The most well known museum in Hiroshima is the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, dedicated to the atomic bombing of 1945 that occurred in the city. Within this park is the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, a building near the hypocenter of the attack that survived the explosion. You will recognize it by the dome, known as the Atomic Bomb Dome, atop its partially destroyed roof.

Another thing that sets Hiroshima apart from other cities is its streetcar system, which has been replaced by subway in almost every other major Japanese city. Though many of the cars are being replaced, there are still a few from the early 20th century that remain in service, earning the system the nickname, “Moving Museum.”

The city’s real transportation museum, however, is more stationary. It is located at 2-12-2 Chorakuji, Asaminami. The museum is open from 9am to 5pm daily, with special hours or closings during certain holidays.

Hiroshima also has a city zoo at the Asa Zoological Park that is home to all manners of exotic creatures. For foreign species of the plant variety, check out the Hiroshima Botanic Garden instead. The garden overlooks the harbor and Miyajima Island in the Seto Inland Sea and is home to thousands of species of plants. The greenhouse alone has about 50 species of water lilies.