It was my first time in Hiroshima after being in Japan for so long. I don’t know why I didn’t prioritised visiting this city before. We’ve all heard in our history classes that the first atomic bomb was dropped by The United States in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
After visiting War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh last January, visiting Hiroshima (for the first time) and Nagasaki (again) became on the top of my list. Knowing more about the World War (which was probably taught back in school but I’ve somehow forgotten) and their little details gives me both an opened eye and a broken heart. I know Japan is not completely faultless back then but THE PEOPLE WHO WERE AFFECTED BY THE BOMBING WERE.
- Get to know about the Japanese side of the story. As you know, history is written by victors. It’s always better to hear both sides before making a judgement. I’ve heard some people say that “Japan deserved it” but I say, NO ONE DESERVE SUCH ATROCITY especially innocent people. Why do commoners always suffer for the mistakes of our government? Visiting Genbaku Dome, one of the buildings left standing at Ground Zero gave me goosebumps. The atomic bomb didn’t only kill the people physically present at that moment but also the generations after that.
- Be fascinated with Hiroshima’s modern city. Trams will welcome you once you’ve exited Hiroshima station. I was actually blown away, it reminded me of sophisticated Seoul somehow. I’ve been to a lot of cities in Japan, trust me, Hiroshima city is different and worth the visit.
- Hiroshima Peace Park is covered in cherry blossoms during spring time. It is actually a memorial park created in memory of those who died during the atomic bombing. Learning more about the world and our history while seeing all these cherry blossom trees in full bloom kept me calm.
- Miyajima, one of the top three scenic spots in Japan is located in Hiroshima. It’s mostly known for it’s giant torii gate. From Hiroshima Station, you have to transfer to JR Iwakuni Line and get off at Miyajimaguchi Station. It is about 28 minutes train ride away from Hiroshima and 10 minutes more from Miyajimaguchi to Miyajima Island via ferry. I followed my friend, Sarah’s Miyajima blog post to go there.
- Kansai-Hiroshima Area is pass is only ¥13,000 (when bought abroad) – ¥14,000 (when bought in Japan). You can use it for 5 days upon arrival anywhere from Kansai to Hiroshima. Foreigners are so lucky to avail such discounted ticket while Japanese and residents have to pay around ¥17,000 for a round trip bullet train ticket from Osaka to Hiroshima.
Okonomi-mura (Okonomiyaki chain)
Have you been to Hiroshima? Let me know what do you think about it?