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Hiroshima is the name of a city and prefecture in Japan. Hiroshima city is the capital of Hiroshima prefecture, and the largest city in the Chugoku region of western Japan. About a million people live in Hiroshima.


In the late Sengoku period and Edo period, Hiroshima was the capital of local daimyos. A big and beautiful castle, Hiroshima-jo was built. Its nickname is Rijo, meaning Castle of the Carp.

Atomic bombing

Hiroshima was the site of a nuclear bombing near the end of World War II. The bomb exploded over Hiroshima at 8:15 on the morning of August 6, 1945. Much of the city was destroyed. About 75,000 people were killed instantly. About 60,000 people died soon after because of radiation sickness. More people died later because of cancer or other illnesses caused by the radiation, but no one knows how many. A building near the blast center still remains and is called the Atomic Bomb Dome.

Floating Torii, Miyajima Island Near Hiroshima, Japan
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Itsukushima shrine

Near to Hiroshima, there is a small island. An old shrine named Itukushima shrine is here. It is said that Itukushima shrine was built at the end of the 5th century. Today Itsukushima shrine and the Atomic Bomb Dome are registered as World Heritage sites. 

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Hiroshima: It's more than a mushroom cloud   by Barry Hooper

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The name "Hiroshima" usually conjures up a picture of the mushroom cloud that rose from the devastated city on August 6, 1945. It was the first time an atomic bomb had been employed over a populated area, and it hastened the end of World War II. But today's Hiroshima is a bustling city of a million people that boasts some of Japan's most well-known tourist attractions for both the history buff and the casual traveler.
A-Bomb Dome at Night, Hiroshima, Japan
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The city's first must-see site, of course, is the Peace Memorial Park and Museum, located in the area around the atomic bomb explosion's epicenter. The focal point of the Park is the Atomic Bomb Dome, one of the few buildings that partially survived the blast, and the one building that has been allowed to remain standing as evidence of the devastation caused by the blast. In 1996, the Dome was registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.

The second must-see site is the island of Miyajima, located 40 minutes from the center of the city by train and ferry. Miyajima houses the Itsukushima Shrine, which sits on the water like a pier and is regarded as one of Japan's three most beautiful sights. You've probably seen post card pictures of the shrine's graceful vermillion-colored torii gate, which looks like a Japanese alphabet character rising out of the shimmering sea. A national treasure that is thought to date back to the sixth century, the shrine has been designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. If you go to Miyajima on August 14, you can see a brilliant display of 3,000 fireworks that takes place on the sea in front of the shrine, lighting up the night sky and the torii gate. 

You'll also enjoy colorful autumn foliage, clear skies and cool breezes.

The spring is also a beautiful time to visit here. You'll see the cherry blossoms for which Japan is famous, and from May 3-5 a parade of flower floats and other events draws over a million visitors to the Hiroshima Flower Festival.

So where is Hiroshima, and how do you get here? It's about 550 miles west of Tokyo, in the Chugoku Region, the westernmost region on Japan's main island of Honshu. To get there, take your choice - air, bus, local train or bus. If you're in a hurry, the flight from Tokyo's Haneda Airport takes about 90 minutes. A trip on the direct nozomi train, Japan's famous bullet train, will take about four hours from Tokyo. If you want to experience some of Japan's countryside, take the local train, which takes about 15 hours and typically involves about six transfers. Or, you can take a night bus, which takes about 12 hours.

However you choose to get to Hiroshima, it's an experience that will make your visit to Japan truly special and historic.

Memorial Statue, Peace Park, Hiroshima City, Western Japan
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APA Hotel Hiroshima-Ekimae
APA Hotel Hiroshima-Ekimae is located in Hiroshima, close to Shukkeien, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Nearby points of interest also include Hiroshiima Castle and Hiroshima Municipal Stadium.  There are 96 rooms in this 7-story hotel, all equipped with the most up-to-date amenities. Every room in the hotel offers guests non smoking rooms, air conditioning, hair dryer, television, television LCD/plasma screen, bathtub. Also to be found at the hotel are elevator, laundry service/dry cleaning, restaurant, smoking room. Convenient location, a dedicated staff and first-rate facilities make this hotel a favorite among travelers.
Chisun Hotel Hiroshima
Featuring excellent service, high standards of comfort and a friendly atmosphere, this property is a good choice for budget travellers.  Situated in the centre of Hiroshima on Kyobashi River, Central Hotel is just a kilometre away from the train station and 60 kilometres from the airport.  This property offers 136 bedrooms that are elegantly decorated and facilitated with an array of modern amenities.  Guests can dine at the onsite restaurant that serves delectable Japanese cuisine.  This hotel offers well-appointed conference room for organising your business meetings. Guests can also relax at the lobby, which is an ideal place to meet friends.
Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima
Offering the highest level of service and comfort, this property prides itself as an ideal location for business and leisure travellers.  Located in the heart of Hiroshima, the Rihga Royal Hotel is 2 kilometres from the Hiroshima Train Station. This property is only a short distance from Hiroshima Castle, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Shukkeien Garden.  Specially adapted rooms are available for physically challenged guests.  The Corbeil Restaurant serves delicious Western cuisine for you to feast on. The Naniwa Restaurant offers delicious Japanese cuisine for you to enjoy.  Recreational facilities such as the gymnasium or the swimming pool can be utilised to enhance your physical and mental well-being.
Sunroute Hotel Hiroshima
Being an ideal place in the city of Hiroshima, this hotel offers a warm welcome, pleasant ambience and convenient facilities to make your stay a memorable one.  Offering beautiful views of the Peace Park, the Sunroute Hotel is in front of the Motoyasu River and 7 minutes drive from the JR Hiroshima Train Station. This property is a kilometre from the city centre and 40 kilometres from the airport.  The Viale Restaurant serves delicious Italian cuisine for you to feast on. The Kissui Restaurant serves delectable Japanese for you to enjoy.  The property also offers well-appointed meeting rooms that cater to your important business and private events. During leisure, you can explore the surroundings or visit the city attractions.
Urbain Hiroshima Executive Hotel
Boasting a massage service and sauna, Urbain Hiroshima Executive is just a 5-minute walk from JR Hiroshima Train Station. The cosy rooms have a satellite flat-screen TV and free internet. Rooms at Urbain Executive Hotel Hiroshima include a fridge and attached bathroom. All are air-conditioned. Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium is just a 10-minute walk away. Hiroshima Castle is 2 km from the hotel, and Peace Memorial Park is 2.5 km away. Free-use laundry machines and a hot public bath are provided by Hiroshima Hotel Urbain. Urbain Hiroshima's guest lounge provides a continental breakfast daily. Freshly ground coffee and a variety of other beverages are offered 24 hours a day in the lobby.
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