Devastated by the first wartime use of an atomic bomb on August 6, 1945, the city of Hiroshima has fully recovered and welcomes tourists and other visitors interested in promoting the cause of world peace.
The closest airport is Kansai, built on Osaka Bay. But Hiroshima is also reachable from Nagoya and Tokyo's Narita airports.
According to the Japanese embassy, American citizens require only a passport to enter Japan. The visa is not required for stays of 90 or fewer days (see Resources).
Peace Memorial Museum
Arguably the city's most important site, the Peace Memorial Museum features the A-Bomb Dome ruin and exhibits about the atomic bombing (see Resources).
Less than an hour away, the island of Miyajima offers peaceful shrines, temples and parks suitable for outdoor enjoyment.
Built in 1591 and full restored, Hiroshima Castle boasts a small museum that exhibits samurai war helmets and armor from the Edo period.
Article Written By Aurelio Locsin
Aurelio Locsin has been writing professionally since 1982. He published his first book in 1996 and is a frequent contributor to many online publications, specializing in consumer, business and technical topics. Locsin holds a Bachelor of Arts in scientific and technical communications from the University of Washington.