Chugoku region recommended drive course

①Miyajima and Hiroshima area (The Seto Inland Sea area)

Driving course for Iwakuni~Miyajima~Hiroshima~Kure~Takehara
The first day
The staying hours:Approx.1 hr.30min.
One of the most famous wooden bridges in Japan. Depending on the seasons, we can enjoy different scenery, cherry blossoms in spring and colored leaves in autumn. Visitors are recommended to go up to the top of the mountain by cable car to see Iwakuni Castle built in Momoyama Nanban style and enjoy the panoramic view of Iwakuni city.
Approx. 1 hr.
The staying hours:Approx.2 hr.30min.
Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage site, is famous for a vermillion-colored big gate and a shrine building in the Shinden (aristocratic residence) style, which induces an elegant historical feeling.
The island has some scenic spots to enjoy seasonal beauties, such as cherry blossoms in spring and tinged foliage in autumn.
Approx.1 hr.
The staying hours:Approx.1 hr.
The spacious park located in the center of Hiroshima City was constructed to pay homage to the victims of the Atomic Bomb and pray for everlasting world peace. In the park are the A-Bomb Dome, which is a World Heritage site, the Cenotaph of A-Bomb victims and the Peace Memorial Museum which shows how the city was before the bombing.
Related information on the vicinity of Peace Memorial Park
Approx. 5 min.
The second day
The staying hours:Approx.1hr.30min.
The museum exhibits valuable records and materials which explain the city history and the highly scientific technologies of ship building and steelmaking. The one-tenth scale replica of the battleship Yamato is amazing.
The Maritime Self-Defense Force Kure Museum which displays a huge decommissioned real submarine is located nearby.
Related information on the vicinity of Kure Maritime Museum
The staying hours:Approx.4 hr.
Takahara,nicknamed Little Kyoto, induces a historical nostalgic atmosphere, as traditional residences and stone-paved alleys are well preserved.
Okunoshima island, which used to be the site of a poisonous gas factory during wartime is now famous for 900 cute wild rabbits. Widely known as Rabbit Island!
Related information on the vicinity of Takehara・Okunoshima Island