Hiroshima and Miyajima
Despite being a lively modern city, Hiroshima is one of Japan’s most poignant locations. The city needs little introduction and over the years it has remained synonymous with the world’s first atomic bomb that ended World War II in 1945. Thousands visit each year to pay their respects.
Hiroshima does not need much of an introduction, it has been long associated with the atomic bomb that devastated much of the city in 1945 but its resilience is immediately evident with glassy high-rise buildings, and tree lined boulevards. The brilliantly put together Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Children’s Peace Memorial, Atomic Bomb Dome and paper cranes that scatter the city remain an essential reminder of what happened on that fateful day and send a clear message of peace to the thousands of visitors each year. It is a brilliant and moving stay and we highly recommend visiting if you have time. Nearby Miyajima Island (just 15 minutes by ferry) is home to Itsukushima shrine with spectacular torii gates that at high tide appear to be floating out to sea. This is one of Japan’s most iconic images. For the more active, there are some great treks on Mount Misen. There are accommodation options on both Miyajima Island as well as in Hiroshima.