While Hiroshima is widely known for the WWII atomic bombing, present-day Hiroshima is a modern, culturally rich city with plenty to do. Home to leafy sidewalks, annual festivals, and over 4,000 bars and restaurants, Hiroshima is a vibrant city not to be missed. Take a Hiroshima tour and you’ll be exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites, sampling scrumptious delicacies, and paying respect to those who lost their lives in WWII.
Pay a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on your Hiroshima tour and soak up the legacy of the 1945 nuclear attack. Over 1 million people visit a year to pay their respects.
Stroll further into the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and visit the historic remains of the atomic blast contained at the Atomic Bomb Dome, a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Marvel at Japanese architecture at its finest as you visit the 16th century Hiroshima Castle, partially destroyed and rebuilt during the war.
Catch a ferry over to Itsukushima island and explore the green forest, marvel at ancient temples, and soak up spectacular views of Mount Minsen.
Take a break in Shukkeien historic gardens as you relax in a green oasis in the heart of the city, home to a koi pond and flowering trees.
Hiroshima Travel Tips
Make sure you purchase a Japan Rail Pass to get your money’s worth on a long-distance train ride. The pass must be purchased before you enter the country and offers unlimited use of the Japan train system for a one-off fee.
As a foreigner visiting Hiroshima, you won’t be met with any animosity but you should be respectful of Hiroshima at all times. Try and avoid taking photographs smiling in front of memorials and museums that document the tragedy of the atomic bomb.
If you’re taking a Japan tour on a budget then you might want to live off curry, ramen, and donburi as these three dishes tend to be inexpensive. You can find cheap meals at convenience stores too.
If you’re planning on visiting Itsukushima island, then be wary of the ferry crossing times. While the crossing takes only 10 minutes, the last ferry back to the mainland departs at 22:14 so don’t miss it!
Hop aboard the Hiroden, the city’s electric streetcar when in Hiroshima as it is an easy way of getting around the city. Take a ticket from the box near the door when you get in the Hiroden and when you hop off simply give your ticket to the attendant and they’ll tell you how much you owe.