Hiroshima is big and new
Well, of course some crazy *** happened here in WWII. The area is not radioactive due to how the bomb exploded (in the air). A lot of people still died though. Since the city was demolished by the bomb, the whole city looks new and is pretty wide compared to some cities.Bring good shoes. Being blessed by this old woman near ground zero.
Old people rock.
BULLET TRAIN - SHINKANSEN
Hiroshima has a Shinkansen station which is connected to Osaka and Tokyo in the north and Fukuoka in the south. The closest International Airport would be either Fukuoka or Osaka.
The Shinkansen is by far the most convenient way to travel around Japan. Unfortunately it isn't very cheap! Luckily there is a Japan JR Rail Pass available to foreign travellers. See the JR East website for details:
It must be bought abroad and stamped in Japan before you can use it. There are several options including one week (unlimited JR travel except for the super fast Nozomi service), two week, JR East and JR West passes. Check with your local travel agent for the best option or click on the link to see for yourself!
Here is a link to a very cool page that lets you see the routing between cities/stations/ports within Japan. It will tell you the route and includes the cost and time. http://www.jorudan.co.jp/english/norikae/.
Hiroshima Peace Park Museum
Inside the museum you can see pieces of relics that made it through the Atom Bomb. It also has several pictures with captions to read about the bombing. You can also pay for a headset to get an audio tour as you go from station to station in the museum.
Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound
The vault underneath this carries 70,000 remains of the victims of the A-Bomb blast. These were persons whose ashes were unclaimed because the entire family perished or were persons of unknown identity.
Try okonomiyaki here...
Okonomiyaki is a mixture between pancake and pizza. "Okonomi" means "as you like". This refers to the ingredients.
Depending on the region of Japan, okonomiyaki is prepared in various different styles. In Hiroshima, which is especially well known for its Okonomiyaki, it is served with or on top of Yakisoba (fried noodles).
How to make Okonomiyaki?