• Hiroshima in Japan

Hiroshima

The city steeped in History

Hiroshima is the capital of the prefecture of the same name, located south of the island of Honshu, on the northern coast of the Seto inland sea. Founded in the 17th century by the daimyo Terumoto Mori, feudal lord of the province, the city developed rapidly around its castle and became one of the most important in Japan, both industrially, economically and artistically. But Hiroshima is best known for having suffered the first atomic bombardment in history on August 6, 1945, 3 days before Nagasaki.

Scratched off the map by the A-bomb, it nevertheless rose from the ashes and was completely rebuilt after the war, then proclaimed a City of Peace in 1949. Today, Hiroshima is one of the most prosperous cities in Japan, with no trace of this terrible episode, with the exception of Genbaku Dome, the only building near the epicentre that was not completely destroyed in the explosion and has been preserved as a “Peace Memorial” and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You can visit the Peace Museum and the Peace Memorial Park, which covers 12 hectares near the hypocentre of the explosion. In the Park, there is the Peace Park Cenotaph, a granite arch where all the names of the bomb victims are found; the Peace Bells (one in the park and one in the museum), the Flame of Peace and the Gates of Peace.

But Hiroshima is a very culturally rich city and there are many other interests. Hiroshima Castle, which played a major role in the city’s feudal history, was rebuilt exactly as it was after being destroyed by the bomb. It contains in particular a museum of the city of Hiroshima, on 5 floors.

Nature lovers will appreciate the Shukkei-en garden (where you can explore mountains and valleys in miniature). Itsuku-shima or Miya-jima island is also a must: to get there from Hiroshima, you have to take the ferry to the port.

In terms of gastronomy, Hiroshima’s emblem is the famous Japanese omelette (okonomiyaki). As for the festivities, the Hiroshima International Animation Film Festival, which takes place every two years in August, is also not to be missed.

To get to Hiroshima, you must take the Shinkansen from Tokyo Station. The journey takes about 5 hours (2 hours from Kyoto).

Hiroshima in Japan map

General informations

Hiroshima in japanese : 広島

Region : Chugoku

Prefecture : Hiroshima

Population : 1.2 million inhabitants

Density : 1,320 inhab/km²

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Where to sleep in Hiroshima

among the most valued hotels

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima is directly connected to the JR Hiroshima Shinkansen(Bullet TrainStation. This Michelin 3-star rated hotel offers modern accommodation with 6 restaurants, massage services and rooms with free Wi-Fi.

Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima

Offering 6 dining options and a 24-hour front desk, Rihga Royal Hotel is 10 minutes from JR Hiroshima Train Station by car. Rooms include a flat-screen satellite TV and a private bathroom with bathtub. Free WiFi is available in all guest rooms.

ANA Crowne Plaza Hiroshima

ust a 5-minute walk from Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park, ANA Crowne Plaza features a 22nd-floor French restaurant and a health club with a pool. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel

Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel is a 1-minute walk from Hiroshima Stationand a 10-minute drive from the Atomic Bomb Dome. It offers 4 dining options, an indoor pool and a fitness centre.

Urbain Hiroshima Central

Urbain Hiroshima Central offers modern accommodations with free wired internet access. Guests can relax in the spacious public baths and sauna rooms. The hotel is only a 3-minute walk from Hatchobori Tram Station.

among the most booked hotels

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Hiroshima

Conveniently located in Hiroshima‘s main commercial district, just a 1-minute walk from Chudenmae Tram Station, Daiwa Roynet Hotel Hiroshima offers a Japanese restaurant and rooms with a 40-inch LCD TV and free WiFi access. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park can be accessed within a 10-minute walk.

Hotel Flex

Located by the Kyobashi Riverside, Hotel Flex offers easy access to attractions and transportation links, modern, air-conditioned rooms with free internet access, TV and attached bathroom. This is an entirely non-smoking property.

Hiroshima Washington Hotel

Hiroshima Washington Hotel offers accommodations with free WiFi access. Hatchobori Tram Station is a 5-minute walk and Hiroshima Station is a 15-minute tram ride away.

Mitsui Garden Hotel Hiroshima

A 10-minute walk from Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and a 5-minute walk from Fukuromachi Tram StationMitsui Garden Hotel Hiroshima
features free WiFi, 3 dining options and rooms with a flat-screen TV.

Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima

Overlooking the Seto Inland SeaGrand Prince Hotel is located a 15-minute drive from central Hiroshima. The hotel offers 5 dining options, a outdoor pool (only summer) and hot spring baths. The hotel is featured in Michelin Green Guide Japan 2013. A free shuttle is available from Hiroshima Station, a 30-minute ride away. Luggage storage is available at its Welcome Counter at the station.

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Transportation in Hiroshima

Hiroshima Streetcar Route Map

hiroshima streetcar route map

Hiroshima has 8 tram lines and one subway line

  • Hiroden line 1
  •  Hiroden line 2
  •  Hiroden line 3
  •  Hiroden line 5
  •  Hiroden line 6
  •  Hiroden line 7
  •  Hiroden line 8
  •  Hiroden line 9

(Line 4 does not exist)

  •  Astramline

Access

Airport : 

  • Hiroshima Airport

Main station :

  • Hiroshima Station – ο served by Shinkansen
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