Rich merchants here in Onomichi built temple after temple around the hills facing the sea, and by doing so created a place that attracted artists and writers, as its picturesque beauty was beyond belief. Traces of and references to all artists and poets who have been inspired by the town can be found all around the city, in the form of carved rocks, statues, famous writers' feet moulds, museums, residences.
It was a place I knew nothing about and yet all the major Shinkansen lines stopped there on the way to Hiroshima, so I assumed it must be a place of some significance either historically or economically.
Home to some of the best and oldest sake breweries throughout Japan, Hiroshima Prefecture holds an annual sake festival in the town of Saijo. It serves as a huge sake sampling venue with more than 1000 kinds of sake from breweries all over the country.
In addition to large well-known events, there are also smaller local festivals around Japan every weekend celebrating and honoring the summer season itself.
Have you ever watched a movie and looked at the background, perhaps the buildings, the mountains and seas or maybe even just the layout of the road and thought to yourself “I’ve been there before”?
Beautiful scenery, mouthwatering cuisine and historical sites are only a few things the city holds for the perfect tourist destination. Here is a quick guide to help you get the most out of your trip to Hiroshima.
As a foreigner living in Japan, I sometimes get a craving for ethnic food. Sure, when I travel to new prefectures I have to try their local cuisines, but if I happen to stumble upon an interesting looking foreign restaurant, I try to poke my head in their too.