Hiroshima is a major seaport and the largest city in Chugoku region (western Honshu Island, Japan). The city has population around 1,2 million and covers a total area of approx 907 km2 (350 ml2).
Sadly, the city is best known as the target for mankind's first nuclear weapon bombing over civilian population. The USA dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6 (and a second bomb on August 9 on Nagasaki) in 1945 - near the very end of WW2 (1939-1945). The death tall was over 20,000 japanese soldiers and around 150,000 civilians. The bombing was with the consent of the UK - by the Quebec Agreement from 1943, signed by the UK's Prime Minister Churchill and the US President Roosevelt.
The city boasts a professional symphony orchestra, numerous museums (including Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, several art museums). The city also hosts the annual International Animation Festival and Flower Festival.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park draws millions of Japanese and international visitors. Its "Ceremony"event is an annual commemoration on the atomic bombing date. A large collection of monuments are presented in this park. Other popular city attractions are the Hijiyama Park, Shukkei-en (historic garden), Fudoin Temple, Mitaki-dera Temple.
The rebuilt Hiroshima Castle (aka Rijo, originally constructed in the 16 century as a feudal residence) houses a museum with artifacts from the country's Edo period (1603-1868 AD). Within the castle's walls is the Gokoku Shrine. The original shrine was destroyed in 1945, but was rebuilt in 1965 with donations from the citizens.
Hiroshima cruise terminal
Hiroshima port's new cruise ship terminal is located an industrial area, approx 3 km (2 ml) from the city center. This ship docking wharf (named Ujina Foreign Trade Wharf) has length of 280 m (920 ft) and allows ships with max draft 10 m (33 ft). The dock is conveniently located near many popular tourist sites, including Itsukushima Shrine and Atomic Bomb Dome.
The cruise terminal has dedicated tourist info center where information and maps in foreign languages are provided. Other amenities and services available for passengers at the terminal include free Wi-Fi, currency exchange, shuttle buses, taxi rank.
The cruise terminal's second (newest and larger) wharf is named Itsukaichi Wharf (inaugurated in 2014). Its length is 430 m (1410 ft) and allows large-sized cruise ships with max draft 12 m (40 ft) and gross tonnage of around 100,000 GT.