Oct 16, 2018 Attraction Onomichi

Pray for a Safe Trip! The 10 Best Shrines and Temples in Hiroshima!

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Hiroshima has lots of places to see, such as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, or Miyajima in the middle of the ocean, but did you know that there are also a lot of shrines and temples with a deep history in the area? In this article, we’ll cover 10 of the top shrines and temples, so you can pray for safe travels while sightseeing.

Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine

Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine is the most well-known shrine in the Hiroshima city center. It has been repeatedly moved, renovated, and rebuilt.

In 1956, it was moved to its current location. It is close to locations like Hiroshima castle and Peace memorial park, so you could visit while you’re out sightseeing downtown.

Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine
Address
21-2 Motomachi, Nakaku (map)
Closest Station 8mins walk Northwards from Hiroshima Bus Center
Website Tripadvisor

Sumiyoshi Shrine

Next on the list is Sumiyoshi shrine, which is another shrine that’s easy to access when you’re sightseeing around central Hiroshima City. It was moved here in 1733, so it has nearly 300 years of history.

There are lots of different festivals held throughout the year, but in particular, Yaikagashi, a Setsubun (day before spring) festival held on the 3rd of February, is one you can’t miss!

Gods of disease and poverty flock to the shrine, but the shrine maidens chase them away with the smell of roasted sardine heads. You can’t find anything like the Setsubun festival anywhere else. If you’re there at the time, you should definitely go check it out.

Sumiyoshi Shrine
Address 5-10 Sumiyoshicho, Nakaku (map)
Closest Station 5mins walk from “Takanobashi” tram stop
Website Official Website
Tripadvisor

Sorasayainao Shrine

Despite Sorasayainao shrine’s location in the center of Hiroshima City, the shrine has a calm, relaxing atmosphere. Gods of the Five Grains are worshiped there, and it has long been known to the locals as a shrine for good harvests of the Five Grains.

The shrine is so quiet, you’ll forget all about the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s easy to overload yourself when traveling, so visit Sorasayainao shrine when you need to recharge your batteries.

Sorasayainao Shrine
Address 3-3-2 Honkawacho, Nakaku (map)
Closest Station 5mins walk Northwards from “Honkawacho-eki” tram stop
Website Official Website

Ebisu Shrine

If you were to ask Hiroshima residents about their most familiar shrines, Ebisu shrine would probably come up. It is well known by Hiroshima residents because of the Ebisu Taisai, a festival held in November every year.

The Ebisu Taisai (also called Ebisuko) has a long history, having been held every year without fail for over 400 years, and is one of the three biggest traditional festivals in Hiroshima.

Even in the year the atomic bomb was dropped, the festival was held at a shrine in the barracks. During the festival, central Hiroshima is filled with people.

Ebisu Shrine
Address 5-14 Ebisucho, Nakaku (map)
Closest Station Near “Ebisucho” tram stop
Website Tripadvisor

Hiroshima Toshogu Shrine

Hiroshima Toshogu shrine is a shrine you can visit as soon as you get to Hiroshima. It’s located in Futabanosato, so you can walk there from the Hiroshima station, Shinkansen exit.

This shrine is dedicated to the famous Japanese commander, Tokugawa Ieyasu. It’s surrounded by greenery, and will help ease your tiredness from traveling.

The shrine does have a lot of stairs, so you may want to leave the heavy luggage behind!

Hiroshima Toshogu Shrine
Address 2-1-18 Futabanosato, Higashiku (map)
Closest Station 8mins walk from Hiroshima station
Website Tripadvisor

Hayatani Shrine

Hayatani shrine, located in Hatsukaichi, is known for the god of traffic safety. This shrine has such a long history, they don’t even know when it was built.

It has long been referred to as the “Protector of Sanyodo, where the districts of Hiroshima, Yamaguchi and Okayama are situated” and travelers wishing for safe travels come from around Japan to visit the shrine.

The Traffic Safety Festival (Kotsu Anzen Taisai), held on the 7th of January, is a unique festival where they pray for safe traffic around the world.

Hayatani Shrine
Address 308-1 Kamihera, Hatsukaichishi (map)
Closest Station Near “Hayatani shrine” Bus stop
Website Official Website

Itsukushima Shrine

Itsukushima shrine is Hiroshima’s most famous shrine. When you visit here, the biggest thing to look out for is the giant torii gate floating on the sea! This torii gate actually isn’t embedded into the sea floor; its own weight is what keeps it standing on the ocean. When the tide goes out, you can walk right up to the torii, so go and enjoy it.

Itsukushima Shrine
Address 1-1 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi (map)
Open Jan 1
Jan 2&3
Jan 4-Feb
Mar 1-Oct 14
Oct 15-Nov 30
Dec 1-Dec 31
12:00am -6:30pm
6:30am – 6:30pm
6:30am – 5:30pm
6:30am – 6:00pm
6:30am – 5:30pm
6:30am – 5:00pm
Entrance Fee Adult/¥300
High School Student/¥200
Middle School & Under/¥100
Website Tripadvisor

Enryuji Temple

Enryuji Temple was founded in 1619. In June, the Toukasan festival is held, which attracts a lot of people. This festival is the first festival of the year where attendees wear yukatas, and beauty salons and other businesses in the area will loan out yukatas for the duration of the festival.

As a resident of Hiroshima, I highly recommend putting on your yukata and enjoying the stalls and events at Enryuji Temple!

Enryuji Temple
Address 8-12 Mikawacho, Nakaku (map)
Closest Station 15mins walk from Hiroshima Bus Center
Website Official Website

Daisho-in Temple

Miyajima has a lot of temples, but Daisho-in temple, opened by Kukai in 806 AD, stands out for its deep history and elegance. It is a highly regarded temple, and there are records of many famous figures, including Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Ito Hirobumi, visiting it.

The Flame of Peace at Peace Memorial Park was actually lit by the Eternal Flame at Reikadou, Daisho-in Temple, which has been continuously burning since Kukai studied there in 806.

Daisho-in Temple
Address 210 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi-shi (map)
Closest Station 30mins walk from Miyajima pier
Website Official Website
Tripadvisor

Senkoji Temple

Senkoji temple at Onomichi is also a great choice! The temple building is built in the rare butai-zukuri style (the building structure like a stage). When you visit Senkoji temple, be sure to pick up a marriage charm.

The charm for girls is a kanzashi (traditional Japanese hairpin), while guys get a koban (old Japanese gold coin) with rice in it, and they are prayed over with the words, “May you find a good partner, and live happily together forever.”

Senkoji Temple
Address 15-1 Higashi-tsuchidoucho, Onomichi-shi  (map)
Closest Station 15mins walk from Onomichi Station
Website Tripadvisor

In this article, we had a look at 10 shrines and temples to visit in Hiroshima. All of them are located near sightseeing spots. Come visit the shrines and pray for safe travels.