About Hiroshima

The 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 It was originally made of two provinces; Aki, and Bingo.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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Popular Sights in Hiroshima

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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”.

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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

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Miyajima Island

Located in the northwest of Hiroshima Bay, Miyajima, formally known as Itsukushima, is one of Hayashi Razan's "Three Views of Japan", a list of Japan's three mo

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Okunoshima (Rabbit Island)

Located in the Inland Sea of Japan, this small island is accessible by ferry from Tadanoumi and Omishima. It is famous for its large rabbit population which has

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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 reali

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Hiroshima Castle

Hiroshima castle is an iconic castle constructed by Mori Terumoto, one of the most significant servants ("Godairo") of the famous samurai Hideyoshi Toyotomi.

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Old Kasai House

Originally built as a house to a lord in the area in the Meiji era (1868-1912), this historic site has been preserved with the help of an NPO network in the are

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Taketsuru Shuzo Sake Brewery

The Taketsuru Shuzo sake is known in Japan for its' traditional production process, referred to as "Kimoto-zukuri" that modern sake breweries do not use. The Ta

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Shoren-ji Temple

Built in 1737 in the style of Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism, this temple is known locally for featuring the works of scholars in the town. The Shoren-ji Temple

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Takehara City Historical Folk Museum

Found in the "Small Kyoto" town of Takehara, this historical museum invites visitors to learn about the history of the town. A rare western-style building in th

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Takehara Historic Old Town

Also referred to as "Small Kyoto" this town in Hiroshima has many traditional Japanese style buildings, including breweries and various stores. The town is hom

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Setonaikai National Park

This seaside national park stretches across the regions Shikoku, Kinki and Chugoku, as well as many different prefectures.The Setonaikai Park contains many nota

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