Hiroshima is dubbed the “Paradise of tourism reborn from ruins”. Referring to Japan, people think of resilient. The country was not favored by nature, and suffered heavy losses from the war but still revived strongly. Hiroshima, one of the two disaster-stricken cities of the atomic bomb, proved to the whole world that nothing can knock down Japanese people. From a ruined city, today, Hiroshima has recovered and become one of the leading economic and tourist centers in the land of the rising sun. So, is Hiroshima worth visiting? Let’s discover one of the most visited destinations in Japan through our Hiroshima travel blog (Hiroshima blog) with the fullest Hiroshima travel guide (Hiroshima city guide, Hiroshima visitors guide) for a wonderful trip to Hiroshima on a budget for the first time & suggested Hiroshima itinerary for 2 days for the first time… to find out the answer!

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Itsukushima Shrine, must visit spot in Hiroshima.
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Ninoshima Island in Hiroshima Bay | hiroshima city guide
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park cherry blossom
Enjoy Hanami (cherry blossoms) at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
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Hiroshima in the fall
Hiroshima Castle Cherry Blossom
Hiroshima Castle
Atomic Bomb Dome, must visit place in Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome, must visit place in Hiroshima

Hiroshima is the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture, the largest city of the Chugoku Region in the west of Honshu Island. Hiroshima was recognized as a city on April 1, 1889. It is currently a national city. The city is located on a large delta of Ota River with 6 canals dividing the city into 6 islands jutting out of Hiroshima Bay. The terrain of the city is completely plain.

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The most famous Torri gate in Japan at Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island.
Famous Sika deers on Miyajima island
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Hiroshima Prefecture is located in the Chugoku region – a westernmost region compared to Osaka Prefecture. With 6 rivers flowing through the city, Hiroshima also has an interesting name, Water City.
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Okonomiyaki, must try food in Hiroshima
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Momiji Manju, very famous cake in Hiroshima, which can buy as a gift. | hiroshima city guide

Hiroshima travel guide: When is the best time to visit?

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Hiroshima, the city of water

Although Hiroshima is a prosperous and bustling city, but it has rich and beautiful natural landscapes. Surrounding the city are majestic mountains, with 6 rivers running across the city. The climate is also divided into 4 distinct seasons.

Feeding the deers on Miyajima
Feeding the deers on Miyajima

The best time to go to Hiroshima is in the fall (from October to December). Many people like to come here in the spring to see cherry blossoms but miss the beautiful scenery of this place in the fall. In Autumn, the weather is cool, not too cold, not too hot as in summer, very suitable for sightseeing. Besides, this time is the time when the trees change leaves, and the green leaves are gradually turning to yellow and red, creating a romantic landscape.

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Hundred Jizos path on Miyajima Island
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Sandankyo Gorge in autumn
Boat ride through Sandankyo Gorge. A day trip from Hiroshima you can make.

Especially, visitors often choose to visit Hiroshima in October because this month there are many great festivals held here such as Shirakami-san Autumn Festival, Ritual Fire-walking at Daigan-ji Temple, Fire walking ritual at Daishoin Temple, Momiji Maple Viewing Tea Ceremony… It is also an opportunity for visitors to visit and discover some Japanese traditions. If in spring you will see cherry blossoms, then autumn is also an opportunity for visitors to see the famous red maple trees of Japan.

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Autumn leaves

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A-Bomb Dome in the fall | hiroshima blog

Spring weather is not predictable because there may be rain or sudden fog but the weather is quite cool no matter wherever you go. If you like to see cherry blossoms, consider visiting in the spring. August is extremely hot and tourist places are often crowded. In June, it rained heavily, and in September, there was often some big storms hitting the Hiroshima area.

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Spring is also the best time to travel to Hiroshima
Hiroshima during the cherry blossom season
Hiroshima during the cherry blossom season
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Although summer (from June to August) can be hot but it is also a good time to come here. Hiroshima also has some beautiful beaches and summer is a great opportunity to swim. If you don’t like crowds, winter (from December to February) is the right time for you although it’s very cold. Some big festivals and holidays are often held in Hiroshima, especially cherry blossom festival in early April and Golden Week (late April and early May).

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Sandankyo Gorge in summer
Walk Around Peace Memorial Park
Walking around Peace Memorial Park in the summer | hiroshima travel blog

Hiroshima travel blog: How to get to Hiroshima?

Hiroshima Airport
Hiroshima Airport

Hiroshima International Airport is located 49 km from the city center. In addition to flights from major cities in Japan, the airport also receives flights from Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Bangkok, Dalian, Taipei and Guam Island. From Vietnam there is no direct flight to Hiroshima.

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Inside the airport | hiroshima blog

After arriving at Hiroshima airport, visitors should take a bus to getting to the city center. Buses are the most popular public transport in this city. Ticket prices ranging from 1.000 yen ($9.24) to 2.000 yen ($18.49) depending on your route.

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Hiroshima Airport bus map
Hiroshima Airport Bus Terminal
Hiroshima Airport Bus Terminal | hiroshima travel blog

In addition, we also found out a cheap airline firm, Spring Airlines Japan, can fly directly from Narita airport to Hiroshima airport: https://en.ch.com/, you can refer to booking airfares and fly with this airline, is reviewed pretty good. Of course, if you want to go faster and not worry too much about the cost, then Shinkansen is the best way, buying tickets in advance online also a few thousand yen cheaper.

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Japanese Shinkansen high-speed train
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Spring Airlines Japan | hiroshima blog

Hiroshima blog: Getting around Hiroshima

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Geiyo Bus

To getting around Hiroshima, visitors can use the public bus. Most buses operate around the Chugoku region, which includes the buses of Geiyo and Chugoku company. The bus ticket prices range from 1.000 to 2000 yen, depending on the route you want to go. Most buses depart from Hiroshima bus center in Sogo shopping mall near Kamiya.

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Chugoku JR Bus
Hiroshima Bus Center
Hiroshima Bus Center
Hiroshima Area Route Map
Hiroshima Area Route Map

In addition, unlike other Japanese cities, Hiroshima does not have subway but only trams running along tracks along the streets, which is also quite convenient. Ticket prices are equal on all routes: 150 yen ($1.39), but it is best to buy a One-day Card to save money. With that ticket you can travel any route during the day, without limiting the number of moves. Buy it here.

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Inside Hiroshima tram
Inside Hiroshima tram
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Hiroshima tram map
1 Day Streetcar and Ferry Pass
1 Day Streetcar and Ferry Pass | hiroshima travel blog
Hiroshima Tourist Pass SMALL Area (Hiroshima city, Miyajima area)
Hiroshima Tourist Pass SMALL Area (Hiroshima city, Miyajima area)

Hiroshima station of Japan Rail Railway is located in the east of the city. You also can take the train to the towns in Hiroshima city.

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JR and Hiroden Hiroshima Station

If you like cycling around the city, you can rent a bicycle for 263 yen ($2.43)/hour or 735 yen ($6.79)/day at the Nippon car rental area that located at Kojin market.

Hiroshima's Shimanami Kaido: One of the world's most incredible bike routes
Hiroshima’s Shimanami Kaido: One of the most stunning cycling routes in the world. | hiroshima blog

Hiroshima visitor guide: Where to stay?

Below we recommend some best cheap, budget, mid-range and upscale hotels with good ratings and reviews in Hiroshima you can refer to.

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima (Address: 1-5 Matsubaracho, Minami Ward, Hiroshima, 732-0822, Japan / Phone: +81 82-262-1111), a top rated 4-star hotel with room rates from $72/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima
Hotel Granvia Hiroshima

RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima (Address: 6-78 Motomachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, 730-0011, Japan / Phone: +81 82-502-1121), a top rated 5-star hotel with room rates from $79/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima
RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Hiroshima (Address: 1 Chome-3-20 Kokutaijimachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, 730-0042, Japan / Phone: +81 82-545-2955), a top rated 3-star hotel with room rates from $67/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Hiroshima
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Hiroshima

Hiroshima Washington Hotel (Address: 2-7 Shintenchi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, 730-0034, Japan / Phone: +81 82-553-2222), a top rated 3-star hotel with room rates from $51/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

Hiroshima Washington Hotel
Hiroshima Washington Hotel

Mitsui Garden Hotel Hiroshima (Address: 9-12 Nakamachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, 730-0037, Japan / Phone: +81 82-240-1131), a top rated 3-star hotel with room rates from $55/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

Mitsui Garden Hotel Hiroshima
Mitsui Garden Hotel Hiroshima

Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel (Address: 12-1, Wakakusacho, Higashi Ward, Hiroshima, 732-0053, Japan / Phone: +81 82-262-7111), a top rated 3-star hotel with room rates from $126/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel
Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel

Dormy Inn Hiroshima (Address: 3-28 Komachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, 730-0041, Japan / Phone: +81 82-240-1177), a top rated 3-star hotel with room rates from $46/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

Dormy Inn Hiroshima
Dormy Inn Hiroshima

Hiroshima Hana Hostel (Address: 1-15 Kojinmachi, Minami Ward, Hiroshima, 732-0807, Japan / Phone: +81 82-263-2980), a top rated 2-star hostel with room rates from $19/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

Hiroshima Hana Hostel
Hiroshima Hana Hostel | hiroshima travel blog

Hotel Sunroute Hiroshima (Address: 3 Chome-3-1 Otemachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, 730-0051, Japan / Phone: +81 82-249-3600), a top rated 3-star hotel with room rates from $37/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

Hotel Sunroute Hiroshima
Hotel Sunroute Hiroshima

Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima (Address: 23-1 Motoujinamachi, Minami Ward, Hiroshima, 734-8543, Japan / Phone: +81 82-256-1111), a top rated 4-star hotel with room rates from $64/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima
Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima

You can find more, check rates, availability & book for Hiroshima hotels on Agoda.com or Booking.com or Airbnb.com.

Hiroshima city guide: Best places to visit and top things to do

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Atomic Bomb Dome

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Coming to Hiroshima, visitors cannot help but visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. It is very famous and has become the image associated with this city, the Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome, A-Bomb Dome) originally the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall in this park has become a must visit place of the city. It used to suffer the first atomic bomb at 8:15 am on August 16, 1945. Originally, it was an area of ​​industrial promotion of the Hiroshima region and designed by a Czech architect. The construction process was not completed until 1915. Today, although the city has grown, regaining its position after the war of devastating, the city government has decided not to rebuild the building and still keep its state remains after being bombed to remember those who died in the tragedy that people here have suffered in the past. UNESCO recognized this building as a world heritage site in 1996.

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In the past.

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The dome was destroyed

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When you come here, you will hear the tour guides recounting the historic bombing of 1945 and admire the heritage, the artifacts at the park and also are exhibiting in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum to to thereby helping you gain more knowledge about the heroic history of Hiroshima. On August 6 every year, people will attend the memorial ceremony, keeping the moment of silence at 8:15 am, in memory of the dead in the atomic bomb explosion.

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A-Bomb Dome in the autumn

Address: 1-2 Nakajimacho, Naka, Hiroshima 730-0811, Hiroshima Prefecture
Hours: Open 24 hours
Phone: +81 82-504-2390

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

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In addition to Atomic Bomb Dome, visitors can also visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum also located in the park. You will learn about the atomic bomb as well as its harm. It also exhibits many contrasting images of Hiroshima city before and after being dropped by atomic bomb. Especially, you will see the baby’s bicycle being melted and the remain after the devastation. On the first floor there are images of the city before being bombed. The second floor displays items related to that historic day. The rest of the museum displaying the city’s recovery and development days after the tragedy as well as talking about the state of nuclear weapons in the world today.

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Exterior
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Inside the Peace Museum

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Artifacts

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A wrist watch stopped at 8:15 AM

Address: Address: 1-2 Nakajimacho, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, 730-0811, Japan
Phone: +81 82-241-4004
Hours: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm; admission ends 30 minutes before closing.
Closed: December 30 to 31
Admission: 200 yen
Url: http://hpmmuseum.jp/

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Cenotaph

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Next to the museum is a memorial to the victims of the historic bomb explosion. On the cenotaph, written all the names of those who died regardless of nationality. Beneath the dome is a fire that is said to never turn off until the last nuclear weapon on the planet disappears. There is also an inscription written in Japanese, which means “Rest In Peace, For The Error Shall Not Be Repeated”.

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Peace Bell Tower

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Located nearby is a peace bell tower. The bell has an engraved world map on the surface. A special feature is that there is absolutely no border between countries, to express the integrity and harmony of people all over the world. Everyone who came here is allowed to step toward and hit the bell without having to fear anything.

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Shukkeien Garden

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After visiting Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, visitors can visit the Shukkeien garden. The beautiful scenery here will definitely make you feel relax and happy. Although this place is full of trees and trees, but everything here has turned this garden into another world. You will wandering on small winding paths, cross bridges across the ponds and will encounter beautiful artificial waterfalls, finally stopping to enjoy a cup of fragrant tea at the tea house located in the garden. In spring, this garden becomes even more beautiful. The cherry blossom trees will bloom, the scenery here is covered with pink color of cherry blossoms like welcome to the new year has come. In autumn, this place is covered with yellow and red of maple leaves, and winter all become sparkling by neon lights. Traveling to Hiroshima, you cannot miss the opportunity to visit this unique garden because you will never find a similar garden elsewhere.

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Rainbow bridge
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In the cherry blossoms season

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In the fall
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In the winter

The Shukkei-en garden in Hiroshima is built in the model form of majestic mountain ranges mixed with colorful valleys. Visitors as well as locals love to visit the garden and enjoy the fresh and airy atmosphere.

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Bridges

Address: 2-11 Kaminoboricho, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, 730-0014, Japan
Hours: 9AM–6PM
Closed: December 29 to 31
Admission: 260 yen
Phone: +81 82-221-3620

Hiroshima Castle

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Hiroshima Castle Cherry Blossoms

Hiroshima Castle was built in the second half of the 16th century, by Shogun Terumoto Mori. Taking the castle as the center, the city has grown to the point of being considered the political economic focus of the Chugoku region. After the Meiji Restoration, it took on more responsibility as a provincial base for military and administrative affairs. Due to the disaster of the atomic bomb in 1945, the castle tower was a national treasure that was completely destroyed. But later it was rebuilt and preserved as a historical relic of Hiroshima and welcomed many visitors from everywhere.

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Spring season

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The moat
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