Hiroshima, Japan

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Hiroshima is a familiar name of a place in Japan to anyone who has read the history books as it has been the target for the first ever atomic bomb attack. The city was eventually rebuilt after the devastation. The city was founded by Terumoto Mori way back in 1589 and it can be easily reached from Miyajima Island and the rural part of Shimane prefecture.

Hiroshima is a city that is easy to explore in the most practical mode of riding a car or just merely by walking. The place is also characterized to be the home of the world renowned auto company of Mazda Motors. Their unique food specialty is called the Hiroshimayaki or a savory pancake.

Things To Do and Places To See

The founder of the city Terumoto Mori was also the one who created the Hiroshima Castle. The city has become a hub for various peace advocates from all around the world especially with its popular peace related spots of the Peace Park, ten Gates of Peace, A-Bomb Dome and the Peace Memorial Museum.

The Hijiyama Park is a famous spot in Hiroshima for the cherry blossom season. It is also home to the Hiroshima City Manga Library along with the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art.

The Shukkeien Garden was once severely damaged by the bomb attack but it has restored completely to bring back its natural beauty. It is located adjacent to the Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum.

At the south west part of the Hiroshima Castle is the Chuo Park which is the biggest open space of the entire city. It has the Hiroshima Baseball Stadium and the Hiroshima Museum of Art which houses renowned works of Picasso, Monet, and even Van Gogh.

At the back of the Hiroshima Station is the silver Peace Pagoda which offers pleasant panoramic views of the sea and the entire city. North of the station is the Fudoin Temple which is considered the oldest building that survives up to this very modern day, originally traces back to early 14th century.

The Yamato Museum is dedicated to the biggest battleship in the globe called the Yamato. Other notables museums in Hiroshima include the Hiroshima City Transportation Museum, Hiroshima City Ebayama Museum of Meteorology, Hiroshima City Museum of History & Traditional Crafts, and the Mazda Museum.

For shoppers, the Hiroshima Diamond City is the most popular in the city located in Fuchu. Other stores are located the south exit section of the Hiroshima Station namely the Fukuya and the ASSE department stores.

Where To Stay

The lodging accommodations offered by Hiroshima come in a wide range as well whether the visitor is in search of a five star hotel, a hostel, or even the cheap yet authentic minshuku or ryokan.

Some of the names that belong to the high end category include the Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel, the Grand Prince Hotel, and the Hotel Granvia Hiroshima. For the business travelers, there are the Hiroshima Garden Palace, Hiroshima Intelligent Hotel and the APA Hotel Hiroshima Ekimae.

Other hotel options that are near the famous Peace Memorial Park include the Hotel Park Side Hiroshima Peace Park, the Sunroute Hotel and the Daiwa Roynet Hotel Hiroshima.

Nightlife Spots

The nightlife spots in Hiroshima are centered around the eastern part of the city like the areas of Shintenchi and Nagarekawa. There are more than 2000 restaurants that serve the Hiroshimayaki which is their version of the famous okonomiyaki. Hiroshima’s seafood particularly the oysters are a must-try.

Outings and Day Trips

Miyajima is one of the best day trip destinations that anyone can head to for a day trip. It is famous for its views of the torii gate that seem to emerge above the sea. The island also features an aquarium, a nice beach and tons of local crafts.

From Hiroshima, many cruises can be tried out to travel around Inland Sea. The city is also a good reference point for other excursions to Shimane’s rural parts. Such outings can lead to attractions like the oldest Shinto shrine called Izumo Taisha Shrine, Tottori sand dunes, Iwakuni castle and Kintai bridge, and the scenic offerings of Kyushu and Shikoku.

Okunoshima Island within the Hiroshima Prefecture is also home to the Poison Gas Museum, the tallest electricity tower of Japan and a gamut of rabbits.

Getting Around

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The most common transportation modes used in Hiroshima are by tram and buses. The one that runs them is the Hiroshima Electric Railway with six tram lines in the downtown part of the city. There are eight numbers for the trams with color and route assignments.

As for the bus, Hiroshima also offers a loop bus for the sightseeing visitors. It tours the newcomers of Hiroshima to eight major tourist destinations in the city. Others also take the modern metro called the Astram or cycle their way with a bike around the city.