Hiroshima (広島) is the main city of the Chugoku region and is home to 1.2 million inhabitants. The city sadly became famous after being hit by the first atomic bomb in human history, on August 6, 1945. The explosion destroyed much of Hiroshima, which was however quickly rebuilt by the tenacious Japanese people, as well as the ancient feudal castle and the Shukkeien Garden. Today, in the epicenter of the explosion, there is the great Peace Park, a place dedicated to memory and which marks the thoughts of all those who go to visit it.
Plan your trip to Hiroshima
Where to stay
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the old feudal castle of the city, surrounded by a large public garden and other attractions.
the commercial and entertainment heart of the city, bars, restaurants, izakaya and red light clubs.
a hill covered by a forest, with panoramic views over the city and home to an important museum of the city.
the most famous place in the city, dedicated to the tragedy of the atomic bomb that destroyed the city on August 5, 1945.
traditional Japanese landscape garden, among the most beautiful in the Chugoku region.
Quick answers about Hiroshima
Is Hiroshima worth visiting?
Yes, Hiroshima is worth a visit for any tourist traveling to Japan. The area of the Peace Park, with its museum of memory and various commemorative monuments, is a unique place in the world. It is worth visiting to remember the atrocities of war and learn about the devastating impact of an atomic bomb. The nearby island of Miyajima
is one of the most fascinating places in Japan, between history, religion and nature. The rest of Hiroshima city is not a must see, so it depends on the time available.
How many days to stay in Hiroshima?
- One night and two days in Hiroshima is the most popular choice among tourists and the most recommended if you are planning a tour of Japan. By doing this you can dedicate a whole day to Hiroshima, visiting not only the Peace Park but also something else in the city center (for example the castle), and another full day to Miyajima Island.
- A day trip to Hiroshima is feasible if you depart from Kyoto or Osaka and come by shinkansen high-speed train (less than 2 hours of travel). In doing so you can visit, in a tour de force, the island of Miyajima in the early morning and the Peace Park in the early afternoon, then an okonomiyaki for dinner and finally you can take the train back. However feasible does not mean recommended, only consider this idea if you have no other choice.
- Two days to be dedicated only to Hiroshima are ideal if you want to calmly visit all the tourist areas of the city, therefore the Castle, the Shukkeien Garden, Hiyajima and the city center (in addition to the Peace Park). Three days also counting the island of Miyajima.
- More than two days in Hiroshima make sense if you want to use this city, where you can return in the evening to eat in its delicious restaurants, as a starting point for other excursions to nearby towns, in particular Iwakuni and Onomichi.
What to eat in Hiroshima?
- Hiroshima is mainly famous for its style of okonomiyaki, a typical Japanese dish that according to some was born in Hiroshima, according to others in Osaka. Hiroshima citizens are very proud of their way of making okonomiyaki. Basically, in Hiroshima the ingredients are layered and pressed together during cooking, while in Osaka the batter is mixed first. In addition, soba noodles are mixed into the ingredients in Hiroshima.
- Another famous dish (more of the region than the city) are oysters, cooked grizzly or with other ingredients in various dishes, including okonomiyaki with oysters.
- Although not as famous as others, there is also a Hiroshima-style ramen, which uses thin and soft noodles, in chicken broth with a hint of soy sauce and lots of bean sprouts as the main vegetable.
- Hiroshima-style tsukemen are another noodle dish from the city. The noodles are dipped here in an extra spicy sauce with a lot of chilli and garnished with spring onion and cabbage.
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