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Omoto Park | Miyajima Town
Miyajima, an island floating in the Inner Seto Sea is so beautiful that it is counted as one of the Three Great Sceneries of Japan. The park with the main shrine of Omoto Shrine located on the west side of the island is known as a good spot for blossom-viewing, where about 1,000 Someiyoshino and Yaezakura cherry trees put on marvelous blossoms surrounding the Tahotoh Tower.

■Senkouji Park | Onomichi City
Senkouji Park is a park centering around Senkoji Temple which is located on the mountainside of Taihozan Mountain at the north of the city center. From the park you can get a marvelous view of the numerous islands of the Seto Inland Sea, but the best view you can get here is perhaps the blossoming of 10,000 cherry trees in spring. The blossoms are also very beautiful at night as well.

 
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Miyajima | Miyajima Town
Miyajima is an island counted as one of the Three Great Sceneries of Japan, and is now widely known for the World Heritage Itsukushima Shrine. The entire island is covered with thick green, and the fall leaves park is located on the southeast side of the shrine. Maple trees grow thickly along the river and in falltime you can get a great view of vivid autumn leaves. If you go up to the top of the small mountain taking the ropeway you can see as far as Seto Inland Sea and Hiroshima City.

 
 
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Hiroshima

Since the dropping of the atomic bomb during WWII, Hiroshima has developed as one of the leading cities promoting peace and international cultural exchange.
A range of delicious food is served in this city.
Oyster dishes and Hiroshima style Okonomikiyaki (Japanese pancakes (unsweetened) with vegetables, egg and meat) are especially a must when you visit Hiroshima.

Kamiyacho area, the center of the city, is known as a shopping district with a number of stylish shops.
After walking around and browsing through the shops, a rest at the nearby Yuki Onsen hot springs will be relaxing.
 
Kure

Kure area has once developed as a naval port town and therefore the townscape still retains old naval traces.

The red brick buildings of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force 1st Service School (still in use) in Edashima and Irifuneyama Park give you a nostalgic sense.

 


Onomichi

The “town on the slope” (saka-no-machi) Onomichi has attracted many novelists and film directors, and has been the stage for numerous literatures and movie films since a long time ago.

The town is also known as the “town of temples and shrines” (tera-no-machi), and as a result of contributions from the rich merchants who prospered centuries ago, 81 temples and shrines have been built at its peak.
After a major restoration, 25 are left in the old town today.
 
Miyajima

Miyajima of Aki (old name for Hiroshima) is one of the Three Great Sceneries of Japan along with Matsushima (Miyagi Pref.) and Amanohashidate (Kyoto Pref.).
Among all the national treasures and precious cultural assets kept in Miyajima, the most famous and magnificent is the Itsukushima Shrine.
This Shrine with the grand torii and architecture of fine red paint (ninuri) built in and on the water has been registered as a World Heritage back in 1996.
Conservation of wooden pillars in sea water is usually difficult, but the base pillars of this wide spread Shrine we see today is the same of what people saw eight centuries ago.

In addition, the primeval forest making a beautiful harmony with the historical sites is a nice place to take a refreshing walk, and you can also enjoy marine sports in Seto Inland Sea.

Miyahama Onsen hot springs is another place you may want to visit where you can have a bath with Miyajima in sight.

 
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