Hiroshima is a well developed modern, thriving city, with great food, vibrant culture, friendly people and, perhaps surprisingly, one of the few nostalgic tram systems in Japan. The main sights in Hiroshima are inevitably linked to its tragic recent history. The Atomic Bomb Dome, Peace Memorial Park and Museum are startling and moving reminders of the futility of war, and of the terrible destruction it brings. However, these monuments also stand as symbols of people and their hope for future generations.
Hiroshima is also home to its own style of okonomiyaki, a savoury pancake-like dish popular throughout Japan. Instead of mixing, Hiroshima style okonomiyaki layers the ingredients and incorporates noodles into the dish. There’s even a whole building in Hiroshima city dedicated to okonomiyaki, with over 20 dedicated shops spread over 3 floors.
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