Important historically, islands off the city to visit
A-Bomb destruction means not a lot of historical places to see
Beautiful city worth visiting. I would love to visit again.
I once stayed with a friend who lived a stone's throw away from the Peace Museum in Nagasaki and since then, I have always wondered what it was like to live near a building charged with so much poignancy of a painful past. Here, I pondered this again when I first caught sight of it as the bus I had taken from Yunago, Tottori was approaching...more
I was skeptical about the appeal of Mt. Misen since one round trip ticket costed me 1800 yen, which was by far the most expensive ropeway I had ever used. "No view is worth this much, " I remember telling myself. Of course, Mt. Misen soon showed me just how small-minded I was since the ride felt like forever. At least, the amount of time I spent in...more
Hiroshima Castle was built in 1589 by Mori Terumoto where he ruled over much of the Chugoku region. The castle survived through the years, even when other castles were torn down in the Meiji Period, but it could not withstand the atomic bombing in 1945, which exploded quite close to the wooden castle. The current castle was built in 1958. Inside...more
Excellent location close to the Peace Memorial Museum & Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome. Fees for...more
(last date stayed - Aug. 24, 2007) Rihga Royal Hotel single room - JPY 13,000 5% consumption tax...more
The location was excellent. However, for foreigners it'll be a little harder to find as we took a...more
Hiroshima has many delicious okonomiyaki restaurants; it's the city's most famous dish, known throughout Japan. Osaka is considered to be the other okonomiyaki city but with all due respect, Hiroshima is number one!Hiroshima okonomiyaki has yakisoba on the bottom and traditionally does not have mayonnaise on top (that is an Osaka addition). Here at...more
If I had to pick a prefecture to live in based on culinary preferences, it would be Hiroshima, no questions asked. It was love at first sight with its many mouth-watering dishes. Of course, you must have heard of its big oysters and okonomiyaki. Incidentally, I ordered a version of okonomiyaki that incorporated all my favourites--oyster, eel and...more
There is an entire floor of restaurants at the Hiroshima JR Station - on the 6th floor of the 'Asse' department store.There are a whole range of sushi, Japanese and Western restaurants. We tried one that did an interesting range of fusion dishes involving spaghetti with Japanese ingredients. Spaghetti with fish roe and seaweed (see picture)....more
Hiroshima is one of Japan's tram cities. In other cities with trams there are often very few lines, but Hiroshima has a more extensive tram system, so just like you would with the trains, it is important to make sure you know which tram will take you to your station. Tram number 2 and 6 will take you to Atomic Bomb Dome Station at the north of...more
Hiroshima is one of Japan's most popular destinations. As such, it is one of the main Shinkansen Stations on the Sanyo Line. From Tokyo it only takes 6 hours to reach Hiroshima, just over 2 hours from Nagoya, about 1.5 hours from Shin-Osaka, 1 hour from Fukuoka (Hakata Station), and under 3 hours from Kagoshima. From Okayama it takes only 30...more
Hiroshima is one of Japan's tram cities. In other cities with trams there are often very few lines, but Hiroshima has a more extensive tram system, so just like you would with the trains, it is important to make sure you know which tram will take you to your station.Tram number 2 and 6 will take you to Atomic Bomb Dome Station at the north of Peace...more
This shopping street is on the way back from the Itsukushima Shrine to the ferry port. You can pick up local souvenirs here, including wooden ladles, pottery and food items. The wooden ladle is a typical item from Miyajima, and is often used as a good luck charm.Another typical local souvenir are soft sponge cakes shaped like maple leaves which...more
Hiroshimas geographical center is comprised five districts. One district - Nagerakawa - is neon central. Here the signs of bars, restaurants of all classes, and sundry entertainment establishments set the swarming streets aglow. During the day, shoppers may be out in throngs, particularly around Mitsukoshi Department Store and Midorii Tenmaya....more
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The Crane has become an unofficial symbol of Hiroshima since the story of Sadako Sasaki became world famous. Sadako Sasaki was born in Hiroshima in 1943 and was only 2 years old when the Atomic Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Sadako survived the blast but several years later in 1954, she started to develop a rash on her neck. 3 months later the rash...more
When you are finished touring the Hiroshima Peace Museum, you may notice that there are some stamps like the one in the picture sitting out. These stamps are very popular in Japan. The Japanese will often stamp brochures or pamphlets, and you can do this too if you have any from Hiroshima. Also, if you have/bought any books, you may want to stamp...more
Hiroshima is likely to be a destination you will come to from the Kansai area. If this is the case you will probably be travelling by train. As I have said in other Japan related pages, heavy suitcases are not appropriate luggage for train travel in Japan. I would leave such bags and bring a backpack or a smaller, comfortable carry bag. You don't...more
Hiroshima Castle is sometimes overshadowed by other popular visit sites. It was built by Feudal KLord, Mori Terimoto in 1590 and was destroyed in the atomic bombing in 1945. Reconstructed in 1958. It has been transformed into a history museum. It is relatively small but a beautiful castle. How to get there: From Hiroshima Station, take a streetcar...more
Hiroshima is only known abroad for its history but here in Japan, its fame goes well beyond that. Among other things, Hiroshima is one of Japan's top baseball cities. Their pro team is called the Carps. They're the only team in Japan that is owned and supported by the citizens so the fans are quite avid and loyal both locally and outside the city. When the Carps are doing well, the fans can be just as exciting to watch as the game itself! I was lucky to see a game in which the Carps pulled ahead to win it (against Yakult).
Mazda Zoom! Zoom! Stadium is the name of the stadium where the Carps play. It's a nice, new stadium and the name comes from the Mazda car manufacturer which is based in Hiroshima.
Tickets sell for as low as 1800 yen but if you want better seats, the price obviously goes up!
This was a bonus we weren't planning on. The key to it had been the location of our hotel along the parkway. We stayed there on December 27 and were surprised to find it illuminated all along the parkway. It was stupendous. It was obvious with people out and about that many others were enjoying this Christmas light display as well.There were lights...more
This isn't exactly a 'fondest' memory but I didn't know where else to put this info... In 1945, as World War drew to a close in Europe, the Japanese were still holding out in the Pacific and refusing to surrender. To bring the war to a speedy end, the US decided to use an entirely new and relatively untested weapon to pressure the Japanese into...more
Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome (Gembaku Domu) is a symbol of Hiroshima known worldwide.It is left standing to remind everyone of the horror of the first atomic bomb dropped on a civilian population in the world. It is next to Aioi river where many people jumped into the river when the bomb exploded but did not survive. Previously, the building was the...more