Western Honshu Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Western Honshu - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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A-Bomb Dome

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This ruin is a poignant symbol of man's self-destructiveness. It was the city's old Industrial Promotion Hall, and it stands in stark...

Children's Peace Monument

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Many consider this the most profound memorial in Peace Memorial Park. The figure is of Sadako, a 10-year-old girl who developed leukemia...

Flame of Peace

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Behind the Memorial Cenotaph, this flame will be extinguished only when all atomic weapons are banished. In the meantime, every August...

Hiroshima Castle

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Hiroshima Castle was originally built by Terumoto Mori on the Ota-gawa delta in 1589. He named the surrounding flatlands Hiro-Shima,...

Hiroshima Children's Museum

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The city's hands-on children's museum is a good diversion for the kids. The joyful noise of excited children alleviates the somber mood...

Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims

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The memorial recounts the stories of known victims of the atomic devastation. In addition to the extensive archives of names, a collection...

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

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A visit here may be too intense for some, but to appreciate the horror of the bombing and the hope that made Hiroshima into the city...

Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum

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Next to the Shukkei Garden, this museum is a visual treat. Standouts include two particularly surrealistic pieces: a typically fantastical...

Hon-dori

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Around Hiroshima's central district are hundreds of shops. Take the tram that runs from the main station to stop T-31, or simply walk...

Memorial Cenotaph

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Designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, the cenotaph resembles the primitive A-frame houses of Japan's earliest inhabitants. Buried...

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