Virtuoso Voyages Directory - 2017-2018 - 68
Clockwise from top: Atomic Bomb Dome;
Waterfall in Momijidani Park; Traditional conger bowl.
A culture with a long
and rich history
From Mount Fuji to Zen-like Kyoto and lively Tokyo, Japan is one of the most
incredible countries in the world. One of its most resonant destinations is
Hiroshima, the large mainland city in western Japan with a famous and tragic
history. Any visit to Hiroshima focuses on the legacy of the 1945 dropping of
the atomic bomb, but its dark past isn't the whole story. Nowadays, Hiroshima
continues to recover and develop as a center of government, economics, and
culture in Japan's Chūgoku-Shikoku region.
It's a friendly, picturesque place with an unexpected, thriving food scene. Its
galleries, historic sights, and wild nightlife are also draws. Baseball is one of
Hiroshima's favorite pastimes, with packed stadiums on game days. Try local
staple okonomiyaki, a fried savory pancake made with noodles and vegetables.
A visit to the iconic ruin of the Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku) is a must; it serves
as a reminder of war, Hiroshima's tireless peace activism, and, hopefully, a starting
point to understand the city's history.