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Island Hopping on the Seto Inland Sea near Hiroshima

March 26, 2018 by Matt Mangham

If you find yourself in Hiroshima or the surrounding area for any length of time, you really should set aside a day or two to explore the Seto Inland Sea. It’s not uncommon for people to live in the city for years, within sight of the Inland Sea and its islands, and never do more […]

Hiroshima’s Onomichi Minato Festival

March 26, 2018 by Matt Mangham

Onomichi has long been one of my own family’s favorite day-trip destinations in Hiroshima prefecture. Time after time, this little port city continues to charm, from the slightly down-at-heel shopping arcade stretching along much of the waterfront to the wonderful maze of narrow passages that wind up and down the hill above the port. Famous […]

Flower Parks of the Sera District of Hiroshima

March 26, 2018 by Matt Mangham

For many people, spring really only means flowers, and plenty of them. Some of us can get all we need from a lazy afternoon or two under the cherry blossoms. But if that has only whetted your appetite for spring color after the long, bleak winter, then Hiroshima Prefecture’s Sera district has you covered. For […]

Hiroshima’s Shukkei-en, A Landscape in Miniature

February 26, 2018 by Matt Mangham

Sometimes you just need to get out of the city for a little while, and sometimes you can’t. In Hiroshima, a nearly perfect solution to this common dilemma is a trip to Shukkei-en garden, just a ten to fifteen minute walk north of the Hondori shopping arcade. Designed as the grounds for the second residence […]

Top Five Hanami Sites near Hiroshima

February 25, 2018 by admin

Hanami is what the Japanese call “flower viewing,”  especially cherry blossoms (桜 sakura) with friends and family. In modern practice, hanami is enjoyed, especially by the younger generations of Japan, with copious amounts of food and drink. The practice is so popular that finding and securing a good spot in a popular park at peak season […]

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