A medium sized city on the western edge of Japan which was almost unknown to the rest of the world until World War 2. On August 6th 1945 America turned Hiroshima into a living hell by dropping the first of 2 nuclear bombs onto Japan.
Most visitors come to pay their respects to those lost during those dark days by visiting the Hiroshima Memorial Peace park. At the centre of the park is the Flame of Peace, a flame that will burn every second until nuclear bombs no longer exist in our world and all humankind vows never to allow such devastation to enter the world again. I sincerely hope we live to see the day when the flame is switched off and a peaceful world exists.
To learn more about the bomb and the events leading up to and after the attack visit the Peace Memorial Museum, there are parts you may find distressing but it’s the only way to truly understand what happened in Hiroshima and why history should never be allowed to repeat itself. (Entrance costs ¥200.)
Most of Hiroshima’s buildings were turned to ash during the explosion, though a few did survive (barely). The A-Dome, just across the river to the peace park is one of those buildings, it has been kept exactly as it was after the bomb to show the devastating effects and to remind the world what happened here. The dome was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
Other Things To Do:
After all the emotions that come with visiting a place like Hiroshima, you’ll probably want to sit quietly an contemplate the world we live in for a while, a good place to do this is the beautiful and tranquil Shukkeien Garden, where you can stroll around the 16th century lake or sit and reflect under one of the cherry blossom trees.
If you have more time in Hiroshima the castle is a great place for a birds eye view of the city with its 5th floor observatory. Inside the castle the museum explores the origins of the castle city. Hiroshima Castle was originally built in 1589 then rebuilt during 1958, entrance costs ¥370 or you can walk around the gardens for free.
Hiroshima is on Japan’s famous bullet train line, you can get there from Shin-Osaka in just 1 hour and 45 minuets.
Where To Stay:
We booked the Hiroshima Court Hotel for £25 per night on Hotels.Com, the rooms were huge compared to others we’ve had in Japan and had private bathrooms (rare for this price range). The hotel was great and it was within walking distance to the train station as well as all the attractions in Hiroshima.