Hiroshima is famous with its UNESCO World Herigtage histrical site, Miyajima Island, and also very important city for us Japanese to memorize the history of World War II. Here’s a brief outline of where to visit in modern Hiroshima City.
In August of 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped in Hiroshima which ended the World War II for Japanese. Hiroshima city was totally destroyed and has been rebuilt, but we still preserve this building to memorize the war, not to make it happen again.
Hiroshima is just 1 hour away from Tokyo, flying from Haneda Airport, the 2nd biggest airport in Tokyo. Or about 1.5 hours by Shinkansen, Bullet train from Osaka. One day tour is possible from the both cities.
Hiroshima is a seaside town, along the Setonaikai Sea. Several rivers run in the city which gives a beautiful landscape.
In front of the A-Bomb Dome is Peace Memorial Park. This is a memorial monument of the war and every year on August 06, the day the A-bomb was dropped, a war memorial service is held here. Behind this monument, “Fire for Peace” is burning which is never put down until the eternal peace comes in the world.
This is something you should not miss in the Peace Memorial Park. After the bomb was dropped a young student girl died suffering from leukemia. Her classmates collected donations to build this statue, not to forget her short life.
Hiroshima locates in the south west part of Japan and is famous with its oranges and lemons. You will be able to take some rest during your walk at a cozy cafe along the park.
Currently, Hiroshima is one of the biggest cities in Japan and trams in the main streets remind us that this city has had good peaceful days these last decades.
Miyajima Island is about 1 hour away from the Hiroshima town, Itsukushima Shrine is there on the seaside. It was originally built more than 1000 years ago and when the tide is higher, the shrine gate looks like floating in the sea!
There are more to see in Hiroshima, definitely one of the must-see places in Japan!
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