Hiroshima

Despite predictions the city would be uninhabitable in the aftermath of the detonation of the first atomic bomb on a civilian population, today Hiroshima is a thriving metropolitan area of over a million people.

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In rebuilding, Hiroshima took great care to build peace memorials and reminders of the unenviable horror the residents of the city experienced on August 6th, 1945 (every visitor to Hiroshima should read John Hershey's reconstructed narrative of the day), and during the fallout afterward.

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Peace Memorial Park resides in the center of the city and includes popular tourist sites such as the A-Bomb Dome, the Peace Memorial Museum, and a memorial to the victims of the bomb. The park marks the location at the center of the bomb blast.

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Important links to Hiroshima's past were rebuilt after the war, including Hiroshima Castle and Shukkeien Garden.

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A 90-minute train ride from Osaka on the Shinkansen (bullet train), many tourists shoot down to Hiroshima for the day, but more and more people are staying longer to soak in the burgeoning food scene developing in the city. A local favorite are the succulent oysters farmed at nearby Miyajima island.