Tragedy has turned Hiroshima, the main city
of the Chugoku Region on Japan’s main island of Honshu,
into the country’s most famous tourist attraction.
August 6, 1945 the unfortunate city became the first ever
target of an atomic bomb. Early in the morning three United
B-29 bombers flew in from the northeast; one dropped its
deadly ordnance over the centre of the city, leaving a mushroom
that darkened the sky while more than 200,000 civilians died.
thousands of visitors make a pilgrimage to Hiroshima’s
Peace Memorial Park, marvelling at the lively modern city
that has overcome its tragedy to become the thriving home
than a million people.
Not surprisingly the city has become
vehemently engaged in the promotion of peace. Visitors
are drawn mainly to the Peace Memorial Park and its museum,
the rebuilt city is an attractive place to visit in its
own right, criss-crossed by rivers and wide avenues and containing
several good museums. Nearby are some of Japan’s most
scenic excursion destinations.
- Target of the world's
first atomic bomb attack
- Rebuilt as a modern, clean, open
- Population: 1,200,000
- Founded in 1589 by Terumoto
- Easy to navigate on foot or street car
easy reach of Miyajima and rural Shimane
- Home of the Mazda