Hiroshima is one of the most popular cities in Japan with overseas visitors who are drawn in by the chance to learn more about one of the most infamous incidents in modern history.
Back in August 1945 towards the end of the Second World War, Hiroshima was hit by an atomic bomb dropped by the United States Air Force – destroying much of the city and resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands of people.
Since those dark days, Hiroshima has undergone extensive rebuilding work to become a city reborn although there is no escaping the devastating effect that the bombing had – with constant reminders at every turn.
Right in the heart of the city, the Peace Memorial Park is located at the place epicenter of the explosion and is dedicated to world peace.
The Memorial Cenotaph lists the many names of those who died, whilst the Peace Flame was lit in 1964 and has burned ever since – and will continue to do so until all nuclear bombs have been destroyed. Three peace bells are also found within the park as is the Children’s Peace Memorial; build to honour the children who died.
A key attraction within the park is the A-Bomb Dome, which was once a bustling exhibition hall. The building was the closest to the bomb that remained partially standing, and has been left exactly as it was after the bombing.
Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Dome has become one of the most iconic structures in Japan and one that is known around the world.
Whilst there is no escaping the bombing, there are plenty of other things you could elect to see or do during your time ashore.
Hiroshima Castle, which originally dated back to the 16th century, was amongst the buildings that were destroyed by the atomic bomb but has since been rebuilt.
The replica castle now serves as a museum about what the city was like before the Second World War and has been designated as a Japanese National Treasure.
Also worth visiting is the scenic surroundings of Miyajima Island, where you’ll be able to marvel at the floating gate of the Itsukushima Shrine, which is one of the most impressive sights you can expect to see whilst on Japanese soil.
Whilst in Hiroshima, you might also wish sample Okonomiyaki, a special savoury pancake that is widely available in the city.
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