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Cradle of Rebirth, with landmarks symbolizing the history and recovery of Hiroshima

Photo of Higashi, Japan (京橋川の桜 by Spiegel)

Higashi, a ward in Hiroshima, Japan, is a testament to resilience. Known for its history and spiritual sites, it symbolizes the city’s rebirth following the atomic bombing in 1945.

About Higashi

In the heart of Hiroshima lies Higashi, a ward that has endured through history to become a symbol of remembrance and renewal. The area is rich with sites of spiritual significance and reflects a balance between preserving its past and embracing the future.

Higashi’s narrative is part of Hiroshima’s larger story. The atomic bombing on August 6, 1945, was a pivotal moment, resulting in great devastation. Afterwards, Higashi engaged in reconstruction and is now a symbol of peace and recovery.

The Hiroshima City Waterworks Museum provides insight into the city’s post-war rebuilding efforts, and the civic challenges of that time.

The ward’s spiritual heritage is embodied in sites like Fudoin Temple, a National Treasure recognized for its significant architecture and historical value. Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples in Higashi offer peaceful environments for reflection and connect visitors to the region’s ancient religious traditions.

The cultural fabric of Higashi is woven into the daily lives of its residents, representing a living mosaic of Hiroshima’s commitment to peace and cultural preservation.

Visitors to Higashi are welcomed to discover the history and contemporary culture of Hiroshima through local temples, shrines, and the museum, and by participating in community festivals that celebrate the ward’s identity.

Higashi stands as a place where the past is honored, the present is celebrated, and the spirit of Hiroshima’s rebirth resonates.

Upcoming Events what's happening around Higashi

🌸 Cherry Blossom Predictions
Thursday, 21 March - Saturday, 13 April 2024 (predicted)

Cherry blossoms (sakura) started blooming in Hiroshima on March 25, 2024, and are expected to reach their peak around April 1, 2024. In the Kansai region, including Kyoto and Himeji, blossoms are expected to start around March 28, 2024, with Osaka and Nara following shortly after, beginning on March 31 and March 30, respectively.

Petals typically fall within about 1 week of the full bloom unless the weather causes them to drop earlier.

For more information, see our complete Cherry Blossom Predictions 2024 guide.

Updated 29 Mar 2024
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Around Higashi

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