Hiroshima (prefecture)

Hiroshima prefecture (広島県 Hiroshima-ken) is in the western Chugoku region of the main Japanese island Honshu.


This location has been a major center of trade since the beginning of Japan's recorded history. Having 2.8 million people, it is ranked at the 12th most prefecture populated among the 47 prefectures of Japan.

Climate varies between places within the prefecture and between seasons; southern coastline areas are generally warm and don't get much rain throughout the year, while northern mountains can get heavy snow in winter. In summer, the temperature is around 26 degrees Celsius on average, and can go beyond 35 degrees.


Other destinations

Floating torii of Miyajima

Get in

By plane

Hiroshima Airport (IATA: HIJ) fields a fairly good selection of domestic flights as well as some from Seoul, Bangkok and various points in China. Flight time from Tokyo, the busiest route, is around 90 minutes.

By train

The Sanyo Shinkansen from Osaka to Fukuoka (Hakata) runs down the coast of Hiroshima prefecture, stopping at all major cities including Hiroshima and Onomichi. Direct Nozomi trains from Tokyo take about four hours to reach Hiroshima and cost ¥18,500 one-way.

Get around

By bike

Some coastline areas in Hiroshima are good for travelling by bike. Setouchi Shimanami Kaido Cycling Course, connecting Onomichi, islands on Seto Inland Sea and Imabari, is a major attraction to cyclists around Japan.


The so-called "Best View in Asia" in Tomonoura


Higashi-Hiroshima City


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