Hiroshima is home to, and close to, some of the most important locations in Japan. If you're visiting Hiroshima proper, I would definitely recommend stopping by for the Peace Park and Museum, visiting the Genbaku Dome, and going out a few nights for shopping downtown / eating some of the local Hiroshima-Yaki (there is a giant complex with many different restaurants / styles to choose from).
Not far from downtown is Itsukushima island, which is home to "one of the three best views of Japan." Additionally, there are many things to do on this island than just seeing the giant tori gate - there are many shrines, temples, and hiking paths; there are PLENTY of good foods to try, especially the oysters and Miyajima-Yaki; and there is a lot of souvenir shopping that one can do. One of the best things I have experienced here was taking the cable cars to the very top of the mountain. It is a bit expensive ($20-ish), but well worth it. I would suggest coming in the early morning and doing Hiroshima, then waking up early the next day to visit Itsukushima Island (get there early - it can get very crowded). I would say the best season to visit in would be spring or fall. Really, though, you can't - and shouldn't! - miss this beautiful city!
Tired out by the hotel staff 's way of checking in so did not bother to explore Hiroshima at all ! Hotel was old , dirty and and smelly with an expensive price paid for a standard twin NON SMOkING floor that turned out to be a dissappointment .
Did not even bother to try out their spa bath in the annexe building !
Hiroshima is a beautiful area in Japan, and is definitely worth a visit if you are heading to Japan. I would reccomend stay in Hiroshima for at least 4 or 5 days, but you could certainly spend a few more days there taking in the sights.
Highlights of the area include a boat trip and explore of Miyajima and Mt Misen, a visit to Peace Park, the A-Bomb Dome and the Memorial Museum, and watching a baseball game at the Mazda Zoom-Zoom Statium.
Everyone goes to Hiroshima as it is the site of the first atomic bomb attack. We go to Peace Park, look at the distinctive T bridge that identified Hiroshima as the target, look at the remains of the Dome, go to the Museum.
We spend our time wandering with the ghosts of 1945 Hiroshima. Meanwhile real Hiroshima moves on, lives now. Do they get fed up with us gawking at their disaster? People seem more reserved than elsewhere in Japan. I am still glad I went.
Hiroshima is both a powerful and beautiful experience. The city and its people are amazing, and it is a deeply moving experience to visit such a vibrant city just a short 70 years after the tragedy of the Hiroshima A Bomb.
The city makes an impact in a few very different ways. The bomb dome, peace park and atomic bomb museum are a must and will leave an imprint on you, it is an overwhelming experience that we should all share. The lighter side of the city is a fun, young nightlife with great restaurants and eating/drinking experiences. My tip is to forego places with western menus and enjoy an hour or two mumbling through bad translations (both sides!) and try out a real Japanese restaurant. We had the best time doing this and shared a Japanese/English language lesson with our two young waiters that left us in stitches.
The two major attractions of Hiroshima are the Peace Park, with the Peace Memorial Museum, and the Shinto shrine (Itsukushima Shrine) on an offshore island, Miyajima, both Unesco World Heritage sites.
There are half a dozen hotels around the park and Miyajima is easily accessible by a train or street car and ferry for very modest fares. Both are well worth visiting at least once in one's lifetime.
Hiroshima is a great vantage point for not just the pPeace museum and memorial but also a great base for exploring the local coastline including Miyajima island and Itsukushima shrine.
This was my second time to Hiroshima and I really enjoyed it again. My first time was spent exploring the area, the Peace Memorial Park and Museum, and also going over to Miyajima.
My second time around I did the same things with a different group and enjoyed it all over again. I didn't go into the Museum again because it definitely is an experience to have only once in a lifetime, but I did explore more of the park and found another museum. Miyajima island was still as crowded as ever but beautiful and the deer were everywhere. Exploring the island again after two years was a lot of fun. I would definitely recommend families to go see Hiroshima not just for the history of this amazing city but also for how beautiful the area is and the various things to see. I would not recommend the Memorial Museum for younger kids as there are some pretty graphic scenes depicted there. However it is an experience I would recommend anyone old enough to understand what Hiroshima went through to go have as the museum is very informative and well structured.
A beautiful place! So beautiful in fact I will be returning from Australia in December (just visited in August) I cannot give a better recommendation than that!
will definitely go back, as it was so cold when i was there, so wish to go back when i can really internalize that I was in the place where history was made.
This is a comparably more relaxing city than other big city like Tokyo or Osaka. Its worth visiting the city with a short half day trip to Miyajima Island.
Spending 2 days in this city would be idea, because visiting Miyajima island is a must.
Due to it's historical background, this place is very peaceful and calm. Learnt about the distructable war and the importance of peace among humanity.
Open spacious city with interesting historical sights. Well planned so it is easy to get around with your JR pass on the loop buses provided
The UNESCO world heritage site, Hiroshima Bomb Dome is a must visit place. The autumn season give a very beautiful scenery to this area.
The local food, Okinomiyaki, the Japanese pan cake is a very delicious food, but may not suit the taste of western people.
Hiroshima has terrible history but now it is the best relaxible place in japan. day trip to miyajima at evening is strongly recommanded.
Make sure to go see the A Bomb Dome at night. The lights are shining on the ruins and there is a great calmness over the whole area.
Hiroshima is a very easy city to get around, we hired bicycles and visited most attractions in the city including Hiroshima castle.
There are trams that take you around very cheaply and easily also. Bike hire is cheap and it is a fun and safe way to get around. We stayed three days but there is a lot to do if you plan to stay longer. Hikes in the hills on the islands, and cycling across the bridges on the inland sea. We went in October and the weather was perfect, sunny and not too hot.
There is not much to do in this city but the area dedicated to the atomic blast and disarm of all nuclear warfare is an eye opener.
The island nearby Miyajima has pretty nice views but is not worth the long bullet train ride from KIX if that is the only thing in your plan.
Besides the atomic bomb remembrance sites, which one has to visit, the city more to offer. Also the area around is worth a visit.
It teaches you perfect lessons about the use of atomic bombs, so very intersting to visit as parents with some older children.
I liked Hiroshima. It is a city with rich history. Locals are very friendly. Don't miss Miyajima, which is 35min away by boat.
very clean and friendly, easy to get around with their public transport system, the Peace Park is very impressive and moving
1-3 days good enough for this clean, efficient and friendly city. I used it as a base for Miyajima and Okayama and Himeji.
The Nuclear Bomb History in Hiroshima is a must go sightseeing point. This history made this city more specific to visit.
Two full days and we saw museums , and a lot of history. Beautiful shrine, beach. Lot to see and do. Lovely ferry ride.
Low cost souvenirs and high end shopping mall too.
I recommend a stroll in the park outside the peace museum and an ice cream at the Italian restaurant at the bridge.
all intersting points are nearby, buy one day tram tickets can cover all places, small city, easy to go around
very good electrical train, one day pass is 400 yen, stop all sigth seeing points... very convenience!
it is a neat and clean historic city with cultural heritage spots. transportation facilities are good