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What to see in Hiroshima

Hiroshima Attractions

Most of Hiroshima's must-see attractions revolve around the tragedy of the atomic bombing during World War II. Primary among these is the Peace Memorial Park which includes Ground Zero, the Cenotaph monument to the dead, the extremely moving Children's Peace Monument, dedicated to the children who died in the bombing, and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. These sites are naturally sombre and saddening but the emphasis on peace and forgiveness is hopeful and most people don't find the experience too depressing.

Other popular attractions in Hiroshima include the Shukkei-en Garden, the Hiroshima Museum of Art, the Mitaki Temple, Hiroshima Castle, and the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art. Hiroshima is surrounded by some lovely countryside and two of the best excursions are a trip to the breathtaking scenic area of Sandankyo Gorge and the beautiful little island of Miyajima.

Hiroshima Castle

Hiroshima's original castle was totally destroyed in the atomic blast but has been reconstructed as a replica. When the castle was established by a feudal lord in 1589, Hiroshima…

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Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art

Hiroshima boasts the first public art museum in Japan devoted exclusively to contemporary art. It sits high on a hill in Hijiyama Park, famed for its cherry blossoms and splendid…

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The romantic little island of Miyajima is scenically beautiful with steep wooded hills, famous for its 6th century Itsukushima Shrine featuring a massive red wooden torii (gate).…

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Peace Memorial Park

Around the epicentre of the atomic bomb explosion in Hiroshima in 1945, a complex of buildings and monuments was erected in the Peace Memorial Park. Central to the park is the…

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Sandankyo Gorge

The erosion of a limestone plateau has left a beautiful deep gorge, creating 11 miles (18km) of primeval forest, waterfalls and unusual rock formations. The Onbashi Bridge formation…

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