The Port of Ujina
Standing at the pier you can see Ninoshima Island, known as aki no kofuji,
which means "little Mt. Fuji of old Aki Province", lying before you. Farther in
the distance, Miyajima Island, one of the "three most beautiful sites in Japan",
can be seen.
The Ujina Island area, called Moto Ujina Park, protrudes into the sea at the
south end of the pier in Hiroshima Port. The entire hill is covered with forest,
including white oak trees.
The port of Ujina, the gateway port to Hiroshima, was an important military
center during prewar days. Today, it serves as the ferry terminal to such
destinations as Matsuyama, and is also vital as a junction between the islands of
the Seto Inland Sea.
Ujina Port, gateway to Hiroshima by sea (Photograph taken circa 1994)
Ujina Port was built in 1880 by Sadaaki Senda, who came to Hiroshima as a prefectural governor and even gave his own fortune to build the port. Five years were spent to complete Ujina Port. In spite of its proximity to the sea, Ujina did not have a full-scale port until its completion. Today, the statue of Mr. Senda stands in Senda Park at Ujina Miyuki 1-chome, near the port. From there, the statue looks over the port of Ujina every day.