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About Hiroshima

Hiroshima was implanted in the hearts and minds of everyone when, on August 6th 1945, the Allies dropped the Atom Bomb in a sadistic effort to end WWII. Destroying everything within a 2km radius, titanic efforts were made to rebuild the city, including its castle, feudal gardens and monuments. Today, Hiroshima is an exciting place to visit, full of fascinating historic sites and spine-chilling reminders of the horrors of war. Our collection of the best places to stay in Hiroshima provide a good central base, ideal for exploring all the city has to offer.

Home to over 1 million people and the principal city of the Chugoku region, it was once feared that the city would never be habitable again. This couldn't be further from the truth and the herculean task of rebuilding has been hugely successful.

Hiroshima-jo, the city's castle, was beautifully and perfectly reconstructed: once the seat of the Five Great Elders, it was the heart of feudal squabbles in pre-modern Japan. If you're lucky enough to visit in the springtime, you will see the castle's grounds come alive with cherry blossom. Old heritage sites like the Shukkeiein Garden were rebuilt and redesigned with care and skill, and newer parks like the Peace Memorial Park have breathed new life into the physically, mentally and spiritually damaged city.

The Atom Bomb Dome, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stands at the epicentre of the Peace Memorial Park and is a fascinating, albeit haunting place to visit. The only building left standing in the Bomb's hypocentre - the hottest and most destructive ring of atomic hellfire - it bares a flame that will not cease burning until every nuclear weapon in the world is destroyed.

Miyajima Island, Hiroshima's neighbour, takes 20 minutes to get to and is well worth the short trip. As you arrive by ferry, floating through the gates of the Miyajima Shrine, you come face-to-face with wild and curious deer at the harbourfront; further on stands the red-striped temples, dedicated to the Shinto deity of storm and sea. You will also find the Museum of Art on this island, a fantastic exhibit of works by the likes of Picasso and Monet.

What not to miss

  • Stroll through Shukkeien Gardens.
  • Explore Hiroshima-jo, the city's castle, and if you visit at the right time of year drink in the glory of the cherry blossom.
  • Visit the Peace Memorial Park and the Atom Bomb Dome, the only building left standing after the falling of the bomb.
  • Head out to Miyajima Island and pay your respects to the Shinto shrine of sea and storm.
  • Check out the local arts scene at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art.

The city is well worth visitng. To start planning your trip browse through our recommendations of the best places to stay in Hiroshima.

The best places to stay in Hiroshima

Value chic

  • Hiroshima Hana Hostel: an effortlessly cool blending of traditional Japanese aesthetic with chic and contemporary sensibilities. Featuring either dormitories with bunk beds or private rooms with futon bedding and tatami flooring. Centrally located, ideal for sightseeing on a budget. Female-only dorms available and guests can enjoy free use of the massage chair. Great for young people.

City style

  • Sheraton Hotel Hiroshima: just a stone's throw from the major sights, offering stylish and bright rooms with TV's, a pampering spa, swimming pool and gym. Perfect for businessmen.
  • Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima: great for families, the spacious and contemporary rooms are smart and upmarket. There is a spa, gym and foodies will fall in love with the 6 different restaurants. A truly spoiling stay.

For an apartment or villa

  • Our partner Booking.com has a wide range of villas and apartments in the nearby area.

Travel information

  • Fly to Tokyo, then take the bullet train to Hiroshima.
  • If you want to rent a car we recommend contacting our partner Rentalcars.
  • The best time to go is during the summer, when the temperature ranges between 19 and 32 degrees. To enjoy the cherry blossom at its best you'll need to visit between the last week of March and the middle of April.

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Best Hotels in Hiroshima

  • Hiroshima Hana Hostel Hiroshima (Minami-ku) 15 rooms from £44

    Local exploring  -  With a number of sights right on your doostep there's no excuse not to see all that the city has to offer
    Value chic  -  Accommodation at a superb price given the location!
    Great walks  -  Take a leisurely stroll around the scenic Shukkeien garden or meander through the city's streets getting a feel for its ambiance
    Sights nearby  -  Head over to Hiroshima Toshogu Temple (just around the corner!) or check out the historic Hiroshima Castle
    Air conditioningParkingNo pets

    Centrally situated, Hiroshima Hana Hostel offers dormitories with bunk beds or private Japanese-style accommodation featuring futon beds and tatami flooring. Female-only dorms are also available. Unwind in the free-use massage chair after a long day sightseeing! A lovely and friendly budget stay. See More

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  • Sheraton Hotel Hiroshima Hiroshima (Higashi-ku) 238 rooms from £93

    City Style  -  Enjoying a central location, Sheraton Hotel Hiroshima is the perfect base from which to get to know the city
    Local exploring  -  With so may sights nearby you'd be amiss not to go sightseeing
    Sights nearby  -  Head over to Hiroshima Toshogu Temple or check out the historic Hiroshima Castle
    Great walks  -  Take a leisurely stroll around the beautifully scenic Shukkeien garden
    Air conditioningRestaurantSwimming PoolDisabled accessParkingNo pets

    The contemporary Sheraton Hotel Hiroshima boasts a superbly central location just a stone's throw away from the city's sights. Chic accommodation provided and each room comes with its own refrigerator as well as a flat-screen TV. Be sure to try their fantastic breakfast buffet! A smart city spot. See More

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  • Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima Hiroshima (Naka-ku) 486 rooms from £131

    City Style  -  Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima's central location make it the perfect spot from which to get to know the city
    Local exploring  -  Make the most out of your location to head off exploring the nearby sights
    Foodies  -  Enjoy a wide variety of splendid food at each of their 6 restaurants!
    Great walks  -  Take a leisurely stroll around the scenic Shukkeien garden or meander through the city's streets getting a feel for its ambiance
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolViewsParkingNo pets

    Located in downtown Hiroshima, the 4* Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima offers contemporary accommodation featuring bold bed covers and dark wood furnishings. A smart and upmarket city stay! See More

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