Hiroshima

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 It was originally made of two provinces; Aki, and Bingo.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

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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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Hotel Hiroshima Sunplaza

Set in Hiroshima, 6 km from Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hotel Hiroshima Sunplaza features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. Guests can enjoy th

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Royal Hotel Uohachi

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Kure Hankyu Hotel

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Quel (Adult Only)

Designed for adults only, the love hotel Quel is set in Kami-irie, 24 km from Hiroshima and 39 km from Miyajima. Free private parking is available on site. Eac

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Hotel Tomato

Located in Kure, 900 metres from Yamato Museum, Hotel Tomato features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. A flat-screen TV is featured. There is luggage sto

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Miyahama Grand Hotel

Located a 4-minute drive from JR Oonoura Station, Miyahama Grand Hotel offers Western and Japanese-style rooms fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring and fut

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Miyajima Island

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