Hiroshima is a beautiful city with a rich and colourful history, albeit some to be forgotten. But today, the city is full of culture. There is plenty of amazing food and sights to see. Here is 10 sights you must see in this fantastic Japanese city!

View from Hiroshima Castle
View from Hiroshima Castle. Photo by Kenrick Jones

1. Hiroshima Castle

Hiroshima Castle
Hiroshima Castle. Photo by Kenrick Jones

Hiroshima Castle is a contemporary recreation of a castle built in the late 1500’s. The original was destroyed in the atomic bombing in 1945. It was rebuilt as it stands today in 1958. But the castle is still as beautiful as ever, and offers a rich insight into the history of the castle and Japan as a whole. Entry is only 370 yen and offers a spectacular 360 degree view of the city from the top floor balcony.

The castle is located centrally in the city of Hiroshima. Access from Hiroshima station is easy via the tram service. Take the tram to Kamiyacho-nishi or Kamiyacho-higashi stops and the castle is a 12-15 minute walk from there.

Opening Hours:
9:00am – 6:00pm (March to November)
9:00am – 5:00pm (December to February)

Entry Price:
¥ 370

2. Atomic Bomb Dome

Atomic Bomb Dome
Atomic Bomb Dome. Photo by Kenrick Jones

The Atomic Bomb Dome is part of the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima. The dome is remnants of the destroyed Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. The dome is a memorial to the bombings that occurred in 1945. The A-Bomb was designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

Along with the Atomic Bomb Dome, the Peace Memorial Park contains some other great sights and history such as the Children’s Peace Monument and Rest House. There are also plenty of monuments such as the Memorial Cenotaph and Peace Bell.

Like Hiroshima Castle, the A-Bomb dome is centrally located. Taking the tram line, the dome is a short walk from the Hondori tram stop.

Entry to the Peace Memorial Park is free.

Atomic Bomb Dome. Photo by Kenrick Jones

3. Itsukushima Shrine

Itsukushima Hiroshima

Located west of Hiroshima, Itsukushima, also known at Miyajima, is an island in the west Inland Sea. The island is famous for the large floating torii gate and is another UNESCO World Heritage listed site. Itsukushima Shrine is said to have been erected in the year 593 under the Empress Suiko.

Access to Miyajima Island is via the JR ferry. The ferry station is located just outside the Miyajimaguchi train station. The station can be accessed from Hiroshima station and both the train and ferry are free for JR Pass Holders.

Deer on Itsukushima island. Photo by Kenrick Jones

4. Momijidani Park

Momijidani Park. Photo by RachelH

Also on the island of Itsukushima, Momijidani Park is just behind the Itsukushima Shrine. Filled with maple trees, this is one of Japan’s most famous maple leaves valley parks. The park contains over 200 maple trees of different varieties. This park is a must see while visiting the island of Itsukushima.

Access to Miyajima Island is via the JR ferry. The ferry station is located just outside the Miyajimaguchi train station. The station can be accessed from Hiroshima station and both the train and ferry are free for JR Pass Holders.

5. Shukkei-en

Photo by Jakub Hałun [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Shukkei-en park is a Japanese garden located adjacent to the art museum. The name translates to “shrunken scenery garden” which is a pretty accurate description! Dating back to 1620, this garden is lined with paths through the scenery. A number of tea gardens are around the garden also.

Access to the Shukken-en park is only a 15 minute walk from Hiroshima Station. If taking a tram you will want to get off at the Shukkeien-mae stop.

6. Hiroshima Orizuru Tower

If rooftop scenery is your thing then the Orizuru Tower is just for you. Expect panoramic views of the city from the observation deck. On a clear day the view goes as far as Miyajima. With plenty of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars around there is plenty to see and do after you have finished at the tower.

Located close to the Atomic Bomb Dome, get off the tram and walk from there.

Opening Hours:
September to June 10:00am – 7:00pm
July to August 9:00am – 8:00pm

Cost:
Adults 1,700 yen
Teens (12–17 years) 900 yen
Youth (6–11 years) 700 yen
Preschool (4–5 years) 500 yen

7. Ninoshima

Ninoshima from Hiroshima
Ninoshima from Hiroshima. Photo by Max Nossin [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Ninoshima is another island in the Inland Sea near Hiroshima. Hiking is popular on the island with a large hiking trail. The island offers some spectacular views of Hiroshima. Bikes are available for rent to explore the island.

The island has a rich history. During both world wars the military had facilities on the island. After the second world war an orphanage was setup on the island. Nowadays over 1,000 people call Ninoshima home.

To get there take a ferry from the port of Hiroshima. The last ferry leaves Ninoshima at 8pm. Cost one way is 440 yen.

8. Mt. Haigamine

Hiroshima night view. Photo by 呉市 [CC BY 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

You will need a car to get to this one, but the views are spectacular if you get there. Mt Haigamine is located a 30 minute from from Hiroshima. Sunset is particularly spectacular from the top with amazing views of the city. However there are 360 degree views so you can expect great views of Kure and Seto Inland Sea too.

9. Mitaki-dera

Mitaki-dera Temple
Photo by 大江万里 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A hidden gem of Hiroshima, the beautiful Mitaki-dera temple provides sensational sights, especially in the autumn months. The temple is bathed in red as the autmun colours come out which provide a magnificent view and walk through the temple areas.

Access Mitaki-dera from the JR Mitaki Station and walk 10 minutes from there. Crowds aren’t usually an issue however could be a bit busier in autumn.

10. Hiroshima Museum of Art

Hiroshima Museum of Art
Photo by At by At [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Last on our list is the fantastic Hiroshima Museum of Art. The museum features art from both western and Japanese cultures. There are permanent exhibits as well as special events showcasing different styles and artworks.

Centrally located near Hiroshima Castle, access is simple from the tram services. From Hiroshima station it is a 30 minute walk.

Opening Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm (Closed Monday)

Cost:
Adults 1,300 yen
Students 1,000 yen
Children 500 yen

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