Hiroshima was a very interesting, yet sad place to visit. Nearly nothing remains of the original town, only a few ruins.

Hiroshima was a very interesting.

This Japanese city was founded in the 16th century as a castle town, and from that point forward it was a powerful military center. Unfortunately, this did make it a perfect target for the Allied forces during World War II. On August 6, 1945, at 8:15 a.m., Hiroshima became the first city in the world to be hit by an atomic bomb. While the final number of casualties varies amongst the historic accounts, there were at least 70,000 people, likely many more, killed directly by the bombing. Survivors reported radiation sickness and related cancers for years until their death.

It wasn’t until 1950 that the reconstruction of the city began. The first structure to be resuscitated was the Inari Bridge.  Hibaku is a Japanese word that means “something that has experienced a nuclear bomb.”  Despite the devastation caused by the A-bomb, there are many buildings, or hibaku, all within walking distance of one another that you should consider visiting.  The Atomic Bomb Dome, Honkawa Elementary School Peace Museum, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Branch of the Former Bank of Japan, and the Fukuro-machi Elementary School Peace Museum will share their own unique stories and history.

Hiroshima was a very interesting,

Present Day Hiroshima

Hiroshima is now a large industrial city that contains several colleges, universities, and public offices. It produces steel, rubber, chemicals, and automobiles and is home to the headquarters of Mazda Motor Corporation. Hiroshima is a beautiful area that combines forested mountains and stunning waters. There are hot springs and even pristine golden beaches to enjoy.

Present Day Hiroshima
Present Day Hiroshima

Places to Stay and Eat

Places to Stay and Eat
Places to Stay and Eat

For more information on Hiroshima check out the Pocket Peace Guide provided by the city of Hiroshima, Japan.

Hiroshima Japan Downloadable guide

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