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Hiroshima | Townscape of Mitarai

A small harbor town in the middle of the Seto Inland Sea where time stands still

Situated in the middle of the Seto Inland Sea, Mitarai used to flourish as an important port town where marine travelers stayed to wait for favorable tides and winds. Due to its small area, the land was reclaimed several times, so small and big merchant houses, tea houses, lodgings for travelers, residences, Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples are intermixed, and the narrow backstreets are designed in a grid-like pattern. The area was registered as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings in 1994.

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Chugoku Region | JNTO Official Website
Hiroshima Prefecture | JNTO Official Website




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