HIROSHIMA

Hiroshima (広島) is an industrial city of wide boulevards and criss-crossing rivers, located along the coast of the Seto Inland Sea. Although many only know it for the horrific split second on August 6, 1945, when it became the site of the world’s first atomic bomb attack, it is now a modern, cosmopolitan city with excellent cuisine and a bustling nightlife.
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Most of the memorials related to the atomic bomb are in and around the Peace Memorial Park (平和公園 Heiwa-kōen), reachable by tram line 2 or 6 to Genbaku Dome-mae. Coming from JR Hiroshima Station, you’ll see the Peace Park on your left just before crossing the T-shaped Aioi Bridge, which was the target of the bomb.
Once part of the busy Nakajima merchant district, this area was destroyed almost in its entirety by the bomb. Today, there are more than fifty memorials, statues, and other structures in the Park.


Hiroshima Castle (広島城 Hiroshima-jō), 21-1 Moto-machi, Naka-ku (Genbaku dome-mae tram stop), ☎ +81 082-221-7512. Mar-Nov 9AM-6PM, Dec-Feb 9AM-5PM. The original Carp (Rijo) Castle was built in the 1590s by Hideyoshi’s warlord Terumoto Mōri, predating the city itself. It was destroyed by the atomic bomb, by which time it was serving as a military headquarters, and reconstructed in 1958. Some of the original concrete foundations can still be seen. Today, the castle grounds are a nice place for a walk, and definitely Hiroshima’s favorite place for hanami (cherry blossom parties), with more than 350 sakura trees. The five-story castle museum is an attractive reconstruction of the 16th century donjon, with interesting relics and armor to see (and try on), as well as some informative displays about the history of the castle and the city. The view from the top is worth the entrance fee all by itself. ¥360 adults, ¥180 children.


Gokoku Shrine (護国神社 Gokoku-jinja), 2-21 Motomachi, Naka-ku (Genbaku dome-mae tram stop), ☎ +81 082-221-5590, [19]. Located on the castle grounds, this concrete shrine has great significance to locals, having been rebuilt after the atomic blast and now the center for most annual Shinto traditions in the city. But other than a historical marker, there’s not much to see for travelers, other than festivals (especially New Year’s Eve).


Chuo Park (中央公園), Naka-ku (Genbaku dome-mae tram stop). A big, sprawling green space in the middle of the city. Broadly defined, the park grounds include many of the attractions below, including the castle and the Carp’s old baseball stadium (scheduled for demolition). But Chuo Park is worthy of note in its own right, with nice, long walking paths and athletic fields – there are quite a lot of open-invitation soccer, football, and ultimate frisbee games that are regularly held here, so don’t be shy about showing up with athletic shoes and seeing if anyone needs an extra. …WikiTravel

HIROSHIMA NEWS

12 Nov

Airports around the world have found an unconventional, eco-friendly way to take advantage of all the unused open space around their runways and buildings: hosting beehives. (Japan Times)

9 Nov

Eighty local governments in Japan are considering or making preparations for the establishment of pubic night junior high schools to be attended by people who were unable to finish compulsory education for various reasons and foreigners, the education ministry has said. (Jiji)

7 Nov

Japan was hit by a string of bomb threats as U.S. President Donald Trump held talks in Tokyo, kicking off an Asia tour under heavy security, police said Monday. (Japan Today)

20 Oct

On the occasion of her 83rd birthday Friday, Empress Michiko welcomed the award this year of the Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons as a meaningful development in efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons. (Japan Times)

16 Oct

The prefectural government of Hiroshima is asking the US military to clarify if some of its fighter jets conducted aerial training maneuvers that released flares above part of the prefecture, alarming local residents. (NHK)

31 Aug

Investigative sources with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police revealed on Wednesday that security camera footage shows a man suspected in the murder of his 26-year-old former girlfriend carrying a suitcase, possibly containing her body, out of the residence they shared, reports Nippon News Network (tokyoreporter.com)

29 Aug

Investigative sources with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police revealed on Monday that a man undergoing questioning over the disappearance of his 26-year-old former girlfriend, who was later found dead, has committed suicide, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

22 Aug

A first batch of 20 Syrian refugees will be admitted to graduate schools in Japan this autumn under a Japanese government initiative announced last year. (Jiji)

21 Aug

A 74-year-old man was rescued in the Northern Japan alps on Sunday, a week after going missing, police said. (Japan Today)

21 Aug

A team led by Paul Allen, cofounder of Microsoft Corp., said Saturday it has found part of a U.S. World War II ship that was sunk by a Japanese submarine after delivering components of an atomic bomb. (Jiji)

18 Aug

The Japanese government carried out Friday a drill for its emergency alert system in areas in and around the likely flight path of ballistic missiles North Korea has recently threatened to launch toward Guam.

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14 Aug

Shinnosuke Abe, a key member on seven pennant-winning Yomiuri Giants teams and the Central League’s 2012 MVP, reached Japan’s iconic 2,000-hit milestone on Sunday. (Japan Times)

12 Aug

Japan is deploying missile interceptor units in western parts of the country in response to North Korea’s plans to fire missiles toward the US Pacific territory of Guam. (NHK)

10 Aug

North Korea is considering a plan to simultaneously fire four intermediate-range ballistic missiles to areas around Guam through the sky above western Japan, state-run Korean Central News Agency reported on Thursday, quoting a senior military commander. (Jiji)

9 Aug

This week marks the 72nd anniversary of the two US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On Wednesday, people gathered at a ceremony held at Nagasaki’s Peace Park, close to where the bomb hit, to reflect in a moment of silence. (NHK)

6 Aug

Tens of thousands of people gathered Sunday in Hiroshima to reflect on a tragedy that changed the course of history. They’re marking the 72nd anniversary since the US detonated an atomic bomb over the city in 1945. (NHK)

4 Aug

A woman on a motorcycle was killed and 10 people were injured in a pair of multiple-vehicle collisions Thursday in an expressway tunnel in Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture, police said. (Japan Times)

29 Jul

The Osaka District Court ordered the government on Friday to reverse its decision to exclude a pro-Pyongyang Korean school from its tuition-free program for high schools. (the-japan-news.com)

20 Jul

Hiroshima District Court rejected Wednesday a petition calling for the reversal of a Japanese government decision to exclude a Korean school from its tuition-free high school education program. (Jiji)

7 Jul

he Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum released online Wednesday digitally processed 16 millimeter film footage showing the central area of Hiroshima about 10 years before its devastation by the U.S. atomic bombing. (the-japan-news.com)

5 Jul

Japan’s Meteorological Agency has lifted an emergency heavy rain warning for the western prefecture of Shimane after torrential rains caused by a front weakened. (Japan Times)

19 Jun

A Japanese film has won the top prize in the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in southeastern France. (NHK)

9 Jun

A suspected murderer who went on the run for 45 years has been arrested in Japan. (independent.co.uk)

7 Jun

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after he dropped a 5-year-old girl from the second floor of a sports center in Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, on Monday night. (Japan Today)

25 May

I hope you’re hungry because we’re about the go on a street food eating binge on Hiroshima’s amazing island, Miyajima. (ONLY in JAPAN)