Hoirshima's airport is tucked in the mountains far from the city centre, but a quick highway bus takes you to the city's main railway station in about 45 minutes.
Shukkeien dates from the early 17th century but the present garden is a reconstruction after the atomic bomb destroyed the original.
There are many forested paths that wind up and downhill, which make an interesting walk. The sun shone against the leaves although maybe it was still too early to expect any foliage.
It is not a dense city, with mid-rises dominating the cityscape. Like other Japanese cities, the architecture is not particularly interesting, but these side streets are quiet and clean.
Past this gate is Hiroshima Castle, which is also a reconstruction after World War II. First established in 1589, by the end of the 19th century, it was being used for military purposes.
Be sure to climb up to see the views.
The Peace Memorial Museum showcases various artifacts that have survived the atomic bomb's destruction. There were immense crowds as I arrived in the late morning, but the lines went orderly and I got ample time to read the descriptions and take photos. What was mysteriously missing amongst the messages of suffering was Japan's aggression that led to this bombing.
The Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims was deserted and offered a serene setting to see a panorama of the destruction after the bombing.
The Monument in Memory of the Korean Victims of the A-bomb was completed in 1970. Many Koreans were forced to move to Japan as workers since colonial rule and perished in the bombing.
The Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Exhibition Hall was designed by a Czech architect and dates from 1915. Since the atomic bomb blew up overhead, the walls were kept intact although everyone inside was killed. These ruins are now a symbol for peace and abolition of nuclear weapons.
Venturing onto neighbouring streets, note some innovative use of otherwise abandoned underpass space. Cycling is quite popular in the city, so watch out for the bike lanes and the speeding cyclist coming your way.
Back in university, you may have studied in your own private cubicle. In Japan, you can also do the same when having dinner at a ramen joint. The food will be presented to you from behind the curtain. You can't see the server and the server won't be able to see you either for the most anonymous experience.
I didn't feel this part of Japan would have a shortage of space, but elevator parking lots are still visible.
Covered shopping arcades such as this help protect from the elements. I suppose it is quite annoying to haul shopping bags and an umbrella at the same time.
Hiroshima has a large tram network consisting of 8 lines. If you have time on your hands, you can even ride all the way to the Miyajima ferries in the outskirts.
While in town, try the okonomiyaki, which is a thin pancake with lots of vegetables packed inside along with seafood. You then pour all sorts of sauce on top and it is a very filling meal! You can find a row of restaurants serving this local dish at the train station.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the mall, you can find lots of other options for lunch or dinner.