The great Torii of Itsukushima Shrine (Copyright)Hiroshima Prefecture
Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) (Copyright)Hiroshima Prefecture
The Big Arch, home of the professional soccer team, “Sanfrecce Hiroshima”. (Copyright)Hiroshima Prefecture
Bicyclers at the Seto Inland Sea (Copyright)Hiroshima Prefecture
Oysters and Lemon (Copyright)Hiroshima Prefecture
Hiroshima Prefecture is situated in southwestern Honshu (Japan’s main island). Hiroshima, home to two World Heritage Sites - the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Itsukushima Shrine - has something to offer all year round. The prefecture’s geography is generally mountainous. The south of the prefecture borders the Seto Inland Sea.
Hiroshima Prefecture is conveniently located for transportation. The prefecture is served by a total of seven international destinations and five domestic destinations operating out of Hiroshima International Airport. The prefecture is crisscrossed by rail transportation, such as the Sanyo Shinkansen and the Sanyo Honsen lines. Highways wind throughout the prefecture, such as the Chugoku Expressway, the Sanyo Expressway, the Setouchi Shimanami Kaido and the Chugoku Yamanami Kaido.
The southern region of the prefecture, with comparatively low annual precipitation and many clear sunny days, has a great environment for sports. Numerous marine sports such as boating and sailing as well as cycling can be enjoyed on the Seto Inland Sea coast. In the northern region of the prefecture, one can enjoy going cross country and trail running in addition to winter sports such as skiing. Also, Hiroshima is home to professional teams such as baseball, soccer, basketball as well as volleyball, handball and numerous other company sports teams that are active throughout the prefecture. Even among Japan’s major cities, the number of teams that participate in games nationally from Hiroshima city is ranked the highest.
Visitors can taste a plethora of the unique local dishes, prepared with the plentiful seasonal bounty of the sea and mountains. Traditional craft products are also plentiful and cover a wide range of articles, from the highly popular Kumano makeup brushes to the warm and homey Miyajima wood works.