Hiroshima is, of course, best known for being the first city to suffer a nuclear bombing. It is for the memorials to this event that most people visit the city today.
It is a poignant and moving experience to visit the Atomic Bomb Dome, the Peace Park and the museum; an experience no person interested in the modern world and the direction humanity is taking should miss.
But the city is not all about those terrible events. It has risen Phoenix-like from the ashes to become an attractive, modern, buzzing city with a happening nightlife. It is also a short distance from there to cultural and historical sites like Hiroshima castle.
The most notable of those sites is the island of Miyajima, a short way offshore, entirely untouched by the tragedy of 1945, and home to one of Japan’s most picturesque shrines: Itsukushima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is built on the shore, right over the waters of the sea, where is seems to float. At the entrance to the inlet in which the shrine stands is the famous giant torii gate in the water, framing a view of the hills and mountains of the mainland.
The island is home to a picturesque village, several other historic shrines, and herds of pampered deer that wander the streets at will, entirely unfazed by the tourists clicking away at them.
We have a number of tours which take in Hiroshima as part of the itinerary including our Japan Heartland Tour and the Cherry Blossom Tour.
Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima
Mt. Misen Cable Car Ride, Miyajima
The Eternal Flame near the summit of Mt.Misen
Said to have been lit 1,200 years ago.
Oysters - The food of Miyajima
The Biggest Rice Spoon in the World
How long do you think it is?