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Visit Hatsukaichi

Just outside of Hiroshima City, find a serene getaway nestled in between the mountains and the sea, where one of Japan’s most recognizable torii gates has stood for centuries.

Hatsukaichi is a city in Hiroshima prefecture that is best known for its history as a seaside marketplace and as the gateway to the magnificent Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island. Its name is derived from the city’s traditional hosting of a produce market on the 20th day of each month, dating back to the Kamakura Period. Visit this pretty coastal city to enjoy the region’s delicious fresh seafood, local produce and breathtakingly beautiful Shinto shrine.

Discover a diverse landscape as you explore the city’s wide-reaching limits, from the island of Miyajima to the rugged and mountainous hinterland. If you’re lucky enough to visit during the 20th Day Market, spend the morning checking out handcrafted wooden items, fresh produce and local seafood. Pack a picnic and prepare for some exploration of Hatsukaichi’s wilderness and sacred areas. Hatsukaichi is an ideal spot for leisure and adventure activities, such as hiking, kayaking or skiing. See dramatic mountains, lush valleys, clear streams and picturesque farms.

Set aside a day or two to explore Miyajima, the island directly offshore from Hatsukaichi. The Itsukushima Shrine on this island is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as a National Treasure of Japan. It is said that a shrine has existed here for over 4,000 years and the Itsukushima Shrine holds deep historical and cultural significance. The shrine, which is accessible by ferry, appears at its most beautiful and tranquil at high tide. During this period, it appears as though the shrine and its mighty red torii gate are floating on the water. Also on Miyajima, you can find the Miyajima Natural Botanical Garden, the Miyao Castle Ruins and the Miyajima Public Aquarium.

The city can be reached in under an hour by train from Hiroshima City. Hatsukaichi is a destination for all seasons: climb Mount Misen or kayak in the sea in the summer, watch the maple leaves turn at Momijidani Park and pick chestnuts in fall, hike amid the cherry blossoms in spring or ski fresh powder in winter.

Top Hotels in Hatsukaichi

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto
Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto
4 out of 5
364 Minamimachi, Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima-ken
¥12,893
per night
Dec 19 - Dec 20

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is steps from Itsukushima and Itsukushima Shrine. Miyajima Ferry Terminal is 0.6 mi (1 km) away.

4.5/5Wonderful! (173 reviews)

"部屋も綺麗でロケーションも良く、 何よりホテルのスタッフの方々が皆さん親切で とても快適に過ごせました。 おススメのホテルです。"…"

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2019

Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto
Miyajima Coral Hotel
Miyajima Coral Hotel
3 out of 5
1-9-8 Miyajimaguchi, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima-ken
¥8,264
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19

Situated in Hatsukaichi, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Miyajima Ferry Terminal, Five-Story Pagoda, and Itsukushima Shrine. Momijidani Park and Daisho-in ...

4.2/5Excellent! (379 reviews)

"Friendly, easy, convenient, nice sized single non smoking room, decent breakfast included. Value for money."…"

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2019

Miyajima Coral Hotel
Hotel Miyajima Villa
Hotel Miyajima Villa
3.5 out of 5
1165 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima
¥22,400
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is steps from Itsukushima and Miyajima Ferry Terminal. Itsukushima Shrine is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) away. Hatsukaichi ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (143 reviews)

"The location was excellent close to the ferry. The accommodation was spacious, clean and the staff were attentive and professional. The scenic onsen was also an experience not to be missed. Dinner options seem to be limited on the island but if you love oysters you’re in for a treat! The bar offered ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

Hotel Miyajima Villa

Popular things to do in Hatsukaichi

Itsukushima Shrine
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Itsukushima Shrine

5/5(174 reviews)

Walk along wooden piers and observe the captivating sights of this Shinto shrine that appears to float on the water offshore from Miyajima Island.

Miyajima Ferry Terminal
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Miyajima Ferry Terminal

4.5/5(104 reviews)

Take a relaxing and scenic ferry trip to the sacred island of Miyajima and begin your journey to serene shrines and a tranquil mountain peak.

Miyajima Aquarium
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Miyajima Aquarium

4.5/5(5 reviews)

See the majestic porpoises and sea lions of the Seto Inland Sea or touch penguins and shoreline creatures at this comprehensive aquarium on Miyajima Island.

Daisho-in
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Daisho-in

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Wander around the enchanting gardens of this temple and check out traditional Buddhist structures on Mount Misen, the holy mountain of Miyajima.

Five-Story Pagoda
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Five-Story Pagoda

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Spot this historic pagoda and its distinctive red tiers towering into the sky from afar and come closer to see the 15th-century Buddhist monument’s intricate details.

Momijidani Park
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Momijidani Park

View one of Japan’s most legendary fall sights and see blazing fall colors in this garden of maple trees at the foot of holy Mount Misen on Miyajima Island.

Top activities in Hatsukaichi

World Heritage Itsukushima Shrine & Oyster Raft Tour
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World Heritage Itsukushima Shrine & Oyster Raft Tour

¥2,750

Outline A premium experience where you can go on a boat of oyster fishermen and visit the large torii gate of World Heritage site Itsukushima Shrine by sea. You can also take commemorative photos with the oyster fishermen of for example the oyster raft tour.

All-You-Can-Eat Fresh Oysters Overlooking Miyajima
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All-You-Can-Eat Fresh Oysters Overlooking Miyajima

¥3,135

Outline Shimada Susan's oyster hut provides fresh-caught oysters everyday. You can grill the oysters over a charcoal fire by yourself. Fully enjoy the oysters to your heart's content on an all-you-can-eat basis within a time limit. Details 1.

Miyajima calligraphy experience with kimono
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Miyajima calligraphy experience with kimono

¥5,000

Try Calligraphy in beautiful island of Miyajima. okeikoJapan is located in the 300-year old temple, just about 5 minutes walk from the ferry port. We are a little off from the tourist spot, so you can enjyo quiet and peaceful atmosphere of the temple.

Experience Tea Ceremony, Calligraphy and Kimono
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Experience Tea Ceremony, Calligraphy and Kimono

¥8,000

Our temple located at one street off from the tourist area. So you will enjoy the quiet and serene atmosphere of our 300-year- old temple. First we will dress you up with kimono. We have a lot of option of kimono, color and sizes.

Experience tea ceremony, calligraphy and kimono
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Experience tea ceremony, calligraphy and kimono

¥8,000

Our temple located at one street off from the tourist area. So you will enjoy the quiet and serene atmosphere of our 300-year- old temple. First we will dress you up with kimono. We have a lot of option of kimono, color and sizes.

Bunny Island Tadanoumi Port
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Bunny Island Tadanoumi Port

¥2,938

Pick up at Hotel or Hiroshima Station at 10 am and head to Tadanoumi port en route to Bunny island. We will stay on the island from 1130 am to 3 pm. From 3 pm to around 430 pm we will travel back to Hiroshima. From 430 to 6 pm there is a wide variety of restaurants in the area to pick from.

Reviews of Hatsukaichi

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Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Jeff

Sep 29, 2019

Quiet peace compared to the frenetic energy of Tokyo. A contrast that helps understand Japan beyond mega city fame. Historical and beautiful.

4/5 - Good

Eddie

Sep 28, 2019

More tourists than I expected, with the resulting preponderance of tourist shops on the Main Street.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 12, 2019

Friendly staff and plenty of parking.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 1, 2019

Be sure to take the cable-cars (called "rope-way") up to the top of Mt. Mizen. If you are feeling really adventurous, you can walk uphill and/or downhill (about 2 hours each way).

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 26, 2019

Since the island a tourist town, as I expected nearly everything is closed by 630pm, that was part of the attraction the quiet island stay with a beautiful hike in the morning.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 18, 2019

The gate is stunning at sunset and at night. The stone statues around the shrine are beautiful. The friendly deer are fun and interesting. The island is a bit of paradise.