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    Memorial Cathedral for World Peace

    by Rabbityama Written Jan 6, 2009

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    The Memorial Cathedral for World Peace was built in 1954 by Reverend Hugo Lassalle, who's church was destroyed by the atomic bomb. He himself nearly died. He actually travelled to Vatican City to meet with the Pope and the Pope funded the building of his church in Hiroshima as a symbol of peace, hope, and love for the victims of Hiroshima, as well as the survivors. Pope John Paul II visited this church in 1981 and gave his famous Appeal for Peace.

    Today, the church is still there, and it is not only a tourist attraction. You can attend Mass there. Most of the services are in Japanese, but they do have Sunday Mass in Portuguese at 11:00 am and in English at 2:30 pm. The church is a great historical experience, and if you happen to be Catholic, you can experience history AND attend Sunday Mass at the same time! Of course, even for those who are not Christian, attending a church service in Japanese may be an interesting experience! I attended Mass here. The church architecture is interesting and the Mass was very nice!

    English brochures about the Church are available inside, and because it is a church, entry is free.

    Memorial Cathedral for World Peace
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    Other things exist than Ground Zero and museums

    by DSwede Updated Jun 15, 2008

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    99% of tourists come to Hiroshima to see the WW2 museums of ground zero and the atomic bomb. While those are inspiring and worth the visit, few people take in the city itself. I highly recommend simply taking a couple hours and wondering the back streets and alleys. While you wonder deep enough to get lost, and then find your way again, you can see the daily life of the city and people, as well as find a few treasures such as old temples and ancient river bridges.

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    Enjoy a day listening to the young artists.

    by Travel2write Updated Jun 19, 2007

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    It was a sunny day and it was nice to see several musicians around the city singing some nice tunes. Often they would sing in Japanese, however you can still admire the harmony. Like many starving artists around the world, youthful kids looking for there big break are all over the city!

    Toss them a couple hundred YEN and enjoy the day!

    Starving artists!
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    Anyone for oysters?

    by Zirpsis Updated Jun 18, 2007

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    Hiroshima is where some of the world's finest edible oysters are cultivated. Their texture and flavour is said to be unrivalled. You should see the plantations and taste some oysters while you're here!

    Cultivating edible oysters in front of Hiroshima
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    Beautiful Japanese postcards and stamps

    by SLLiew Written Dec 21, 2006

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    Found that Japan has some of the most beautiful postcards and stamps.

    So why not take some time and write a few postcards from Japan while you are there.

    Your family and friends will enjoy receiving them for sure.

    Postage of postcard to Malaysia: 70 yen

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    Setoda town a small island in...

    by GenkiMac Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Setoda town a small island in the Seto Inland Sea.
    Among others it has an original temple which is brightly coloured and has a 'tunnel of hell!', an art museum dedicated to Ikuo Hirayama, a famous artist who grew up in Setoda, a cafe situated amongst a medditeranian style bunch of sculptured rocks with a lovely view of the island and a beach called sunset beach where this photo was taken.
    Don't miss it!

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    Getting back to Nature!

    by GenkiMac Written Feb 25, 2003

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    You wouldn't expect Hiroshima, Japan to be the place to go for a bush walk but it really really is!!! If you haven't seen Japan's bush in the Autumn...you are missing out! If you haven't seen Japan's bush in the spring or summer you are missing out!!! I wouldn't reccomend certain places in mid snow mid winter though(the place this photo was taken was where my friends sister almost plunged to her death when we went walking in the snow!due to an inability to read the danger signs in Japanese!) All year round the bush is a beautiful place to be and despite the heavy popn in Japan the bush is never crowded.

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    Check out the view from the...

    by GenkiMac Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Check out the view from the Price Hotel in Ujina Port.
    It's one of the few tall buildings in this area so it's the best place to be as the sun is setting and the lights lighting up. The view of Hiroshima Port is gorgeous and it's close enough to the centre city to take a taxi and not pay too much.

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    Take a bike ride over the...

    by GenkiMac Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Take a bike ride over the cluster of inland sea islands in the south of Hiroshima Prefecture. The bridges which link the islands are lovely and the views on a clear day are gorgeous. Go from Onomichi and do a one day (4 hourish) ride to Ikuchijima (where you can catch a ferry back to Sunami, Mihara or Onomichi. Or do a 2 day trip and go all the way to Imabari in Shikoku staying overnight at one of the many youthhostels or minshukus on the islands.

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    Shopping

    by GenkiMac Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Most plazas, shops, department stores are easily found from the HONDORI. It's covered over which is handy in summer and winter in Japan and it is busy which gives it a city atmosphere (Hiroshima is pretty small so you don't often feel that- if you like cities then this is good!) . Other than the Hondori for shopping try Sogo (expensive) but with a good bookshop and GAP and next door Parcela with a nice roof top cafe and Virgin records and Tokyo Hands (department store).

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    Taishakyo Gorge

    by GenkiMac Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Gorgeous scenery is the only reason for coming here unless you are into monkeys which I haven't seen but supposedly there are many.
    This is fairly touristy at the main entrance and you can take boat trips along the gorge too. The middle height of Autumn would be the only time you would encounter big crowds but it will also be beautiful at this time.
    A feature of this gorge is the natural bridge which has been carved away by the river over the years and holds the title of being the largest natural bridge in the --- (I can't quite remember but it's pretty impressive!)

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    Tile Path

    by Shizuka Written Feb 25, 2003

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    There is the 'Tile Path' in the old town street, Onomichi city. It's inside the personal house! But it's setting free to enter, you can leave your message if there is any vacancy space on tile. Around the house's path, you can see quite unique ones also.

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    New-Mazda3 in Hiroshima Station

    by Taku1226 Written Jun 20, 2009

    Hiroshima is a company town. New-Mazda3 is waiting your arrival inside of Hiroshima Station. You can also see the assembly line by visiting Mazda museum.

    New-Mazda3
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