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Visit Hiroshima

Gaze at memorials around the first ,city ever to be hit by a nuclear bomb or enjoy the art galleries, ,gardens and cuisine of the rebuilt, ultra-modern metropolis.

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.

Where to stay in Hiroshima

Hiroshima City Centre

Hiroshima City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(392 area reviews)

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.

Hiroshima City Centre
The ultimate coffee experience

Hondori

While you're in Hondori, take in top sights like Hiroshima Central Shopping District and jump on the metro at Hondori Station to see more of the city.

Hondori
生シラス丼

Kurahashi

If you're spending some time in Kurahashi, Setonaikai National Park is a top sight worth visiting.

Kurahashi
Aki District, Japan

Aki District

You'll enjoy the beaches and museums in Aki District. You might want to make time for a stop at Mazda Museum or Fudenosato Kobo.

Aki District
Hiroshima Castle which includes chateau or palace

Naka Ward

5/5Exceptional!(4 area reviews)

Naka Ward is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome. See more of Hiroshima by jumping on the metro at Takanobashi Station or Nissekibyoin-mae Station.

Naka Ward

Top Hotels in Hiroshima

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima
RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima
4 out of 5
6-78 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken
NT$2,021
per night
Feb 17 - Feb 18

Located in Naka Ward, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kamiyacho, Atomic Bomb Dome, and Hiroshima Green Arena. Hiroshima Castle and Hiroshima Peace Memorial ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,122 reviews)

"This place was great, the view from the hotel room were amazing looking over Hiroshima Castle. With a sizeable room and the bed is very comfortable. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The breakfast buffet has a great range and you can get a omelette made for you on the spot by a chef. The bar ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/9

RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima
APA Hotel Hiroshima-Ekimae Ohashi
APA Hotel Hiroshima-Ekimae Ohashi
3 out of 5
2-26, Kyobashicho, Minami-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima
Free Cancellation
NT$1,213
per night
Jan 20 - Jan 21

Located in Hiroshima City Centre, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shimizu Theater, Hiroshima Green Arena, and Hiroshima Castle. Atomic Bomb Dome and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,184 reviews)

"It has a nice public bath. Close proximity to the JR Station."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/16

APA Hotel Hiroshima-Ekimae Ohashi
Hotel Granvia Hiroshima
Hotel Granvia Hiroshima
3.5 out of 5
1-5 Matsubara-cho, Minami-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken
NT$2,055
per night
Feb 17 - Feb 18

Located in Hiroshima City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hiroshima Toshogu and Shukkeien. Hiroshima Castle and Hiroshima Museum of Art are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,933 reviews)

"It is located at the train/bus station, so it is very convenient to get to places. The hotel room was very clean and staff was very pleasant. The only downside of this hotel is the almost constant announcements coming from the station especially when you get back from a long day."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/5

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima

Popular things to do in Hiroshima

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

5/5(177 reviews)

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

4.5/5(102 reviews)

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

5/5(184 reviews)

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

5/5(169 reviews)

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

4/5(9 reviews)

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

4.5/5(16 reviews)

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

Reviews of Hiroshima

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 2, 2020

Hiroshima is excellent with Miyajima island with the big tori and water surrounding the area

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 29, 2019

I will go back again when I have more time to explore the islands

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 11, 2019

Depending on time and interest, Miyajima island and Iwakuni are great destinations.

5/5 - Excellent

Eric

Dec 3, 2019

Just a heads up if you’re planning to see the great Torii gate ⛩, it’s currently under construction and completely enclosed in scaffolding. Renovation is supposed to last until summer of 2020.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 1, 2019

My trip included, Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Kobe, Osaka, Nagasaky and Hiroshima also. It is my first trip to Japan, and for sure I come back at soon is posible. I am very impressed for Japan culture, its people very friendly, the citys very clean.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 1, 2019

Beautiful city, very well put together. Easy access and driving isn’t too overwhelming like Osaka or Narita. Friendly people

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