The Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island, Hiroshima
The torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima


  • The Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome) that symbolizes world peace and the Peace Memorial Park, both World Cultural Heritage Sites
  • The Itsuku-shima-jinja shrine (at nearby Miyajima) and its symbol, the Great Torii Gate
  • Okonomiyaki and Oyster dishes

After the war, great efforts were taken to rebuild the city. Predictions that the city would be uninhabitable proved false. The destroyed monuments of the city’s historical heritage, like the historic Castle and Shukkeien Garden, were reconstructed. In the centre, a large park was built and given a name that would reflect the aspirations of the re-born city: Peace Memorial Park.


It is a friendly, welcoming city, with as much interest in Western culture as anywhere else in Japan. Tourists are welcomed, and exhibits related to the atomic bomb are not concerned with blame or accusations.

The city is known for okonomiyaki, cooked on a hot-plate, usually right in front of the customer. It is cooked with various ingredients, which are layered rather than mixed together as done with the Osaka version of okonomiyaki.

Just a 30-minute boat ride away is the island of Miyajima, with the remarkable Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Practical information:

  • From Tokyo to Hiroshima Station by train (JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line) (4h) or domestic flight from Haneda to Hiroshima Airport
  • From Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima Station by train (Shinkansen) (1h 30m)

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