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Written by Nina Clegg

Dec 15th, 2018
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The very mention of Hiroshima brings back those scary images of the city's atomic bombing on the 6th of August, 1945. Although one may never forget those dark times, the city and its residents have done well in rebuilding this Japanese city and promoting it as the 'City of Peace'. It is located in the Chugoku region in the western part of Honshu Island and is the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture. Today, this city has become a place worth visiting for its globally renowned monuments that voice the message of peace. It is certainly worth exploring for its laid-back and cosmopolitan environment, enchanting natural surroundings, and wide roads with leafy trees on either side.

 

The Hiroshima Castle

While enjoying your holidays to hiroshima, one of the attractions you'd never want to miss is the Hiroshima Castle. It was constructed by a feudal lord called Mori Terumoto in the late 16th century when the city didn't even exist. Instead, the area was known as 'Gokamura', which literally translates as 'five villages'. From the castle, he governed nine provinces, which include much of today's five prefectures. As the castle was being built, Mori Terumoto changed the name 'Gokamura' to 'Hiroshima'. This name used 'Hiro' taken from the name 'Oe no Hiromoto', who was one of his ancestors, and 'Shima' from 'Fukushima Motonaga' who helped him choose the site for the castle. So, with the building of this castle also originated the name of this city.

 

Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Also called the 'Atomic Bomb Dome' or 'Genbaku Dome', this was the only structure left standing near the site where the atomic bomb exploded. It was designed by Jan Letzel, a Czech architect, and was built in the year 1915 as the Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Exhibition. The vertical columns and parts of the outer walls of this building were able to resist the force of the blast. With the reconstruction of Hiroshima, the skeletal remains of this structure were preserved and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park was established around it.

 

Itsukushima Shrine

During your visit to Itsukushima Island, you'll come across this Shinto shrine, which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The first shrine is believed to have been built in the 6th century and got destroyed many times. The design of the present shrine was created in the 12th century when funds for building the structure were provided by Taira no Kiyomori, a military leader. One of the prominent features of this shrine is its gate, which has been constructed using decay-resistant camphor wood.

 

Beaches

Located near the Hiroshima Station, the Bayside Beach in Saka is the closest beach you can visit during your time spent in the city. Another charming beach is Tsutsumigaura, which is located on the island of Miyajima. The Itsukushima Shrine is also located on this island. You can also explore the beaches located on several islands, which can be reached using a ferry. One of them is Kurahashi Island, which is home to many beautiful beaches. Among the ones you'll find particularly fascinating is the white-sand beach of Katsuragahama.

 

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