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Hiroshima 
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Hiroshima (広島) is the principal city of the Chugoku Region and home to over a million inhabitants.

When the first atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the city became known worldwide for this unenviable distinction. The destructive power of the bomb was tremendous and obliterated nearly everything within a two kilometer radius.

After the war, great efforts were taken to rebuild the city. Predictions that the city would be uninhabitable proved false. Destroyed monuments of Hiroshima's historical heritage, like Hiroshima Castle and Shukkeien Garden, were reconstructed. In the center of the city a large park was built and given a name that would reflect the aspirations of the re-born city: Peace Memorial Park.

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Attractions
 1  Peace Park
Commemorating the drop of the atomic bomb.
User rating: 93/100 (1404 votes)
Visited by: 2619 users
 2  Mazda Museum
Museum and factory tours of the car maker.
User rating: 85/100 (103 votes)
Visited by: 232 users
 3  Shukkeien Garden
Japanese landscape garden.
User rating: 83/100 (280 votes)
Visited by: 547 users
 4  Hiroshima Downtown
About Hiroshima's downtown area.
User rating: 76/100 (735 votes)
Visited by: 1504 users
 5  Hiroshima Castle
Reconstruction of the former castle.
User rating: 74/100 (585 votes)
Visited by: 1204 users
 
Special Interest Guides
  Hiroshima Food Guide
  Guide to Hiroshima's local cuisine.
  Hiroshima Cherry Blossom Spots
  A list of popular cherry blossom spots in Hiroshima.
Side Trips from Hiroshima
 1  Miyajima
Island known for its shrine and large torii gate.
User rating: 96/100 (1123 votes)
Visited by: 2101 users
 2  Iwakuni
Site of the picturesque Kintai-kyo Bridge.
User rating: 80/100 (169 votes)
Visited by: 379 users
 3  Onomichi
Port town with many slopes and temples.
User rating: 77/100 (110 votes)
Visited by: 271 users

Access and Orientation
Access and Orientation
How to get to and around Hiroshima.

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Hotels and Ryokan
Hiroshima offers many business and tourist hotels especially around Hiroshima Station and along the Heiwa-Odori Street near the Peace Park. Staying overnight at a ryokan on nearby Miyajima Island is a highly recommended experience.
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Tours and Packages
Hiroshima and Miyajima Tours
Various tours and travel packages for Hiroshima and surroundings.

User Ratings
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User Rating (by 1573 users):
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English Links
Hiroshima City
Official website.
Hiroshima Navigator
Useful website by the Hiroshima Convention & Visitors Bureau (English).

Japanese Links
Hiroshima City
Official website.

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