HiroshimaThe traditional center of the Chugoku region of Japan, and home to over 2.8 million people, Hiroshima is famous and infamous in its history and major sights. Historically an economic hub of the Western region, Hiroshima has continuously been a center for industry, and the sight of the famous Battle of Sekigahara, a decisive victory for the Tokugawa clan that lead to the beginning of the Edo era. It was originally made of two provinces; Aki, and Bingo. (Yes, like the game)
It was such an important trading hub, that the Regional Army and Army Marine Headquarters was stationed in Hiroshima during World War 2. As such, it was one of the US’ primary targets and suffered heavy casualties, both military and civilian, when the US dropped an atomic bomb on the city. Though it took many years to rebuild, Hiroshima is still a major city even today, and is also home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: The Atomic Dome, and the Itsukushima Shrine, which is famous for its appearance of floating on water.
Hiroshima is also a major cultural center as well. Shukkei-en is a formal Japanese garden located in Hiroshima, and has a history of 400 years. It has served as a villa for many famous leaders, and even the Emperor himself for a time. After the atomic bomb was dropped, it even served as a refuge for those affected. In addition, Hiroshima has a strong stance on nuclear proliferation and peace, which can be seen by its large memorial park. Hiroshima is also famous for its street cars, which have a history of over 100 years.
Food is also very important to people who live in Hiroshima, and the Chugoku region. One of the most famous Hiroshima inventions is Okonomiyaki, which translates to “grilled favorites”. Still don’t understand what it is? It’s basically a layer of batter with cabbage and toppings such as octopus, and in Hiroshima, noodles! Other delicacies include oyster, Momiji-manju, and Tsukemen.
Places to visit in Hiroshima
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, at the southern end of the Peace Memorial Park, has continuously appealed for the elimination of nuclear arms and the realization of permanent world peace.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
This park was built between 1950 and 1964. The Peace Memorial Museum at the southern end of the park was opened in 1955. Since 1952, the park has been the scene of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony, held annually in the morning on August 6th.
Atomic Bomb Dome
The A-Bomb Dome, known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, is what remains of the former Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. The building served as a location to promote Hiroshima's industries. When the bomb exploded, it was one of the few buildings to remain
MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium, Hiroshima
MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima is Current home of Hiroshima Toyo Carp.
Itsukushima Jinja Shrine
This shrine is known for the unique and bold concept of being built in the sea as well as its elegant architectural style called “Shinden-zukuri”.
Okonomimura Village is comprised of 25 restaurants, which serve okonomiyaki, a speciality from Hiroshima.
Misen is a mountain on Miyajima Island, the peak of which can be reached by the Miyajima Ropeway.
KKR Hotel Hiroshima
Just a 5-minute drive from Hiroshima Station, KKR Hotel Hiroshima features hot public baths with views of Hiroshima Castle, massage chairs and a restaurant.
ANA Crowne Plaza Hiroshima
Just a 5-minute walk from Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park, ANA Crowne Plaza features a 22nd-floor French restaurant and a health club with a pool. Rooms have free wired internet and a flat-screen TV.
Vessel Hotel Fukuyama
Set in Fukuyama, 40 km from Kurashiki, Vessel Hotel Fukuyama features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. Every room has a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. Rooms include a private bathroom equipped
Comfort Hotel Kure
Located a 2-minute stroll from JR Kure Station, Comfort Hotel Kure offers free Wi-Fi and an in-room coffee machine. Guests can enjoy a free breakfast with fresh bread and Japanese rice balls. Complimentary coffee is served at the
Hotel JAL City Hiroshima
A 7-minute walk from Shukkei-En Garden, Hotel Jal City Hiroshima offers comfortable rooms with free wired internet and an Italian restaurant. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.
Toyoko Inn Fukuyama-eki Shinkansen Minami-guchi
Toyoko Inn Fukuyama-eki Shinkansen Minami-guchi offers accommodation in Fukuyama. Private parking is available on site. All rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. You will find a kettle in the room.
Only a 5-minute walk from JR Onomichi Train Station, Guesthouse Yadocurly offers an ocean view and features free WiFi at the entire property. Senko-ji Temple is a 10-minute walk away.
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