Hiroshima is a city known primarily for the tragedy of 1945 when the American army dropped an atomic bomb on this city, as a result of which the city was wiped off the face of the earth.
When you find yourself in Hiroshima, the first question that you have is “HOW?” Over the course of 70 years, a city wiped from the face of the earth has turned into an ultramodern metropolis with a huge railway station, road interchanges, skyscrapers, hotels and restaurants. There are concerts in the underpass, festivals in the city center, and drinking water flowing from the tap. This is probably a miracle. This article tells how to visit Hiroshima, what to see in this city and how to get there.
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How to get to Hiroshima
There is an airport in Hiroshima, you can get direct there
You can get to Hiroshima from Tokyo on a high-speed train Shinkansen in about 4 hours and 20,000 yen ($ 180), from Kyoto in 1 hour 40 minutes and 11,500 yen ($ 110), on the JR Pass – for free.
Booking a hotel in Hiroshima is much cheaper than in Tokyo or Kyoto. So we lived in a very decent 3 * hotel APA Hotel Hiroshima-Ekimae Ohashi (8.2) for only $ 50 per night. Our hotel was within walking distance from Hiroshima Station (about 5 minutes). You can, on the contrary, choose a hotel in the center, and get to the station by public transport or taxi.
On the map below you can choose a hotel by location:
The sights in the center of Hiroshima are mainly related to the tragedy of 1945, here are the main ones:
- The Atomic Bomb Cathedral (House) or Gembaku Dome are the ruins of the building of the Exhibition Center of the Hiroshima Chamber of Commerce and Industry. This building was located near the epicenter of the explosion and was almost destroyed. However, it was decided not to demolish the building, but to leave it as a monument to future generations. In 1996, the building was listed by UNESCO.
Not far from the House of the atomic bomb is the epicenter – the place where the bomb fell. Today, nothing reminds of this here, except for a small signboard.
- Peace Memorial Park is a huge park located on the site of the completely destroyed Nakajima district. There are many monuments in the park, including Memorial Museum of the World.
- The Peace Memorial Museum tells the story of the bombing. Entrance to the museum is 200 yen.
- The memorial hall for the victims of the atomic bombing is located here in Peace Park. Built in 2002. Just like the museum tells the story of the tragedy of the 45th year, there are several exhibits, films are broadcast, as well as a large library where information is collected about all the dead. The entrance is free.
Other Hiroshima Attractions
- Rijo Castle (Hiroshima Castle or Carp Castle) is a symbol of medieval Hiroshima. Built at the end of the 16th century, the castle burned down during the bombing of 1945, and was later only partially restored. Today, the castle houses a museum dedicated to the life and military life of the samurai.
- Hiroshima Temples: Mitaki (9th century) and Fudoin (8-12th centuries)
- Miyajima Island with Itsukushima Shrine is a small island just 30 minutes from the center of Hiroshima. Perhaps, for the sake of this attraction, we planned a visit to Hiroshima. This place is known for its sacred gate – torii and the sanctuary on the mountain. Read more about the island of Miyajima in another article .
- Himeji and White Heron Castle – this attraction is not in Hiroshima, but about an hour from it. Himeji is one of the symbols of Japan, therefore, I recommend including a visit to this city in your itinerary .
These are the highlights of a trip to Hiroshima. If you have additions or questions, leave comments.