Hiroshima: the ‘city of peace'

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Hiroshima: the ‘city of peace'

Notorious for having suffered the first atomic bombing, Hiroshima displays a new urbanism and much modern architecture, without forgetting the traces of its past.

Situated along the Seto Inland Sea, on the main island of Honshu, Hiroshima boasts an extensive transportation network. From Osaka, less than two hours by express train is all that is needed to bring you here. This city, which was totally destroyed on 6 August 1945 by the explosion of an atomic bomb that killed more than 75,000 people instantly and 220,000 in total, has slowly been rebuilt, with greenery and dynamism prevalent.

Today, many shops and restaurants flourish in the city centre, and cafés come alive along the Kyobashi River. But the past is never far away in this martyred city, which works to convey a message of peace to the rest of the world. At its heart is a huge park which includes the Peace Memorial Museum and the Genbaku Dome, the only building that survived the blast of the atomic bomb, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These places, full of emotions, are also symbols of rebirth and serve as reminders to new generations this tragic episode.

Genbaku Dome
1-10 Otemachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima
Hiroshima Prefecture 730-0051

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