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“City of Water” and “City of Peace”

Known as the “City of Water” and “City of Peace”, Hiroshima is located in the Chugoku region, facing the Seto Inland Sea. It is the home of Mazda Motor Corporation and Mazda Museum is one of the “must-see” places for automobile lovers.

The city has many places of interest including Hiroshima Castle, originally built in the 16th century by the feudal lord Mori Terumoto and later rebuilt in the last 1950s after it was destroyed in the Second World War; Shukkei-en Garden and the interesting Museum of Art. However, what the city is most recognised for world-over is the devastation it suffered by the atomic bomb attack that ended the Second World War.

The Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome are stark reminders of that fateful day and the horrors that ensued in the aftermath. Millions of travellers from all over the globe visit the Peace Memorial Park every year to pay their respects.

On 6th August 1945, at 0815 hours, Hiroshima was hit by the world’s first atomic bomb. Codenamed “Little Boy”,   the bomb weighing approximately 4,400 kg destroyed everything within a two-kilometre radius upon explosion.

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About 70,000 buildings were flattened and 66,000 lives were lost as a direct result of the blast. By the end of the year, further 69,000 people had succumbed to the effects. 

Today, the beautiful and leafy city is a key thriving business and industrial centre in Japan.  The city has become an international symbol of peace and humanity. It is also famous for signature dishes including oysters and okonomiyaki- a noodle based pancake with a wide range of delicious toppings.

Another “must-visit” historical sight is the Itsukushima Shrine with its massive torii gate, located on Miyajima Island, a short ferry ride from the city.

The entire island of Miyajima is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The shrine with its giant torii gate in the sea was built in 593 and is considered to be one of the holiest Shinto shrines in the country and one of the three most scenic spots in the country along with Matsusima in Miyagi and Amanohashidate in Kyoto. 

The island is a peaceful oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Hiroshima. Mt. Mi-sen in the centre of the island offers breath-taking views of the bay and has excellent routes for walking and hiking. It’s been an important place of worship for centuries. The whole area is covered by maple trees and is particularly good for viewing autumn leaves.

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