Hiroshima

Travel Guide
A-Bomb Dome

Gaze at memorials around the first city ever to be hit by a nuclear bomb or enjoy the art galleries, gardens and cuisine of the rebuilt, ultra-modern metropolis.

Modern-day Hiroshima is a bustling city of more than a million people. Its skyscrapers and flashing lights belie the devastation that took place on August 6, 1945, when an atomic bomb was dropped on the city. Despite the city's revitalization, there are many monuments and museums dedicated to the blast. There’s more to Hiroshima than this infamous event, though, and you’ll also find excellent gardens, old temples, and great art museums.

Head to the sobering Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park to explore the history and aftermath of the blast. Visit the site's Memorial Museum to see items from the bomb site, learn how the city became a target and read accounts from survivors. Move on to the building known as the "Atomic Bomb Dome"; it was almost directly beneath the bomb when it detonated and was one of the few buildings in the area not to be destroyed.

Keep walking around the park to find the Memorial Hall, where there’s a collection of names and photographs of those who died. The Children’s Peace Monument, the Flame of Peace, and dozens of other memorials are also in the park. For more museums and information, check out the Honkawa and Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum. Re-energize at the stunning Shukkei-en Gardens. There are ponds, bridges and beautifully arranged plants among which to relax. For lunch, be sure to try Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki, a Japanese-style pancake with savory ingredients.

One of Hiroshima's hidden gems is the 9th-century Mitaki Temple. Head here on a rainy day, which keeps the crowds away and adds to the serene atmosphere. Another temple of Shingon Buddhism is the Fudoin Temple; although it was only a few miles from the center of the blast, it survived with relatively minor damage. Explore Samurai culture at the museum, which is inside the fully rebuilt Hiroshima Castle. Art lovers should check out to the Hiroshima Museum of Art for a look at works by both Western masters and Japanese artists. For modern and contemporary pieces, drop by the Prefectural Art Museum or the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art.

Where to stay in Hiroshima

THE KNOT Hiroshima
THE KNOT Hiroshima
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$198 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Located in Naka Ward, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Kamiyacho. Atomic Bomb Dome ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (240 reviews)
Great hotel
"Very convenient location near the Peace Park. Highly recommend the beer garden on the top. Receiption is also located on the top of the building."

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2021

THE KNOT Hiroshima
APA Hotel Hiroshima-Ekimae Ohashi
APA Hotel Hiroshima-Ekimae Ohashi
3 out of 5
The price is HK$316 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan
Located in Hiroshima City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Kyobashi River, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Hiroshima Green Arena. Hiroshima Castle ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,219 reviews)
"Clean bedroom, location is good."

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2021

APA Hotel Hiroshima-Ekimae Ohashi
RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima
RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima
4 out of 5
The price is HK$366 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
Located in Naka Ward, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kamiyacho, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome. Hiroshima Green Arena and Hiroshima ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,498 reviews)
"Comfortable and well located"

Reviewed on 7 Jan 2022

RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
PLEIN SOLEIL Miyajimaguchi
PLEIN SOLEIL Miyajimaguchi
3 out of 5
The price is HK$403 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan
Situated in Hatsukaichi, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from JR Nishinihon Miyajima Ferry and within 3 miles (5 km) of Itsukushima Shrine and Miyajima ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (7 reviews)
"とても広くてベットもソファも広くて良かったです。 また利用したいと思いました。"

Reviewed on 3 Jan 2022

PLEIN SOLEIL Miyajimaguchi
b hotel Neko Yard
b hotel Neko Yard
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$707 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan
Located in Naka Ward, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"テーブルの裏が少しねちゃついていて移動の際少し不快だった点 風呂にイスがない点 その他は全てにおいて清潔で 非現実感を味わえてとても良かったです"

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2022

b hotel Neko Yard
HIROSHIMA Crane Peace Tower
HIROSHIMA Crane Peace Tower
3 out of 5
The price is HK$403 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan
Located in Naka Ward, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Shukkeien. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (114 reviews)
"Very clean, very large room and comfortable. Great.I’d like to stay here again.I love Hiroshima. Thanks."

Reviewed on 6 Jun 2021

HIROSHIMA Crane Peace Tower
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Hiroshima

Top things to do in Hiroshima