Hiroshima awaits: its museums, monuments, island views, and more!

Modern-day Hiroshima is a bustling city of more than a million people. Its skyscrapers and flashing lights belie the devastation that took place on August 6, 1945, when an atomic bomb was dropped on the city. Despite the city's revitalization, there are many monuments and museums dedicated to the blast. There’s more to Hiroshima than this infamous event, though, and you’ll also find excellent gardens, old temples, and great art museums.

Head to the sobering Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park to explore the history and aftermath of the blast. Visit the site's Memorial Museum to see items from the bomb site, learn how the city became a target and read accounts from survivors. Move on to the building known as the "Atomic Bomb Dome"; it was almost directly beneath the bomb when it detonated and was one of the few buildings in the area not to be destroyed.

Keep walking around the park to find the Memorial Hall, where there’s a collection of names and photographs of those who died. The Children’s Peace Monument, the Flame of Peace, and dozens of other memorials are also in the park. For more museums and information, check out the Honkawa and Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum. Re-energize at the stunning Shukkei-en Gardens. There are ponds, bridges and beautifully arranged plants among which to relax. For lunch, be sure to try Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki, a Japanese-style pancake with savory ingredients.

One of Hiroshima's hidden gems is the 9th-century Mitaki Temple. Head here on a rainy day, which keeps the crowds away and adds to the serene atmosphere. Another temple of Shingon Buddhism is the Fudoin Temple; although it was only a few miles from the center of the blast, it survived with relatively minor damage. Explore Samurai culture at the museum, which is inside the fully rebuilt Hiroshima Castle. Art lovers should check out to the Hiroshima Museum of Art for a look at works by both Western masters and Japanese artists. For modern and contemporary pieces, drop by the Prefectural Art Museum or the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Hiroshima City Centre
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Hiroshima City Centre

Monuments, Castles, Temples

Known for its fascinating museums and prominent monuments, there's plenty to explore in Hiroshima City Centre. You can visit top attractions like Hiroshima Museum of Art and Atomic Bomb Dome, and jump on the metro at Kamiya-cho-higashi Station or Tate-machi Station to see more of the city.

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Top Hotels in Hiroshima

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Hiroshima Washington Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2-10 Shintenchi Nakaku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken
NT$1,644/night
Oct 1 - Oct 2
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,483 reviews)

Located in Hiroshima City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Memorial Cathedral for World Peace, Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,483 reviews)

"Great location, wonderful breakfast. Room was small, but we spent very little time in it."…"

Reviewed on 2019/6/12

Hiroshima Washington Hotel
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RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima
4 out of 5
6-78 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken
NT$2,598/night
Sep 30 - Oct 1
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,946 reviews)

Located in Hiroshima City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kamiyacho, Atomic Bomb Dome, and Hiroshima Green Arena. Hiroshima Castle and Hiroshima ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,946 reviews)

"Hotel staff are nice, helpful and friendly Location is good for every purpose"…"

Reviewed on 2019/8/26

RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima
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APA Hotel Hiroshima-Ekimae Ohashi
3 out of 5
2-26, Kyobashicho, Minami-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima
NT$1,417/night
Oct 14 - Oct 15
4.1/5Very Good! (1,944 reviews)

Located in Hiroshima City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shimizu Theater and Shukkeien. Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art and Hiroshima ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,944 reviews)

"Great location. Clean, comfortable room. Check in and out was very easy, and the staff were quite helpful."…"

Reviewed on 2019/9/11

APA Hotel Hiroshima-Ekimae Ohashi

Popular things to do in Hiroshima

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Spend a day reflecting on the atomic bombing that devastated Hiroshima in 1945 and discover the city’s mission for peace at this beautifully designed park in the city center.

Hiroshima Castle
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Hiroshima Castle

Visit this magnificently reconstructed castle to explore its towering main keep and learn about Japanese feudal history and Samurai culture at the museum within.

Atomic Bomb Dome
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Atomic Bomb Dome

The only building still standing in the atomic bomb’s devastating hypocenter now crests the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, symbolizing the city’s plea for peace.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Learn about the catastrophic impact the atomic bomb had on Hiroshima through personal stories, scientific documentation and real footage at this museum dedicated to world peace.

Hiroshima Museum of Art
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Hiroshima Museum of Art

See an extensive collection of artworks by famous European modern masters and Japanese painters working in the Western style at this charming museum.

Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
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Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art

Discover an exciting and ever-changing display of artwork by Japanese and international contemporary artists at this architecturally impressive hilltop museum.

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