Hiroshima 広島

  • Published on : 30/03/2020
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Visit Hiroshima, a city shaped by history

What is Hiroshima about? Of a trauma, that of the first atomic bombing, the atrocity of nuclear fire revealed to humanity. Of an ideal, that of a radical and unapologetic pacifism that constantly reminds the world of the true face of war. A city, last but not least, with a unique aura, a mixture of the burning memory of the past and an unshakeable faith in the future.

L'histoire de la ville de Hiroshima

Capitale de la préfecture du même nom, Hiroshima est la ville la plus importante de la région de Chûgoku, avec plus d'un million d'habitants. Elle est aujourd'hui l'un des principaux centres industriels et portuaires de l'ouest du Japon.

Universellement connue à cause des bombardements atomiques du 6 août 1945, c'est aussi devenue une ville symbolisant la paix et le pacifisme dans le monde entier.

Hiroshima fut fondée en 1589 sur le plus grand îlot du delta né de la rencontre de la rivière Ôta et de la mer intérieure de Seto.

Le seigneur médiéval Mori Terumoto (1553-1625) y établit son château pour profiter de sa situation géographique charnière et de la proximité de l'île de Miyajima et son sanctuaire sur l'eau, Itsukushima

La cité prend une importance nationale à l'aube de l'ère Meiji (1868-1912).

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The tragedy of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima

Initially spared by the American aerial bombardment, which was concentrated on Tokyo, Hiroshima was to become the first city in history to suffer an atomic bombing. While Nazi Germany surrendered on 8 May 1945, Japan refused to give up its weapons.

To force Japan to sign an armistice, the American president, Harry Truman, decided to use nuclear weapons, and Hiroshima was chosen for its crucial role in the military supply of the archipelago. On Monday 6 August 1945, at 8.15 am, a B-29 bomber flew over the city and dropped an atomic bomb called "Little Boy". This bomb exploded at an altitude of 600 meters, above the Shima Hospital, in the heart of the city.

The damage was unprecedented. Of the 350,000 citizens of Hiroshima at the time, 75,000 were killed instantly. Radiation-related injuries brought the death toll to approximately 250,000 in the following months and years. About 70% of the buildings were destroyed. The city became a "charred plain" (yakenohara in Japanese). Sharing the same fate in Nagasaki on 9 August, Japan finally surrendered on 2 September 1945, marking the end of the Second World War.

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Nuage de la bombe atomique

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Le dôme d'Hiroshima détruit

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Our activities in Hiroshima

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Our tours in Hiroshima

  • Duration : 12 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Hakone Mt Fuji, Hiroshima, Kyoto
  • Included : Airport Transfers, 3* Hotels & Ryokan, Non-flight transportation, Guided activity, Travel diary, Pocket wifi, Assistance
  • Duration : 13 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Hakone Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Tokyo
  • Included : Airport Transfers, 3* Hotels & Ryokan, Non-flight transportation, Guided activity, Travel diary, Pocket wifi, Assistance
  • Duration : 13 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Hakone Mt Fuji, Hiroshima, Osaka, Koyasan, Kyoto
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  • Locations : Tokyo, Hakone Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Takayama, Tokyo
  • Included : Airport Transfers, 3* Hotels & Ryokan, Non-flight transportation, Guided activity, Travel diary, Pocket wifi, Assistance
  • Duration : 14 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Kyoto, Miyajima, Yakushima, Fukuoka
  • Included : Airport Transfers, 3* Hotels & Ryokan, Guided activities, Travel diary, Pocket wifi, Assistance
  • Duration : 18 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Hakone Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Okinawa
  • Included : Airport Transfers, 3* Hotels & Ryokan, Japan Experience house, Ferry, Guided activities, Travel diary, Pocket wifi, Assistance
  • Duration : 14 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Hakone Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Koyasan, Osaka, Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Tokyo
  • Included : Airport Transfers, 3* Hotels & Ryokan, Hotel temple, Non-flight transportation, Guided activities, Travel diary, Pocket wifi, Assistance
  • Duration : 13 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Hakone Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Miyajima
  • Included : Visits & meals, English-speaking tour leader, Hotel temple, 3*/4* Hotels & Ryokan
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