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HiroshimaJapan

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!(398 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 Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and jump on the metro at Kamiya-cho-higashi Station or Tate-machi Station to see more of the city.

Hiroshima City Centre
Hiroshima Castle which includes chateau or palace

Naka Ward

4.5/5Wonderful!(17 area reviews)

Travelers love Naka Ward for its popular shops, and you can see more of Hiroshima by jumping on the metro at Takanobashi Station or Nissekibyoin-mae Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome.

Naka Ward
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
Hiroshima featuring heritage elements and a lake or waterhole as well as a large group of people

Minami Ward

While you're in Minami Ward, take in top sights like Mazda Museum or Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, and hop on the metro to see more the city at Ujina 4-chome Station or Ujina 5-chome Station.

Minami Ward
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Higashi Ward

While you're in Higashi Ward, take in top sights like Fudoin Temple or Hiroshima Toshogu, and hop on the metro to see more the city at Fudoin-mae Station or Ushita Station.

Higashi Ward
Hiroshima showing a park, flowers and heritage elements

Nishi Ward

While you're in Nishi Ward, take in top sights like Marina Hop or Mitaki-dera, and hop on the metro to see more the city at Fukushima-cho Station or Nishi-kan-on-machi Station.

Nishi Ward

Top Hotels in Hiroshima

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Nest Hotel Hiroshima Hatchobori
Nest Hotel Hiroshima Hatchobori
3 out of 5
13-12 Noboricho, Hiroshima, Hiroshima
The price is NT$1,241 per night

Located in Naka Ward, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hiroshima Central Shopping District and Atomic Bomb Dome. Hiroshima Green Arena and Hiroshima ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (398 reviews)

"This hotel was convenient, within walking distance of both the JR station and the Peace Park, plenty of dining and shopping nearby. And, while the pictures show hip decor, they really delivered with one of the most comfortable mattresses I have slept on in Japan ever. And some of the best ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/17

Nest Hotel Hiroshima Hatchobori
RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima
RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima
4 out of 5
6-78 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken
The price is NT$2,303 per night

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! (2,376 reviews)

"The level of service at this hotel was top notch! From the minute you walk through the doors, check in & check out, the staff was attentive, friendly & amazing. They know the meaning of going above & beyond for the customer! Highly recommend this hotel to anyone going to Hiroshima!"…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/23

RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima
Hiroshima Washington Hotel
Hiroshima Washington Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2-10 Shintenchi Nakaku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken
The price is NT$1,796 per night

Located in Naka Ward, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Memorial Cathedral for World Peace, Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,754 reviews)

"Hotel near to shopping and walking distance to places of interest."…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/17

Hiroshima Washington Hotel

Popular places to visit in Hiroshima

Itsukushima Shrine
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Itsukushima Shrine

4.5/5(181 reviews)

Walk along wooden piers and observe the captivating sights of this Shinto shrine that appears to float on the water offshore from Miyajima Island.

Atomic Bomb Dome
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Atomic Bomb Dome

4.5/5(190 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 Park
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

5/5(182 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(105 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.

Miyajima Ferry Terminal
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Miyajima Ferry Terminal

4.5/5(116 reviews)

Take a relaxing and scenic ferry trip to the sacred island of Miyajima and begin your journey to serene shrines and a tranquil mountain peak.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

5/5(173 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.

Reviews of Hiroshima

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Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Hiroshima is a very nice city, small enough in scale not to overwhelm, but with most of the amenities of a bigger city. Lots of lovely trees.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 13, 2020

Hiroshima isna great place to visit. We fell.in love with this city and plan to come back again.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 12, 2020

Very sad and sobering place given its history. Important to go but dont recommend staying for an extended period of time

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 10, 2020

Small city with a big heart and unique history

4/5 - Good

Lil_lost

Mar 9, 2020

Great town to visit. Would love to come back.

4/5 - Good

TravelHacker

Jan 26, 2020

Can visit most tourist areas in a day trip. Most of the interesting parts of the area are further south, or on the island next to Hiroshima. If visiting again, would do one day in city center one day in south.

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