I arrived in Hiroshima in September 2010, the first destination in my relocation to Japan. This was the first place I had been to outside of Australia, not counting an overnight stop over in Taipei, Taiwan.
The first thing that I noticed was how clean this bustling city of 1 and a half million people was.
I was reminded a little of Melbourne, with the street trams and relaxed atmosphere.
The world-class train system makes getting around Hiroshima both easy and convenient. On time, every time!
Whilst I knew the people in Japan are friendly, this was particularly apparent during my initial experiences in the country. Having zero ability with speaking or understanding the language, or being able to read kanji and katakana, there always seemed to be a friendly and polite Japanese person willing to offer you any assistance that they could. I had never imagined that one could be made to feel so welcome.
The vibrant nightlife in Hiroshima also ranks up with some of the best the country has on offer, with it’s plethora of karaoke parlors, watami’s and bars. On any night of the week you are sure to be able to find exactly what your taste buds or vocal cords desire!
Hiroshima is simply an amazing city and one of the many places in Japan that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime.