When to travel?

The climate in Hiroshima is quite warm, which could be said too hot during summer.  Thanks to the mountain range at the northern part of the prefecture, there are more sunny days than the average in other prefectures.

Best season: Feb-Nov (Jun is monsoon, Jul-Aug could be too hot, Sep is typhoon)
Cherry blossoms: end of Mar-Apr
Foliage: Nov-early Dec

Events / Festivals

May: Banto Mitama festival (万灯みたま祭), Hiroshima
Jun: Tokasan festival (とうかさん大祭), Hiroshima
July: Sumiyoshi festival (住吉祭), Hiroshima
July: Chukai Gion float event (忠海の祇園祭みこし行事), Hiroshima
Nov: Ebisu ko (えびす講), Hiroshima

Touristic spots

Capital city: Hiroshima (広島)

The prefecture’s capital, as well as the area’s.  The city is also very touristic with some of the World Heritage sites.  Description for Hiroshima peace memorial (原爆ドーム) and Itsukushima shrine (厳島神社) are both available in Chugoku article.

Hiroshima castle (広島城) was destroyed by atomic bomb in 1945 and then reconstructed.
An amazing Japanese garden called Shukkeien garden (縮景園) which represents Hiroshima.

Miyajima (宮島)

Description available in Chugoku article.

Onomichi (尾道)

Hiroshima is not only World Heritage sites.  There are a lot of attractive towns, too, and the most popular one is called Onomichi.  Onomichi is located between the ocean and mountain, so that the view from the top of the mountain is just so great.  Narrow streets and steeps will take you somewhere you have never seen.

View from the mountain along with ocean and temple.

Kozanji temple (耕三寺)

This is relatively a new temple built in 1936, located in Onomichi city.  What has made this temple famous and popular among the people is their marble garden called Miraishin no Oka (未来心の丘).  The whole garden is using marble, so that it looks great on social network.

Social network has made the temple very famous.

Tomonoura (鞆の浦)

This small town has a long history, which could go back to as old as the 3rd century.  The city has a nostalgic ambiance and many movie directors have used this town as their stage.  Now the city is part of Seto inland sea National Park (瀬戸内海国立公園), as well as Japan Heritage.

Small street in Tomonoura (鞆の浦).

Taishakukyo valley (帝釈峡)

A very famous spot for foliage since long time ago, even some ancient ruins and objects are found around this area.  In autumn, there is a Momiji foliage festival held and many people come here to enjoy the scenery.

Best foliage spot in Hiroshima.

Sandankyo valley (三段峡)

Another great nature spot in Hiroshima.  Sandankyo is one of the 100 top spots of green bathing and foliage.  This place is introduced in some of the magazines published outside of Japan, too.

Great place for green bathing and foliage.