A modern city known for its bustling nightlife and buzzing food scene, Hiroshima also has a traditional side with its combination of natural landscapes, temples and shrines. Explore Hiroshima’s historic landmarks, attend lively annual festivals and soak in serene hot springs.
Things to do in Hiroshima
Visit Hiroshima’s two World Heritage-listed sites, the Itsukushima Shrine and the A-Bomb Dome of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Itsukushima Shrine is one of the most significant shrines in Japan and the only shrine in the world with a torii-gate and shrine building in the middle of the sea. The A-Bomb Dome is where the first atomic bomb was dropped and represents people's prayers for lasting peace.
Designated a National Treasure in 1931, the Hiroshima castle is a five-storey historic landmark surrounded by a moat and plum blossoms in a colourful garden. First built in 1589 and then destroyed by an atomic bomb, it was renovated in 1958 and has been turned into a history museum featuring Samurai culture.
For a fantastic example of a typical Japanese garden, head to Shukkeien. Built in 1620 by Ueda Soko, master of the tea ceremony, the garden’s name translates to mean “scenic beauty”. Stroll around this park and admire the natural landscapes adorned with beautiful plum trees, cherry blossoms, scenic lakes and imposing mountains.
Looking to sample the local delicacies? Head to Okonomimura, where a collection of okonomiyaki restaurants compete for your patronage. Sample the famous okonomiyaki dish, a savoury pancake that includes squid, cabbage, pork, egg, noodles and sauces.
Getting around Hiroshima
Hiroshima has an extensive tram network and a metro that links the northern suburbs. Rent a bike and explore the city on two wheels or catch a ferry to Matsuyama on Shikoku Island. Hiroshima Airport has buses connecting to the central JR Hiroshima Station in around an hour.