What to do and see in Hatsukaichi, Japan: The Best Places and Tips

January 6, 2018 Giuseppe Pratt

Hatsukaichi is a city of some 120,000 people located in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. The name derives from a market traditionally held on the 20th of each month with hatsuka meaning "20th day" and ichi translating to "market".
Restaurants in Hatsukaichi

Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi 739-0500, Hiroshima Prefecture +81 829-44-2011
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Miyajima

Scenic site that includes the Itsukushima Shrine, Otorii Gate and visit to Mt. Misen.

Reviewed By Ferg28 - Chelmsford, United Kingdom

Spent an amazing morning touring this island. Around the waterfront area and the shrine in the water it was very crowded. However was still very interesting. There are deer wandering around freely. However if you then walk away from the main waterfront and go up the steps to the shrines at the top levels it was a lot calmer and well worth the climb. On the way back we stopped at someone’s house who converted part of it into a coffee shop and had a wonderful coffee and cake. You catch the ferry across from Hiroshima. There are a number of gift shops and coffee shops and restaurants as well.

2. Itsukushima Shrine

1-1 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi 739-0588, Hiroshima Prefecture +81 829-44-2020
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Itsukushima Shrine

The famous shrine built on stilts with its torii gate set in the sea.

Reviewed By PJS1958 - Brisbane Queensland

Miyajima Island is a must do when making a visit to Hiroshima. The scenery on the island is picture perfect on a nice day, which we experienced. The Great Toori Gate is an icon which transfixes your imagination as to why it was ever erected in the position it is. A must do is to pay the extra money and take a wander around the deck of the buildings in front of the gate which give you access to those much wanted photo opportunities.
Travelling to the Island, it is worth catching a 45 minute launch from the centre of Hiroshima near the Peace Memorial. If you make the trip by tram and train to the larger Ferries which run directly across the bay to the Island, you lose so much time in the day actually getting there. We made the mistake but returned to the main land via the launch from Pier 3 and caught up on valuable time to do other things. PJS Brisbane

3. Mt. Misen

Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi 739-0588, Hiroshima Prefecture
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4.5 based on 898 reviews

Mt. Misen

Reviewed By B_rendayy

Took a 20 min ropeway up to the Observatory and the view was quite breathtaking. Did not attempt the summit due to health issues but we enjoyed an awesome view all the same.

4. Itsukushima Shrine Torii

Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi 739-0588, Hiroshima Prefecture +81 829-44-2020
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4.5 based on 169 reviews

Itsukushima Shrine Torii

Reviewed By qqview - Sydney, Australia

There is a spectacular large torii gate (16.6m tall) featuring Itsukushima Shrine. The torii gate is still standing alone at the seaside even it has experienced numerous natural disasters. Many people come to see this torii gate around sunset to have a higher chance to walk to the gate during low tide. You cannot walk offshore to reach the torrii gate when at high tide since it is dipped into the sea like floating at water level. It is also a fantastic scenery to view with the floating torii gate at times of high tide. Besides, you can try BBQ oyster in shell in Miyajima Island after visited the designated National Treasure. If you go by JR train, take the Sanyo Honsen Line to Miyajimaguchi Station, then a short walk to pier can arrive the Notable Seaside Shinto Shine by ferry.

5. Daishoin Temple

210 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi 739-0592, Hiroshima Prefecture +81 829-44-0111
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4.5 based on 431 reviews

Daishoin Temple

Reviewed By ViajesyVino - Australia

This is an ancient, splendid, and huge temple complex and one of the finest in the world (I have seen so far). There are halls, pagodas and statuaries, connected by winding paths amongst beautifully tended Gardens.
Everywhere you look, there are more places to explore, and most of the place is open to visitors.

6. Okeiko Japan Miyajima

Hatsukaichi 739-0588, Hiroshima Prefecture +81 829-30-9888
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Okeiko Japan Miyajima

We are facility to enjoy Japanese culture at old zen temple in Miyajima. Come and enjoy with us!

Reviewed By Russ_and_Kee

We visited Okeiko Japan Miyajima on our second trip to Japan. We've toured Tokyo, Hiroshima twice, Miyajima once before as well as various areas inland. We've seen shrines, museums, natural landmarks and similar locations around the country. Okeiko Japan Miyajima is by far the best...MoreThank you very much for your kind review. We are so glad that you like us. Thank you for your FB too, that you wrote about us. We wish your whole trip would be nice one. (Don't work too much:)

7. JR Nishinihon Miyajima Ferry

1-11-5 Miyajimaguchi, Hatsukaichi 739-0411, Hiroshima Prefecture +81 829-56-2045
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

JR Nishinihon Miyajima Ferry

Reviewed By GoneOffTheGrid - Vernon Hills, Illinois

This ferry was just as I'd expect for public transportation in Japan: Clean, Comfortable, Efficient, etc.
On the way out to the island we boarded and went to the top level inside toward the front where we had a good view as we approached Miyajima. On the return trip we sat outside (a little breezy/cool, but an even better panoramic view).
As we were boarding for our return trip I noticed the green painted steps with yellow edges (for safety/visibility purposes, I suppose) and I said to my wife "This is the Packer Ferry"). She gave me a look like I was being silly, but I snapped a photo anyway (hey, you have to take your laughs where you find them!)
So, a fast, clean, comfortable trip on a large capacity vessel. No drama, just quick on/off.

8. Miyajima Ropeway

Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi 739-0588, Hiroshima Prefecture +81 829-44-0316
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4 based on 611 reviews

Miyajima Ropeway

Reviewed By Lambretta101 - Gourock, United Kingdom

Two stage cable car that terminates atop of Mount Misen. We walked to start of the rope way via the well sign posted route. The walk up takes you though some pretty immense scenery. Wild deer roaming freely with red, gold and brown autumnal shades as their backdrop. Alternatively, there is a free shuttle bus from close to the ferry terminal that will cut out the walk. We went straight for the rope way when we got of the ferry while the majority of people headed for the Red Torii hence the summit was pretty quiet when we reached it.

9. Momijidani Park

Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture
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Momijidani Park

Reviewed By François V - Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands

You will pass it if you hike to Mount Misen via the path near the cable car. There are some deers here, but they are everywhere on the island.

10. Gojuno To

1-1 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi 739-0521, Hiroshima Prefecture +81 829-44-2020
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4 based on 375 reviews

Gojuno To

Reviewed By WalkingPoint - Bangkok, Thailand

This ancient and imposing building augments the huge wooden temple / chanting room. A hugely impressive structure with an interesting history. Overlooking the sea and other landmarks, it's a nice place to absorb Japanese style and serenity.

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