Main City: Hiroshima
Population: 2,845,000 people, ranking 12/47 prefectures (2015) 
Area: 8,476 km2 
Geographical / Landscape description
Hiroshima prefecture lies in the middle of Chugoku region. Most of the prefecture consists of mountains leading towards Shimane Prefecture and rivers which produce rich plains near the coast. 
Hiroshima is blessed by a generally warm climate. The prefecture usually records more rain in the northern area than in the south. 
Recent history, culture
Hiroshima is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Atomic Dome, one of the few remnants of pre-war Hiroshima following the atomic bombing in 1945 and the Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, famed for filling with water and appearing to "float" during high tide. The red Torii door in the water, one of Japan’s best known symbols, is located in front of Miyajima. 
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