The city of Hiroshima and neighbouring Miyajima Island are found to the south of mainland Honshu and combine to make one our favourite Japanese destinations for a mixture of history, culture and scenery. Hiroshima is infamous for the events of 6th August 1945, when it became the first city to experience the horrors of an atomic bomb. A visit to the city today would not be complete without recognising this sad history and the skeletal shell of the A-bomb dome is the place to start. In a city that consisted mostly of wooden houses – which were duly flattened when the bomb went off – the A-bomb dome
is one of the only buildings left standing at the epicentre and has become a symbol for the horrors of the that fateful day. Nearby, the Peace Museum and the open expanses of the peace park, home to an eternal flame which will burn until the last nuclear weapon is destroyed, are also essential stops and you should allow a half day for visiting these memorials. Importantly, despite its tragic past Hiroshima has quite literally risen from the ashes to become the vibrant and busy city it is today. To enjoy the modern day Hiroshima we recommend visiting the Museum of Art, the Shukkei-en garden where a number of teahouses are scattered throughout the grounds, and the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, from which there are great views of the city. There is also a thriving food scene in the city and trying the local speciality, Okonomiyaki (a kind of Japanese savoury pancake) is a must.

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