Japan: 10 Best Places You NEED to Visit in Hiroshima

Hiroshima was established in 1589 on the delta formed by the Ota River. Automobiles are a most important local industry, with Mazda’s corporate head office nearby. There are three admirable art museums in the city center. It is a welcoming, friendly city, with as much awareness in western way of life as everywhere else in Japan.

1. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

This Peace Memorial Park was created to signify the need for eternal peace, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park also known as “Hiroshima Heiwa KinenKōen”. The park is located at the epicenter of the detonation. The park includes an array of significant monuments, memorials, and museums linking to the events of that historic day and its consequences. Each year more than a million visitors visit this park.


Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

2. Itsukushima Shrine

The old Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima is the foundation of both the island’s recognition and its name. The island is more prevalently known as “Miyajima”, literally “shrine island” in Japanese. The shrine is known globally for its iconic “floating” torii gate. Miyajima Island has a long history as a holy spot of Shinto. The island’s utmost peak, Mount Misen, was worshiped by local population as early as the 6th century.


Itsukushima Shrine

3. Hiroshima Castle

Hiroshima urbanized as a castle town, whereby the castle was both the military and trading center of the city. Just like the rest of the city, Hiroshima Castle was damaged by the atomic bomb in 1945. In recent restoration process, a number of structures of the Ninomaru, the castle’s second circle of defense, were reconstructed by original building process and resources. This consists of the castle’s main entrance and two turrets adjoined by a long warehouse.


Hiroshima Castle

4. Hiroshima City Transportation Museum

This museum is a science facility that displays all types of vehicles and methods of transportation. There are about 3000 displays on the railway, land transportation, boats and planes. Outside of the museum hall, there is a train car by the number of 654 that was exposed to the atomic bomb, is also on display.


Hiroshima City Transportation Museum

5. Shukkeien Garden

The name of the garden translated into English as “scenery garden”, which is also a good portrayal of the garden itself. Valleys, mountains, and forests are symbolized in miniature in the garden’s scenery. Through careful gardening of the land and plants, the garden imitates a diversity of natural formations and picturesque views.


Shukkeien Garden

6. Momijidani Park

Momijidani Park is one of the best maple leaves valley parks in Japan. It is located at the foothills of Mt. Misen. The visitors can feel the ambience of around 700 Japanese maple trees along the river. The colorful scenery will be definitely steal your heart as you walk around these trees.


Momijidani Park

7. Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum

The Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum is situated near Shukkei-en in Hiroshima.It is a small museum but visitors can see some good collection of art pieces over there. The exhibition of European and Japanese art can be seen. Special dinosaur section is also there to make the visit more interesting.


Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum

8. Hiroshima City Asa Zoological Park

Hiroshima City Asa Zoological Park is scattered over 49.6 hectares in Asakita-ku, Hiroshima. The visitors can see around 170 varieties of animals, birds and various species of fish in this zoo. Animals like giraffes, zebras, black rhinoceroses, woylies and Japanese giant salamanders can be seen int his zoo. It is quite a large park and is just a perfect place for spending time during your Hiroshima trip.


Hiroshima City Asa Zoological Park

9. Hijiyama Park

Hijiyama Park is well known for mesmerizing cherry blossoms where you can enjoy panoramic sceneries. It is one of the most famous places in Hiroshima. From the top of the hill in this park tourists can enjoy the cherishing views of Hiroshima city and Seto Inland Sea. It attracts a huge number of tourists every day.


Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art is located inside this park

10. Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art

Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art is the part of Hijiyama Park but it is worth mentioning separately because this museum is the must visit place. It is very first public museum in Japan. It is located on 50-meter-high hill in the park. It is surrounded by dense forest and has a lot of things to offer to the visitors.


Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art

After the world war, big efforts were taken to reconstruct the city. Damaged monuments of Hiroshima’s past heritage, like Hiroshima Castle and Shukkeien Garden, were reconstructed. In the center of the city a big park was built and given a name that would echo the aspirations of the re-born city “The Peace Memorial Park”. Tourists are welcomed, and exhibits associated to the nuclear bomb are not concerned with blame or accusations.

Featured image courtesy: Travis Wise

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