Hiroshima was painfully brought to the world’s attention in 1945 when the first atomic bomb was dropped. The city was obliterated but in the time since has been reconstructed to look just like any other Japanese city, almost.
The best times to visit are spring, April and May, when the cherry blossoms and the traditional hanami (“flower viewing”) parties, are in bloom, and October for the Sake Festival at the start of the month.
A local delicacy you must try is okonomiyaki, a savoury pancake/omelette cooked on a hotplate right in front of your eyes! Want a more hands on experience? Look for a “grill-it-yourself” restaurant.
Going to Hiroshima without visiting the Peace Memorial Park is to do a disservice to the city and its history. Within and around the park are a number of different memorials and at its centre is the Peace Memorial Museum, a moving exhibition depicting the atomic bomb and its aftermath.