Hiroshima Prefecture is located in the southwestern part of of the Japanese islands. Rich in the natural beauty of the Island Sea and the Chugoku Mountains, it has captivated the hearts of many people, both Japanese and tourists alikes. Full of rich mountains, sea, rivers, plains and valley, the definition of being 'outdoor' is truly a different and special feeling in Hiroshima. Hiroshima caters to all kinds of people and age in regards to Things to Do.
What fun and activities are you looking for in Hiroshima? If you enjoy the Hiroshima wind and biking, you're in for a treat. Rent a bike and ride beside the coast and be amazed by the beautiful view of the sea as well as inhale the fresh sea breeze. If visiting historical places is more of your thing, Hiroshima got you covered with Two world heritages, famous shrines and temples and historical parks will charm you with their each distinctive feature. Visit Itsukushima Shrine, one of the most significant shrine in Japan and the only shrine in the world which has a torii-gate in the middle of the sea. There's also the A-Bomb Dome, the most symbolic building in Hiroshima City, where the first atomic bomb was dropped, and has been the structure that represents the dream of lasting peace in the hearts of Japanese citizens.
Do not forget that Hiroshima has amazing hot springs and spas. Most of these hot springs offer medicinal benefits, but let's be honest, most would go just plainly for the superb relaxation and amazing view while soaking in a nice hot water. Take for example the hot springs of Miyajima Island, almost all are nestled in between the view of the sea as well as the mountainous forest; it is perfect to ease the fatigue and refresh yourself. If you stay at a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn), after a nice relaxing bath you can also savor Japanese kaiseki cuisine only made with local fresh ingredient. A perfect way to end the day.
Hiroshima is also home to delicious local food, oysters, and delicious sake. Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) is considered to be Hiroshima's soul food. Different than its counterpart in Osaka, Hiroshima's okonomiyaki is made with cabbage, bean sprouts, pork, egg and noodles. Oysters in Hiroshima is something special. Succulent and juicy, it is not a surprise that Hiroshima's residence love oysters. Kaki-no-Dotenabe is a local dish in which oyster is cooked in a hot pot, perfect for cozy nights with friends, family and loved ones. Being at Hiroshima without at least sampling the local sakes is a big missed opportunity. With more than 50 brewers, Hiroshima is one of Japan's three great sake producing areas. Sake in Hiroshima is one of a kind, rice in flavor from the area's bountiful natural surroundings, is highly popular amongst sake enthusiast. This is why the Annual Japan Sake Awards, where the year's best sake in Japan is selected right here in Hiroshima.