Why You Should Visit Hiroshima
Many people have been visiting Hiroshima to see the very unique two World Heritage Sites and to witness the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony every year on the 6th of August.
1. First World Heritage site is the
Among the symbolic shrines in Japan, Itsukushima Shrine is considered as the most significant shrine. For is it the only shrine in the world which has a Torii gate in the middle of the sea and has one of the best view in Japan.
2. and second is the A-Bomb Dome of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial
The structure represents the people’s prayers for lasting peace and considered as the most symbolic place in Hiroshima city, where the first atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945 at 8:15 in the morning. This building was blown up, and all those inside the building died. However, the building did not collapsed. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
3. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony every 6th of August
In the evening, small lanterns are lit and floated downstream on the Motoyasu River alongside the park. Recently there were many foreigners participating in this event.
4. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Located in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Models show the actual history of Hiroshima before and after the bomb attack. Admission fee is only 50 yen.
5. Hiroshima Castle
Stands in the center of Hiroshima-city.
Is located in Miyajima, a small separate island, 10 minute ferry ride from Hiroshima Miyajimaguchi station. This place is one of my highly suggested place for travelers to visit in Japan. Reason? You will experience once you are there. Though the island is small, aside from the majestic Torii gate view during high tide in the morning and low tide in the afternoon there are also some old shrines and Pagodas around the area, along with the Virgin Forest if Mt. Misen. Plus prepare to be welcomed by the most friendly deers that are guarding the island day and night.
Do your self a favor, spend one night in one of the Ryokans (traditional Japanese hotels) facing the sea and Itsukushima shrine.
If you walk closer to the giant Torii gate, you will see sea shells crammed and holding onto the Torii’s base. During high tide this part is submerged under the sea water whilst sea shells or rock forms. Interesting part is; visitors make a wish then lock a coin in between the spaces of the rock formation, if the coin remains strong holding on to the Torii, they say, wish’ will come true.
Access to Miyajima
From Hiroshima Station, take the JR Sanyo Line to Miyajimaguchi Station (26minutes). Then, take the ferry from Miyajimaguchi to Miyajima Pier (10 minutes). Total travel time: approximately 40 minutes.
From Hiroshima Airport, take the airport limousine bus to Hiroshima Station (45 minutes). From Hiroshima Station, take the JR Sanyo Line to Miyajimaguchi Station (26 minutes). Then, take the ferry from Miyajimaguchi to Miyajima Pier (10 minutes). Total travel time: approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.