What to Expect
Hiroshima has 2 World Heritage sites: the Atomic Bomb Dome and Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima.
Hiroshima is now internationally known as the first city destroyed by the atomic bomb ever used in human warfare. Within the Peace memorial Park at the epicenter of the explosion, you can find war memorial museum and the Atomic Bomb Dome.
This museum features a wide variety of exhibits such as belongings left by victims and photos that portray nuclear holocaust. This museum reminds us of the horrendous tragedy that humanity should never repeat.
The ruins of Industrial Promotion Hall has been preserved, just as when it was bombed (to be a reminder of the tragedy.) It is popularly called the Atomic Bomb Dome and In 1996 the dome was registered as a World cultural heritage site.
Hiroshima has another World cultural Heritage site called Itsukushima Shrine. When you take a train from JR Hiroshima Station about 30 minutes and then crossing by ferry, the grand vermilion shrine gate soon come into view. The shrine is built over the water. When the tide is high, it looks as if the shrine were floating. The shrine is also a brilliant vermilion and it creates a sharp contrast against the wooded hills in the background and the blue sky above.
If you would like to further enjoy more of Miyajima's picturesque scenery, you could climb Mount Misen. Take the two Rope-ways. From the summit of Mt.Misen, there is a 360-degree panoramic view of the island and the sea, which defies description.