When a nuclear bomb nearly destroyed Hiroshima in 1945 during World War II, the city’s reconstruction efforts were critical. Today, Hiroshima has blossomed while still paying tribute to its tragic past. Finding things to do in Hiroshima from a cruise typically includes important historic sites and beautiful Japanese gardens that seem to make the atrocities of war disappear from memory.
Hiroshima shore excursions like coach rides through the city are a good way to see the area on four wheels, where you’ll ride through downtown and residential areas alike. Through the creation of Peace Memorial Park and Peace Memorial Museum, the residents of Hiroshima have developed educational and heartfelt tributes to their community through photos and artifacts.
The Atomic Bomb Dome was built in the exact spot where the the bomb was released, and it is a harrowing reminder of the past. For the residents of Hiroshima before and after the war, peace became the primary objective in creating these memorial sites and sharing their story with Asia cruise passengers and visitors from all over the world.
Architecture lovers on a cruise to Hiroshima will enjoy Kintai Bridge, a pedestrian bridge that crosses the Nishikigawa River in Hiroshima. Stylistically, the bridge is comprised of five distinct arches, undulating like a wooden wave over the skyline.
For foodies, Hiroshima’s coastal location means seafood is a staple on menus throughout the city. You can try different varieties of oysters, squid, and anago, or saltwater eels. Wash everything down with Japan’s most famous drink, sake.
After learning about the history of Hiroshima, take a ferry to Miyajima Island where you can see the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Itsukushima Shrine. You’ll be captivated by the centuries-old shrine and the red Torii gates that welcome you from the waters of Hiroshima Bay.While on Hiroshima shore excursions, hike the trails of Mount Misen on Miyajima Island, which is also considered a sacred site