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Modern industrialisation meets traditional Japanese culture in Hiroshima, a city reborn from the rubble of the first atomic bomb attack in 1945. Located along the coast of the Seto Inland Sea, Japan’s largest island has plenty to offer tourists: from picturesque old towns, to wide boulevards and a bustling nightlife.  Don’t forget your camera as you explore a city that has been through the worst and flourished with aspirations of peace.

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A visit to Hiroshima isn’t complete without a stop at Peace Memorial Park. Once part of the Nakajima district, this area was destroyed by the attack and today holds more than fifty memorials, statues, museums and structures. See the skeletal remains of the A-Bomb Dome, originally designed by Czech architect Jan Letzel in 1915, as the Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Exhibition Hall. Now, a symbol of that fateful day, the walls are all that remain of the once beautiful structure.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Experience the tranquillity of Hiroshima’s many shrines and temples at Itsukushima Shrine, considered one of the best views in Japan. This magnificent shrine sits in the middle of the sea and is the only shrine in the world with a torii-gate, symbolising the transition from the profane to the sacred.
  • Gaze at the traditional beauty of the Hiroshima Castle, designated as a national treasure in 1931 before it was destroyed in the explosion and rebuilt to its former glory. Today this historical landmark is a museum featuring Samurai culture.
  • Enjoy stunning nature views with a short trek through Sandan-kyo gorge, Japan’s most beautiful ravine. Lush green and autumn-coloured leaves make this a perfect site for picture taking.
  • A ride down the Motoyasu River is picture perfect as you appreciate over 300 cherry blossom trees that line the Peace Memorial Park and river.
  • Go shopping at the centre of Hiroshima city, from Kamiya-cho to Hacchobori it’s one of the largest city centre areas in Western Japan.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

Sample the culinary culture of Hiroshima with their soul food ‘Okonomiyaki,’ a healthy crepe filled with meat, seafood, cabbage and vegetables. Flock to ‘Okonomimura’ food theme park, Hiroshima’s local hot spots for savoury dishes or walk down Omote-Sando high street and experience old town charm while having a bite of Momiji manju or grilled oysters.

Local Currency

The official currency when travelling to Hiroshima is the Yen (JPY).

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    Before You Visit

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