Located in the eastern part of Hiroshima Prefecture, Fukuyama is a medium sized city of approximately 450,000 people with the perfect blend of modern amenities and historic sights. The city is easily accessible by road or rail and is a stop on the Shinkansen or bullet train line.
Fukuyama Castle sits on what was once referred to as ‘Bat Mountain’. In fact, a bat shaped mountain symbol represents the city to this day. The original castle, which was built in the 1600s was destroyed during WWII and was reconstructed in 1966. It serves as a museum and a powerful reminder of Fukuyama’s past. The castle can be seen from Fukuyama Station and is in walking distance.
After the castle there are many more places to explore. The Fukuyama Auto and Clock Museum is a great place for those who love old cars and buses. There are plenty on display to ‘touch, ride and take pictures’ as they say.
The Japan Footwear Museum/Japan Folk Toy & Doll Museum features unique displays of footwear worn through the ages as well as an impressive collection of dolls.
The Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of History specializes in telling the story of life on the Seto Inland Sea. The museum has collaborated with researchers to bring history to life.
Fukuyama is blessed with scenic beauty and an example of this is the Tomo-no-ura area on the coast. From sunrise to sunset the Seto Inland Sea views never disappoint.
Fujio-no-taki Falls and Yamano-kyo Gorge are waterfalls surrounded by pristine nature. They are great places for trekking while remaining easily accessible.
Temple and shrine enthusiasts should be pleased to find excellent examples of traditional architecture in Fukuyama. Perhaps the most impressive is Myououin Temple which fuses Japanese and Chinese design elements.
Fukuyama is the city of roses and each May a festival is held to celebrate the beauty of the flower and the town. There are endless discoveries to be made in Fukuyama.