“Hiroshima” is known for being the first city in the world deeply affected by the use of nuclear weapons (the atomic bomb).
However, in modern times, it has prospered as one of the most important cities in the industrial zone along the Seto Inlands Sea.
It was during the Warring States Period, roughly in the 15th century, that the region frequently became topic of conversation.
Thanks to the famous Sengoku Daimyo (feudal lords) “Mori Motonari” and “Mori Terumoto”, “Hiroshima” developed, and its territory became increasingly important.
The area the city occupies is one of the most prominent river delta areas in Japan, and its soil is unique.
Throughout history, “Hiroshima” has been chosen multiple times as a base thanks to the fact that, besides facing the Seto Inlands Sea, it is surrounded by hills and could act as a strategic place against foreign invasion.
The growth of “Hiroshima” continued and it is now the largest city in the Chugoku region.
After the Meiji period, as the railways started operating and transportation routes were improved, “Hiroshima” rapidly became one of the largest industrial cities in Japan, which made the most of its sea route.
After the Sino-Japanese, the Russo-Japanese and War-World War I, “Hiroshima” thrived as a military city, but as mentioned at the beginning, the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped on “Hiroshima” at the end of World War II, leaving the whole city in shatters.
Reconstruction work began, and “Hiroshima” was rebuilt entirely.
“Hiroshima” is a place every Japanese person has a particular impression about, which is neither bitterness nor hatred. A startling and shocking feeling, to the point that what has happened it is hard to believe. There shall be no more war; war cannot and should be fought no longer.
In any case, nowadays'”Hiroshima” is a place you should visit for sightseeing. You might have certain expectations when you visit a famous site that you can read a lot about on a guidebook. However, you may well find “Hiroshima” different from what you expected and you will be surprised. “Hiroshima” is undoubtedly home to some of the most famous tourist spots in Japan, but you can undoubtedly enjoy “Hiroshima” just by strolling around. Transportation is excellent, and there is a lot of tasty food you can enjoy.
Below, we will be introducing the main touristic areas in “Hiroshima”. We will also make sure to recommend areas that are good sightseeing spots also other than “Hiroshima” in the “Travel guidebook” section. Please check it out!
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