Enjoy a narrated drive through Hiroshima to see some of the famous sights of the city. See the Atomic Bomb Dome, an internationally recognized symbol of Hiroshima. The old Industry Promotion Hall was one of the few buildings near Ground Zero to survive the blast – although its dome was vaporized. Renamed, its gutted walls and skeletal dome structure stand as mute symbols of Hiroshima, which you can view from the exterior. You will make a quick photo stop there.
Your tour continues with a drive past the Peace Memorial Museum, located in Peace Memorial Park, and then Hiroshima Castle for a quick photo stop.
Hiroshima Castle is a good example of a castle built on a plain in the center of a city as opposed to hilltop and mountaintop castles. Its main keep is five stories tall, and its grounds are surrounded by a moat. Hiroshima developed as a castle town, whereby the castle was both the physical and economical center of the city. Built in 1589 by the powerful feudal lord Mori Terumoto, Hiroshima Castle was an important seat of power in Western Japan. While it was spared the demolishment that many other castles met during the Meiji Restoration, like the rest of the city, Hiroshima Castle was destroyed by the atomic bomb in 1945.