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About Hiroshima

Founded in 1589 as a castle town on the Ota River delta, Hiroshima grew as an industrial hub and centre of military activity. Its existence was seared on the global consciousness in August 1945, with the Allies’ devastating dropping of the atomic bomb as an effort to end WWII. Although the city centre was destroyed, tremendous efforts have been made to rebuild, and Hiroshima now stands as a fascinating modern city and a testament to the endurance of the human spirit. It’s a very special destination, and the best places to stay in Hiroshima reflect the city’s 21st-century commercial importance as well as its history.

Guided walking tours offer a unique chance to get to grips with the city centre and the legacy of the Second World War. Hiroshima-jo, the city's feudal castle, has been beautifully reconstructed, as have heritage sites such as the formal Shukkei-en Gardens. The Peace Memorial Park and Museum, near the heart of the city, are dominated by the haunting Atom Bomb Dome. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is a must-visit, as are the Children's Peace Monument and the Peace Bell. The Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art is also excellent.

Venture further afield to Miyajima, a short ferry ride away, for hikes and heritage sites. Return to one of the best places to stay in Hiroshima to feast on delicious Japanese and international cuisine.

The Best Places to Stay in Hiroshima

For City Style

  • Sheraton Hotel Hiroshima offers bright, swish rooms and a soothing spa with swimming pool and fitness centre. Perfect for business travellers or city explorers in search of a luxurious base, this is a wonderful Hiroshima hotel choice.
  • Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima also has smart, contemporary rooms. Set close to the Peace Memorial Park, the hotel has a spa, gym and six excellent restaurants. A great pick for couples, friends, families and business travellers. Extensive meeting spaces are a bonus.


  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.


  • Fly to Hiroshima Airport or take the bullet train from Tokyo in under 4 hours.
  • You may want to drive if you're exploring the city's surroundings independently. Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Travel during the summer, spring or early autumn, when temperatures range between 22 and 30°C degrees. Late March - April is the best time to see the cherry trees in full bloom.



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Best Hotels in Hiroshima

  • The Share Hotels Kiro Hiroshima Hiroshima 49 rooms from £71

    Boutique  -  11 types of rooms, varying in size depending on guests' needs — think loft style conversion and compact bunk beds
    Contemporary  -  Mimialist interiors, with neutral colours, sleek furnishings and a mix of Western and Japanese style furniture
    City Style  -  Urban style rooms, with industrial decor, including the exposed wooden and steel beams, and modern lighting
    Local exploring  -  Explore the city's museums, parks and monuments which are all in close proximity to the hotel
    Air conditioningNo pets

    A contemporary hotel in downtown Hiroshima. Rooms offer minimalist interiors with industrial style finishes; think exposed wooden and steel beams, modern lighting and loft style bedding. A shared kitchen is available to cook and meet guests, or enjoy a drink at the bar. Ideal for local exploring. See More

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

    Museums  -  Discover the Prefectural Art Museum, the City Museum of Contemporary Art or the Peace Memorial Museum
    Business meetings  -  Nine event rooms with over 10,000 square feet of event space, perfect for conferences or weddings
    Great walks  -  The scenic Shukkeien Garden is a gorgeous place for a reflective stroll
    City Style  -  A chic luxury hotel for a swish city stay with family or on business
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolDisabled accessViewsParkingNo 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

    Museums  -  Both the Peace Memorial Park & Museum and Hiroshima Castle are within walking distance of the hotel
    Great walks  -  Guided walks of downtown Hiroshima are a very moving way to try to understand the city
    Business meetings  -  Expansive events spaces and a central location make this a great conference venue
    Foodies  -  Enjoy a wide variety of splendid food at each of the hotel's 6 restaurants
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolViewsParkingNo pets

    Located in downtown Hiroshima, the 4* Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima offers contemporary accommodation, multiple gourmet restaurants and soothing spa facilities. Extensive meeting spaces make this a top business choice, and many of the city's top sights are within walking distance. See More

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