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Visiting Hiroshima: Genbaku Dome, Itsukushima Shrine and Shukkeien Garden are not to be missed   1 comment

Hiroshima tends to be famous mainly for its Peace Memorial Park site where the atomic bomb was dropped during WWII. In 1996, the Genbaku Dome was designated by the UNESCO, despite the strong objections of the United States, as a World Heritage Sites and is one of Japan’s most visited tourist locations.

180° view of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The Genbaku Dome can clearly be seen in the center left of the image. The original target for the bomb was the “T”-shaped Aioi Bridge seen in the left of the Wikimedia image.

Another not-to-missed spot is the second World Heritage Site at Miyajima, — the Itsukushima Shrine, and regarded as one of the “three most scenic spots” in Japan. This location has one of Japan’s most splendid and photogenic tori gateways and the shrine itself, standing farther out in the waters of the Seto Inlan Sea.

For the visiting culture-vulture, he or she may choose to from these visual treats:

– the Lantern Floating Festival, where the participants wishes are written on colorful cuboid paper lanterns and which are then floated down the Ota River, creating an enchanting scenic sea of bright lights. This is a Japanese custom called Toro nagashi that has been practised since the Nara Period…elsewhere in Japan, it is mainly carried out in varied forms on the last evening of the Bon Festival festival based on the belief that this guides the spirits of the departed back to the other world.

– The summer fireworks display, a national institution since the Edo Period — the Miyajima Suichu Hanabi Taikai; (other equally snap-worthy festivals are the Yukata Matsuri or the Sumiyoshi Festival).

photoSumiyoshi Festival, Onomichi city, Hiroshima

– For the art lovers seeking the picturesque, they may satisfy their senses at the Shukkeien Garden, or a day at the well-known  Hiroshima Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art or the Prefectural Art Museum.




Posted March 4, 2011 by japanexplorer in Uncategorized