About Hiroshima
Region:Chugoku
Island:Honshu
Capital:Hiroshima
Population:2,860,750
Area:8,479.38 sq. km

Located in western Honshu and just above Shikoku, perhaps the first thing that comes to the minds of many when they hear the word “Hiroshima” is that it was the target of the first atomic bomb in history.

Claiming the lives of over 100,000 civilians, its catastrophic effects can be seen at the Atomic Bomb (Genbaku) Dome, which miraculously survived the bombing and is a World Heritage Site, and the moving Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum; both serve as moving reminders of the necessity of world peace.

That being said, Hiroshima isn’t just all about tragedy. Hiroshima’s other World Heritage Site, Itsukushima Shrine and its “floating” torii gate at high tide, is also classified as one of the Three Views of Japan. Don’t forget to have some Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki while you’re there as well!

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Hiroshima's Atomic Bomb Dome

Peace Memorial "Genbaku Dome" on a rainy day in autumn

Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Museum

Iconic record of the horrors of war

Onomichi's Cafes

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Momijidani Park on a Beautiful Day

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Community discussion

Mitaki Temple

I went here a long time ago, during my first year in Japan. I never forgot it - you are right about the special atmosphere!

Itsukushima Shrine at High Tide

What a beautiful place , wish to go there again

Kosanji: Opaline Hill of Hope - 3

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful place =)

Hiroshima's Atomic Bomb Dome

What time was that? I don't see any crowd around the dome.