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Despite its sad past, Hiroshima is an amazing and eye-opening destination everyone should visit once in their lifetime! Hiroshima is the largest Japanese city in the western section of Honshu Island. This beautiful city will forever have its name associated with the dropping of the first atomic bomb on August 6th, 1945. Following the war, it rebuilt into a major cultural center of the nation. Hiroshima is well-known in Japan as being home to some of the country’s warmest people. But Hiroshima is so much more than that and is well worth a visit on any trip to Japan. This re-born city, Hiroshima offers great vibes and many attractions to entertain you in many aspects. Here are the best things to do in Hiroshima!

Places to visit in Hiroshima

Hiroshima Memorial Park

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is where the Genbaku Dome, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, the Memorial Cenotaph,  the Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound and other notable symbols like the Peace Bell that is engraved with a borderless world map and the statue of Sadako Sasaki with a golden crane. This memorial park serves as a reminder of how the world needs to end all kinds of war and spread more love instead.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial was added to UNESCO world heritage sites in 1996, The Peace Memorial Park includes the Atomic Bomb Dome and the Peace Memorial Museum for the memory of the tragedy for all of us to remember.

The Atomic Bomb Dome is undoubtedly the symbol most associated with Hiroshima. The former Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall was the only structure left standing after the bombing on August 6, 1945. The twisted metal of the dome and the rubble-strewn surroundings are left the same as it was 70 years ago, a testament to the power of the new weapon and an everlasting symbol of peace.

a memorial with flowers and a bench in front of it

Hiroshima Castle

Hiroshima city has a castle called “Carp Castle” which was constructed in the 1590s by Mori Terumoto but was destroyed by the atomic bombing on August 6, 1945. The castle was rebuilt in 1958, a replica of the original which now serves as a museum of Hiroshima’s history prior to World War II.

Hiroshima Castle is known for its strong straight sturdy walls and the main tower of the castle is a historical museum. Make sure you head to the 5th floor, where there is an observation deck that will offer you great views of the city.

Hiroshima Castle

The Island Shrine of Itsukushima

One of the top three best places to head to for some breathtaking views in Japan is Miyajima. On this beautiful island, we have the famous Itsukushima Shrine that was built during the reign of Empress Suiko in 593. After going through many reconstructions, the shrine became what it is today, a magnificent structure that looks as if it is floating on the sea. It is a revered national treasure and many visitors come to appreciate it and when the tide is low, none would hesitate to head down to the beach to get closer to its structure.

Another Hiroshima’s UNESCO world heritage site, Itsukushima Shrine is known as one of the three most beautiful sights in Japan. Miyajima is also known as home to hundreds of Japanese deer.

Itsukushima Shrine | Japan Deluxe Tours

Shukkei-en Garden

Shukkei-en replicates the scenery of one of China’s famous spots, the West Lake. You can appreciate different flowers blooming depending on the seasons. From March to May, witness cherry blossoms and rhododendrons; from June to August, marvel at lotus flowers, irises, and hydrangeas. During the cooler autumn months from September to November, camellias, green leopard plants, and beautiful fiery red leaves fill the park. Then from December to February, come and enjoy different breeds of camellias and plums.

Shukkei-en garden, Hiroshima - Times of India Travel

The Mitaki-Dera Temple

Mitaki-Dera Temple in Hiroshima Prefecture is a historic Shingon-sect temple dating back to the year 809. The name means “Three Waterfalls Temple” as Mitaki does indeed have three falls within its grounds. Mitaki-Dera, renowned for its spring cherry blossoms, features a road lined with cherry trees leading to the temple. In autumn the spectacular red leaves draw many tourists to the temple.

Mitaki-dera Temple - Hiroshima Things To Do & Itineraries | Planetyze

Hiroshima City Transportation Museum

The Hiroshima City Transportation Museum is a science facility that showcases all sorts of vehicles and modes of transportation. You will see about 3000 exhibits on the railway, land transportation, boats, and planes. There are also interactive exhibitions for you to enjoy. If you go outside the building, you’ll see a train car, numbered 654, displayed, exposed to the atomic explosion in the past.

The Mazda Museum

Are you a car enthusiast? If you are visiting Hiroshima, be sure to tour the Mazda Museum and factory and you will gain a greater appreciation for a special car manufacturer. The Mazda Museum in Hiroshima gives a unique look at the history of the company and the rebirth of the city after WWII. Mazda firmly commits to enhancing the driving experience. Their passion is visible in their beautiful cars and storied history, and when you tour their museum and factory you will see the magic in person!

8 reasons to visit the Mazda museum in Hiroshima

Unique Experiences in Hiroshima

Walk Around the town in a Kimono

Why not walk the streets dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono? There are a number of shops offering kimono and yukata (summer kimono) rentals. Simply choose your favorite design, and the shop staff will assist you in getting dressed.

man and woman walking on the road

Try Delicious Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki

It’s clear that just seeing isn’t enough, you will taste amazing food when visiting Hiroshima! One of the most famous food in Hiroshima is its own style of okonomiyaki. You can tour the factory, witness sauce bottling, and learn about seasoning production, including ingredient selection and quality maintenance.  Popular toppings include oysters, squid, and cheese. Bonito flakes, green laver, and okonomiyaki sauce complete the dish. The chef typically seats diners at a counter, preparing the meal on a large griddle in front of them.

Make sure you visit Wood Egg Okonomiyaki Museum, this is a theme park which produces sauce for Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima. You can tour the factory, witness sauce bottling, and learn about seasoning production, including ingredient selection and quality maintenance. The best experience you can enjoy here is actually cooking the Okonomiyaki by yourself!

Explore the “Sake Town”

Don’t miss taking the time to attentively sample the local sakes! Hiroshima, one of Japan’s top sake-producing areas, boasts over 50 brewers, alongside Fushimi in Kyoto and Kobe’s Nada district. Hiroshima’s sake, crafted from abundant natural surroundings, is popular among Japanese connoisseurs for its rich flavor. You definitely should experience the world of sake!

Hiroshima okonomiyaki

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