Hiroshima (広島) can be an extremely emotional, sad place, but it’s one that must be visited. During World War 2 a nuclear bomb destroyed Hiroshima and most places for tourists are related to this. It’s best as a one day trip from Kyoto.
Budget travel tips
Get a free tourist map from the Shinkansen exit of JR Hiroshima station. English support provided.
Everything is pretty central, so you can walk everywhere if you have the tourist map.
Places of interest
One of the few building in central Hiroshima to survive the nuclear blast.
A beautiful park filled with memorials to those lost and hope for the future.
A must visit in Hiroshima. Make sure you have plenty of time to explore this museum.
Open: 8:30 – 18:00
Price: 50 yen
A long shopping street with loads of cool shops and restaurants to see. Come here for dinner in the evening.
A large castle with interesting castle grounds. Highly recommended for cherry blossoms.
Open: 9:00 – 16:30
Price: Adults 260 yen, Children 180 yen
Stunning island, not far from Hiroshima. Click here for the full travel guide.
Recommended Hostels and Cheap Hotels
Backpackers Hostel K’s House Hiroshima
J-Hoppers Hiroshima Guesthouse
How to get there
With the Japan Rail Pass
From Kyoto station, take the Shinkansen (JR bullet train) to Hiroshima station (102 mins).
From Tokyo station, take the Shinkansen (JR bullet train) to Hiroshima station (about 4 hours).
Without the Japan Rail Pass
Free Volunteer Guides
Hiroshima SGG club – firstname.lastname@example.org (10 days notice required)
Visit Hiroshima – Hiroshima Prefecture
Hiroshima Navigator – Hiroshima City