About Hiroshima area

 Hiroshima Prefecture is located on Honshu, facing the Seto Inland Sea in the south and the Chugoku Mountains in the northwest.

Hiroshima City, the capital of the prefecture, is a modern city in the midst of the Peace Memorial Park and World War II.

It is known for the Atomic Bomb Dome which conveys the horrors of the atomic bomb dropped in 1945.The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park near the site was built to pray that the tragedy of 1945 would never be repeated.

Near the park is the Atomic Bomb Dome, one of the few surviving atomic bomb sites near the epicenter. Other attractions include the Shukkeien, known as a stately Japanese garden, and the Hiroshima Castle surrounded by moats and parks.

It takes about 1:40 from Tokyo by airplane, and about 1 hour and 45 minutes from Osaka by Shinkansen.

Hiroshima City


Atomic Bomb Dome


  Atomic Bomb Dome On August 6, 1945, the building was severely damaged and burnt by the first atomic bomb ever used in warfare.

The Atomic Bomb Dome symbolizes the pledge to convey the horror of the atomic bombing and the call for the abolition of nuclear weapons and eternal world peace.

In 1996, the dome was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Peace Memorial Park


 Old Ota-gawa (Hongawa) is located in the uppermost stream part in the delta which branches with former Yasukawa, and Peace Memorial Park prays for appeasement of the spirits of atomic bomb victims and the world lasting peace, and is established effective park.

This place was the central downtown area of Hiroshima city until I came in a Showa early stage from the Edo Period but human history was destroyed by the atomic bomb of blow dropped for the first time over the moment on (in 1945) August 6, 1945.

To maintain around the blast center as a symbolic place by the lasting peace based on proclaimed "Hiroshima peaceful commemoration city Construction Law" on (in 1949) August 6, 1949 after bombing, construction in Peace Memorial Park and facilities is advanced from 1950 (1950), and it has been completed in 1955 (1955).

Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and a peaceful wish are included in the park, and there are many established monuments and a Chinese parasol tree from which I suffered.

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Hiroshima Castle


  Hiroshima Castle was built in 1589 by Tenshi Mohri, who had the majority of the Chugoku region, in this land where there was easy access to water and land. At that time, large-scale construction was done, including stone walls, moats, castle towers, and castle towns.

Mr. Mohri was transferred after the Battle of Sekigahara, but in the Edo period, it became the residence of Masanori Fukushima and Nagano Asano in the 12th generation.

Although the castle tower and some buildings were left after the Meiji period, all the buildings were completely destroyed by the atomic bomb.

The castle tower was rebuilt in 1958 and is a museum that introduces the history of Hiroshima with materials and models.

It holds about six exhibitions annually and various dissemination projects. In addition, the Ninomaru building was rebuilt with wood by 1994, and stone walls and inner moats before the Edo period remain in the castle ruins and are designated as historic sites.





OKOSTA


 A wide range of groups such as foreign travelers, families and school trip students can enjoy the experience!

Hearing from we’d decided to open the OKOSTA at a very convenient place two minute walk from Hiroshima Station.

It’s conveniently located to go from famous tourist spots, and we’d like many more people to come OKOSTA and enjoy the fun culture of Okonomiyaki.

Skilled staff will sincerely support and tell you the tips to cook delicious Okonomiyaki.

▼What is OKONOMI?

After the war, everyone was suffering from starvation and searching for anything that they could eat.

t was at this time that a certain food called issen-yoshoku became extremely popular. Issen-yoshoku, which can roughly be translated as “one-coin western food,” was originally a food highly popular among children and was sold at local candy shops.

During the pre-war period, issen-yoshoku was not popular with adults as it was considered a children’s snack.

However, due to the damage the town had sustained during the war, the people were desperate and gradually issen-yoshoku was adapted into a dish that adults could enjoy as well.

Eventually, it’s popularity as a dish increased until it became popular nation-wide.

This is how the history of okonomiyaki began in the post-war period.

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Out of the Hiroshima City


Saijo Sakagura Dori


  In the mid Meiji period, the way of brewing Sake which was later called “Ginjo Zukuri” was invented by Sake brewer Senzaburo Miura from Akitsu town by the sea shore and was introduced to the entire country by master brewer Toji from Akitsu town.

Saijo, located in the center of Higashihiroshima, was fortunate to have the perfect climate and groundwater for the preparation of Sake in the winter because of its high altitude; therefore, Saijo became a major brewing town and was called “Saijo, the capital of Sake” by the end of the Taisho era and into the Showa era. In the beginning of the Showa era, a vertical rice milling machine, crucial for brewing Ginjo sake (a high-grade sake made from highly milled rice fermented slowly at a low temperature), was invented.

Moreover, because of the contrast of temperatures between daytime and nighttime in the summer time and the great quality of the water, high grade rice wine (sake) is being made at the northern plateau part of town.

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Reference:Higashi-Hiroshima City tourism association 

YamatoMuseum


  The city’s history officially began in 1902, when Kure was incorporated after the formation of the Kure Naval Base in 1889.

In 1903, the Kure Naval Dockyard was established, where the technology of shipbuilding and steelmaking were dramatically advanced.

The city prospered, as Kure became the best naval port in the Far East, and the biggest arsenal town in Japan.

Many ships were built here — most famously, the battleship Yamato.

After World WarⅡ, it developed into one of the foremost marine industry cities.

Many of the world’s largest tankers were built here. Japan became the world’s leading shipbuilder within a decade of the war’s end.

The Kure Maritime Museum (also known as the Yamato Museum) presents the history of Kure, which is nothing short of the history of the modernization of Japan.

We focus on the lives of key people in the city, its culture and industries, primarily shipbuilding and steelmaking, which were crucial aspects of the foundations of the modern nation.

We aim to present a fascinating part of modern Japanese history, and to raise people’s awareness of the tragedy of war; to pass on some of the most important technology to children, who are the future of Japan; and to contribute to regional education, culture and sightseeing.

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Miyajima


  Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima is a shrine located in Itsukushima in Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture.

It is also registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.

Itsukushima is generally called "Aki no Miyajima" and is counted as one of Japan's three most scenic spots.

Famous for its religion from the Heike, Kiyomori Taira has set up a large shrine that stands on the current sea.

At present, six buildings, including the main shrine, hall of worship, and corridor, are designated as national treasures, and 14 buildings are designated as important cultural properties.

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