Hiroshima is a large city of over a million inhabitants, capital of the homonymous prefecture and the biggest city of Chūgoku
region in southern Japan.
It is sadly famous worldwide for being the first "victim" of the history of an atomic bomb, on August 6, 1945 by the United States, which razed the city.
Peace Memorial Park
Pratical guide, how to get to Hiroshima and map
Peace Memorial Park
An area where once there was the commercial heart of the city, destroyed by the atomic bomb.
Today there is a large park, containing several monuments and memorials related to the tragic event.
walking inside the Peace Memorial Park
Peace Memorial Museum
(admission 50 yen, opening hours 8:30-18, until 17 dic-feb, until 19 in august)
A museum opened in 1955 visited by about one million people each year, it is divided into two main sections: an "historical" section dedicated to the city of Hiroshima, before, during and after the tragic event, and a section on the damage caused by the explosion and later by the radiation, where are also displayed various items which belonged to the victims.
The ticket to visit the museum has a symbolic price of 50 yen, and the vision of many objects and photographs on display is quite "impressive", if you are a very susceptible person you might leave the museum a little upset.
another photo inside the park, the horizontal building in the background houses the Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial (A-Bomb Dome)
One of the few buildings left standing after the explosion of the atomic bomb, the authorities of the time decided to leave it intact in the condition in which it was, as a witness of the terrible event.
Built in 1915, before being destroyed it housed the headquarters of the industrial promotion authority of the city.
Children's Peace Monument
A monument dedicated to all children who have died because of the atomic bomb. On top of the monument there is a statue of a girl holding a crane.
That depicted girl is Sadako Sasaki
, a survivor of the explosion that later became ill with leukemia, and that touched the country, because during the last period of his life in the hospital, she constantly made origami depicting cranes, according to an ancient Japanese legend which says that those who make one thousand paper cranes can make a wish.
Near this monument there are hundreds of origami that are continually brought by the visitors (especially schoolchildren).
a lot of students visiting the monument dedicated to Sadako Sasaki
Hiroshima Castle (Carp Castle)
Admission: 360 yen;
Opening hours: 9-18, until 17 on weekdays from december to february;
The Hiroshima Castle is a typical example of traditional Japanese castle. It was built for the first time in 1589 and it would have probably survived till today if it hadn't been destroyed by the atomic bomb in 1945. In 1959 it was reconstructed.
It is located about 1.5 km north of the Peace Park, the nearest tram station is Kamiyacho
(lines 1, 2, 6).
Today the castle is located in a corner of a park surrounded by a moat filled with water.
Besides the castle, within the park there is also a Shinto shrine, the Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine
, and two trees that miraculously survived the tragic event of 1945, a eucalyptus and a willow..
The interior of the castle can be visited and inside there is a sort of museum on the castle and on castles in general, from the top floor you can enjoy a beautiful view of the surrounding area.
At this link
the official English pamphlet of the castle.
Nagarekawa is the main neighborhood of Hiroshima for shopping and nightlife, including various red light places.
The main street of the district is Hondori street
, a covered arcade (about 600 meters long) where there are shops that sell almost everything (mainly clothing) and restaurants. This street starts just to the east of the Peace Park and reaches the PARCO
department store, one of the biggest of the city. Another big shopping center, the Sun Mall
, is located instead just along Hondori.
400 meters north of Hondori there is another important shopping complex with an atrium with a futuristic design, the Motomachi Cred-Pacela
, and next to it there is the SOGO
As for the nightlife, the most lively areas are the various streets near the PARCO department store, the close large street called Chuo Dori
(which then, continuing north, is called Hakushima Dori
), and the area of Yagenbori Dori
, about 400 meters further east.
Okonomi-mura, also called Okonomiyaki Village
, is a building that houses 26 restaurants of okonomiyaki
(a popular japanese dish) prepared according to the tradition of Hiroshima. At this link
you can find the list of the restaurants with a brief description for each one.
This place is located a few steps from Hondori, right next to the shopping center PARCO (see the map).
The Hijiyama Park is a large public park (free admission), about 1.5 km south of Hiroshima station.
The nearest tram stop is Danbara 1-chome
along the line 5
This park is located on a hill that reaches a peak of height of about 70 meters, within it there are some observation points from which you can admire the city from above.
One of the most important museums of the city, the MOCA
- Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
(admission 360 YEN, opening hours 10-17, closed on mondays), is located right on top of the Hijiyama Park and it was the first public museum dedicated to contemporary art opening in Japan (in 1989). It houses works by emerging Japanese artists, but also something coming from the west, and periodically there are also special exhibitions, you can find the schedule at this link
Around the museum are installed sculptures that you can watch for free. Even the structure of the museum, designed by renowned architect Kisho Kurokawa
, is from the architectural point of view rather interesting.
It can be reached by following the paths of the park or through the Hijiyama Skywalk
, a very long escalator which connects the upper part of Hijiyama with the Saty
department store, one of the largest in the city, which lies at the foot of the hill, to the east.
A short walk from MOCA there is the Hiroshima City Manga Library
, the only existing public library in Japan (free) dedicated to mangas. Of course, almost all the comics are in Japanese language.
Opening hours: 10-17, closed on mondays.
view of Hiroshima from the "top" of Hijiyama
Admission: 250 YEN
Opening hours: 9-18, until 17 from october to march
A beautiful Japanese garden which also has a historical significance since was founded in 1620 as the personal garden of the Asano clan
and further opened to the public. It was damaged by the atomic bomb in 1945 and reopened in 1951.
The original idea apparently was to create a miniature reproduction of the landscape of the area of Lake Xihu
(China), however, very few similarities can be observed today.
Around the main pond there are some tea house that also organize tea ceremonies
It is located about a fifteen minute walk from Hiroshima station.
Nearby there is also a streetcar stop (Shukkeien-mae station
), served by the line 9
. You can take this line at Hatchobori station
, in turn reachable through lines 1, 2 and 6 from Hiroshima station or lines 2 and 6 from Genbaku Dome-mae station
(near the Peace Park).
Eating in Hiroshima
Sleeping in Hiroshima
Visit the dedicated page Where to sleep in Hiroshima
Pratical guide, how to get to Hiroshima and map
For information on all the ways to reach Hiroshima from other cities in Japan, visit the dedicated page How to get to Hiroshima
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