An important city with historic and cultural significance
Hiroshima is situated at the centre of the Chugoku region in western Honshu, the main island of Japan. Linked by the Shinkansen bullet train, this modern city was rebuilt post second World War when most of the city was destroyed by an atomic bomb in 1945. Here you will find the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome), which symbolizes the importance of world peace. Adjacent to the Genbaku Dome, which has been inscribed as a World Cultural Heritage Site, is the Peace Memorial Park, dedicated to the legacy of Hiroshima. Itsuku-shima-jinja Shrine, also a World Cultural Heritage Site, is located on nearby Miyajima Island, reached by train and ferry. It is considered to be one of the three most beautiful sights in Japan, along with Matsushima in Miyagi and Ama-no-hashidate in Kyoto. Its symbol is the “floating” Great Torii Gate (shrine gate) that stands in the sea. Miyajima is a pretty island with a relaxed atmosphere and small enough to explore easily on foot.