Long regarded as the Island of Gods on the clear waters of the Seto Inland Sea, Miyajima—an island just off the coast of Hiroshima—is one of the top three scenic spots in Japan which is home to the floating Itsukushima Shrine and O-Torii Gate.
Both the Itsukushima Shrine and O-Torii Gate carry religious significance to the Japanese and the former has been dedicated to the worship of the three daughters of Susano-o no Mikoto—Shinto god of the seas and storms. The Itsukushima Shrine and O-Torii Gate were also built over water so as to protect the purity of these religious sites.
Normally visited as a day trip from Hiroshima, a day full of adventure and discovery awaits you on Miyajima. This is one island that you must visit once in your life.
When in Hiroshima, one quintessential dish to try is Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki. And where better to have okonomiyaki than at Okonomimura—an okonomiyaki village with 24 different okonomiyaki eateries.
But amongst the 24, Suigun—a 40-year-old family eatery nestled in the corner of the third level of Okonomimura—is our top pick. Helmed by a mother-daughter team, Suigun won our hearts with its tasty okonomiyaki creations and for how welcome we felt during our dining experience there.
You must dine at Suigun the next time you are in Hiroshima.
Although there is much to love about a city holiday, there is something unmistakably beautiful about venturing to places that are not usually visited; the road less travelled. Likewise in Japan, most may not have Hiroshima, Shikoku or Setouchi in mind but this is where you are missing out on an adventure of a lifetime.
Overflowing with tradition, history and geographical wonders, Hiroshima, Shikoku and Setouchi will leave you in awe everywhere you go. A good trip is one which leaves a lasting impression and touches your heart; this is what you are in for if you are planning a trip to Hiroshima, Shikoku and Setouchi.
Here is a 5D4N Shikoku & Setouchi itinerary featuring 19 reasons to visit this beautiful region. We are sure you will love these places as much as we do.