10 Places to visit in Hatsukaichi, Japan

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”.

1. Mount Misen Mountain

Mount Misen is the sacred mountain on Itsukushima in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima, Japan, and is the highest mountain on the island at 535 m; it is situated within the World Heritage area of Itsukushima Shrine. The sea around the island and all of the island are within Setonaikai National Park.

2. Momijidani Park

Momijidani Park is one of the most famous maple leaves valley parks in Japan. The park located at  〒739-0541 Hiroshima Prefecture, Hatsukaichi, Miyajimacho, 紅葉谷 at the foot of Mt. Misen, along Momijidani River, behind Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima.

3. Daiganji Buddhist Temple

Daiganji is traditional temple from the 1200s, with several statues of the Buddha & goddess Benzaiten. Daiganji Temple or Kikyozan Hokoin belongs to the Koyosan Branch od the Shingon denomination of Buddhism. The founder of this temple is not known though it is said that the temple was reconstructed by Priest Ryokai between 1201 and 1203 in the Kamakura period. Prior to the decree of Shinto-Buddhism separation by the Meiji government, this temple was in charge of the repair and construction of Itsukushima Shrine, Hakozakigu and Usahachimangu Shrines in Kyushu and many others.

In the main hall, there are four Buddha statues which are designated as a National Important Cultural Property. One of the four is Yakushi Nyorai Zazo, a seated statue of Medicine Buddha and is said to have been made by Kobo Daishi or Kukai, the founder of the Shingon school of Buddhism.

4. Senjōkaku Shinto Shrine

Senjōkaku located at Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture 739-0588, Japan. The shrine is the common name of Hokoku Shrine. The name describes the spaciousness of the building, as Senjokaku is in fact approximately the size of one thousand tatami mats. The hall which dates back to 1587 on a small hill just beside Itsukushima Shrine.

Senjokaku is strikingly sparse, lacking proper ceilings and a front entrance. In 1872, the incomplete building was dedicated to the soul of its founder, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, which remains its present day religious function. Adjacent to Senjokaku stands a colorful five-storied pagoda originally built in 1407, predating the shrine itself.

5. Miyajima History and Folk Museum in Hatsukaichi

Miyajima History and Folk Museum located at 57 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture 739-0534, Japan. The museum preserves the main house and part of a storehouse which formerly belonged to the Egami family, one of the most prosperous merchant families in Miyajima. It exhibits folk materials that provide insights into the lives of ordinary people, and historical materials including ancient documents, and poems and paintings depicting Miyajima.

Many national treasures and cultural assets related to Itsukushima Shrine have been displayed, however little effort has been made to collect and preserve artifacts, related to everyday life of the common people in Miyajima. Fortunately, however, the residence belonging to the Egami Family, who were wealthy merchants from the Edo Period (1603-1867) to the Meiji Period (1868-1912) was transferred to Miyajima in its entirety. The municipality founded this museum by keeping the 170 year old main building and storehouses of the residence intact and adding new exhibition rooms.

6. Tsutsumigaura Nature Park

Tsutsumigaura Nature Park located at 1195 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture 739-0588, Japan. There reserve room for stay from $20 per night.  The Nature Park which offers you a campsite, cabins and tennis courts. On the site, a BBQ facility and rental utensils, as well as BBQ ingredients.

7. Itsukushima Shrine Treasure Hall Museum

Itsukushima Shrine Treasure Hall Museum located at 1-1 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture 739-0588, Japan and open from 8.00 am. – 17.00 pm. Housed herein are some 4,000 valuable items with fine arts, crafts, historical materials, armory, Noh masks, musical instruments and mostly used by the top figures of the Heike Clan, a dominant politico-military family in the feudal days.

Among them are about 130 pieces of national treasures, important cultural assets, including 32 volumes of Heike Clan’s Buddhist sutras. On display are part of the collection and a reproduction of the sutras. The large root at the entrance is a part of the roots of the camphor which was used for the main pillar of the great Torii when the gate was repaired in 1951.

8. Miyajima Public Aquarium

Miyajima Public Aquarium is an aquarium on the island of Itsukushima in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima, Japan which is located at 10-3 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture 739-0588, Japan. The aquarium create and opened since 1959. Also, open from Monday to Sunday at 9.00 am. – 5 pm. In the aquarium have animals around 13,000 animals and 350 species.

9. Itsukushima Floating Torii Gate

Itsukushima Floating Torii Gate located at 1−1 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture 739-0588, Japan. This is one of Japan’s most revered sites, this ancient Shinto shrine seems to float on water at high tide.

The Itsukushima shrine is one of Japan’s most popular tourist attractions. It is most famous for its dramatic gate, or torii on the outskirts of the shrine, the sacred peaks of Mount Misen, extensive forests, and its aesthetic ocean view. The shrine complex itself consists of two main buildings: the Honsha shrine and the Sessha Marodo-jinja, as well as 17 other different buildings and structures that help to distinguish it. The complex is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and six of its buildings and possessions have been designated by the Japanese government as National Treasures.

10. Mount Kanmuri Mountain in Japan

Mount Kanmuri Mountain in Japan also known as Mount Yoshiwa Kanmuri, is a mountain located in the Yoshiwa District of Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. “Kanmuri” is a common name for mountains in Japan; Hiroshima Prefecture has six mountains by this name alone, hence the modifier “Yoshiwa”.