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In addition to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome (Hiroshima Peace Memorial), Hiroshima Prefecture is also famous for attractions in the form of historical buildings such as Miyajima, Hiroshima Castle, and many more.
There are so many tourist sites that you must visit in the city center, such as the Japanese Shukkeien park near Hiroshima Station, the Atomic Bomb Dome which is a symbol of Hiroshima, the restored Hiroshima Castle to its original shape, the shopping paradise in Kamiyacho and Hatchobori areas.
What’s more, typical culinary delicacies like maple leaf manju and Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki are also famous for being delicious. Let’s look at a summary of how to enjoy the following attractions in Hiroshima which are full of attractions!
10 Must-Visit Attractions in Hiroshima Japan
How to get to Hiroshima from Tokyo and Osaka
To get to Hiroshima from Tokyo and Osaka, you can use various means of transportation such as rental cars, express buses, planes, and shinkansen trains.
Access from Tokyo
Here is a practical way to go to Hiroshima from Tokyo.
The price of a one-way shinkansen train ticket reservation is 19,080 yen with a 4-hour travel time.
The price of a one-way flight ticket ranges from 7,500 yen to 30,000 yen with a travel time of 1.5 hours.
If you want to know more details about other accesses to Hiroshima from Tokyo, please check the article below.
Access from Osaka
Here is a practical way to go to Hiroshima from Osaka.
The price of a one-way shinkansen train reservation ticket costs 19,040 yen with a travel time of 1.5 hours.
The price of an express bus ticket is 3,850 yen to 5,850 yen with a 5-8 hour trip.
Area Around Hiroshima Station
Around Hiroshima Station there are attractions of Shukkeien Park and Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum.
Shukkeien Park is a typical Japanese park that was built 400 years ago. This park is famous for the beauty of cherry blossoms, plums, and peaches that bloom in spring and views of the Momiji trees (maple) in autumn.
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum is located next to Shukkeien Park. There are about 5000 collections of works of art related to Hiroshima and various works of Japanese and foreign artists. The museum’s artworks are displayed alternately according to the season.
The area around the Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
10 Must-Visit Attractions in Hiroshima Japan
You can use the tram train that departs from Hiroshima Station to go to the Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
From in front of Hiroshima Station, you only need to take the Hiroshima Electric Railway tramway heading “Miyajimaguchi” or “Eba” to the “Genbaku Dome-mae” stop. Atomic Bomb Dome will be immediately visible in front of your eyes after you get off the tram train. The fare for the tram train is 150 yen.
Atomic Bomb Dome is a building that survived the destruction even though it was located at the site of the fall of the atomic bomb 70 years ago. The Atomic Bomb Dome is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
About 5 minutes from the Atomic Bomb Dome is the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, a park to pray for lasting peace in the world. In the park area there is The Memorial Cenotaph which lists the names of the atomic bomb victims and the Hiroshima Peace National Museum which shows the condition of the city of Hiroshima after being hit by an atomic bomb.
A visit to Hiroshima Castle which is located not far from Hiroshima Station will complete your tour in Hiroshima.
Hiroshima Castle made it into the list of the 100 best castles in Japan. Although it was destroyed by an atomic bomb attack, Hiroshima Castle has been restored so that it returns to its original shape as in the Edo period.
The area around Kamiyacho and Hatchobori
Kamiyacho and Hatchobori are Hiroshima’s central business district. This area is enlivened by various shopping centers such as the Sogo Hiroshima branch, Motomachi Credo, and Kamiyacho Shareo.
Rows of shops in the Hondoori, Nakanotana and Kinzagai shopping centers should not be missed. In this area there are also many cafes and restaurants that you can visit.
Come shopping while enjoying delicious food at Kamiyachou and Hatchobori!
A Practical Pass for Sightseeing Attractions
There are 2 types of passes that are practically used when touring various attractions in the city of Hiroshima, namely:
- Hiroshima Sightseeing Loop Meipuru-pu Bus
- Peace Pass (one-day ticket for trains and buses)
Hiroshima Sightseeing Loop Meipuru-pu Bus
Sightseeing Loop Bus Meipuru-pu is a tour bus service to get around attractions and museums in downtown Hiroshima.
The Meipuru-pu Bus is very practical because it passes through major tourist attractions such as Hiroshima Station, Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum (Shukkeien Park), Hiroshima Castle (Gokoku Temple), Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Kamiyacho, and Hatchobori.
Rates once rose to 200 yen for adults and 100 yen for young children. One-day pass price is 400 yen for adults and 200 yen for young children.
Hiroshima Peace Pass (one-day pass for trains and buses) 10 Must-Visit Attractions in Hiroshima Japan
The Hiroshima Peace Pass is a one-day pass to board all rail and bus lines that operate in downtown Hiroshima as much as you like.
The price of the Hiroshima Peace Pass is 700 yen for adults and 350 yen for young children. This ticket is very practical to use for sightseeing and sightseeing in the city of Hiroshima.
On Hiroshima there is the island of Miyajima which is famous for its world heritage site, the Itsukushima Shrine. You can enjoy the blue sea view that contrasts with the Otorii (temple gate) and the red temple building lights up when the sea is high tide. Meanwhile, when the sea water is receding you can walk closer and observe its splendor up close. The view of Otorii, which is highlighted at night, is equally amazing.
To go to Miyajima you can take the JR train (travel time about 25 minutes) then get off at JR Miyajimaguchi Station or take the Hiroshima Electric Railway tram train (travel time about 1 hour) to Hiroshima Dentetsu Miyajima Station. Both are the closest stations to the ferry port. After arriving at the station, you have to take the ferry for 10 minutes to cross to Miyajima.
Typical souvenirs of Hiroshima
Momiji manju or momiji-shaped cake (maple leaf) is the most famous souvenir from Hiroshima. One variant of this manju cake is made from Kastela cookie dough which is filled with anko (red bean paste) and then baked.
In addition, there are still many tasty snacks for souvenirs such as Hattendo cream bread with soft and delicious cream contents, original Hiroshima okonomiyaki senbei (produced by Tanimoto Food Company), and others.
There is no harm in you trying to buy souvenirs above as a memento of ever visiting Hiroshima 10 Must-Visit Attractions in Hiroshima Japan