Here are some of my favorite places, I hope you can visit some day!
There is so much to see and feel when you visit Peace Park. I greatly enjoyed being able to walk around the nearly empty park around six in the morning (that jetlag), when you are there that early it is like you have the park to yourself. The surrounding really encourages deep thought; about peace, the world, history, and even yourself. I spent a good hour sitting on a bench, with some birds close by, just reflecting on my life while embracing the nature and beauty of the park.
Throughout the day you will see many people visiting the Atomic Bomb Dome, I even saw a few people painting it in the sunlight. It was also very humbling to walk through the park at night and see the Atomic Bomb Dome lit in a sea of darknessThe Children's Peace Monument is also in Peace Park. The monument was built to mourn all the children that died from the atomic bombing, and is surrounded by brightly colored paper cranes that people around the world fold to place at the monument.
The Hondori is filled with shops and restaurants, and is perfect for rainy days! It is a lot of fun to visit in the evening when everyone is out of work. My favorite place to visit is the arcade, it was nine glorious floors of video games and claw machines!
Hiroshima Castle is an amazing piece of history. I highly recommend dedicating a few hours to visiting the castle grounds and going into the castle. The castle is full of historic artifacts and provides a breathtaking view of the city once you reach the top floor.
Miyajima is my favorite place to visit in Japan. Maybe it is because of the memories I have, but I really think it is because it is such a beautiful place. There are tons of shops, lots of great food, and momiji (cakes filled with bean paste, or even cream cheese!). It's a little nature haven away from the big cities, and allows you to slow down for the day. Plus the fact that it is full of nature wins in my world. You can hike up Mt. Misen, or if you would rather go to the top without the work you can ride the cable cars.
The island also is home to several friendly deer. But be careful! The love to eat bags, and paper, and clothing. The island also used to be home to monkeys, but when I asked about them everyone said they moved away. I asked how, since it is an island, but no one knows how they managed to move away. Maybe they swam away, can monkeys swim long distances?
This is just a tiny collection of what Hiroshima has to offer. I spent five days exploring Hiroshima in April, and it was not enough time to see everything I wanted to. But now I have a reason to go back and see how the city has changed once again!
All photographs were taken by myself or my family.