Some research studies suggest that the bomb dropped on Hiroshima was assem-bled mid-air! However, we are not going to delve into such controversial discus-sions. Instead, we are going to focus on Hiroshima as an underrated travel destina-tion, uncovering its appeal—detailing how to travel smart through the city without missing out on its attractions. This discussion is about discovering Hiroshima in a day, in a manner that has not been attempted before.
Getting around Hiroshima on High-speed Bullet Trains
If you have some insight into the confluence of cultures in Japan, you would un-derstand how bullet trains are a classic contradiction to the region’s culture. The country is high on a spiritual way of life, the teachings of Buddha overrule every other branch of wisdom. However, one look at the bustling metros and you realize that the calm natural surroundings are contrasted by an insatiable need for speed, the need to do everything better and faster. Bullet trains, also called Shinkansen, help you navigate Hiroshima’s mainstream locations.
Traveling in a bullet train in itself is a great adventure and is quite a thrill for first timer visitors to the city. Trains from Japan Rail run every half hour and there are plenty of seats available at most times. There are train passes that ensure ease of commuting during the rush hours. In contrast to the supreme technology that powers some of the fastest trains in the world, found in Japan, the view is high on lush green cover, natural surroundings with small and big streams and colorful vegetation. Again, you would be traveling in trains clocking more than 300 kms per hour—something not found in every Asian travel destination. These bullet trains connect Hiroshima to the capital city of Tokyo.
Tip: Once you reach Hiroshima station, you can hire a taxi for a street ride that should take you to nearly all of the major locations in the scenic city. You can also go for a walk or a bus ride too. Streets are beautifully laid and well connected.
Now, let us have a look at 4 tourist attractions that you must travel on a daytrip to Hiroshima:
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park: seeking peace for everyone
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is a renowned point of the city, located just oppo-site the Atomic Bomb done. The Park is built around the hypocenter of the atomic bombings of World War II that are now infamously quoted as a part of Japanese and world history. The vast grounds of the park constitute of various monuments dedicated to atomic bomb victims of Hiroshima. The Park is solely dedicated to world peace and prays for prosperity across the globe. This is a must-see site for seeing how one of the most tragic outcomes from warring nations has been trans-formed into something so calm and picturesque – the irony is instantly palpable!
Hiroshima Castle: restored Samurai heritage
Just a 15 minute walk from Hiroshima Train Station, this castle awaits you with many parts of the grand construction restored in 1958. The original castle was built in 1589 but suffered immense structural damage during the atomic bomb-ings. It regained its elegance during a 1958 restoration project. You can get a glimpse of the rich Samurai culture in the museum situated inside the tower. What’s exciting is that you can see a panoramic view of the entire Hiroshima city from the observatory located on top floor of the castle.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum: the real perspective on ‘Atomic Bombings’
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is where you can learn more about Hiroshima atomic bombings. The museum was started merely 4 years after the unfortunate event and exhibits materials related to damages, many of which still prevail! The Peace Memorial Museum provides an in-depth detail about Hiroshima at the time of the bombings, how the city managed to clear through the clutter of mass destruc-tion and also provides some intricate explanations. You get to read about heat rays, radioactivity, etc. – things that might sound academic but make a big impact when viewed inside a museum that stands in the middle of the victimized city.
Itsukushima Shrine: spiritually uplifting
One of the most visited places in Japan, this Shrine is a wonderful architectural marvel from the Heian Period. A perfect blend of natural beauty and man-made in-telligence, Itsukushima Shrine looks mesmerizing, highly recommended for those who love seeing different architecture styles. The Shrine’s construction is unlike anything seen in other popular Asian destinations. Talking about spiritual value associated with Itsukushima, the entire island on which the shrine is built is con-sidered holy. Owing to the marvelous architecture and breathtaking views, the Shrine is now counted among the World Cultural Heritage sites of Japan.
Hiroshima is one of the biggest cities in Japan, quite famous among travelers for its lovely scenery, well designed architecture and liveliness. It is repeatedly dissected by small streams and rivers. Although you would not be able to comprehensively explore Hiroshima in a day, you can still cover some beautiful locations discussed here…
Visiting Japan and using the bullet trains
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