Hiroshima, Japan

On August 6, 1945, human history was irrevocably altered when the American bomber Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The bomb was code-named "Little Boy," but its detonation left half the city in ruins and aflame. Today, Hiroshima is a monument not only to the destructive forces harnessed by men but also to the indomitable will of the human spirit to overcome tragedy. At the heart of the city lies Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome. The gutted walls of the city's old Industry Promotion Hall and the skeletal frame that supported its copper dome, vaporized in the blast, are instantly recognizable symbols of Hiroshima.

Travelers to Hiroshima will discover a more serene note at nearby Miyajima Island. One of the top-three scenic spots of Japan, the island is home to ancient Itsukushima Shrine, a designated National Treasure.

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Points of Interest

  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
  • Itsukushima Shrine
  • Hiroshima Castle
  • Shukkeien Garden
  • Atomic Bomb Dome
  • Bullet Train
  • Kintai Bridge & Kikko Park
  • Yamato Museum

More about Hiroshima, Japan Points of Interest

  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

    Located on the site of the first atomic bomb explosion of WWII is a park dedicated to world peace. The museum is a memorial for the victims and remains of a dome serves as a reminder of the devastation.

  • Itsukushima Shrine

    A popular postcard image, this stunning red entrance gate or "Torii" over the water welcomes visitors to its beautiful shrine on a pier located on an island known as Miyajima.

  • Hiroshima Castle

    Destroyed in the atomic bombing of WWII, this 16th-century castle was rebuilt in 1958. The original castle has been designated a National Treasure. Explore the museum on pre-war Hiroshima.

  • Shukkeien Garden

    Created in 1620 for a feudal daimyo, this garden of miniature landscapes features forests, valleys and mountains. Stroll the pathways by trickling streams and serene ponds to its tea houses.

  • Atomic Bomb Dome

    The skeleton of a dome from built in 1915 still stands memorializing the A-bomb drop at its epicenter. Amongst otherwise complete destruction, part of a wall and its dome's steel frame remained, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Bullet Train

    Japan's Shinkansen bullet train offers high-speed railway service, reaching speeds up to 186 mph and used by millions of people, linking most of the major cities on the islands of Honshu and Kyushu.

  • Kintai Bridge & Kikko Park

    Kintai is one of Japan's three great bridges; the wooden structure measures over 700 feet in length. Cross the bridge to reach Kikko Park which was the former home of Daimyo Kikkawa and today is home to the reconstructed Iwakuni Castle.

  • Yamato Museum

    The facinating history of the Yamato, one of the largest battleships ever built, is illustrated in this museum where you can also see an authentic Zero fighter and a Kairyu submarine whose suicide mission was to plow into enemy ships.

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Easy Hiroshima

2 hours | Hiroshima | H I J - 2 9 0
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
  • Hiroshima Castle
  • Atomic Bomb Dome

This tour is designed for passengers who prefer to see some sights from the motorcoach with little or no walking involved. Experience Hiroshima on a narrated driving tour of the city that is designed for guests who prefer little or no walking. The sights include Peace Memorial Park, the Atomic Bomb Dome and the restored 16th-century Hiroshima Castle.

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Peace Memorial Park, Atomic Bomb Dome & Museum

3 hours | Hiroshima | H I J - 2 0 5
  • Hiroshima Castle
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
  • Atomic Bomb Dome

Take a tour of one of the world's most enduring legacy to peace - the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Dedicated to the 70,000 victims who perished during the A-bomb attack in 1945, the park is also a symbol of the world's quest for everlasting peace.

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Highlights of Hiroshima

3.5 hours | Hiroshima | H I J - 2 0 0
  • Hiroshima Castle
  • Atomic Bomb Dome
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
  • Shukkeien Garden

Experience Hiroshima on a narrated, half-day drive through the city. Visit Peace Memorial Park and Museum. View the Atomic Bomb Dome and Children's Peace Monument and then explore Shukkeien Gardens, a serene oasis of ponds, small streams and sculpted pines dating back to the 17th century.

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Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine

4.5 hours | Hiroshima | H I J - 2 1 0
  • Itsukushima Shrine

Travel to sacred Miyajima Island and visit Itsukushima Shrine on this half-day excursion. Designated a National Treasure, the sixth century shrine was built on a pier over the tidal flats of the Inland Sea. At high tide, Itsukushima Shrine and the iconic red Torii gate seem to float on the water.

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Hiroshima by Tram & Foot

6 hours | Hiroshima | H I J - 3 8 5
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
  • Shukkeien Garden

Hop aboard a Hiroshima tram for a city walking tour and try Hiroshima's favorite food Okonomiyaki.

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Iwakuni & Kintai Bridge

6.5 hours | Hiroshima | H I J - 1 2 5
  • Kintai Bridge & Kikko Park

Enjoy a full day trip filled with History of Iwakuni. Tour highlight include Kintai-kyo bridge, known as one of Japan's three greatest bridges, Kikko park, Iwakuni castle, and delicious Japanese lunch.

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Best of Hiroshima

8.5 hours | Hiroshima | H I J - 1 0 0
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
  • Itsukushima Shrine
  • Atomic Bomb Dome

Travel to sacred Miyajima Island, a World Heritage Site, and visit Itsukushima Shrine where at high tide the iconic red Torii gate seems to float on the water. Then return to Hiroshima to visit Peace Memorial Park and Museum and view the Atomic Bomb Dome and Children's Peace Monument.

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