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HatsukaichiJapan

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
LiVEMAX RESORT Miyahamaonsen-Ocean
LiVEMAX RESORT Miyahamaonsen-Ocean
2- Miyahamaonsen, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima
The price is ¥21,654 per night

Situated in Hatsukaichi, this spa resort is within a 10-minute walk of Miyahama Hot Spring and Setonaikai National Park. Itsukushima and Imosenotaki Falls are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (4 reviews)

"ホテルの周りは、あまりパッとしなかったけれど、ホテルの部屋や、朝食は、とってもよかったです!"…"

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2020

LiVEMAX RESORT Miyahamaonsen-Ocean
Aki Grand Hotel & Spa
Aki Grand Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
1-1-17 Miyajimaguchi Nishi 1-chome, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima
The price is ¥11,480 per night

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Itsukushima and within 3 mi (5 km) of Itsukushima Shrine and Miyajima Ferry Terminal. Mt. Misen ...

4/5Very Good! (174 reviews)
Very nice ryokan

"Everything is great about this hotel. It looks even better than on the photos. The shuttle bus was also very convenient. However, I wish there were more different bathes in the onsen. Also, it was not clear to me how to book a night with a western breakfast, not a Japanese one. Please note, that ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2019

Aki Grand Hotel & Spa
Miyajima Coral Hotel
Miyajima Coral Hotel
3 out of 5
1-9-8 Miyajimaguchi, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥8,000 per night

Situated in Hatsukaichi, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Five-Story Pagoda and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Momijidani Park. Miyahama Hot Spring and Marina Hop are ...

4.2/5Excellent! (415 reviews)

"In CBD, walkable distance to many sight apota, ahopping malls. Quiet and confortable hotel. However, the room is a but small and the daily carparking fee is quite expensive."…"

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2020

Miyajima Coral Hotel

Popular places to visit in Hatsukaichi

Itsukushima Shrine
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Itsukushima Shrine

4.5/5(181 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(116 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 things to do in Hatsukaichi

Miyajima Cultural Highlights Walking Tour
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Miyajima Cultural Highlights Walking Tour

¥7,800
Per adult
Tea ceremony and Kimono in Miyajima
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Tea ceremony and Kimono in Miyajima

¥10,000
Per adult
Experience Tea Ceremony, Calligraphy and Kimono
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Experience Tea Ceremony, Calligraphy and Kimono

¥15,000
Per adult
Miyajima calligraphy experience with kimono
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Miyajima calligraphy experience with kimono

¥10,000
Per adult
Experience tea ceremony, calligraphy and kimono
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Experience tea ceremony, calligraphy and kimono

¥15,000
Per adult
Private Hiroshima & Miyajima Day Tour by Car
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Private Hiroshima & Miyajima Day Tour by Car

88% of travellers recommend
¥23,000
Per adult

Reviews of Hatsukaichi

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 29, 2020

Miyajima is generally a wonderful place to visit and hike around. It is one of my favorite places in Japan. I've been there in hot weather, snow, and cold weather and also pleasant fall weather. This trip it has been raining every day for a week, so

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 5, 2020

Miyajima has been one of my favorite places of all japan

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).

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