Hiroshima Travel Guide

  • My Hiroshima
    My Hiroshima
    by robertbaum
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    by blawatek
  • Hiroshima
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Hiroshima Highlights

  • Pro
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    Atre says…

     Important historically, islands off the city to visit 

  • Con
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    GrumpyDiver says…

     A-Bomb destruction means not a lot of historical places to see 

  • In a nutshell
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    sinjabc says…

     Beautiful city worth visiting. I would love to visit again. 

Hiroshima Things to Do

  • Peace Park and Memorial Museum

    The Peace Memorial Park is about a 15 minute streetcar ride from the train station. There are actually two train stations . Hiroshima and Shin-Hiroshima, which are connected. The Shinkansen trains stop at the Shin-Hiroshima station which is north of the Hiroshima station. Budget about two hours ( plus ) for the Park and Museum.

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  • Miyajima

    I was skeptical about the appeal of Mt. Misen since one round trip ticket costed me 1800 yen, which was by far the most expensive ropeway I had ever used. "No view is worth this much, " I remember telling myself. Of course, Mt. Misen soon showed me just how small-minded I was since the ride felt like forever. At least, the amount of time I spent in...

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  • Hiroshima Castle

    Hiroshima Castle was built in 1589 by Mori Terumoto where he ruled over much of the Chugoku region. The castle survived through the years, even when other castles were torn down in the Meiji Period, but it could not withstand the atomic bombing in 1945, which exploded quite close to the wooden castle. The current castle was built in 1958. Inside...

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Hiroshima Restaurants

  • A friendly welcome

    While exploring the Peace Memorial Park we met up with another of our group, Phil, and we agreed to go for some lunch together. Following the advice of my Lonely Planet guidebook we explored the streets to the south of the park, beyond the museum. A floating restaurant in a boat on the river looked appealing but was a bit fancy for our needs. Then...

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  • Hiroshima Okonomiyaki

    Hiroshima has many delicious okonomiyaki restaurants; it's the city's most famous dish, known throughout Japan. Osaka is considered to be the other okonomiyaki city but with all due respect, Hiroshima is number one!Hiroshima okonomiyaki has yakisoba on the bottom and traditionally does not have mayonnaise on top (that is an Osaka addition). Here at...

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  • Food, glorious food

    If I had to pick a prefecture to live in based on culinary preferences, it would be Hiroshima, no questions asked. It was love at first sight with its many mouth-watering dishes. Of course, you must have heard of its big oysters and okonomiyaki. Incidentally, I ordered a version of okonomiyaki that incorporated all my favourites--oyster, eel and...

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Hiroshima Nightlife

  • Funky Place

    The King of Soul was a diner-style funky place that placed funk and soul music. We were there really late on a week day, so the bar was quiet. Casual

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  • Crazy Place

    This small fun place plays psy-trance music and has a dart board. The locals also play funky anime on the tvs. Great for a drink and a stop. Very Casual

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  • Lots of Fun!

    Cover Bar was a great random find. The owner was very friendly and entertaining. We had a few drinks together and listened to great dub step. Casual

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Hiroshima Transportation

  • Travel Within Hiroshima

    To get to the Peace Memorial Park from Hiroshima station we took the trolley bus. You can catch either number 2 or 6. The fare is a flat 150¥ and you pay on leaving the bus. We weren’t totally sure about this system when we first boarded but this friendly local man showed us what to do, using mime and sign language, and also kindly let me take...

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  • Getting To Hiroshima

    We travelled to Hiroshima by bullet train on a day trip from Osaka. There are several trains an hour from Shin-Osaka station, and the journey takes about 90 minutes. The trip was covered by our JR passes. As this was an independent day out, rather than part of our tour, we had no pre-booked seat reservations. We could have queued for some at the...

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  • To Hiroshima by bullet train

    We travelled to Hiroshima by bullet train on a day trip from Osaka. There are several trains an hour from Shin-Osaka station, and the journey takes about 90 minutes. The trip was covered by our JR passes. As this was an independent day out, rather than part of our tour, we had no pre-booked seat reservations. We could have queued for some at the...

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Hiroshima Shopping

  • Shopping on Miyajima Island

    This shopping street is on the way back from the Itsukushima Shrine to the ferry port. You can pick up local souvenirs here, including wooden ladles, pottery and food items. The wooden ladle is a typical item from Miyajima, and is often used as a good luck charm.Another typical local souvenir are soft sponge cakes shaped like maple leaves which...

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  • Nagerakawa shopping area

    Hiroshimas geographical center is comprised five districts. One district - Nagerakawa - is neon central. Here the signs of bars, restaurants of all classes, and sundry entertainment establishments set the swarming streets aglow. During the day, shoppers may be out in throngs, particularly around Mitsukoshi Department Store and Midorii Tenmaya....

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Hiroshima Local Customs

  • Remembering the past: hoping for the...

    Near the Atomic Bomb Dome we saw several displays set up by local people – some artefacts from the devastation caused by the bomb such as these roof tiles (photo two), posters campaigning for peace and some old photos of Hiroshima at the time, both before and after the bomb. This area just on the fringes of the Peace Memorial Park seems to have...

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  • Paper cranes

    Wherever you go in the Peace Memorial Park you will come across these origami folded paper cranes. They are left in their thousands at the Children’s Peace Memorial, but also at many of the other monuments, and we were given some by several of the school children we met, as mementoes and in thanks for the time we spent talking to them (see my...

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  • Paper Cranes

    The Crane has become an unofficial symbol of Hiroshima since the story of Sadako Sasaki became world famous. Sadako Sasaki was born in Hiroshima in 1943 and was only 2 years old when the Atomic Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Sadako survived the blast but several years later in 1954, she started to develop a rash on her neck. 3 months later the rash...

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Hiroshima Warnings and Dangers

  • Typhoon Damaga

    The Itsukushima Shrine Complex on Miyajima suffered an extensive damage on September 7, 2004 as a result of a major typhoon. One National Treasure building has been blown away.Visitors to Miyajima should expect closures and repair/construction work for the next several months.

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  • Small spaces!

    The showers, toilets and sinks are all tiny compared to western standards! Be prepared when i say small! Made be laugh, but definatly inconvient at times. This is the best angle I could get to see it all!

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  • Stay out of the Bike Crossing!

    Something that really surprised me was that in Hiroshima they have pedestrian and bicycle crossings. Nice! So pay attention so you don't get run over and stay out of the bike crosswalk! It's a great thing; I wish the US would have these in the cities also!

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Hiroshima Tourist Traps

  • Last remain building

    A common building, some walls in ruin? No! A solid trace, strong enough to resist, even so close to the hypocenter (100 - 200 m), destroying all the construction rules. It wanted to survive. Is there a building for ever, indestructible, untouchable? Go there!

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  • Peace symbols

    Paper cranes in long chains, hanged near the rock big monuments ... they represent the monuments created by simple peoples.

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  • City of Peace

    Once you visit Hiroshima, you cannot forget it. The Museum is full of emotions. My hand sometimes refuse to take pictures inside it. Not to disturb the atosphere... I recommend to the people who wants to start a war to go first there....

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Hiroshima What to Pack

  • WHAT TO BRING?

    Hiroshima is likely to be a destination you will come to from the Kansai area. If this is the case you will probably be travelling by train. As I have said in other Japan related pages, heavy suitcases are not appropriate luggage for train travel in Japan. I would leave such bags and bring a backpack or a smaller, comfortable carry bag. You don't...

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  • Packing List

    With all the goodies available in Japan, I'd say bring lots of cash & storage bags! You can buy anything from here :)

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  • Cash + Storage.

    With all the goodies available in Japan, I'd say bring lots of cash & storage bags! You can buy anything from here :)

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Hiroshima Off The Beaten Path

  • Hiroshima Castle - now History Museum

    Hiroshima Castle is sometimes overshadowed by other popular visit sites. It was built by Feudal KLord, Mori Terimoto in 1590 and was destroyed in the atomic bombing in 1945. Reconstructed in 1958. It has been transformed into a history museum. It is relatively small but a beautiful castle. How to get there: From Hiroshima Station, take a streetcar...

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  • Naked Chick Statue

    I thought this was kind of odd to have out in public, but who am I to say. It's a statue of 4 naked chicks. We saw it on our way to the Castle.

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  • Bonzai!!!!!!

    I don't know if this really is a Bonzai tree or not, but I thought it was cool so I took the picture of it.

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Hiroshima Sports & Outdoors

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    by Rabbityama Written Sep 4, 2012

    Hiroshima is only known abroad for its history but here in Japan, its fame goes well beyond that. Among other things, Hiroshima is one of Japan's top baseball cities. Their pro team is called the Carps. They're the only team in Japan that is owned and supported by the citizens so the fans are quite avid and loyal both locally and outside the city. When the Carps are doing well, the fans can be just as exciting to watch as the game itself! I was lucky to see a game in which the Carps pulled ahead to win it (against Yakult).

    Mazda Zoom! Zoom! Stadium is the name of the stadium where the Carps play. It's a nice, new stadium and the name comes from the Mazda car manufacturer which is based in Hiroshima.

    Tickets sell for as low as 1800 yen but if you want better seats, the price obviously goes up!

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Hiroshima Favorites

  • Some history

    This is of course not my "favourite thing" about Hiroshima, but until VT provides a tip category for general information about a destination I see no alternative but to place this one here. Before you start to look round the Peace Memorial Park it is as well to know something about what happened here on Monday 6th August 1945. You can do that very...

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  • Meeting Japanese children

    Unsurprisingly, the story of what happened in Hiroshima seems to be on the curriculum in every Japanese school, and the children are taught through this story, and in particular that of Sadako Sasaki, to work for peace and a non-nuclear world (perhaps somewhat ironically given recent events at Fukushima). It also seems that every class in the...

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  • Christmas Time lights along the parkway

    This was a bonus we weren't planning on. The key to it had been the location of our hotel along the parkway. We stayed there on December 27 and were surprised to find it illuminated all along the parkway. It was stupendous. It was obvious with people out and about that many others were enjoying this Christmas light display as well.There were lights...

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