11 Things to Do in Hiroshima

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Hiroshima is a surreal city to visit. Though never forgotten, the people of Hiroshima have rebuilt the city from the ground up since the tragic bombing. Today, Hiroshima is a flourishing major city in Japan with plenty of things to do. 

When visiting Hiroshima, be sure to pay your respects at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Check out the museums and parks on the outskirts of Hiroshima if you get the chance, they're worth visiting. We were in Hiroshima for two days, which included a day trip to Miyajima Island, and felt like that was a good amount of time to experience Hiroshima. 

We stayed at the Hiroshima Washington Hotel during our time in Hiroshima and loved it for its convenient location. The attractions in Hiroshima are spread across the city, so when looking for a place to stay in Hiroshima, try to find one close to the Hiroshima city center. Being centrally located will allow for you to check off a lot of things to do in Hiroshima, especially in a short amount of time. 



1. Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial, or more commonly known as the Atomic Bomb Dome, is a must visit in Hiroshima. This former exhibition hall building was one of the few buildings that withstood the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and has become an icon of Hiroshima. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. 

HIROSHIMA PEACE MEMORIAL
Address: 1-10 Otemachi, Naka, Hiroshima 730-0051, Japan
Hours: Open 24 hours
Cost: FREE


2. Walk around Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Across the river from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial is the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, home to the Flame of Peace and several monuments and memorials dedicated to the victims and survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bombing. Take your time going through the park, there's a lot. 

HIROSHIMA PEACE MEMORIAL PARK
Address:
 1 Nakajimacho, Naka, Hiroshima 730-0811, Japan
Hours: Open 24 hours
Cost: FREE


3. Find peace at the Children's Peace Monument

The Children's Peace Monument, located within the Peace Memorial Park, is dedicated to Sadako Sasaki, who died of leukemia caused by the radiation from the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Before her death, she folded origami cranes, hoping that folding a thousand cranes would grant her wish of surviving. Today, thousands of cranes are offered to the monument from all over the world in hopes of world peace and for a world without nuclear weapons

CHILDREN'S PEACE MONUMENT
Address: 
1 Nakajimacho, Naka, Hiroshima 730-0811, Japan
Hours: Open 24 hours
Cost: FREE


4. Learn at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, located within the Peace Memorial Park, to learn more about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. This museum will leave you speechless. 

HIROSHIMA PEACE MEMORIAL MUSEUM
Address: 1-2 Nakajimacho, Naka, Hiroshima 730-0811, Japan
Hours: Open daily 8:30AM - 6PM
Cost: ¥200 / adult


5. Shop along Hondori Shotengai

Hondori shotengai, or just Hondori, is a covered shopping street in Hiroshima with plenty of retail and dining options. Hondori runs from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park through Kamiyacho, Hiroshima's downtown, until the PARCO department store. Great area to shop for everything you need. 


6. Try Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki is a grilled savory Japanese pancake made of flour batter, cabbage, and various types of proteins, vegetables, and condiments. While the ingredients are mixed together in traditional okonomiyaki, in Hiroshima, the ingredients are layered instead. Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki is an absolute must eat in Hiroshima, head to Okonomi-mura which is home to three floors of okonomiyaki stalls. Take your pick! 

OKONOMI-MURA
Address: 
5-13 Shintenchi, Naka, Hiroshima 730-0034, Japan
Cost: ¥800+ / okonomiyaki


7. Explore the grounds of Hiroshima Castle

Hiroshima Castle or also known as Carp Castle, was originally built in the 1590s, destroyed during the bombing, and then reconstructed. Once the home to the feudal lords of Hiroshima, today the castle serves as a museum for Hiroshima history before World War II and offers an observation deck. 

HIROSHIMA CASTLE
Address: 
21-1 Motomachi, Naka, Hiroshima 730-0011, Japan
Hours: Open daily 9AM - 6PM
Cost: ¥370 / adult (inside), FREE (outside)


8. Get a great view of Hiroshima from Hijiyama Park

Hijiyama Park is a large greenspace in Hiroshima located east of the city center. From the top of the park you can get a nice free view of Hiroshima. Great park for cherry blossom viewing in the spring. 

HIJIYAMA PARK
Address: 
Hijiyamakoen, Minami, Hiroshima 732-0817, Japan
Hours: Open daily 5AM - 11PM
Cost: FREE


9. Visit the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art

Built in 1989, the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art is the city's first museum dedicated to modern art. Located at the top of Hijiyama Park, the museum offers a panoramic view of Hiroshima. The museum is home to pieces from many recognizable Japanese and international contemporary artists. 

HIROSHIMA CITY MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Address: 
1-1 Hijiyamakoen, Minami, Hiroshima 732-0815, Japan
Hours: Open daily 10AM - 5PM, closed Monday
Cost: ¥360 / adult


10. Check out the Hiroshima City Manga Library

The Hiroshima City Manga Library is the only library in Japan dedicated to manga. You can learn about the history of manga and also check out their vintage or foreign language manga collections. This library is an absolute must for manga enthusiasts visiting Hiroshima and an overall great place to grab a book and relax for a bit, located within Hijiyama Park. 

HIROSHIMA CITY MANGA LIBRARY
Address:
 1-4 Hijiyamakoen, Minami, Hiroshima 732-0815, Japan
Hours: Open daily 10AM - 5PM, closed Monday
Cost: FREE


11. Take a day trip to Miyajima Island

The perfect day trip from Hiroshima is Miyajima Island. The island is home to the famous "floating" torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The island is a train and ferry ride away from Hiroshima and offers plenty of things to do, see, and eat.

Full Miyajima Island guide coming soon, stay tuned! 


Do you need a place to stay in Hiroshima? 

We stayed at the Hiroshima Washington Hotel for our trip and highly recommend it! The hotel is located right next to the PARCO department store in downtown Hiroshima. Shopping and dining is super convenient since the hotel is the endpoint of Hondori and right next door to Okonomi-mura! Sleek, modern hotel that offers great views of Hiroshima.

HIROSHIMA WASHINGTON HOTEL
Address: 2-7 Shintenchi, Naka, Hiroshima 730-0034, Japan
Check in: 2PM
Check out: 11AM
Phone number: +81 82-553-2222
For more information, visit the official website

Check out our full review of the Hiroshima Washington Hotel


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