Have you ever traveled to Japan particularly in Hiroshima? I personally haven’t been but I’m so much looking forward to visiting that majestic place someday! Here is a list compiled by Japan Lover Me containing the top ten things to do in Hiroshima!
Miyajima Island is an island located in the northwest of Hiroshima Bay and is less than an hour away from the city of Hiroshima. The Japanese name “Miyajima” means the “Shrine Island.” The island is known for the Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The giant torii gate of the shrine floats on water when the sea is at high tide. Travelers who want to enjoy the view of the shrine can stay at one of the ryokans of the island.
Since Miyajima Island has a lot of wild deer around the area, tourists can enjoy their company and pet them.
Manju is a popular Japanese confection made from flour, rice powder, buckwheat, and red bean paste. There is a variety of manju and one of them is Momiji manju. Momiji manju is Hiroshima’s most popular souvenir for friends and family. It is a cake shaped like a maple leaf with red bean paste filling. Aside from having red bean paste filling, other stores sell cream cheese, chocolate cream, custard cream, and matcha flavored cream.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is a park designed by the Japanese Architect Tange Kenzo (丹下健三). It is a wonderful park dedicated to the memories of the victims and survivors of the nuclear attack. It is located at the center of Hiroshima, Japan.
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is a museum located in central Hiroshima, Japan. The said museum is responsible for documenting the horrific tragedy that happened decades ago in Hiroshima. This museum is somehow similar to the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City, which also documents the tragedy that happened in New York City on September 11, 2001. The museum is divided into two sections: the East Building and the Main Building. The East Building describes the lives of the people living in Hiroshima before the atomic bombing while the Main Building displays the damage of the bomb.
For people who adore animals, a visit to Okunoshima or the Rabbit Island should be on your list! Okunoshima is a small island located in the Inland Sea of Japan in Takehara City, Hiroshima. When visiting, travelers will be awed by the friendly rabbits that roam around!
Okonomiyaki is a very delicious Japanese pancake originating from Osaka, and Hiroshima has its own version. Hiroshima’s way of cooking is to layer the ingredients rather than mix them. The layers are composed of batter, cabbage, pork, and additional items like octopus, squid, and cheese. Yakisoba or udon are also used as toppings along with a fried egg and okonomiyaki sauce.
Shukkeien, a historic Japanese garden located in Hiroshima was built during the Edo period in 1620. The daimyo of that time, Asano Nagaakira (浅野長晟), ordered the creation of the said Japanese garden. The clan of Asano donated the garden to Hiroshima Prefecture in 1940 and it was opened to the public since then. When the nuclear bombing transpired, the garden was heavily damaged and it became a refuge for victims of World War II in Japan.
The Pokemon Center in Hiroshima is just one of their numerous branches in Japan. You shouldn’t miss this since this is a specialist store for Pokemon goods! Aside from Hiroshima, the Pokemon Center can also be found in Sapporo, Sendai, Tokyo, Chiba, Yokohama, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, and Fukuoka!
Mitaki-dera is one of Japan’s historic temples and was founded in 809 during the Daido era. The water in the temple is used as an offering to the victims of the nuclear tragedy in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony which is a ceremony held annually every August 6 to pray for the victims of the atomic bombing. The temple is also famous for sakura (cherry blossoms) during spring and maple leaves during autumn.
With all of these things to do, places to visit, and food to eat in Hiroshima, what are you waiting for? Head on down to Hiroshima now! It’s gonna be worth the trip!