Peace Museum drops to 2nd place in Trip Advisor Rankings

trip advisor 2014Online travel site Trip Advisor has released its annual list of the 30 highest rated Japanese tourist destinations as voted by overseas visitors. Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Museum, which was ranked top in 2012 and 2013, slipped into second place behind Fushimi-inari Shrine in Kyoto.

Looking at the Trip Advisor today, the Peace Museum currently has 1,111 votes – 863 of which are “excellent” and 205 “very good” (36 people rated the museum as “average” but less than 10 went as far as giving it a negative rating). On the other hand, 1,591 users gave Fushimi-inari Shrine,  with its undeniably beautiful tunnel of vermillion torii gates, an “excellent” and 602 a “very good”.

Trip Advisor Japan Inbound Rankings 2014

Local tourist officials have made much of the museum taking the top spot the past two years, so they will no doubt be somewhat disappointed at the result. That said, for a museum to be ranked so highly among the many great destinations that compete for visitors’ attention in Japan is not to be sniffed at. Nagasaki’s Atomic Bomb Museum also rose in the rankings from 21st last year to 18th.

It wasn’t all “bad” news for Hiroshima, however. Its other big attraction, Miyajima, moved up one place into 3rd, kicking the Nara’s Toudai-ji Temple’s Daibutsu into 4th.

Here is the full top 30

  1. Fushimi-inari Shrine, Kyoto
  2. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima
  3. Itsukushima Shrine, Hiroshima
  4. Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto
  5. Toudai-ji Temple, Nara
  6. Koya-san Okunoin, Wakayama
  7. Kyomizudera Temple, Kyoto
  8. Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
  9. Hakone Open-air Museum, Kanagawa
  10. Narita-san Shinshou-ji Temple , Chiba
  11. Okinawa Churami Aquarium, Okinawa
  12. Matsumoto Castle, Nagano
  13. Sanjusangendo, Kyoto
  14. Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama, Kyoto
  15. Kenroku-en Garden, Ishikawa
  16. Robot Restaurant, Tokyo
  17. Nijo Castle, Kyoto
  18. Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Nagasaki
  19. Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
  20. Meiji-jingu Shrine, Tokyo
  21. Jigokuyudani-yaen “Snow Monkey” Park, Nagano
  22. Nara Park, Nara
  23. Dotonbori, Osaka
  24. Shibuya Center-gai, Tokyo
  25. Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo
  26. Kaiyukan Aquarium, Osaka
  27. Video Game Bar Space Station, Osaka
  28. Toyota Museum, Aichi
  29. Kyoto Nishiki Market, Kyoto
  30. Shinsai-bashi, Osaka

See the full rankings on Trip Advisor here [ja].


Paul Walsh

Paul arrived in Hiroshima "for a few months" back in 1996. He is the co-founder of and loves running in the mountains.