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  • Cenotaph for the A-Bomb Victims (Memorial Monument for Hiroshima, City of Peace)
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinakaku Nakajimachou In the Peace Memorial Park
    This cenotaph located in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is officially known as the Memorial Monument for Hiroshima, City of Peace. Constructed according to plans that fit the spirit of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial City Construction Law, the cenotaph inscription was determined in 1952 and an unveiling ceremony was held that year in August. The names of the atomic bomb victims are inscribed on a register in a stone chest that is under the granite hut, and the phrase “Let all the souls here rest in peace, for we shall not repeat the evil” is inscribed.
  • Flame of Peace
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinakaku Nakajimachou In the Peace Memorial Park
    The Flame of Peace (torch) is located inside the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The pedestal represents the shape of two hands pressed together at the wrist, with palms outstretched towards the sky. It was built to express condolence for victims unable to satisfy their thirst for water, as well as the desire for nuclear abolition and enduring world peace. The flame was lit in 1964 and will continue to burn until nuclear weapons no longer exist. Every year the Flame of Peace Relay is held and the relay torch is lit from here and then makes a loop around the cities, towns and villages of Hiroshima Prefecture.
  • The residence of the Ota family & remains of Tomo Shichikyo-ochi (the exile of the Seven nobles from Kyoto to Tomo)
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    Hiroshima Pref. Fukuyamashi Tomochou
    This was the “Nakamura family” residence who served as Homei-shu (medicated liquor) sake brewers regulated by the Fukuyama Domain, ownership shifted to the Ota family in the Meiji period. The main shop and the medicated liquor cellar are well preserved and they impart the appearance of a brewery to the present day. In 1991, it was designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan due to its being highly merited as a cultural asset. Also due to the coup at the end of the Edo period, Sanjo Sanetomi and seven other Kuge (high court nobles) stayed at the residence of the Ota family while fleeing the capital.
  • Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima Branch
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinakaku Fukuromachi 5-21
    "Even though a mere 380 meters from the blast center, this was a robust building, so it did not receive structural damage. It resumed business operations two days after the blast and was used until 1992. It's one of the buildings in the blast that remains today. Designated as an Important Cultural Property by Hiroshima City, it is open to the public. In May of 2019, a permanent display of Hiroshima City materials, the ""Modern Hiroshima History and Migration to foreign countries,"" opened in first floor basement."

    Bumped into this walking through the city streets, dont know if it had access, I didnt see any. it looks old enough to have been one of the surviving buildings, but dont think so.

  • Rekishi-no-mieru-oka-koen Park
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    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Miyahara 5
    A park built on a hill overlooking Kure Port in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Meaning “hill from which you can see history,” the park offers a view of the covered dock where the battleship Yamato and other vessels were built, as well as other former Japanese naval facilities. At this famous tourism destination, you can feel the history of the city of Kure, which was established as Kure Naval District in the Meiji period and later transitioned from naval port town to peacetime industrial city. The park has a memorial to the Yamato built in the shape of its bridge which is also flanked by models of the armor-piercing shells its main gun fired, a plaque dedicated to the ship-building dock, and a stone monument inscribed with a haiku by Masaoka Shiki.
  • Hiroshima Peace Bell
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinakaku Nakajimachou 1
    A bell built in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture which was erected in 1964 in the hop of the abolition of atomic weaponry and everlasting world peace. All visitors are free to ring the bell. The bell was designed by Living National Treasure Masahiko Katori. The bell hangs under a dome-shaped roof modeled after the cosmos and is decorated with a borderless map of the world. There are other peace bells in the park—one displayed in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum which is run on the August 6 Peace Memorial Ceremony, and another in the Peace Clock Tower which rings each morning at 8:15 a.m.
  • Children's Peace Monument
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinakaku Nakajimachou 1
    A monument in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in the city of Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture; as large numbers of paper cranes are hung here year round, it is also known as the “Tower of the Thousand Paper Cranes.” The model for the figure on the top of the monument was Sadako Sasaki, a girl who died at the age of 12 due to leukemia from the atomic bombing. After her death, fund-raising efforts around the country gathered money to build the monument in 1958 to comfort the souls of children who lost their lives to the bomb and to pray for world peace. The monument is visited by many tourists as well as students on field trips.
  • The Old Imperial Japanese Navy Cemetery (Nagasako Park)
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    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Kaminagasakochou
    Opened as a burial ground for soldiers of the former Japan Imperial Navy in 1890, it is now a cemetery that is being maintained as Nagasako Park. In the park are numerous tombstones and monuments erected before the war, including a memorial with the names of those who died with the sinking of the battleship, Yamato. The park is also famous as the setting for the war film, Yamato, which was released in 2005. Take the bus from Kure Station and get off at the Nagasakocho bus stop.
  • Site of the historic Wakaebisu-ya teahouse
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    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Yutakamachimitarai
    The Wakaebisu-ya was a famous chaya (traditional place of feasts and entertainment by geisha) proud of the biggest scale in Mitarai area in the Edo period. The surviving buildings are beautifully constructed with ceilings and shutters made from Yakusugi cedar wood and in the garden the grave of Yaemurasaki, a famous courtesan stands. Wakaebisu-ya was designated as a Historic Site by Hiroshima Prefectural Government in 1940.
  • Kiyomori-zuka
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    Hiroshima Kure-shi Ondocho Iwashihama
    This memorial marker stands at the foot of the Ondo-ohashi Bridge. According to legend, the mighty samurai leader Taira no Kiyomori once called back the setting sun here; threw countless stones into the ocean, each carved with a single character comprising the entirety of a sutra, in place of a human sacrifice to be conducted; and opened up the Ondo-no-Seto strait in a single day. This marker was erected to memorialize Kiyomori and honor his achievements respecting human life. The marker is encircled by a roughly 40-meter-long stone fence and the site was designated a Historic Site by the prefecture in 1951.
  • Kurahashi-jima Island
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    Hiroshima Kure-shi Kurahashicho Katsurahama
    An island at the southernmost tip of Hiroshima Prefecture. It is the fifth biggest island in the Seto Inland Sea, coming after Awaji Island, Shodoshima Island, Yashiro Island, and Nomi Island. Shipbuilding and marine transportation have flourished on the island since ancient times, and it is said the ships for the envoys Japan once sent to Tang China were built here. In the Nagato Museum of Shipbuilding History on the southern tip of the island, you can see models of wooden ships and learn about the history of shipbuilding and marine transportation on the island. Today, the island has gained attention as a mecca for marine diving and fishing, and is also becoming a popular tourism destination due to its history and appearance in the ancient “Manyoshu” poetry anthology.
  • Shichikyoochi Ruins
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    Hiroshima Kure-shi Yutakamachi Mitarai 225
    This estate is located in a picturesque part on the eastern side of the Mitarai district. The estate belonged to the Tada family, whose members served as town elders and village headmen at the end of the Edo period. Today, the estate is a maintained as a rest area and museum. “Shichikyo-ochi (the exile of the Seven Nobles)” refers to the incident where seven anti-shogunato court nobles including Sanjo Sanetomi were chased out of Kyoto and fled to Choshu after a coup d'etat in 1863 by a more moderate faction advocating for Kobu-Gattai (unification of the Imperial court and the Shogunato). The following year, the group of nobles, now five in number but still dreaming of returning to Kyoto, spent a night in this very estate. In 1940, the estate was designated a Historic Site by Hiroshima Prefecture.
  • Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students
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    Hiroshima Hiroshima-shi Naka-ku Otemachi 1-10
    This memorial tower stands just to the south of the Genbaku Dome (Atomic Bomb Dome). Situated in a tree-enshrouded park, the tower is 12-meters-tall and consists of five tiers. The tower was erected to memorialize and console the spirits of approximately 10 thousand students who died during World War II after being mobilized to compensate for labor shortages, as well as those who were victims of the atomic bombing. A statue of a goddess of peace stands under the tower, and four relief panels behind the tower depict the mobilized students working. The tower was erected in 1967. Today, a service memorializing the atomic bombing is held in front of the tower each year on August 6th.
  • Ruins of Ochaya (Honjin)
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    Hiroshima Higashi-hiroshima-shi Saijohonmachi 4-31
    The area around what is now Bingo-Saijo Station on the JR San'yo Main Line was once a flourishing post station town on the Shikoku Highway in the Edo period, and a honjin stronghold called the Ochaya was placed here by Hiroshima Domain. Later used as a government office for Kamo County in the Meiji period, then as the Kamo regional government office, today the honjin’s front gate has been restored to its original state. At the present time, visitors many only view the exterior. The site is located on Sakagura-dori Street, which is lined with old-fashioned “Western-style” buildings and beautiful dozo-zukuri sake breweries, and many tourists exploring the area stop by here.
  • Kiyomori-zuka
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    Hiroshima Hatsukaichi-shi Miyajimacho
    This sutra mound stands quietly near the Miyajima Public Aquarium. Situated on a hill between the aquarium and the Miyajima History and Folklore Museum, the mound is adorned with a small Hokyoin pagoda and a stone lantern. The hill is known as Kyono’o and according to records is the place where military leader Taira no Kiyomori buried a sutra written on individual stones one character at a time to pray for the prosperity of his clan. A portion of these stones was discovered during a land reclamation project in 1944, as well as what are believed to be Heian period ceramics and a copper mirror.
  • Setonaikaikisen Travel service Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima Uchieigyosho
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashiminamiku Motoujinamachi 23-1
  • Mominoki Shinrinkoen Auto Camping Ground
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    Hiroshima Hatsukai Yoshiwa 1593-75
  • Osorerakan Zip line adventure
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    Hiroshima Pref. Yamagatagunakiotachou Yokogou 740-1
  • Osorerakankosofuro
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    Hiroshima Pref. Yamagatagunakiotachou Yokogou 740-1
  • Fukuyama Jo Park
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    Hiroshima Fukuyama-shi Marunouchi 1

Hiroshima Areas

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There is more than meets the eye awaiting any Hiroshima-bound traveler. Kicking off in Hiroshima city, the Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Castle, and Shukkeien Garden offer a couple of days of exploring; however, the real beauty lies along the southern coast of the prefecture. There, a series of islands spreads across the Seto Inland Sea: from the mysterious sea-submerged Great Torii Gate at Miyajima Island to the first half of the islands that connect Honshu to Shikoku via six spectacular suspension bridges.

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