Hiroshima, western Honshu's largest city, needs little introduction, synonymous as it is with the atomic bomb that was dropped on the city in August 1945.
Visitors can pay their respects at the Peace Memorial Park, a poignant site dotted with memorials and a cenotaph containing the names of all the known victims of the bomb - 140,000 were killed instantly or died from the effects of radiation.
The twisted shell of the A-Bomb Dome is another powerful monument and is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Despite the suffering of the past, Hiroshima is today a peaceful and thriving modern city whose citizens have an international outlook not often found in Japan.
Top itineraries in Hiroshima
Experience the best Japan has to offer on this 16-day tour, meandering through the modern hi-tech, natural beauty, and the ancient and traditional. Start your tour off in one of the most modern, efficient and largest cities in the world - Tokyo.
Head off the standard tourist route to explore hilltop temples, artist island retreats, castle old towns and hidden valleys
This journey delves into the sacred sites of Japan – locales that have held the captivation of local residents and travelers for centuries. Visit temples, gardens and monumental heritage sites, remote islands of natural beauty and thriving cosmopolitan culture.
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