Capital of the Hiroshima Prefecture located in the Chugoku Region in Honshu, the largest island of Japan, Hiroshima has a history stretching back to the 16th century when it was first founded on the coastline of the Seto Inland Sea, an area rich with wildlife and natural resources due to the delta of the Ota River. While it’s true that most people only know the name Hiroshima as it is associated with the world’s first atomic bomb when it was dropped on the city in 1945, the city has recovered completely from the wounds of its past, emerging into the 21st century as a major player in the industrial field, every bit as modern as any other city in Japan.
Hiroshima is an oddity when it comes to times of the year to visit. The peak months of July and August that see most travelers around the world exploring foreign destinations are not only the hottest, but the most humid, making for an extremely muggy trip, and the month of September is filled with typhoons that will keep most people locked away in their rooms, praying that it doesn’t get blown away with them inside. The best time of the year is October and November, as well as April and May, with the latter being perhaps the most popular, especially when visiting Hiroshima Castle as the spring cherry blossoms turn the place into a hanami festival of massive proportions.
While it’s true that there are a lot of shrines and monuments reflecting the city’s past and the tragedy of the atom bomb within the Peace Memorial Park, there is much, much more to see in Hiroshima. Places like Chuo Park, the Gokuku Shrine, Hiroshima Castle, Hijiyama Park, or the breathtaking beauty of the garden at Shukkeien. All in all, Hiroshima is a place where you can come to experience the idyllic Japanese experience, away from the hustle and bustle of the larger cities.
Itsukushima, also known as the Shrine Island, and most popularly known as Miyajima, sits within the Setonaikai National Park in the Seto Inland Sea, just off the coast of Hiroshima. Perhaps m…