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 revitalisation, 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-energise 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
3-1-1 Otemachi, Hiroshima, Hiroshima
The price is AU$45 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
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 Exceptional! (189 reviews)
"Very nice hotel! Only thing that was kinda off putting is we found an old fry in between our beds lol but otherwise everything was nice! We ended up having to park a ways away because there isnt much close parking so that wasnt great but not horrible."

Reviewed on 19 Aug. 2021

THE KNOT Hiroshima
RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima
RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima
4 out of 5
6-78 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken
The price is AU$114 per night from 4 Nov. to 4 Nov.
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! (1,526 reviews)
"The location was great."

Reviewed on 14 Aug. 2021

RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima
Hiroshima Washington Hotel
Hiroshima Washington Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2-10 Shintenchi Nakaku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken
The price is AU$69 per night from 31 Oct. to 31 Oct.
Located in Naka Ward, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Memorial Cathedral for World Peace, Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (977 reviews)
"Washington is very clean and has staff well-acquainted with English speakers. With Okonomimura, Chuo-doori, and Hon-doori being right its doorstep, you don't have to go far for a great Hiroshima meal."

Reviewed on 25 Jul. 2021

Hiroshima Washington Hotel
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.
Sophia Court Nishi Tokaichi
Sophia Court Nishi Tokaichi
2.5 out of 5
5-12 Nishitoukaichimachi, Hiroshima, Hiroshima
The price is AU$59 per night from 28 Oct. to 28 Oct.
Located in Naka Ward, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Hiroshima Central Shopping District, Bell of Peace and Atomic Bomb Dome. Memorial ...
4/5 Very Good! (4 reviews)
"食器や鍋、フライパン、包丁があったので料理できて良かったです。長期滞在も可能です。"

Reviewed on 26 Jun. 2021

Sophia Court Nishi Tokaichi
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bHotel
3.5 out of 5
Heiwa Odori 6-12 Tanakamachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima
The price is AU$143 per night from 2 Nov. to 2 Nov.
Located in Naka Ward, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Hiroshima Central Shopping District, Fukuromachi Park and Raisanyo Shiseki Museum. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (28 reviews)
"小さい子がいるため事前にベッドをくっつけてほしいといった要望も快く引き受けてくださり助かりました。お部屋も広く綺麗で過ごしやすかったです。個人的には枕がもう少し低いと嬉しかったですが、好みがあるかと思いますので… また広島に滞在した際には宿泊できればと思います。ありがとうございました。"

Reviewed on 14 Oct. 2021

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GRAND BASE Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
GRAND BASE Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
3 out of 5
1-chome-7-9 Sakaimachi Naka Ward, Hiroshima, Hiroshima
The price is AU$162 per night from 29 Oct. to 29 Oct.
Located in Naka Ward, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Peace Kannon and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Children's Peace Monument and Memorial ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (8 reviews)
"アメニティが少し少ない"

Reviewed on 19 Sep. 2021

GRAND BASE Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
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