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Hiroshima City Center

Hiroshima City Center

A one-day itinerary focused on the city center itself. See the heart of Hiroshima via the peace park and Atomic Bomb Dome and also enjoy some shopping and local restaurants.

Day 1

01 Hiroshima Station (広島駅)

Hiroshima Station is the bustling transportation hub of our peaceful city, and one of the principal entertainment hubs as well. All JR lines in the city stop here, and from here, people can take numerous buses and streetcars anywhere in the city, or even out of town. The ekie shopping complex located inside the station building also has no shortage of restaurants and souvenir shops to keep visitors busy for hours.

Address
2-37 Matsubaracho, Minami Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

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Transportation: Genbaku Dome Entrance [Meipuru~pu Bus Green Route, ~11 minutes; Hiroden Streetcar #1, 2, or 6, ~15 minutes]

02 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park (広島平和記念公園)

The Peace Memorial Park is a large park at the center of Hiroshima City dedicated to peace. The park includes memorials such as the Atomic Bomb Dome, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, the Hiroshima Victims Memorial Cenotaph, and the Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall, among many others. All are in remembrance of the victims who died in the bombing. On August 6 of each year, an annual Peace Memorial Ceremony is held at the Victims Memorial Cenotaph, located in the park’s center. The site has been the focus during visits from people such as former U.S. President Barack Obama in 2016 and Pope Francis in 2019.

Address
1-1 Nakajimacho, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

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03 Atomic Bomb Dome (原爆ドーム)

On August 6, 1945, the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. To this day, the Atomic Bomb Dome conveys the horror of the bomb’s destructive power and the extent of the damage it caused. The Atomic Bomb Dome avoided total destruction, although it was only about 160 meters from the blast’s hypocenter. However, all the people inside the building died instantly, and the beautiful Western-style exterior and interior were utterly destroyed, with only the building’s steel frame remaining intact. In 1996, the Atomic Bomb Dome was registered as a World Heritage Site to be an architectural reminder of the horrors of nuclear weapons.

Address
1-10 Otemachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

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04 Orizuru Tower (おりづるタワー)

HIROSHIMA ORIZURU TOWER is a tourist attraction located next to the Atomic Bomb Dome. The north walls of the building are decorated with illustrations of ‘Orizuru’ paper cranes, which symbolize peace. The building also occasionally plays host to seasonal events. The first floor has a café and souvenir shop, and the 12th floor is “ORIZURU SQUARE,” where visitors can try their hand at making paper cranes. On the rooftop, there is an observation deck called “HIROSHIMA HILLS,” where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Hiroshima City and spend time relaxing.
The most attractive part of HIROSHIMA ORIZURU TOWER is the spectacular view of Hiroshima from the rooftop observation deck, from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the the Wolrd Heritage A-bomb Dome Site, Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Castle, and other parts of the city. The observation deck is covered, so you can enjoy the view even in the rain. Also, at the “ORIZURU SQUARE” on the 12th floor, you can enjoy making ‘Orizuru’ paper cranes. You can then throw your ‘Orizuru’ into the “ORIZURU WALL.”- a distinct glass display filled with paper cranes and the hopes and wishes that accompany them from all around the world!

Address
1-2-1 Otemachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

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05 Oyster Ship Kanawa (かき船かなわ)

The Oyster Ship Kanawa, floating on the Motoyasu River in Peace Park, is one of the few restaurants in Hiroshima where you can eat oysters on a boat. Seto (on the first floor) offers simple oyster dishes such as fried oysters and grilled oysters, while Waku (on the second floor) offers custom-made oyster course meals to suit your budget and taste. Please note that both Seto and Waku require reservations up to one week in advance for some courses.

Address
1 Otemachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

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06 Hondori Shopping Street (本通商店街)

The bustling downtown area called Hondori is named after the pedestrian-only arcade shopping street that symbolizes the city. This shopping street is lined with clothing stores representing Japan and countries around the world. At night, the neon lights of izakaya (Japanese pubs) and pubs come on all at once. Ramen specialty stores and sushi restaurants with counter seating are open until midnight. Nearby, Okonomimura is a collection of restaurants specializing in Hiroshima’s special okonomiyaki.

Address
Hondori, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

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Transportation: Shukkeien-mae [Hiroden Streetcar #9, ~3 minutes; ~10 minutes on foot]

07 Shukkeien (縮景園)

Shukkeien is a Japanese garden located next to the Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum. The garden was ordered to be built during the Edo Period in the year 1620 by the the Feudal Lord of Hiroshima at the time, Asano Nagaakira. The design of this historic Japanese garden was made by Ueda Soko, the famous tea ceremony master. In 2020, the garden celebrated its 400th anniversary. The garden is filled with a variety of flowers and trees that bloom in every season of the year, allowing visitors to experience the beauty of Japan’s four seasons. If you visit the park in combination with the Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, you can get a discount on both admission fees.


(Entry fee)
[Garden only]
General admission – ¥260
High School/University student
¥150
Elementary/Junior High School
student – ¥100
(Garden & Museum set)
General admission – ¥610
High School/University student
¥350
※ For students and senior
citizens, please present
identification to verify your age
such as your passport, or
school ID, at reception before
entering the garden.

Address
2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

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08 Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum (広島県立美術館)

Located in the center of Hiroshima City, the museum is adjacent to the Shukkeien, a national scenic beauty with abundant greenery. From the lobby and restrooms, you can enjoy the seasonal scenery of the Shukkeien, which was built as a feudal garden for the Asano family, lords of the Hiroshima domain. The museum is also home to a wide variety of artworks, including the “Imari Bowl with Design of Flowers and Plants in Color” and “Itsukushima” (Important Cultural Property), artworks related to Hiroshima by Ai Mitsu, Entsuba Shozo, Hirayama Ikuo, etc., Japanese and Asian Crafts including folk art works by Kawai Takujiro and Hamada Shoji, Central Asian dyeing and weaving, as well as metalwork. The collection includes over 5,000 works (including those deposited) under the theme of “Art of the 1920s and 1930s,” such as Salvador Dali’s “Dream of Venus” and Isamu Noguchi’s “Reminiscence.” The collection is changed four times a year and introduced in exhibitions. Volunteer guides from the Tomo no Kai provide easy-to-understand information about the works.
In addition, the Special Exhibition Room holds about six special exhibitions a year. Many events such as lectures and concerts are held in conjunction with the special exhibitions.

Address
2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

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Transportation: Hiroshima Station [Meipuru~pu Bus Green Route, ~12 minutes; ~15 minutes on foot]

09 OKOSTA Okonomiyaki Cooking Studio (オコスタ お好み焼き体験スタジオ)

The OKOSTA Okonomiyaki Cooking Studio is a facility dedicated to the experience of cooking Okonomiyaki. It is located in the “ekie” shopping center built right into Hiroshima Station. Okonomiyaki is a homemade dish originating in Hiroshima, made of flour, eggs, cabbage, and other ingredients cooked in the shape of a Mille-feuille. At the OKOSTA Okonomiyaki Cooking Studio, you can learn how to make delicious Okonomiyaki from scratch with the help of a professional Okonomiyaki chef. Of course, when you finish, you can eat the Okonomiyaki you made right there in the studio.

Address
1-2 Matsubara-cho, Minami Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

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10 ekie (エキエ)

ekie (stylized with lowercase letters only) is a relatively new shopping center attached to the northern and eastern ends of Hiroshima Station. It’s actually broken down into several sections, but on the whole, it’s a bookstore, a convenience store, a food court, a nightlife destination, a souvenir store, and a supermarket at the same time! Grab a bite to eat here right after stepping off the Shinkansen, or buy a last-minute present for someone special right before catching your train!

Address
1-2 Matsubara-cho, Minami Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

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11 Hiroshima Station (広島駅)

Hiroshima Station is the bustling transportation hub of our peaceful city, and one of the principal entertainment hubs as well. All JR lines in the city stop here, and from here, people can take numerous buses and streetcars anywhere in the city, or even out of town. The ekie shopping complex located inside the station building also has no shortage of restaurants and souvenir shops to keep visitors busy for hours.

Address
2-37 Matsubaracho, Minami Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

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Browse a wide variety of souvenirs from Hiroshima Prefecture before returning to your place of accommodation and calling it a night.

Hiroshima Station (広島駅)

2-37 Matsubaracho, Minami Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park (広島平和記念公園)

1-1 Nakajimacho, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

Atomic Bomb Dome (原爆ドーム)

1-10 Otemachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

Orizuru Tower (おりづるタワー)

1-2-1 Otemachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

Oyster Ship Kanawa (かき船かなわ)

1 Otemachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

Hondori Shopping Street (本通商店街)

Hondori, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

Shukkeien (縮景園)

2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum (広島県立美術館)

2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

OKOSTA Okonomiyaki Cooking Studio (オコスタ お好み焼き体験スタジオ)

1-2 Matsubara-cho, Minami Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

ekie (エキエ)

1-2 Matsubara-cho, Minami Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN

Hiroshima Station (広島駅)

2-37 Matsubaracho, Minami Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN