Updated: May 12, 2018
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Top 10 Things You Must Do While In Hiroshima!

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Hiroshima is a city rich in history with so much to do. Whether you are a history buff, a foodie, or into sightseeing, you will find something to do! Here are the top 10 Things To Do In Hiroshima!

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Hiroshima Castle

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Hiroshima Castle was built by Mouri Terumoto. The Fukushima, followed by the Asano family lived in the castle in the Edo period.
In 1931, the castle became a National Treasure and was unfortunately later destroyed by the atomic bomb. In 1958, the exterior of the castle was renovated and in 1989, so was the interior. It now also serves as a museum.

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Adults: 370 yen (280 yen)
Children: 180 yen (100 yen)
*(Fee for a group of 30 people or more)

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9 AM- 6 PM (March-November)
9 AM- 5 PM (December-February)

<Address>
21-1 Motomachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, Hiroshima

Shukkei-en Garden

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Shukkueien Garden, which literally means "shrink-scenery garden" was built in the 17th Century by a famous tea ceremony master. The name comes from the fact that the idea behind the park was to build many miniature scenic views. The park was destroyed in 1945 because of the atomic bomb and restored many years later.

<Admission Fee>
Adults: 250 yen
High School & College Students:150 yen
Children: 100 yen

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April 1st-September 30th: 9 AM- 6 PM
October 1st-March 31st: 9 AM - 5 PM

<Address>
2-11 Kaminoboricho, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, Hiroshima

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & A-Bomb Dome

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is located at the very centre of Hiroshima City. It was formerly the busiest part of Hiroshima but the atomic explosion created an open field in which the park was created. The Park was designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, a Pritzker Architecture Prize recipient. The park itself is not that vast (122,100 square meters) but it has many notable symbols dedicated to the atomic bomb's victims and advocating world peace.

Cenotaph

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A ceremony is held every year on August 6th, the day the atomic bomb was dropped in 1945. People gather at the Memorial Cenotaph and observe a minute of silence from 8:15 AM, the precise time the blast occurred. The names of 290,000 people who have lost their lives to the bomb are inscribed inside the monument.

Miyajima

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Miyajima Island is one of the most scenic spots in Japan, and is known as the island of Gods.

The temples and shrines in Miyajima combine the two religions of Buddhism and Shintoism. Miyajima is most famous for the great Torii, which was first constructed in 1168. This torii, as well as the entire Itsukushima shrine, is a World Cultural Heritage from 1996.

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300 yen

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6:30 AM- 6 PM (opening hours change seasonally)

Inside Miyajima, there are also aquariums, as well as other shrines and temples such as Daiganji, Toyokuni Shrine and more.

Onsen

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Hiroshima has many beautiful onsen spots, such as Yunoyama, Yuki Hot Springs and Megahira. The latter is also a beautiful ski resort. There is probably nothing better than entering a relaxing and hot onsen bath after a long day of skiing out in the cold.

Rabbit Island

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On Okunoshima island (多久野島), otherwise known as "Usagi Jima" (rabbit island), are hundreds or rabbits roaming around freely on the island. This island is located in the Seto inland sea, it is only 3 km away from Takehara city, in Hiroshima. On this island, the bunnies have no predators and are fed by the all the visitors. In 2013, it was said that there were 700 rabbits on the island. The type of rabbit on the island is mainly "European rabbit", the fluffy type.

Okonomiyaki

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When you travel to Hiroshima, a must-try food is the local okonomiyaki. Although okonomiyaki restaurants are found everywhere in Japan, Hiroshima has its own local style that uses noodles and layers the ingredients.

Oysters

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Hiroshima is one of the four regions in Japan famous for growing delicious oysters. They are known to be small, but incredibly meaty and tasty. If you are an oyster lover, you definitely have to try oysters in Hiroshima! Let it be at a Japanese or Western restaurant, there are so many ways to enjoy oysters. For example, at a Japanese seafood BBQ, an Okonomiyaki, Italian, oyster bar or a Japanese-style restaurant.

Ramen

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If you're in Japan, you should definitely try ramen, and if you're a ramen fanatic, you should try ramen in each prefecture you visit, as each has its unique take on the national dish. Have you ever tried the Hiroshima ramen dish?
Lili Wanderlust
I love traveling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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