Hiroshima Prefecture is located on Honshu, facing the Seto Inland Sea in the south and the Chugoku Mountains in the northwest. Hiroshima City, the capital of the prefecture, is a modern city in the midst of the Peace Memorial Park and World War II.
It is known for the Atomic Bomb Dome which conveys the horrors of the atomic bomb dropped in 1945.The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park near the site was built to pray that the tragedy of 1945 would never be repeated. Near the park is the Atomic Bomb Dome, one of the few surviving atomic bomb sites near the epicenter. Other attractions include the Shukkeien, known as a stately Japanese garden, and the Hiroshima Castle surrounded by moats and parks.
It takes about 1:40 from Tokyo by airplane, and about 1 hour and 45 minutes from Osaka by Shinkansen.
Hiroshima City, the world-renowned as “City of Peace” is the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture. It is also known as a beautiful city, endowed with natural environment including the Seto Inland Sea and six rivers flowing through mountains and urban areas. Hiroshima Peace Memoria Park including the Memorial Museum ( https://hpmmuseum.jp/?lang=eng ) and the Miyajima Island ( http://www.miyajima.or.jp/english/ ) are among most interesting tourist attractions in Japan.
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Atomic Bomb Dome
On 6 August 1945 8:15 a.m., the first atomic bomb used in the history of mankind exploded approximately at a height of 600 meters, 160 meters southeast of this facility. The metal frame of the Dome, which was laid bare, formed the ruins that over time came to be called the “A bomb Dome” by the local residents. On 27 th May 2016, the 44th U.S. President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the cenotaph for A bomb victims and viewed the A bomb Dome across Peace Memorial Park during his historic visit to the city.
The name Itsukushima literally means ‘island of worship’ and from ancient times the island itself was worshipped as a god. The mystical Itsukushima Shrine built on the water was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1996. A place where people have long carried out ancient rites, Itsukushima Shrine has become world renowned, attracting visitors from all over Japan and the rest of the world.
Cuisine of Hiroshima
Okonomiyaki is the most famous Hiroshima soul food, which is known as Japanese savory pizza or pancake.
Okonomiyaki is cooked with cabbage, bean sprouts, pork, egg and noodles, on thin flour dough spread like a crepe.
Now there are even new types of Okonomiyaki such as for vegan, vegetarian, and Halal friendly.
Oysters landed in Hiroshima as very big and tasty, and Hiroshima is the number one place for landing of oysters in Japan. They are enjoyed all year around in Hiroshima. In winter time, you can appreciate this delicacy in a pot with miso, and also fresh one with Hiroshima lemons.
Local Brewed Sake
When you visit Hiroshima, you must try local sake. Hiroshima is one of Japan’s three great sake producing areas. Saijo in the Higashi Hiroshima city is a town famous for making Sake since Edo era. Not only Saijo that you can try good sake but also in the cities of Kure, Takehara, or Hatsukaichi.
Arts and Crafts
Modern European paintings, concentrating on those by French Impressionists, Japanese oil paintings and Japanese style paintings from after the Meiji Period to the present day. There are about 90 works of the Modern European paintings in the main hall.More Info: https://www.hiroshima-museum.jp/en/index.html
Wooden crafts from Miyajima
High-quality brush from Kumano
Traditional pottery that has sand from Miyajima mixed in the clay
Glass, made from the sand of the Otagawa river.
Hiroshima is the largest sewing needle producer in Japan
Things to Do
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum has continuously appealed for the elimination of nuclear armaments and the realization of permanent world peace.The history of Hiroshima dealing with the A bomb exposure period is presented through picture panels, films, and figures concerning factors related to the historical background at the time.
Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima Island
Itsukushima Shrine was constructed a little over 1,400 years ago using the Shinden style of architecture, symbolic of the type of construction used for the residences of the noble classes. And moreover, you can enjoy beautiful view from the top of Mt. Misen, and Daishoin Temple which is located at the base of the mountain.
Hiroshima Castle, also called the Carp Castle, is built on a plain in the center of a city. Its main keep is five stories tall, and its grounds are surrounded by a moat. Also within the castle’s precincts are a shrine, some ruins and a few reconstructed buildings of the Ninomaru (second circle of defense).
Shukkeien Garden, a traditional Japanese garden was originally built in 1620 by Ueda Soko, a renowned master of the tea ceremony, as a villa garden for feudal lord of Hiroshima In 1940. It was designated as a National Scenic Spot and is famous for its beautiful plum trees and cherry blossoms.
The Mazda is a world-class automobile manufacturer based in Hiroshima. The Mazda Museum is open to the public and is popular with visitors from both Japan and overseas. Here, you can see the past, present, and future of Mazda’s automobile manufacturing, as well being able to visit the actual assembly plant.More Info: https://www.mazda.com/en/about/museum/
Named after the folded paper crane, which is a symbol of peace, the Orizuru Tower is a facility located on the east side of the Atomic Bomb Dome. The rooftop observation deck provides panoramic views of Hiroshima City, and if the weather’s clear, you can even see as far as Miyajima.More Info: https://www.orizurutower.jp/en/
Hondori shopping street
Running through the center of Hiroshima City, Hondori Shopping Arcade is the largest shopping arcade in Chugoku Shikoku region. Along the 567m long shopping street you will find a variety of shops ranging from souvenir shops and specialty shops.
Kagura is a ceremony that conveys a feeling of gratitude for the bounty of nature. The performers wear gorgeous Kimono costumes, beautiful makeup, and some characters are in unique masks. Their powerful performance absolutely must see attraction.More Info: https://www.rccbc.co.jp/event/kagura/en/about/index.html
OKOSTA – Okonomiyaki cooking experience
Why don’t you try to cook your own Okonomiyaki? It comes with the original apron and hat, so you can come empty handed! We’ve prepared a Muslim friendly menu and Vegetarian menu.More Info: https://www.otafuku.co.jp/laboratory/event/okosta_eng.html
SHARAKU – Japanese archery experience
Just a 3-minute walk from the Atomic Bomb Dome will take you to a dojo that offers a chance to try kyudo, traditional Japanese archery. It is said that hitting the bullseye will bring you good luck and make your wish come true.More Info: https://sharaku.website/
– Traditional Japanese culture experience programs in Kimono
Wa-cul-know is a project offering overseas visitors to Hiroshima a chance to sample traditional Japanese culture, such as tea ceremony, calligraphy, or making incense. We lets you try various aspects of the culture while wearing traditional Japanese kimono.
Rabbit Island – Ōkunoshima, Takehara city
Located in eastern Hiroshima, Rabbit Island is a small enclave occupied by hundreds of wild rabbits that roam the forests and fields, chasing tourists for food. Only a 15-minute ferry ride from the mainland, the island is a popular destination for tourists from around the world.
*From Hiroshima city : Shinkansen/Local train(JR)/Express bus + Ferry
This beautiful gorge runs through the mountains northwest of Hiroshima City. The lush greens of spring and the golden hues of the autumn leaves makes this a popular spot for ramblers and nature lovers love to hike through Sandankyo, enjoying its refreshing greenery during summer and its autumn leaves in fall.
*From Hiroshima City : Express bus from bus center
Onomichi is a port that flourished before the age of steam ships, though it is far larger, better connected. The streets though many are so narrow they hardly deserve the name that crisscross the steep hillside rising almost immediately from the seafront and lined with tumble down houses, pull at the memory strings of domestic visitors from cities that bulldozed such places.
*From Hiroshima city : Express bus or local train(JR)
Kure City – known as the home of Japan’s naval arsenal. It was where the famous Japanese battleship ‘Yamato’ was constructed during the Second World War. Haigamine, the mountain stands in the north of the city, is also known for its beautiful nighttime view from the top and its 360-degree grand panoramic view around the port town. It has been chosen as “one of the 100 beautiful night views in Japan”
*From Hiroshima city : Local train(JR) / Express bus / Ferry
Momiji manju (maple leaf buns) are made from castella dough filled with sweet red bean jam. Recently, numerous variations have appeared, such as chocolate or cheese flavors. Hiroshima is one of the only places you can enjoy them steaming hot.
Hassaku daifuku (rice cakes with Japanese orange) are a refreshing wagashi (traditional Japanese confection). They are made from sticky rice cakes mixed with tangerine and filled with fresh fruit covered in white bean paste.
There are many different sweets containing locally brewed sake, such as sake manju, sake fruit cake, and sake karinto (a fried dough snack).
Sake flavored red beans in mochi crispy wafer
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