Hiroshima

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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

atomic_smallAtomic Dome (FREE)

One of the few building in central Hiroshima to survive the nuclear blast.

 

peace_park_tnPeace Memorial Park (FREE)

A beautiful park filled with memorials to those lost and hope for the future.

 

peace_museum_smallHiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

A must visit in Hiroshima.  Make sure you have plenty of time to explore this museum.

Open: 8:30 – 18:00

Price: 50 yen

Official Website

hondori_smallHon Dori Shopping Street (FREE)

A long shopping street with loads of cool shops and restaurants to see.  Come here for dinner in the evening.

 

hiroshima_casle_tn2Hiroshima Castle

A large castle with interesting castle grounds. Highly recommended for cherry blossoms.

Open: 9:00 – 16:30

Price: Adults 260 yen, Children 180 yen

miyajima_Otorii_Gate_sMiyajima

Stunning island, not far from Hiroshima.  Click here for the full travel guide.

 

Iwakuni

Iwakuni is a castle town in southern Chugoku near Hiroshima, famous for it’s iconic Kintaikyo Bridge. Click here for our budget travel guide.

Recommended Hostels and Cheap Hotels

Backpackers Hostel K’s House Hiroshima

Japanese hostel chain with good prices and many happy customers it seems! Check prices at Booking.com, Agoda or HostelWorld.

J-Hoppers Hiroshima Guesthouse

Friendly hostel with a variety of dorms and private rooms.  Next to the Peach Park.  Check prices at Booking.com, Agoda or HostelWorld.

More at HostelWorldBooking.com and Agoda.

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

Get an overnight bus with Willer Express (click link at the top for English) or use the Japan Bus Pass.

Map

Free Volunteer Guides

Hiroshima SGG club – taif@fureai-ch.ne.jp (10 days notice required)

Links

Visit Hiroshima – Hiroshima Prefecture

Hiroshima Navigator – Hiroshima City

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