Hiroshima – Today

Places of Interest In and Around Hiroshima

The following photos depict areas of interest in and around Hiroshima.

Hiroshima Castle was built in 1589 by the Mori clan. It was completely destroyed by the atomic bomb. The year 1958 marked the completion of today’s concrete reconstruction of the castle, which houses a museum.

Shukkeien is a pleasant Japanese style garden in Hiroshima which was originally constructed for the villa of the local daimyo (feudal lord) in the 17th century.

The museum is located in the Peace Park, in central Hiroshima. Inside the museum you can learn about the history of Hiroshima, its geography and the affects of the A-Bomb. The most important part of its exhibition is a collection of materials and goods which remained after the explosion.

UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Itsukushima Shrine, located on the island of Miyajima. The present sixteenth Century shrine follows the architectural design established in 1168 when the war lord, Taira no Kiyomori provided funds for construction. The shrine consisting of pier-like structures built over the bay is due to the holy status that the island commanded. Commoners were historically not allowed to set foot on the island, and made to approach by boat, entering through the gate that appears floating.