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Nuclear weapons afflicted deep scar to all Japanese, and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is here making sure that the similar tragedy won't happen in the future. Established in 1955, the museum is dedicated to house hundreds of haunting objects relating to the Hiroshima bombing that occured in 1945, including the victims' belongings, various objects that conveyed the horror of the bombing, including a wristwatch that struck 8:15, the exact moment when the nuclear bomb was dropped and blasted the whole city into dust. Visitors will be overwhelmed with mixed feelings and reactions, but the moment they stepped out of the museum, hopefully, they'll have only one resolution that will bring everlasting peace.
Hiroshima Castle, also called as Carp Castle, is one of the oldest castles built in Hiroshima during Azuchi-Momoyama Period by Mori Terumoto. Although it was completely perished by atomic bomb in 1945, the castle was quickly reconstructed in the following years. While the grand architecture of Hiroshima Castle will surely makes your jaw drop in awe, climb to the top floor to take in the scenic view of Hiroshima City from its observation deck.
The tranquil Shukkei-en Garden is like a version of a Chinese West Garden in Hangzhou China. In fact, there's a huge possibility that Asano Nagaakira was inspired by the Chinese garden and implemented it in Shukkei-en Garden. Walking along the garden will gives you so much peaceful mind away from the main city's hustle. Highly famous for its cherry and plum blossoms, Shukkei-en Garden was destroyed by the atomic bombing, though the garden was later restored to its previous glorious form.
We all love zoos, and that's enough reason to visit City Asa Zoological Park. Being the 62-nd oldest zoo, City Asa Zoological is a home to over 170 animals species from different continents. The zoo's collections including adorable red pandas, Japanese giant salamanders, and even macaws from tropical forests. You will also find over 15 species of fishes and children will love the opportunity to touch some adorable animals in the Petting Zoo , so what's not to love from this zoo?
Itsukushima Shrine is arguably the most renowned landmark of Hiroshima. Known for its 'floating' toori gate, Itsukushima Shrine offer a very picturesque view of the entire shrine complex during high tide and tourists will get a chance to take a closer look on the Torii gate during low tides. Visit the Shrine at night to get the most spectacular view.
Mazda is one of Japan's most prominent automobile brands based in Hiroshima City, so obviously, they have their own museum called Mazda Museum. Mazda Museum is a paradise for automotive lovers where they not only can learn more about Mazda's history, previous automotive collections released by the company, and many more. Take a 90 minutes tour to learn more about the giant company and their contributions to the nation.
Hiroshima was one of the major cities in Japan that collapsed after America's nuclear bombing in 1945, and the city is also the symbol of Japan's unwavering resilience. Today, the revived city transformed itself to be one of the most visited cities in Japan. You can find literally all kinds of attraction here, be it cultural, historical, and even natural attractions.
How to Get Tickets?
To save time, you can always book ticket to your favorite attraction in advance. It will save you a lot from the hassle of lining up especially if you're visiting Hiroshima's most popular attractions such as Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Shukkei-en Garden.
How To Get Around?
What is the best way to get around Hiroshima? Most people agree that using tram service is the best way to get around the city, although other prefer taking a JR Train. Though if you're looking for the most convenient way, you can either hail a taxi or a ferry if you're going to Miyajima. The prices for the latter are much more expensive than the former two, though.
What Should I Wear?
You are free to experiment with your attires when you're visiting public attractions such as parks, zoos, or museums. However, you should wear more modest clothes when you are visiting shrines or temples as they are highly reverred places in Japan.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Hiroshima are Spring season that begin from March to May, or in Fall from October to November. Winter is great if you're planning to spend Christmas and New Year, but you should bring a very thick and warm jacket to protect yourself from the extreme cold.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, transportation is easy and you can find everything you need to know on this site.
How To Get There?
Getting to Hiroshima is easier if you're from Tokyo. To reach Hiroshima from Tokyo, you can take JR Tokaido or Sanyo Shinkansen. You can also take a direct Nozomi train that takes time about 5 hours from Tokyo to Hiroshima. There are also other means of public transportations, such as an overnight bus or by planes for a business trip.
Be sure to purchase a JR Pass that you can buy easily from any convenience stores or vending machines near the train station. The Pass will grant you discounts for Hikari and Sakura trains. It will be highly useful since you'll take trains a lot during your trip.