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Surrounded by the sea and mountains, Hiroshima is full of fabulous sights. It is located in the western part of the Japanese archipelago and is conveniently located within one hour and half flight or bullet train ride to major tourist destinations such as Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto. Did you know that Hiroshima is not just a dark history of WWII, but a great destination where you can enjoy beautiful nature, ancient temples, delicious food and rich history?
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Atomic Bomb Dome
1-10 Otemachi, Naka Ward
open 24 hours
1-1 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi
from 6:30 am to 6 pm
21-1 Motomachi, Naka Ward
from 9 am to 6 pm
2-11 Kaminoboricho, Naka Ward
from 9 am to 5 pm
Attractions For Kids
from 7:30 am to 7:15 pm
Miyajima Public Aquarium
〒739-0588 Hiroshima, Hatsukaichi, Miyajimacho
Dobutsuen Asacho, Asakita Ward, Hiroshima
from 9 am to 4:30 pm Closed on Thursday
Forest Adventure Hiroshima
1593-75 Yoshiwa, Hatsukaichi
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum & Park
1-2 Nakajimacho, Naka Ward
from 8:30 am to 6 pm
5-20 Takaramachi, Kure
from 9 am to 6 pm Closed on Tuesday
３番１号 Shinchi, Fuchu, Aki District
from 9 am to 5 pm Closed on Saturday and Sunday
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
5-32 Takaramachi, Kure
from 10am to 6pm. Closed on T
Hiroshima top sights
Purpose: visiting top sights
More than just a memorial…
Purpose: visiting top sights & hidden “gems”
Let’s go a little further from the basic itinerary to off the beaten path of Hiroshima and find out what else it can offer except for the Atomic bomb memorial…
Mitaki-dera temple & Mitaki-dera Hondo
411 Mitakiyama, Nishi Ward
Wood Egg Okonomiyaki Museum
Nishi Ward, Shoko Center
Hiroshima Orizuru Tower
1 Chome-2-1 Otemachi, Naka Ward
from 10 am to 6 pm
1 Chome-2-6 Miyajimaguchinishi, Hatsukaichi
from 10 am to 4 pm
Daishoin Temple & Henjo Cave
from 8 am to 5 pm
Most of the people come here for a day trip and leave continue perceiving Hiroshima as only a place of tragedy.
Find out what else Hiroshima can offer except for the Atomic bomb memorial… Stay 3 days to discover that Hiroshima is a great destination where you can enjoy beautiful nature, ancient temples, delicious food and rich history
I encourage you to experience more authentic Japan wherever you go and in Hiroshima in particular. Don’t miss staying in traditional Japanese ryokan at Miyajima island, less popular but sacred temples, animal therapy, oyster farm, authentic izakayas, local food and many other truly Japanese features.
Consider purchasing a Tourist Pass in case you are going to stay longer than other tourists.
There are 4 of them:
Akisaryo ($$$ - expensive)
Japan, 〒730-0029 Hiroshima, Naka Ward, Mikawacho, 9−7 KOWAビル 〒730-0029 広島県広島市中区三川町９−7 KOWAビル
It is a high end restaurant in Hiroshima with unbelievably delicious food for very reasonable prices. Fantastic service, friendly staff, English menu. A must for anyone visiting Hiroshima.
Shimada Suisan ($$ - budget to moderate)
1 Chome-2-6 Miyajimaguchinishi, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima 739-0412, Japan 〒739-0412 広島県廿日市市宮島口西１丁目２−6
This place is a real hidden “gem” for those who adore oysters. It is an oyster farm and oyster shack that serves fresh oysters just on the bank. It's definitely a rough looking place "BUT, that is the charm!" You will need to pay for the grill table and per Kg of oysters you grill and eat. Really amazing experience, especially for a couple or friends. Moreover, you can take a tour to the wooden platforms to see how oysters grow. Highly recommended experience!
Guttsuri-ann ($$ - budget to moderate)
1-36 Tannacho, Minami Ward, Hiroshima, 734-0034, Japan 〒734-0034 広島県広島市南区丹那町１−36
It is a fabulous local izakaya located on the pier with lots of fishing boats. The homemade seafood is stunning, the ambience is super cozy. It is a place that can’t be missed when in Hiroshima. An English menu is available here.
Tempura Aratani ($$ - budget to moderate)
2-21-103 Hondori, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, 730-0035, Japan 〒730-0035 広島県広島市中区本通2−２１−103
It is said to be the best tempura place in the city. Big portions, stunning food, English-speaking and very friendly owner. Try the menu with 8 different pieces!
AEON MALL Hiroshima Fuchu
2 Chome-1-1 Osu, Fuchu, Aki District, Hiroshima 735-8588, Japan 〒735-8588 広島県安芸郡府中町大須２丁目１−1
It is a huge mall that has everything you need from groceries to fashion stores. There are plenty of eateries, cinemas, arcade areas and even toy cars for kids.
THE OUTLETS HIROSHIMA
4-chome-1-1 Ishiuchihigashi, Saeki Ward, Hiroshima, 731-5196, Japan 〒731-5196 広島県広島市佐伯区石内東４丁目１−1
Fantastic mall to spend the day getting lost in many fascinating stores and restaurants. There are very good deals on many items.
YouMe Town Hiroshima
2 Chome-8-17 Minamimachi, Minami Ward, Hiroshima, 734-0007, Japan 〒734-0007 広島県広島市南区皆実町２丁目８−17
It’s a very nice local mall to shop for groceries, fashion and all necessary households, with plenty of shops and restaurants
3-1 Matsubaracho, Minami Ward, Hiroshima, 732-0822, Japan 〒732-0822 広島県広島市南区松原町３−1
It’s a very modern and not just another shopping mall but an experience of design aesthetic. Here you will find a wide range of miscellaneous goods, sports equipment, home appliances and many other goods.
Hondori Shopping arcade
7 Hondori, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, 730-0035, Japan 〒730-0035 広島県広島市中区本通７
It’s a very local cozy shopping street with lots of stores and restaurants located 5 minutes from the Atomic bomb memorial.
Takanohashi Shopping Street
5 Chome-7-27 Otemachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, 730-0051, Japan 〒730-0051 広島県広島市中区大手町５丁目７−27
It’s a covered shopping arcade with a wide variety of stores including cafes, dining halls, pubs, restaurants, shops, grocery stores, and cake shops
Kinzagai Shopping Street
6-13 Horikawacho, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, 730-0033, Japan 〒730-0033 広島県広島市中区堀川町６−13
One more shopping arcade with many branded and ordinary shops, Starbacks and restaurants.
Japan, 〒730-0011 Hiroshima, Naka Ward, Motomachi, 地下街１００号 〒730-0011 広島県広島市中区基町 地下街１００号
Underground shopping street with a wide range of fashion, cosmetics and book stores, and many coffee shops.
6-5 Funairimachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, 730-0841, Japan 〒730-0841 広島県広島市中区舟入町６−5
It is a local market offering high quality meat, fish and vegetables.
1 Chome-8-1 Kusatsuko, Nishi Ward, Hiroshima, 733-0832, Japan 〒733-0832 広島県広島市西区草津港１丁目８−1
It’s a great place to try and buy very fresh seafood. Cozy atmosphere, friendly people, and high quality products.
Yachiyo Farmer's Market
1405-5 Yachiyocho Sasai, Akitakata, Hiroshima 731-0303, Japan 〒731-0303 広島県安芸高田市八千代町佐々井1405-5
It’s a wholesale market where you can find fresh farmer’s vegetables, meat, fish, bread, fruits and other local products.
Fresh food market
2 Chome-6-25 Midorii, Asaminami Ward, Hiroshima, 731-0103, Japan 〒731-0103 広島県広島市安佐南区緑井２丁目６−25
Lovely local market offering super fresh food products for reasonable prices.
Fortunately there are no dangerous areas in Hiroshima. Where to stay is up to you. I would choose Miyajima island for tranquility, nature and sacred temples at least for 2 days and finish my journey in the city center to cover top Hiroshima sights before leaving.
RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima
We stayed for 2 nights in an Executive room, which can be very much recommended for the beautiful views of Hiroshima castle and the whole northern part of the city. Location is perfect, super close to the main museums, Castle and attractions. The room itself was very spacious, comfortable, clean and refilled daily with local sweets, which we appreciated. Had to skip one breakfast, unfortunately a small take-away could not be organized. We were also given vouchers for a free drink in a bar in the same building.
Beautiful stay near main attractions and sea-side view.
An elegant guest service lady went the extra mile checking me out of the hotel the next day. I would come back just for her kindness in helping me with my luggage down the few steps of the hotel entrance. The room was perfect for a great night's rest. I will come back! Thank you!
Well located right by the ocean front in the middle of all attractions. Ryokan is well maintained and meals are good.
For a couple (5-star)
Family of 4 (4-star)
* Traditional Japanese room with 2 futons
** Double room with 1 large bed
*** Good meal course in a restaurant
**** Mini/Compact class, 5 seats
***** Traditional Japanese room with 4 futons
****** Double room with 1 large bed + 1 twin room
******* Toyota, Standart class, 5 seats
Breakfast at the hotel
Lunch at Nagataya
Yamato Museum (Kure Maritime)
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Kure Museum
Dinner at Guttsuri-ann
Lunch at Shimada Suisan
Tour to oyster farm platforms
Dinner at Akisaryo
Lunch at Tempura Aratani
Dinner at Gariber
A few of them are as follows:
WC near Mitaki-dera Temple
WC near Atomic bomb memorial
WC near the Hiroshima Castle
2 Motomachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, 730-0011, Japan 〒730-0011 広島県広島市中区基町２
2 Chome-12-26 Mitakihonmachi, Nishi Ward, Hiroshima, 733-0802, Japan 〒733-0802 広島県広島市西区三滝本町２丁目１２−26
2-chōme-1 Ōsu, Fuchu, Aki District, Hiroshima 735-0021, Japan
City areas closed for vehicles
Don’t bother about this point. There are plenty of parking lots where you can leave your car even very close to the most popular tourist areas like Mitaki-dera temple or even Hiroshima Castle.
Okonomiyaki Workshop-Studio OKOSTA
Japan, 〒732-0822 Hiroshima, Minami Ward, Matsubaracho, 1−2 ｅｋｉｅ 1F 〒732-0822 広島県広島市南区松原町１−2 ｅｋｉｅ 1F
Make your own Hiroshima Okonomiyaki in a very cozy and fun atmosphere. This school is highly recommended for those who love cooking and Japanese cuisine in particular.
Japan, 〒733-0865 Hiroshima, Nishi Ward, Kusatsuhonmachi, 29 6A 〒733-0865 広島県広島市西区草津本町29 6A
It is a stylish cafe menu that you will cook and taste together with your teacher and other members. Simple and stylish.
ABC Cooking Studio
Japan, 〒735-0021 Hiroshima, Aki District, Fuchu, Osu, 2 Chome−1−1 イオンモール広島府中 2F
It is a very professional cooking studio located in AEON shopping mall and features hi-end cake and bread making.
13-9 Kakisako, Kumano, Aki District, Hiroshima 731-4228, Japan 〒731-4228 広島県安芸郡熊野町柿迫１３−9
Another lovely place to learn more about Japanese cuisine. It is a popular gluten-free restaurant that offers cooking classes focused on baking.
When is the best time to come to Hiroshima?
I think there are two best seasons in Hiroshima: Autumn and Spring
How many days is enough for Hiroshima?
Usually tourists take a day tour to visit memorials and continue their journey perceiving Hiroshima as a place of tragedy only. However, Hiroshima is much more than the dark history of WWII and can offer absolutely incredible sights to be explored.
Where to stay in Hiroshima?
It depends on your budget, but I would choose a combination of Hotel and Ryokan to make my trip efficient but also unique and relaxing at the same time
What to try in Hiroshima?
Do I need a car to get to Hiroshima?
No, you don’t need a car. You can easily come to Hiroshima by plane from Tokyo Haneda or by JR Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen from Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Okayama. The most popular transport to get around in Hiroshima are public buses and trams.
There are also 2 direct ferries from Hiroshima to Miyajima Island that you can explore by foot.
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