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Hiroshima: Where History and Resilience Unite

Hiroshima is a city that stands as a symbol of resilience and peace and is where I grew up. Nestled in western Japan, it is a captivating destination surrounded by mountains adorned with seasonal colors and bordered by the serene Seto Inland Sea. With a rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and a profound message of hope, Hiroshima is full of unique charm.

Access to the city is convenient, thanks to the efficient Shinkansen train services and Hiroshima airport, providing a pleasant alternative to the bustling major airports in Tokyo and Osaka. 
Hiroshima City View
While Hiroshima is often associated with the tragic events of World War II, it has risen from the ashes to become a beacon of peace and reconciliation.  Pay a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, a serene and reflective space that honors the victims of the atomic bomb and promotes a world free from nuclear weapons. Take a moment of silence at the poignant Peace Memorial Museum, where you can learn about the city's history, the impact of the atomic bomb, and the importance of fostering a peaceful future.

Beyond its historical significance, Hiroshima offers a multitude of attractions that showcase its vibrant culture and natural beauty. Explore the tranquil beauty of Shukkeien Garden, a traditional Japanese garden that captivates with its carefully manicured landscapes and serene ponds. 

Shukkeien Garden

Delve into Hiroshima's culinary delights as you savor the region's signature dish, Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki. This savory pancake layers ingredients such as cabbage, noodles, and various toppings, creating a delightful mixture of flavors. Okonomiyaki

Wander through the bustling streets of Hondori and enjoy the lively atmosphere as you explore the local shops, boutiques, and traditional markets.  Within the city, you can discover the architectural marvels of Hiroshima Castle and the breathtaking views from the observation deck of the new Orizuru Tower.
Hiroshima Castle
I also recommend you to hop on the JR (Japan Railway) train or street tram to get to the Seto inland sea.  A visit to Hiroshima wouldn't be complete without experiencing the breathtaking beauty of Itsukushima National Park.  Marvel at the architectural wonder of Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site located on the picturesque Miyajima Island. As the tide ebbs and flows, the torii gate appears to float on the water, creating a mesmerising sight.
Miyajima Torii Sm
Embark on a hike through the lush forests of Mount Misen and be rewarded with panoramic views of the Seto Inland Sea and surrounding islands.  As somebody who grew up in Hiroshima and visited Miyajima many times, the hike is not for the faint-hearted but the views on the top are priceless.  Capture the tranquility of the park's landscapes as you stroll along the scenic walking trails and immerse yourself in nature's embrace.Miyajima Islands view

Venture beyond Hiroshima to discover the charm of the other surrounding areas, such as the historic town of Onomichi with its quaint streets and hillside temples. 
Onomichi Street Sm
Explore the beautiful islands of the Seto Inland Sea, like Naoshima, known for its contemporary art installations.
Onomichi by the Sea
Hiroshima invites you to embrace its past, celebrate its present, and join in its pursuit of a peaceful future.  From its captivating landmarks to its natural wonders, Hiroshima promises an unforgettable journey that leaves a lasting impression on your heart and soul.


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