Enjoying Hiroshima

Culture and History

Enjoying the Culture, History, and Nature of Hiroshima

Here we will introduce the history, world heritage sites, nature, culture, and arts of Hiroshima.

The City Called “Hiroshima”

The number of foreign tourists visiting Hiroshima is more than 2 million each year.
It is one of the top sightseeing areas in Japan, with many historical buildings, famous sites, and facilities throughout the prefecture including Itsukushima Shrine, the Atomic Bomb Dome, and Hiroshima Castle.
It is also home to beautiful nature, including the many islands in the Seto Inland Sea, that has captured the imaginations of many visitors.
These places have been featured as locations and settings in many movies, TV dramas, and anime.

The History and World Heritage Sites of “Hiroshima”

Hiroshima is home to two World Heritage Sites: Itsukushima Shrine which preserves Japanese history and culture for the people of today, and the Atomic
Bomb Dome where the scars left by a nuclear weapon are still clearly visible.
A Peace Memorial Ceremony is held each year on August 6 in Peace Memorial Park, a place where people pray for peace.

Atomic Bomb Dome
This site, infused with prayers for world peace, is a symbol of Hiroshima.
Following a movement by city residents to promote world peace, it was registered as a World Heritage Site in 1996.
Itsukushima Shrine
The island of Itsukushima (Miyajima) itself has been worshipped as a god since ancient times.
The mysterious Itsukushima Shrine standing in the sea was registered as a World Heritage Site in 1996.

Nature in “Hiroshima”

With its southeast region facing the Seto Inland Sea, and the Chugoku mountain ranges in its northwest region, Hiroshima Prefecture is blessed with abundant nature.
This prefecture offers a combination of city life and nature, as it is also possible to make one-day trips from its urban areas to have fun at locations, such as gorges, etc.


The Culture and Arts of “Hiroshima”

In Hiroshima, cultural establishments, such as art museums, museums, and archives, etc., can be found in various regions of the prefecture, and residents can casually enjoy both culture and art.
Additionally, a multitude of events are held here, such as concerts for artists that are famous both domestically and abroad, as well as theater performances, etc.
There is also an admission/entrance fee discount program for international students.
Here we will introduce courses and workshops where you can experience some of the most representative forms of Japanese culture.
[Applicable for international students] Discount Card for Cultural Facilities in Hiroshima, Etc.

With the aim of deepening their understanding toward the culture and arts of Japan and Hiroshima, the Hiroshima Support Center for International Students issues discount cards to international students studying within the prefecture that can be used at cultural facilities throughout the prefecture to receive admission fee and entrance fee discounts (free or discounted).

<Facilities cooperating with this project> Approx. 60 facilities throughout the prefecture

HiCIS Card