Best 10 Attractions for Foreigners in Hiroshima

The first atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945. There are some structures and museums concerned with the bomb and they remind you the importance of peace.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Memorial statues and the Atomic bomb Dome are in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The Dome shall remind you of the tragedy of war and the importance of peace. A traveler says every visitor to Hiroshima should spend some time in this park. The whole place is beautiful, but the atmosphere is unavoidably sombre and it will have an incredible impact.

Address 1 Nakajima-cho, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture
Access From Hiroshima Station, take tram line 2 or 6 to Genbaku-Domu Mae (原爆ドーム前) station. The ride takes 15 minutes and costs 160 yen.
Opening hours Always open
Holiday none
Phone 082-504-2390
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The Island Shrine of Itsukushima

One of travelers says the shrine is nice to see when the tide is high so you can see it in water. The shrine seems to be floating The surroundings streets are beautiful to walk around and admire the Japanese culture. Plenty of wild deer in the area come up to you.

Address 1-1, Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima
Access Itsukushima Shrine is a ten minute walk from the Miyajima ferry pier.
Opening hours 6:30 to 18:00 (closing time changes depending on season)
Holiday No closing days
Phone 0829-44-2020
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Everyone knows that the first Atomic Bomb was dropped over Hiroshima and more than 100,000 people died. But travelers says you don’t know enough about the history of the Hiroshima and the bombing . This is a must visit whilst in Hiroshima along with viewing the nearby area and the Atomic Bomb sites. It is so moving.

Address 1-2 Nakajima-cho, Naku-ku, Hiroshima, Chugoku
Access Take a Hiroshima Bus (red bus) bound for Yoshijima and get off at Heiwa Kinen Koen (Peace Memorial Park).
Opening hours March-July 8:30-18:00 August 8:30-19:00(Open until 20:00 on August 5 and 6) September-November 8:30-18:00  December-February 8:30-17:00  
Holiday December 29 to January 1
Phone 082-241-4004
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Hiroshima Castle

One of travelers says you will be pleasantly surprised by the Hiroshima Castle. When the weather is good, you can take a nice, relaxing stroll on the premises. The castle might not seem too big from the outside, but inside there is more to see than you expect. The volunteer guides provid extra information for free in English. You can enjoy a lovely view from the top of the castle and take some nice snapshots

Address 21-1 Motomachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture
Access ten minute walk from Kamiyacho-nishi or Kamiyacho-higashi tram stop (12 minutes, 160 yen from Hiroshima Station by lines 1, 2 or 6).
Opening hours Main Keep: 9:00 to 18:00 (until 17:00 on weekdays from December to February) Ninomaru: 9:00 to 17:30 (until 16:30 from October through March)
Holiday Main Keep: December 29 to 31 Ninomaru: December 29 to January 2
Phone 082-221-7512
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Shukkei-en Garden

Travelers say this is a fantastic Japanese garden, every turn of the path reveals a new gorgeous scene. The garden is so peaceful and so many quiet little spots to see, flowing streams and a little bamboo forest. There is a huge koi pond where you can buy food to feed the fish. It is very funny looking at the fish fight for food.

Address 2-11, Kaminoboricho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi
Access 15 minute walk from Hiroshima Station.
Opening hours 9:00 to 18:00 (until 17:00 from October to March)
Holiday December 29 to 31
Phone 082-221-3620
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Memorial Cathedral for World Peace

This is a Catholic cathedral to pray for world peace. It was bult in commemoration of the Atomic Bomb and wars victims. The building was designed by Togo Murano. The building design is mixed Western classical architecture with Japanese traditional style. It is a modern architecture and highly appreciated.

Address 4-42, Noboricho, Naka-ku Hiroshima-shi
Access Take a Hiroshima Electric Railway streetcar for “Miyajima-guchi” from Hiroshima Station, get off at “Kanayama-cho” stop. It is a 5-min. walk.
Opening hours 9:00 – 16:30
Holiday none
Phone 082-221-0621
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The Mitaki-dera

One of travelers says there are a lot to see in this place. It is a long way up the mountain to reach the top, so you can spend a couple of hours wandering around. Make sure to visit everywhere. The best time to visit is a cherry blossom season and late autumn to enjoy red maple leaves.

Address 411, Mitakiyama, Nishi-ku, Hiroshima-shi
Access 20 minute walk up a steep road from Mitaki JR Station two stops from Hiroshima Station on the Kabe Line.
Opening hours 8:00-17:30, Dec to Feb: 8:00-17:00
Holiday none
Phone 082-237-0811
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Hiroshima Museum of Art and Other Galleries

Travelers say if you like impressionistic paintings, you will definitely find your enjoyment in Hiroshima Museum of Art. The museum has a marvellous collection including Manet, Renoir, Monet, Matisse, Cezanne, Lautrec, Degas and a Van Goghof. The Special Exhibition of Anno is breath taking. It is worth a visit.

Address 1-1 Hijiyama Koen, Minami-ku, Hiroshima
Access From Hiroshima Station Line 5, Get off at ” Hijiyama-shita” Streetcar Stop.
Opening hours 10:00-17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Holiday Mondays , year-end and New Year holidays
Phone 082-264-1121
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Hiroshima City Transportation Museum

Travelers say it’s easy to reach at Hiroshima City Transportation Museum from Hiroshima city centre by Astram, a monorail type train in the sky. This museum shows the fantastic progress Japan has made in transportation. While it is true there are many models, there are also full sized simulations.You can pilot a boat into a harbor. It’s worth a trip.

Address 2-12-2 Chorakuji Asaminami-ku, Hiroshima
Access a short walk from Chorakuji Station on the Astram Line. From Hiroshima Station take the JR Sanyo Line to Omachi Station and change to the Astram.
Opening hours 9:00-17:00
Holiday Mondays , the day after national holidays , From Dec 29th to Jan 3rd

Phone 082 878 6211
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Hiroshima City Asa Zoological Park

Travelers say Hiroshima City Asa Zoological Park is a bit far out. From Hiroshima JR station the bus ride is about 1 hour and you do ride through some nice country side with some unique Japanese homes to see. But if you have spare time and children, it is really worth a visit. You can enjoy see varied animals and walking in the forest.

Address Asacho Oaza Dobutsuen, Asakita Ward, Hiroshima, Hiroshima
Access The Asahigaoka (あさひが丘) bus line run by Hiroden travels between JR Hiroshima Station and the suburb north of the zoo.
Opening hours 9:00-16:30
Holiday On Thursday (opened on a holiday), Dec 29th to Jan 1st
Phone 082-838-1111
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