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Overview Of The Port Of Hiroshima

About Hiroshima
Hiroshima is the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture and the largest city in the Chūgoku region of western Honshu, the largest island of Japan in East Asia.

Peace Memorial Park and Museum are the main attractions. Allow 3 or 4 hours for your visit.

The A-Bomb Dome is located across the river from the park. It was built in 1915 as the first western-style brick building. The atomic bomb exploded 2,000ft above the building and instantly killed everyone inside. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In the park, there are memorials with the names of all the known victims, a grave of unknown persons, an eternal flame that will be extinguished when the last nuclear weapons are destroyed, a peace bell and the Children's Peace Memorial.

Within the museum complex, a city model and photos show Hiroshima before the bomb. As the city had not been previously bombed, Hiroshima was chosen so American scientists could observe the A-bomb's full effects.

In an adjacent building, a hall of remembrance contains the victims' names and memories.

Note: As a westerner you may attract some attention from others when visiting the atomic bomb museums and memorials.

An easy walk from the park is Hiroshima-jo, also known as Carp Castle. It was constructed in the 1590s, but was destroyed by the atomic bombing on 6 August 1945. It was rebuilt in 1958, a replica of the original which now serves as a museum of Hiroshima's history prior to World War II.

Hijiyama-koen is a park located east of the shopping arcade and south of JR Hiroshima Station. Here you will find the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, featuring works by Japanese and international artists.

Miyajima Island is the setting for Japan's most revered shrines, first erected in 593, and also for the fishing industry and oyster farming.

The 19th century torii (Shinto shrine gate) sits in the water as a symbolic entrance to the Itsukushima Shrine. In the Shinto sanctuary, there are spirits, rather than statues, and Japanese kneel, toss a coin, clap twice and make a wish. Buddhism and Chinese architecture also feature here. There is a treasure house with 12th century Buddhist scriptures, a 5 story pagoda and temples, dating from the 13th to 15th centuries.

The island offers numerous walking paths to seaside beaches and parks and into the hills. For the best all round view, follow the signs to Misen, a 1,730ft peak, reached using a cable car, followed by a 20 minute walk.

The Hondori Arcade, reached by bridge from the top end of Peace Memorial Park, has numerous shops, popular gifts include Japanese lacquerware, prints, glass and ceramics.

Snacks to try include oysters grilled in their shells and sprinkled with lemon juice, seaweed, cuttlefish and octopus on sticks. Popular dishes are 'Hiroshima tsukemen' (noodles and broth), "Hiroshima-style" okonomoiyaki (mixed vegetables and sliced pork with wheat flour batter) and 'ramen' (thin noodles and chicken stock seasoned with soy sauce).
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The cruise ship dock is some distance from the city centre. It is located in an industrial section of the port, and there is nothing in the immediate vicinity that's of interest to visitors.

Taxis are available, they are inexpensive and metered. Note: the left rear door of taxis are remotely operated by the drivers. There is no requirement to tip taxi drivers and it's best to have an exact address to show as the local address system here is confusing even for taxi drivers!
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