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Historically speaking, Hiroshima in Japan shook the world after experiencing the August, 6 1945 atomic bombing. Seeing its effects in history books may leave an impression of the city being a ghost town or a depressing piece of land. However, joined efforts within the city restored its beauty and Hiroshima is now one of the top visited cities in Japan.
The Peace Memorial Park is Hiroshima’s top tourist spot. What was known before as the atomic bombing site is now a prominent park flaunting its beauty and designed with lawns, trees and path walks perfect for sightseeing. The Peace Memorial Museum serves as the sanctuary of the bombing event’s memorabilia including personal details, which remind everyone of the importance of peace.
The park administration also maintained several buildings that remained standing after the August 1945 bombing like the A-Bomb Dome. Taking a glimpse of this structure gives you a link to the past, with the building as an important witness to the event.
Visiting Japan is incomplete without exploring its traditional spots like the Hiroshima Castle. Also known as the Carp Castle, this majestic structure is not like the usual castles that were built on top of mountains. It is found in the heart of the city and one of the castles that survived during the Meiji Restoration, opening up its splendor and historical heritage to local tourists and gaijin or foreigners who visit the city.
Zen garden design is now popular even outside Japan but nothing beats seeing a real Japanese style garden like the Shukkeien Garden situated in the same city. Its name can be translated as shrunken scenery garden that sums up its appearance. Walking along the pathway in this garden gives you a light feeling with nature in sight. Tea houses around the garden offers tourists a great view of this wonderful scenery.
If you’re a tourist who wishes to save money in Hiroshima, your cheapest option is by riding discount buses like Willer Express, which will cost around 3500 yen to 7000 yen depending on your location. Traveling by bus may take approximately 12 hours from Tokyo or six hours from Osaka. The trip may be long but seeing today’s Hiroshima will absolutely give you a pleasurable trip.