Hiroshima Prefecture, which lies approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes from Kyoto by Shinkansen bullet train, is a popular destination that can be easily visited after sightseeing in Kyoto. Attractive areas of scenic beauty facing the sea and historical sites revolving around World War II are scattered throughout the prefecture.
Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage Site in Miyajima, is one such example of the famous beauty in Japan. The pavilions of the shrine, which were places of worship for ancient generals, have a history of more than 1,400 years, and the unique architecture attracts attention. In particular, one can sense the mystery of nature from the sight of the "Otorii" Gate, a symbol of Itsukushima shrine, soaring high above the surface of the sea. The vivid contrast between the red torii gate and the blue sea is so beautiful that it will take your breath away.
The old-fashioned port towns can also be found around the Seto Inland Sea where there are more than 400 small and large islands. If you stroll around the tranquil and attractive town which was once a movie location, you would feel like you've stepped back in time to the old days of Japan.
Meanwhile, the Atomic Bomb Dome in downtown Hiroshima is an emotional place that evokes memories of the tragedy of war and will renew your own determination to seek peace.