Hiroshima Guide 広島

Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima.
An icon of Japan second only perhaps to Mount Fuji, the floating torii of Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hiroshima, along with Tokyo and Kyoto, is among the top three most visited cities by foreign tourists to Japan. Altogether a visit to the three cities is known as the "Golden Route" and is usually made in a stay in Japan or 7-10 days.

Many visitors are drawn to see for themselves the tragic modern history of the world's first city to have suffered an attack by nuclear bomb.

However, there is more to Hiroshima than the UNESCO World Heritage listed Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) and the Hiroshima Peace Park. Hiroshima has a number of other worthwhile museums, a reconstructed castle, some pleasant gardens and parks and the island of Miyajima (Ikutsushima), famous for its huge torii gate seemingly "floating" in the sea.

To the west is the port of Kure, long an important base for Japan's navy. The Yamato Museum and the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force Museum are both here.

A short drive or ferry ride from Kure are the islands of Etajima and Kurahashi, both popular with cyclists and notable for the Museum of Naval History and the First Service School, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force on Etajima and the fascinating Nagato Museum of Shipbuilding History in Kurahashi, where Chinese-style wooden boats were made to make the perilous journey to Korea and China from the Nara Period onwards.

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