The A-bomb, which exploded 600 meters high from the ground, killed 75.000 people directly, and around 220.000 people in total. The city was almost fully destroyed. After the war, the reconstruction was lead with the idea of being "the peace city".
Nowadays, it is a big city of Japan, which is obviously fully rebuilt but, if the stigmas of this unfortunate past remain superficially hidden, the city does not forget its history. In the heart of the city is located the vast Peace Park, gathering the A-Bomb Dome (which structure resisted to the blast of the explosion) as well as the eponymous museum and its heartbreaking testimonials.
However, the city does not solely rely on this memorial: outside of the park, kids play, the tramways bring the salarymen back home and high school students argue in the streets. Beyond this lesson of humanity, Hiroshima is an industrial and harbor city, built on a river which branches cross it several times.
During your visit, do not forget to taste the local specialty: okonomiyaki, a sort of buckwheat pancake/omelette stuffed with noodles, fish (or meat) and with rice.
Hiroshima possesses a vast tramways network which allows us to easily move around, but you will need to take a ferry to reach Miyajima in a few minutes, one of the most famous view of Japan and a big touristy spot of the archipelago.
How to get to Hiroshima
By JR Shinkansen train:
- from Kyoto, about 1h50
- from Shin-Osaka, about 1h30
- from Tokyo, about 4h30
Location reachable with the JRP : order your Japan Rail Pass (from ~US$ 265)
How long / when to visit
The tour is doable in one day on site, or in two days by combining it with Miyajima