Last Updated: Oct 28, 2023

Come to Sera Kogen

The Highlands of Hiroshima Prefecture

Donny Kimball
8 min readOct 28, 2023

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Fields of tulips and other flowers at Sera Plateau in Sera-cho during the early spring. It’s located at 3–3 Kamitsuda Sera-cho Sera-gun Hiroshima.

Today, I want to showcase a different side of Hiroshima than most people envision when they think of the prefecture. While the likes of the Atomic Bomb Dome and Miyajima are indeed great (and I do encourage first-timers to Japan to visit them), the truth is that there is simply so much more to Hiroshima than just these now-overcrowded mainstays. Alas, few people ever make it to these off of the beaten path destinations in Hiroshima. Personally, I attribute this to a lack of awareness because, speaking frankly, there are a hell of a lot of locations in the prefecture that warrant one’s time.

So, on that note, let’s take a look at the highlands of Sera Kogen, the topic of this article. Found high up in the hills on the eastern side of Hiroshima Prefecture, Sera Kogen has a storied history that dates back to the Heian period (794–1185). Known as one of the top “agricultural treasures” in western Japan, this part of the prefecture produces some excellent quality produce. Thanks to the plateau’s climate, Sera Kogen is able to produce amazing rice, beef, pork, asparagus, and sweet corn. Moreover, as we’ll see later, this part of Hiroshima is also truly blessed with seasonal beauty too.

All things considered, Sera Kogen is definitely worth adding to your bucket list. Especially for my fellow content creators out there, you can really get some great shots for the Gram here. Moreover, the top-tier produce is also something that ought to draw the foodies out there too. While you’ll need to find a way to overcome the less-than-favorable logistics, a trip to Sera Kogen is bound to be one of the highlights of your time in Hiroshima Prefecture.

How to Get There

As I just alluded to, easy access to the allures of Sera Kogen is sadly lacking. In fact, you’re going to want to have your own set of wheels if you’re going to venture into this hilly part of Hiroshima. While it looks like there are some…

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Donny Kimball

I'm a travel writer and freelance digital marketer who blogs about the sides of Japan that you can't find in the mainstream media. https://donnykimball.com/