Hiroshima’s Peace Park is a truly serene and contemplative space located in the center of Hiroshima. Designed by architect Kenzō Tange, this area was once a busy part of downtown Hiroshima, flattened by the 1945 Hiroshima bombing. The park is a space to memorialize the victims, and for contemplating world peace.
Just next to the peace park is the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. The museum is dedicated to educating the world, with hopes for a more peaceful future through the legacy of those affected by the 1945 atomic bomb. It’s a difficult museum to see, but definitely an important message and experience.
Built in 1958, this castle is a complete reconstruction of the 1590’s original that was flattened in the atomic bombing. Complementary to the Peace memorial museum, it now serves as an exhibition of Japan’s history up until 1945.
Located just opposite Hiroshima castle, the Hiroshima Museum of Art features a collection of classical, modern and contemporary works from both Japan and abroad. This impressive collection is complemented by a rotation of world-class temporary exhibitions that ensure there is always something to see.
On your way to the Shukkei en garden, stop off for lunch at one of the okonomiyaki restaurants to sample the local specialty: Hiroshima-yaki.
Dating back to 1620, this famous garden is known for its miniature natural landscapes. Stroll through the garden along the path, taking you past multiple tea houses, offering perfect views of the traditional Japanese garden aesthetics.
Famous for its beautiful ‘floating tori gate’, Itsukushima shrine is the must-see centerpiece of Miyajima island. Built along the shore of the island, the centuries-old shrine is Miyajima’s namesake, translating to ‘Shrine Island.’ Regarded as a holy Shinto site, the shrine consists of multiple buildings that appear to float on the water during high tide.
Behind Itsukushima shrine lies Momijidani park at the base of Mt. Misen. Cultivated during the Edo period when the sapplings were planted along the Momijidani river, the park is one of the most beautiful maple leaf parks in Japan.
Oysters are one of Hiroshima’s most celebrated local produce, so no trip to the prefecture is complete without a tasting. Enjoy one of the various restaurants on Miyajima serving the island’s famous barbecued oysters.
Note that the last JR ferry leaves at 8.15pm, but the last Matsudai Kisen ferry is not until 10.15pm.
Though most known for its tragic past, today, Hiroshima is one of Japan’s most vibrant cities. With historic Torii Gates and peaceful gardens and adorable bunny-islands, it’s time to rediscover this infamous city.
Known throughout Japan as a foodie destination, Hiroshima is especially famous for its seafood. Local insider, Isabella, take you on a tour of the city’s signature dishes.