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Be entranced by Miyajima's floating torii gate

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony

Friday - Aug 6th

A time to respect those who lost their lives and hope for a peaceful, war-free future for the world. August 6th is a significant..

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Hiroshima Port  Fireworks Festival

Hiroshima Port Fireworks Festival

Late Jul - Early Aug

The Hiroshima Port Dream Fireworks Festival takes place every year in late July, when 10,000 fireworks are set off in the bay against..

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The Perfect Stay at Hotel Cycle

The Perfect Stay at Hotel Cycle

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Coming to Japan to cycle the Shimanami Kaido? Hotel Cycle is situated in Onomichi, and is the perfect spot to base yourself if you're..

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About Hiroshima

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
Region Chugoku
Island Honshu
Capital Hiroshima City
Population 2,860,750
Area 8,479.38 km²

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.

But Hiroshima Prefecture (広島県, Hiroshima-ken) has so much more to offer – Miyajima island is the magical location of yet another World Heritage Site – Itsukushima Shrine and its “floating” torii gate at high tide, which is classified as one of the Three Views of Japan. Don’t forget to try Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki and the local oysters while you're there.

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