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Hiroshima Pictures: Best Natural Sights in the Prefecture!

James Lau

James Lau

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An aerial view of a seaside village in Hiroshima, where people take a lot of pictures.

Let’s look at some of the most beautiful places to take those Hiroshima pictures that your friends will love! With some of the most beautiful places in Japan, from calm gardens to breathtaking gorges, Hiroshima offers tons of natural beauty that you should check out! Let’s take a look at some of the best Hiroshima has for you to see!

Shukkeien Garden

In the heart of Hiroshima is Shukkeien Garden, where nature’s beauty is miniature. “Shukkeien” translates to “shrunken scenery” and is the garden theme. The garden has landscapes mirroring valleys, mountains, and rivers. Built-in 1620 by a tea master as a private villa for the Asano family, the garden now welcomes visitors. There’s also a tea house near the edge of the garden’s main pond, allowing guests to appreciate the surroundings.

Shukkeien Garden in Hiroshima, there's a pond and red bridge.
This garden is right across from the Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum. Image via Shutterstock

Despite its beauty, Shukkeien’s history has moments of struggle and reconstruction. The garden almost perished during WWII, with nearly all structures reduced to rubble. After the tragedy, however, the city restored Shukkeien to its original glory, preserving its traditional Japanese garden aesthetics. Today, the garden hosts tea ceremonies throughout the year, providing an immersive experience in traditional Japanese culture.

Shimanami Kaido

The Shimanami Kaido goes from Onomichi City in Honshu to Imabari City in Shikoku. It is a 60-kilometer toll road and a unique link between Japan’s main islands. To be more specific, this scenic route crosses six islands in the Seto Inland Sea, giving travelers views of the water and towns. Also known as the Nishiseto Expressway stands out as the sole pathway accessible on foot or by bicycle, setting it apart from other connections between Shikoku and Honshu.

Shimanami Kaido in Hiroshima, a great place to take pictures.
This is one of the most famous cycling routes in Japan! Image via Shutterstock

The Shimanami Kaido provides an exciting bicycle route with well-marked paths and gentle inclines on the ramps leading to the bridges. Moreover, cyclists can explore cultural attractions like the Hirayama Museum and Kosanji Temple. There is also a museum for the Murakami Kaizoku, pirates from the Sengoku era, where visitors can enjoy Kaizoku Musubi rice ball, a snack that the Murakami Kaizoku might have eaten. This road is one of many places to take beautiful pictures of Hiroshima.

Bihoku Hillside Park

Bihoku Hillside Park is Japan’s 11th national park and the first one in the Chugoku region. The park also offers many attractions, including “Hiba no Sato,” a space replicating the Chugoku Mountains, and “Hana no Hiroba,” an area filled with blooming flowers. The park is a popular destination and provides year-round enjoyment with seasonal events. These events include the Bihoku Flower Picnic in spring, the Bihoku Cosmos Picnic in autumn, and the Bihoku Illumination during the winter.

an illumination at Bihoku Hillside Park.
This park is home to many colorful flower beds! Image via Shutterstock

During the springtime festival, from mid-April to mid-May, the park transforms with around 180,000 poppies in bloom. Bihoku Hillside Park is for all ages, providing a space for learning, playing, and appreciating nature. This is because there are over 40 types of playground equipment and activities in the “Kyu-no-oka” complex during summer. With its beauty, the park is undoubtedly a year-round favorite for those seeking fun and relaxation in Hiroshima.

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Sandankyo Gorge

Along the Shibaki River in northwestern Akiota, Sandankyo Gorge stands as a marvel of nature. It is a designated Special Place of Scenic Beauty and a part of Nishi-Chugoku Sanchi Quasi-National Park. The gorge prioritizes nature conservation, offering visitors paths that blend with the environment. Everyone can enjoy the rushing waters, massive cliffs, and untouched forests with walking courses for all levels.

Sandankyo Gorge in Hiroshima.
Sandankyo Gorge has a large lake! Image via Shutterstock

Sandankyo Gorge initially came into the public eye via photographer Kuma Nanpo. His passion for preserving its beauty led to its designation as a “Special Place of Scenic Beauty” in 1953 and a quasi-national park in 1969. Today, visitors can also travel on the trails, passing by waterfalls like Shimaidaki, Akadaki, and Meotobuchi, and explore the Nidandaki Falls by boat. Therefore, guests can stay at the historic Sandankyo Hotel, where they can eat locally sourced meals and enjoy the view.

Sensui Island

Floating just beyond the port of Tomonoura, Sensui Island is full of nature. Additionally, the island’s name, inspired by its abundant natural beauty, is legendary. Sensui Island is also a sanctuary of untouched landscapes shaped by ancient volcanic activity. Overall, the island’s trails provide panoramic views of Tomonoura’s charming townscape.

Sensui Island, another great place to take Hiroshima pictures.
Sensui Island was the first national park in Japan. Image via Shutterstock

The coastline has mysterious rock formations, while the legendary Goshiki-iwa Rock shows off a rare five-color layer. With over 200 sea caves to explore, Sensui Island invites guests to enjoy unique activities, from swimming and barbecuing to cruises and firefly tours. For an extended stay, the island offers accommodations. Moreover, the annual Sea Bream Netfishing event in early summer allows visitors to witness traditional fishing methods and purchase fresh fish directly.

Why should I go to these places to take Hiroshima pictures?

These natural sights offer a chance to pause and reconnect with the wonders of the earth. Whether you’re a nature lover, a photography enthusiast, or someone looking to relax, Hiroshima’s beautiful landscapes are suited for all. Each location provides a unique experience, ensuring something for everyone in Hiroshima’s natural beauty. 

All in all, we hope you’ll go on your adventures and witness the beauty captured in these “Hiroshima pictures.” Have you explored Hiroshima’s natural wonders? Are you inspired to add them to your travel bucket list? Let us know in the comments below!

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