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A-Bomb Dome

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 Crane Peace Tower
HIROSHIMA Crane Peace Tower
3 out of 5
12-21 Higashihira Tsukamachi Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima
The price is ¥5,455 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Located in Naka Ward, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and Shukkeien. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (112 reviews)
"Very clean, very large room and comfortable. Great.I’d like to stay here again.I love Hiroshima. Thanks."

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2021

HIROSHIMA Crane Peace Tower
3.5 out of 5
Heiwa Odori 6-12 Tanakamachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima
The price is ¥6,460 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Located in Naka Ward, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Hiroshima Central Shopping District and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Hiroshima ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (37 reviews)
"キッチンがあることでちょっとした洗い物や調理に便利でした。ダイニングテーブルで食事や勉強もでき快適でした。 Wi-Fiが繋がりにくく戸惑ったり、ベランダからの景色を楽しみにしていましたが一階だったため叶わなかったので少し評価を下げました。 土間のようになっていたため、外国人は土足で歩くのでしょうね。日本人はスリッパや子供なら裸足になると思うので、そのあたりのゾーニングは欲しかったです。"

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2021

b hotel Neko Yard
b hotel Neko Yard
3.5 out of 5
2-10 Nekoyacho Naka Ward, Hiroshima, Hiroshima
The price is ¥5,986 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Located in Naka Ward, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)

Reviewed on May 25, 2021

b hotel Neko Yard
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