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Hiroshima Holidays

Although most famous for one moment in history; on the 6th August 1945 Hiroshima became the first target of an atomic bomb which destroyed the city - today it has rebuilt itself as one of Japan's most laidback, vibrant cities full of friendly welcoming people, great food and a thriving art scene.

Why not twin your visit to Hiroshima with the intoxicating capital of Japan, Tokyo or the historic and charming city of Kyoto? It's easy to get around by high speed bullet train and combine several cities in one holiday.

Destination Highlights
  • Peace Memorial Park
  • Itsukushima Island Shrine
  • Hiroshima Castle
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

    Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum

    Pay your respects to those who died at the hands of the world’s first atomic bomb. The memorials, monuments, and museums here include the Peace Flame, which will burn continuously until the world is free of nuclear arms, and the A-Bomb Dome, which symbolises the international desire for peace.

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    Itsukushima Shrine

    Arguably one of Asia’s most iconic sites, the beauty and tranquillity of the Itsukushima Shrine has to be experienced to be believed. Its UNESCO World Heritage status tells you something about how important it is to Japanese culture and history, but few photographs can do this local and international attraction true justice. Located in the city of Hatsukaichi in Southern Japan on the island of Itsukushima (more commonly known as Miyajima), the shrine consists of several buildings that act as piers stretching out into the bay. This means that when the tide is high, the buildings appear to be floating, most notably the famous red ‘torii gate’. Other structures include the Noh theatre stage, main hall, prayer hall, all connected by wooden walk ways and suspended on stilts above the sea bed. When visiting, be mindful of the tides, the best time to view the shrine is at high tide. The shrine can also be visited at night, entry to the buildings is not permitted after dark, but they can be viewed fully illuminated from a boat cruise around the bay.

  • Claire, Destination Specialist

    Claire

    Destination Specialist

    Hiroshima is fast becoming renowned as a foodie hotspot. While in the city make sure you sample the local oysters, they are some of the freshest I have ever tasted.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can take a direct high speed Nozomi bullet train to Hiroshima from Tokyo and the journey takes around four hours. Indirect Hikari and Sakura trains take around five hours with a change at Osaka station.

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