castle] -- <by walk10 mins.> -- Kencho-mae Station -- <Hiroshima Electric Railway10 mins.> -- Hacchobori -- [Okonomi-mura Village] -- <Hiroshima Electric Railway10 mins.> -- Hiroshima -- <Sanyo Shinkansen90 mins.> -- Shin-Osaka

Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome

On 6 August 1945, an atomic bomb exploded 150 m above the ground just southeast of this point. The building was burnt out and the people inside died instantly, but miraculously, the building was not destroyed. This dome is registered as a World Heritage site as a symbol of the horror of the atomic bomb and as an appeal for peace.

Peace Memorial Park

The park is dedicated to all people everywhere who have perished in warfare, and was established as a prayer for eternal peace. A peace memorial ceremony is held on 6 August every year.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

In the West Building, photographs and belongings convey the horror of the destruction from the atomic bomb. In the East Building, on the other hand, are depictions of life in Hiroshima before the bombing and after the city's reconstruction. The question of why the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima is also answered. There are also exhibitions concerning current worldwide problems associated with nuclear weapons.

Peace Bell

There is a bell suspended beneath a domed roof representing the universe. Everyone is welcome to ring this bell, so please do so with a thoughtful heart. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum also has a peace bell. This is rung once a year at the Peace Memorial Ceremony on 6 August.

Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims

A registry of the names of the people who died as a result of the atomic bombing regardless of nationality is held in a stone tomb. The words, "Let all the souls here rest in peace; for we shall not repeat the evil" are inscribed on the front of the stone tomb.

Shukkei-en Garden

This unique garden was created for the second house of the lord of the Hiroshima Clan in the 17th century. There are about 10 islands in the pond, with bridges and teahouses arranged on the shore, as well as hills surrounding the pond. There are bamboo groves and rice fields, and the blossoming plum trees in February and cherry blossoms in late-March/early-April add to the exquisite beauty of the grounds.

Hiroshima Castle

Mori Terumoto, the feudal warlord who ruled the expansive Chugoku district, erected this castle in 1599. Its original structure included 23 gates and 88 towers. The castle was reconstructed in 1958, with historical material now on exhibit and the top floor made into an observation deck. You can have your photograph taken wearing a suit of armor or a kimono.

Okonomi-mura Village

Try Hiroshima's specialty cuisine, okonomiyaki, at one of the 30 okonomiyaki restaurants in this area. This unique Japanese pancake is layered with cabbage, pork, squid, rice cake, buckwheat noodles or egg, and garnished with a special sauce.

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