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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Sub-zero temperatures and the greatest of outdoor environments, complemented by sizzling soul food and warm-hearted welcomes. Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Sleek apple-red and electric-green shinkansen whisk you up to a haven of fresh powder snow, fresh fruit and fearsome folk legends Fearsome festivals, fresh powder and vast fruit orchards—the rugged northern territory of Tohoku offers a fresh perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
Mountains and sea meet in one of Japan's wildest regions, and the result is sheer beauty. Once largely inaccessible, Hokuriku is now reachable by shinkansen from Tokyo in a matter of hours An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Characterized by the constant buzz of the world's most populous metropolitan area, the Kanto region is surprisingly green with an array of escapes that include mountainous getaways and subtropical islands Experience diversity at its fullest, from the neon of Tokyo to the ski slopes of Gunma, exotic wildlife of the Ogasawara Islands and cultural heritage of Kamakura
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Served by the shinkansen line that connects Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the Tokai region provides plenty of interesting diversions and easy excursions Tokai means "eastern sea," and this region stretches east from Tokyo to Kyoto and includes blockbuster attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
From raucous nights out to outdoor thrills to peaceful reverie, trying to categorize the Kansai region is a futile task The Kansai region is one of extreme contrasts—the neon lights of Osaka and glittering Kobe nightscape, the peaceful realms of Shiga, Wakayama and Nara, and the cultured refinement of Kyoto
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Less-traveled and delightfully inaccessible at times, the Chugoku region is a reminder that the journey is sometimes more important than the destination Welcome to Japan's warm and friendly western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Providing the stage for literary classics, fevered dancing and natural wonders Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
Easily reached by land, sea and air, the dynamic Kyushu prefectures are bubbling with energy, culture and activity The southern island of Kyushu is home to volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky, succulent seafood, steaming hot springs and the country's hottest entrepreneurial town
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Ruins and recreated castles of the Ryukyu kings nestle amid magnificent beaches in Okinawa, a diver's paradise teeming with an amazing array of coral and undersea life Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

History

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum 広島平和記念資料館

Chronicling the horror and hope of one of most cataclysmic events of modern times

Arguably the most significant event in modern history, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki served to shape postwar Japan into the nation it is today. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is an unapologetic look at the history that led up to and culminated in a catastrophic moment in the history of humanity. While the exhibitions may be harrowing for some, the museum offers a balanced and extraordinarily human outlook on the devastation wrought on Hiroshima and why the city was selected as a target.

Tips

  • A watch that stopped at the exact time the bomb fell on Hiroshima
  • Huge panoramic displays that show the vast destruction wrought by the bomb
  • The museum's collection of letters from the bomb making engineers pleading with the president not to use it

How to Get There

From Hiroshima Station, take tram line 2 or 6 to Genbaku-Domu Mae. The tram ride takes 15 minutes.

The museum is part of the Peace Park which is located to the south-west of Hiroshima Station on an island separated from the mainland by the Ota and Motoyasu rivers. It is possible to walk to the museum from Hiroshima station in approximately 35 minutes.

Why Hiroshima?

From a tactical point of view, Japan's 2nd General Army, in charge of defending western Japan, was based out of Hiroshima Castle. However, as the castle was not singled out as the main target, the museum explores a far more cynical view as to why Hiroshima was chosen.

The city is famous for the rivers that cut through the city, running to the sea. It is alleged that allied forces aimed their experimental weapon at Hiroshima to see how the bomb would react to a drop-zone that was a combination of both solid ground and running water.

What the museum explores

The results of the bomb are explored through original photography, lifelike models, artists’ impressions, recovered items and descriptive explanations. While the museum explores the pain of nuclear war, it does not shy away from Japan's own violent history, with an entire section dedicated to Japan's bloody campaign that cut a swath through Asia.

This honesty only adds to the palpable and sincere desire for pacifism that pulsates through the museum. The museum presents a view of the mistakes that we have all made, and sees only one clear path to securing a safer world for us all — a blanket ban on nuclear weapons worldwide.

What the museum hopes to achieve

Although remodeled and renovated in 1992 and 1994 respectively, the museum has been open since 1955, with the consistent goal of promoting peace in the hope that history not be repeated.

Since it first opened its doors, over 50 million people have visited the museum, and besides the exhibitions the museum features Peace Education Programs which include testimonies from survivors of the attack, volunteers offering tours of the Peace Park and even the loaning of videos and posters for educational purposes. Although the focus of the museum is the impact of the bomb, it steers clear of being morose, and instead focuses on being constructive, informative and inspirational.

Important Notice: The Main Building of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum will be closed for renovations until spring, 2019. The East Building remains open to visitors.

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