This website is the online accompaniment to the CruiseHiroshima guide map published by the Hiroshima Chamber of Commerce and Industry in spring 2011 which aims to highlight Hiroshima”s proximity and connection to the sea and to the attractions that the surrounding Setouchi area offers visitors, both from overseas and from within Japan.
Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world, visit Hiroshima every year. Drawn by its tragic history, much of their attention is focused on the city center, and it is easy to forget that one is only a few kilometers from the coast. Indeed, much of modern Hiroshima has been reclaimed from the sea; most of the city south of Peace Boulevard (Heiwa Ōdōri) was underwater and most of its main streets were rivers that linked the interior with the sea.
Traveling by boat between Hiroshima’s two UNESCO World Heritge Sites, the Atomic Bomb Dome and Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima, provides a view of Hiroshima very different when taking the land route, and it saves you time too. Shadowy islands in the distance hint at the beauty of the wider Setouchi area.
Mystical Miyajima lies to the west and traveling across the beautiful Akinada Island chain takes you to the well preserved Edo-era town of Mitarai in the east. South, is the rarely visited island of Kurahashi with its terraced mikan orange groves and beaches.
The ferry services which, until recently, criss-crossed the narrow straits between the hundreds of islands in the area, are under pressure and a year rarely goes by without news of another route closure. For now, at least, with a little planning it is still possible to travel between many of the islands as the people of this region did for centuries.
Starting off from the mainland ports of Hiroshima, Miyajima-guchi, Kure and Takehara, we invite you to embark on your own island-hopping adventure, and to see the “sea side” of Hiroshima.