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Hiroshima
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels in Hiroshima

THE KNOT Hiroshima
THE KNOT Hiroshima
3.5 out of 5
3-1-1 Otemachi, Hiroshima, Hiroshima
The price is ¥4,182 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

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

4.6/5Wonderful! (66 reviews)

"We booked last minute without much research. Great hotel in a fantastic location. Rooms were larger than expected for japan and for the price. Surprise rooftop bar over looking the park and dome. Easy access to Hiroshima station, Hondori shops / restaurants and the peace memorial museum. Highly ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

THE KNOT Hiroshima
RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima
RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima
4 out of 5
6-78 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken
The price is ¥8,264 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

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! (1,748 reviews)

"Incredible view of the castle. Perfect location. Great food options"…"

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2020

RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima
Red Planet Hiroshima
Red Planet Hiroshima
2.5 out of 5
7-10 Nagarekawacho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima
The price is ¥3,436 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Naka Ward, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hiroshima Central Shopping District, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and Atomic Bomb Dome. Hiroshima ...

4.3/5Excellent! (25 reviews)
Clean and comfortable. Can stream wireless to TV.

"Very clean and modern hotel. Chromecast-enabled TV so wireless pairing/streaming Netflix and stuff from your own mobile devices is possible and is a nice touch. Good strong wifi signal and speed from our room. The shower had one of those ceiling-mounted rainfall shower heads in addition to a typical ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

Red Planet Hiroshima
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Hiroshima

bHotel
bHotel
3.5 out of 5
Heiwa Odori 6-12 Tanakamachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima
The price is ¥5,361 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Located in Naka Ward, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hiroshima Central Shopping District, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and Atomic Bomb Dome. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (11 reviews)

"一階の利用はベランダやカーテンを開けることができないのでそこだけ唯一気になる"…"

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

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Marubeni Sasai
Marubeni Sasai
4 out of 5
1-3-27 Sakaimachi, Naka-ku, Marubeni Sakaimachi Bld, Hiroshima, Hiroshima
The price is ¥2,968 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Located in Naka Ward, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Peace Kannon, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and Atomic Bomb Dome. Hiroshima Green ...

Marubeni Sasai
Marubeni Hongawa Building
Marubeni Hongawa Building
3.5 out of 5
Marubeni Hongawa Building, Honkawacho 3-chome-4-28, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima
The price is ¥4,787 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Naka Ward, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Hiroshima Central Shopping District, Atomic Bomb Dome, and Hiroshima Green Arena. ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)

"室内は非常に綺麗で、自宅にいるような寛げる空間で、とても満足しました、 機会があればまた利用させていただきたいです。"…"

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2021

Marubeni Hongawa Building
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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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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