HiroshimaThe traditional center of the Chugoku region of Japan, and home to over 2.8 million people, Hiroshima is famous and infamous in its history and major sights. Historically an economic hub of the Western region, Hiroshima has continuously been a center for industry, and the sight of the famous Battle of Sekigahara, a decisive victory for the Tokugawa clan that lead to the beginning of the Edo era. It was originally made of two provinces; Aki, and Bingo. (Yes, like the game)
It was such an important trading hub, that the Regional Army and Army Marine Headquarters was stationed in Hiroshima during World War 2. As such, it was one of the US’ primary targets and suffered heavy casualties, both military and civilian, when the US dropped an atomic bomb on the city. Though it took many years to rebuild, Hiroshima is still a major city even today, and is also home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: The Atomic Dome, and the Itsukushima Shrine, which is famous for its appearance of floating on water.
Hiroshima is also a major cultural center as well. Shukkei-en is a formal Japanese garden located in Hiroshima, and has a history of 400 years. It has served as a villa for many famous leaders, and even the Emperor himself for a time. After the atomic bomb was dropped, it even served as a refuge for those affected. In addition, Hiroshima has a strong stance on nuclear proliferation and peace, which can be seen by its large memorial park. Hiroshima is also famous for its street cars, which have a history of over 100 years.
Food is also very important to people who live in Hiroshima, and the Chugoku region. One of the most famous Hiroshima inventions is Okonomiyaki, which translates to “grilled favorites”. Still don’t understand what it is? It’s basically a layer of batter with cabbage and toppings such as octopus, and in Hiroshima, noodles! Other delicacies include oyster, Momiji-manju, and Tsukemen.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, at the southern end of the Peace Memorial Park, has continuously appealed for the elimination of nuclear arms and the realization of permanent world peace.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
This park was built between 1950 and 1964. The Peace Memorial Museum at the southern end of the park was opened in 1955. Since 1952, the park has been the scene of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony, held annually in the morning on August 6th.
Atomic Bomb Dome
The A-Bomb Dome, known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, is what remains of the former Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. The building served as a location to promote Hiroshima's industries. When the bomb exploded, it was one of the few buildings to remain
MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium, Hiroshima
MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima is Current home of Hiroshima Toyo Carp.
Itsukushima Jinja Shrine
This shrine is known for the unique and bold concept of being built in the sea as well as its elegant architectural style called “Shinden-zukuri”.
Okonomimura Village is comprised of 25 restaurants, which serve okonomiyaki, a speciality from Hiroshima.
Misen is a mountain on Miyajima Island, the peak of which can be reached by the Miyajima Ropeway.
Hiroshima Pacific Hotel
A 5-minute walk from Hachobori Station, Hiroshima Pacific Hotel was founded in 1945 and features basic rooms with free WiFi and a restaurant. Laundry facilities, a shared microwave and laptop rentals are available at a charge.
Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto
A 3-minute stroll from Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto boasts an outdoor hot spring bath, 3 restaurants and karaoke. It offers luxurious Japanese-style and Western rooms, massages and a free shuttle from Miyajima
Fukuyama New Castle Hotel
Offering free Wi-Fi throughout, Fukuyama New Castle Hotel is located 1 minutes’ walk from JR Fukujama Train Station. Guests can enjoy 1 bar and 5 restaurants, which serve Japanese, French and Chinese specialities.
Toyoko Inn Fukuyama-eki Shinkansen Minami-guchi
Toyoko Inn Fukuyama-eki Shinkansen Minami-guchi offers accommodation in Fukuyama. Private parking is available on site. All rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. You will find a kettle in the room.
Hiroshima Airport Hotel
Offering comfortable rooms with free wired internet, 2 restaurants and check-in until 24:00, Hiroshima Airport Hotel is a mere 5-minute walk from Hiroshima Airport.
Toyoko Inn Hiroshima Heiwaodori
Featuring chargeable massages, a launderette and rooms with free Wi-Fi, Toyoko Inn Hiroshima Heiwa-Odori is a less than 10-minute walk from Ebisucho Station. It offers free-use lobby computers and a printer.
The Evergreen Hostel
The Evergreen Hostel is situated in the Hiroshima City Centre district in Hiroshima, 400 metres from Atomic Bomb Dome and 600 metres from Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. All rooms have a shared bathroom.
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