The city of Hiroshima, the prefectural capital, is the most populous city in the Chugoku-Shikoku region, boasting a population of 1.2 million people. It plays a key industrial and cultural role as one of the pivotal cities in western Japan. Its foundations were built by the feudal warlord, Terumoto Mori, at the turn of the 16th century, and since then, the city has developed on the delta of the Otagawakako River, which empties into the Seto Inland Sea. Hiroshima is only four hours away by Shinkansen (Bullet Train) from Tokyo, the nation's capital, and one and a half hours by plane.

The first atomic bomb in history was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. Consequently, the people of the region have experienced a terrible tragedy, and that is why they have come to wish, more strongly than anyone, for a lasting world peace. Tourists who visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, will leave hoping for a peaceful world more strongly than ever.

This region, which has flourished through the ages, abounds with historic shrines, temples, architecture, and many other tourist sites. Within the Hiroshima Castle Park grounds, you will find the castle keep, which has been renovated to reflect the original ambience. The Itsukushima Shrine found on Miyajima Island, located south-west of the city in the bay of Hiroshima, is one of the three most scenic sights in Japan. The magnificence of this sublime heritage site will leave you feeling cleansed and pure.

In the midst of the city, there are hot springs where you can take a relaxing break. Hiroshima is also full of decadent culinary delights from both the mountains and the sea. The area is known for oyster farming, hence various delicious oyster cuisines abound. Okonomiyaki, another taste of the region, is a savory pancake made by spreading a thin layer of batter and cooking a wide range of ingredients on top. You can even enjoy making one yourself.

As the center of sports of the Chugoku region, Hiroshima is home to a professional baseball team, men's volleyball team, and women's handball team. And since the J.League was inaugurated, Sanfrecce Hiroshima has played at the Hiroshima Big Arch. In 1994, the stadium served as one of the key venues of the Asian Games.