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Places of interest

There are many popular tourist destinations near Hiroshima. A popular destination outside the city is Itsukushima Island, also known as Miyajima, which is a sacred island with many temples and shrines. But inside Hiroshima there are many popular destinations as well, and according to online guidebooks, these are the most popular tourist destinations in Hiroshima:[41]

  1. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
  2. The Atomic Bomb Dome
  3. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
  4. Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima
  5. Hiroshima Castle
  6. Shukkei-en
  7. Mitaki-dera Temple
  8. Hiroshima Gogoku Shrine
  9. Kamiyacho and Hatchobori (A major center in Hiroshima which is a shopping area. It is directly connected to the Hiroshima Bus Center )
  10. Asa Dobutsu-en (Asa Zoological Park)
  11. Hiroshima Shokubutsu Koen (Hiroshima Botanical Garden)

Other popular places in the city include the Hon-dōri shopping arcade.

Demographics

Down town of Hiroshima City
Hondōri Shopping Street
Hiroshima Zero Gate

In 2017, the city has an estimated population of 1,195,327. The total area of the city is 905.08 square kilometres (349.45 sq mi), with a population density of 1321 persons per km2.[42]

The population around 1910 was 143,000.[43] Before World War II, Hiroshima's population had grown to 360,000, and peaked at 419,182 in 1942.[44] Following the atomic bombing in 1945, the population dropped to 137,197.[44] By 1955, the city's population had returned to pre-war levels.[45]

Events

Hiroshima Flower Festival 2011