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Overview

Embark on a poignant journey through history and resilience with a visit to Hiroshima, a city whose origins date back to the 6th and 7th centuries when it prospered as the regions of Aki and Bingo. In 1589, a regional warlord during the Sengoku period, gave Hiroshima its name and built a castle in what is now Hiroshima City. 

 

Despite its ancient roots, Hiroshima's modern identity is profoundly shaped by the events of August 1945, when it became the site of the world's first atomic bombing, devastating the city and its inhabitants at the close of World War II. 

 

Today, Hiroshima stands as a symbol of peace and reconciliation, anchored by the somber yet hopeful Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Here, the iconic Atomic Dome stands as a silent witness to the horrors of nuclear warfare. The park also features a peace pagoda and the Children's Peace Monument pays tribute to the innocent lives lost with a poignant statue of a girl holding a paper crane. 

 

The girl depicted in the statue believed that by folding 1000 paper cranes, she could cure herself of the radiation effects resulting from the bomb. To this day people from around the world, fold cranes and send them to Hiroshima where they are placed near the statue as a symbol of peace. Hiroshima was proclaimed a city of peace by the Japanese parliament in 1949.

 

Beyond Hiroshima's poignant memorials, it offers a wealth of attractions to explore, including the majestic Hiroshima Castle, gardens and historic shrines. Venture to the nearby Miyajima Island, renowned for its iconic Itsukushima Shrine and breathtaking shrine. On the scenic ferry ride to Miyajima Island marvel at the floating torii gate at high tide, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the island's lush forests, hike to the summit of Mount Misen or panoramic views and encounter friendly wild deer roaming freely. 

 

After a day of exploration, indulge in Hirsohima's culinary deilghts, including the city's famous okonomiyaki; a savoury pancake layered with cabbage, noodles and various toppings. Don't miss out on trying Hiroshima-style tsukemen, a dipping noodle dish serve with a rich, flavourful broth. 

 

With its rich tapestry of cultural sites, breathtaking landscapes and delectable cuisine, Hiroshima promises an unforgettable journey of reflection, discovery and inspiration. 

Facilities & Attractions

Tourist attractions and the latest trendy spots.

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial, originally the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, and now commonly called the Genbaku Dome, Atomic Bomb Dom

Hiroshima Castle, sometimes called Carp Castle, is a castle in Hiroshima. The castle was originally constructed in the 1590s, but was destroyed by the

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is a museum located in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, in central Hiroshima. dedicated to documenting the atomic bom

The name Itsukushima literally means 'island of worship' and from ancient times the island itself was worshipped as a god. The mystical Itsukushima Shr

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is a memorial park in the center of Hiroshima, Japan. It is dedicated to the legacy of Hiroshima as the first city in the

The museum's collection includes a wide variety of artwork, including foreign works ranging from mid-19th Century Romanticism to those representing the

The Mazda Motor Corporation, founded in Hiroshima in 1920, still retains its corporate headquarters in the city of its origins. In addition to the head

Shukkeien has a long history dating back to 1620, just after the completion of Hiroshima Castle. The garden displays many features of the traditional a

Okonomi-mura is a Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki food theme park located at 5-13 Shintenchi in Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture. It is near the ea

  • Best Time to Visit
  • How to Reach Hiroshima
  • Resorts & City Guide
  • Pros & Cons
  • SPRING (March - May)
  •  ‌Humidity and temperatures combines to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 25.8° C and 12.5° C with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 7 to 8 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is fairly slow for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.
  • Weather: Max 19° C | Min 9° C

 
  • SUMMER (June - September)
  • ‌ ‌The middle- year months have every comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see the most precipitation with 7 to 10 days of precipitation pre month. Jun-August is the busiest season for tourism in Hiroshima, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
  • Weather: Max 29° C | Min 21° C

 
  • AUTUMN (September - November)
  • ‌ Fall daily range from 31° C and 15° C, which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 5 to 6 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordable priced.
  • Weather: Max 22° C | Min 14° C

 
  • WINTER (December - February)
  • ‌‌ Weather is too cold this time of year in Hiroshima to be enjoyable for warm weather travellers. The average high during this season is between 12.6° C and 9.4° C. On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 6 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.
  • Weather: Max 11° C | Min 2° C

 

By Air

The relatively small Hiroshima Airport (HIJ) is located 31 miles east of the city and runs regular flights to and from Tokyo, Sapporo, Sendai, Okinawa, as well as China, Taiwan, and South Korea. Visitors from further afield will need a connecting flight to Hiroshima from one of these locations. The Limousine Bus from the airport to Hiroshima Station takes about 45 minutes

By Train

The infamous Japanese bullet trains, known as Shinkansen, are run by Japan Rail, the largest train operator in the country. Shinkansen will get you from Tokyo to Hiroshima in four hours, and from Osaka in a mere two hours. It's a very scenic route winding along Japan's southern shore to western Honshu. Hiroshima Station is located at 1 Matsubarachō in the Minami-ku district.

By Car

It is possible to drive to Hiroshima from other big cities in Japan, however, it will take longer than the Shinkansen bullet trains. You'll need to follow Sanyo Expressway along the southern coast, in much the same direction as the trains as trains from Osaka, Kobe, and Okayama.

By Bus

The recently remodelled and refurbished Shinkansen Exit (north side) of Hiroshima Station. Willer Express run regular highway buses to Hiroshima from popular cities such as Kyoto, Osaka, and Tokyo. These include night bus services from Kyoto, Kobe, and Osaka. Bus is a cheap way to travel but be prepared for a long journey; for example, from Tokyo, the journey will take around 12 hours.

By Private Transfer

Some private taxi company  provide a Door-to-Door service*. They will pick you up from the Airport terminal you arrived and take you to the address where you want to go to. On departure we will pick you up from your address and drop you off at the terminal from which your flight leaves.

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Pros

  • Experience Japanese culture
  • Hondori Shopping arcade
  • Shrines and Hiroshima Castle
  • Educates you about history
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island
  • Japanese pancakes

Cons

  • Less attractions
  • There is no 5 star hotel

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