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The Hiroshima area refers to the central region of Hiroshima Prefecture; it includes Hiroshima City, Kure City, Higashihiroshima City, and Miyoshi City among others.
Hiroshima City is well known as the first city to be destroyed by a nuclear bomb. The city has numerous sites dedicated to the memory of this event, including the symbolic “Atomic Bomb Dome”, the “Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park” which was built with hope for everlasting peace, and the “Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum” which exhibits numerous materials related to the atomic bomb. Every year on August 6th, the anniversary of the atomic bomb dropping, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony is held to commemorate and mourn the memory of those who died. You can get to the Atomic Bomb Dome from Hiroshima Station in about 20 minutes via streetcar or bus.
The must-have food items in Hiroshima City are okonomiyaki, oyster cuisine, and sake. To the east of Hiroshima City is Higashihiroshima City which is home to the region of Saijo, famous throughout Japan for sake production. At the “Sakagura-dori” you can stroll through an elegant townscape where many old cellars are gathered. In the southeastern part of Hiroshima is Kure City, a city which formerly served as a naval base. As such, Kure is home to the “Yamato Museum”, a museum which holds numerous items related to Japan’s navy, such as a 1/10 replica of the battleship Yamato.
The airport nearest Hiroshima City is Hiroshima Airport; it has flights connecting to Tokyo, Sapporo, Sendai, and Okinawa. From the airport you can take a limousine bus to get to JR Hiroshima Station, so even if you lack a car you can move about the Hiroshima area. The Shinkansen also runs to Hiroshima Station; it’s about a 4-hour ride from Tokyo Station.