About Hiroshima

When we hear Hiroshima, the first thought that comes to mind is the horrific atomic bomb attack. Fortunately, Hiroshima is now a modern, cosmopolitan city welcoming tourists to witness its excellent cuisine and active nightlife.

Today, with a population of more than 1.1 million, Hiroshima can brag about its various attractions. There is much to see in Hiroshima. Be it World Heritage sites, famous shrines and temples, museums, local culture, and entertainment - Hiroshima has it all. Hiroshima is safe to visit with no residual radiation. It is also known as the City of Water because of the six beautiful rivers flowing across the city. Its residents show amazing hospitality. You’ll never be short of things to do during your stay in Hiroshima. Check our recommendations and make the most of your time in this corner of Japan. Exciting and unforgettable experiences await you.

Public Transport System

Tram, Taxi and Bus

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Efficiency: High, Cleanliness: High

Mode & Cost of Transports

There are three railway systems:

Japan Railway Company (JR Company), Streetcar, Astramline.

The visitor can decide which rail transport one wants to use and the fares will vary accordingly. In a streetcar, the minimum fare is 180 Yen. In the JR railway system, it is 410 Yen to Miyajimaguchi for Miyajima Island and Itsukushima Shrine from Hiroshima Station.

Astramline is the new electric transit system that runs from the centre of the city to the suburbs. Ticket fare is 480 Yen.

Buses are available and the minimum fare is 160 Yen from Hiroshima Station.

Taxis: For taxis look for illuminated boards, which means vacant. The fare depends on the car size, distance and time and the charges are between 540 Yen and 650 Yen.

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 1.00
Cup of Coffee USD 3.44
Milk Carton Pack USD 1.85
Rice/Kg USD 3.70
White Bread USD 1.90
Eggs (12) USD 2.07
Combo Meal USD 6.45
Fine Dining USD 35.58
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 1.28
Domestic Beer USD 4.74
Imported Beer USD 5.69
Bottle of Wine USD 11.39
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 4.65
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 2.66
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 1.99
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 711.62
  • Do not tip in restaurants. Tipping is generally frowned upon in Japan.
  • If you rent a car, beware that most road signs are in Japanese. 
  • Photos and videos are not allowed everywhere. 
  • If you are lost in the city, contact the police. 
  • We recommend you to exchange your currency at the airport. The local banks have a long procedure.
  • Bargaining is not acceptable in Hiroshima. 
  • If you opt for public transport, use a bus. Taxis are costly.
  • Some people are not comfortable talking about past attacks. Avoid it.

Night Life

When we talk about nightlife in Hiroshima, Nagarekawa is the place to go to. Called the ultimate party district, this place has it all - beer gardens, izakayas, late-night eateries, bars, nightclubs, pachinko parlors, hostess clubs and everything beyond. But if you are looking for a calmer night out, Hakushima is the place. You will be surprised to know that Hiroshima is famed for its world-class sake. Every October, the Saijo district hosts a huge sake festival. Drinking age is 20, and by 2:00 a.m. most bars close for the day. Before you leave Hiroshima, try their special dish Okonomiyaki. It is basically a crepe loaded with noodles, your choice meat, vegetables with a savory-sweet sauce.

Must See

  • There are many events organized year-round in the city. Check out the ones that interest you.
  • There is so much to see in Hiroshima. From World Heritage sites, famous shrines and temples to museums, local culture, and entertainment - Hiroshima has it all.
  • You can enjoy local cuisine like Okonomiyaki and oysters. Hiroshima is famous for its local cuisine in Japan
  • Hiroshima has plenty to offer for active visitors. From cycling routes to hiking trails, there is always plenty to do.
  • You can enjoy shopping for souvenirs around the city and sightseeing. Check out their famous sweets or pick traditional crafts. You are sure to find something interesting for yourself.

Experiences

  • Cook your own Okonomiyaki. It is a local sweet delicacy
  • Take a cruise to the World Heritage site Itsukushima Shrine and indulge in a spectacular view from the sea
  • Go for the Hiroshima Cycling Peace Tour with a local guide
  • Take part in fruit picking
  • Make a trip to the floating Grand Torii Gate at the shrine on Miyajima Island by kayak!

 

Activities

Shopping

Pacela
Shopping Malls
6-78 Motomachi Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-0011, Hiroshima Prefecture
Distance From City Center
1.8 Km
Kamiyacho Shareo
Shopping Malls
100 Motomachi, Naka-Ku | Subway Avenue, Hiroshima 730-0011, Hiroshima Prefecture
Distance From City Center
1.3 Km
Hiroshima Parco Honkan
Shopping Malls
10-1 Hondori, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, 730-0035, Japan
Distance From City Center
1.2Km
The Outlets Hiroshima
Shopping Malls
4-chome-1-番1号 Ishiuchihigashi, Saeki Ward, Hiroshima, 731-5196, Japan
Distance From City Center
10.5 Km
Pokemon Center Hiroshima
Flea Markets and Bazaars
6-27 Motomachi Naka-Ku | Hiroshima 730-0011 Hiroshima Prefecture
Distance From City Center
994 meters
Asse
Shopping Malls
2-37 Matsubaracho Minami-ku Minami Hiroshima 732-0822 Hiroshima Prefecture
Distance From City Center
2.5 km
Hiroshima Hon Dori Shotengai
Flea Markets and Bazaars
8-18 Hondori Naka-ku Hiroshima 730-0000 Hiroshima Prefecture
Distance From City Center
1.8 km
ORiŞA
Antique Markets
Nakaku, Mikawacho, 5-15-301, Hiroshima, 730-0029, Japan
Distance From City Center
1.9 km
Old art Hakodou Hiroshima shop
Antique Markets
Japan, 730-0004 Hiroshima, Naka Ward, Higashihakushimacho
Distance From City Center
2 km
ANCHORET
Antique Markets
Japan, 730-0854 Hiroshima, Naka Ward, Dohashicho, 2-43
Distance From City Center
824 meters
Hiroshima Yume Plaza(total reviews: 144)
Handicrafts and Souviners
8-28 Hondori Naka Ward Hiroshima 730-0035 Japan
Distance From City Center
1.5 km
Nagasakiya
Handicrafts and Souviners
6-8 Hondori, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, 730-0035, ಜಪಾನ್
Distance From City Center
1.8 km
Hiroshima Orizuru Tower
Handicrafts and Souviners
1 Chome-2-1 Otemachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, 730-0051, Japan
Distance From City Center
827 meters
  • Hitotsubu no Muscat - a type of Japanese sweet, a white wine grape coated with rice cake.
  • Momoji manju -  a maple-leaf shaped cake filled with mashed sweet bean paste.
  • Oyster soy sauce - Being the top oyster-producing city in Japan, this is one sauce you will love to take home.
  • Oyster crackers - They go well with beer.
  • Chikuhodo makeup brush - Serves as an awesome gift for make-up lovers, this brand is based in Hiroshima. The brushes are handmade and the best fur is used to make them.
  • Rice scoop paddle - Used for scooping rice, this paddle is also considered a good luck charm.
  • Lemon fruit water facial mask: This mask is solely available in Hiroshima. Perfect to rejuvenate and refresh the face after your trip.
  • Seaweed salt: Enhance the flavor of your dishes by using this premium salt brand.
  • Kendama: This simple toy with a ball and string keeps children busy for hours.
  • Tops: Known as Koma, this is the perfect souvenir for anyone back home who is in need of a hobby.

Official Language

Japanese

Other Language

English, Chinese and Korean

Spoken Language

Japanese

Currency

Yen (JPY)

Population

1.1 (Millions)

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Weather

Shower Rain 21.36°C

TimeZone

02:55 AM (GMT +09:00)

 

Ambulance

119

 

Police

110

 

Electric socket

Type A
Type A (120 V 60 Hz.)
Type B
Type B (120 V 60 Hz.)

Airport Name / IATA Code

Hiroshima Airport - HIJ

Airport Name / IATA Code

HIW - Hiroshima-Nishi Airport

Best time to visit

October, November, April, May: In April, the cherry blossoms bloom. October and November are perfect months for a visit with less rain and cool, refreshing temperatures.

Moderate time to visit

January, February, March, June, December: These months are moderate and low season. In December, unlike other countries, many monuments are closed due to Christmas/New Year.

Worst time to visit

July, August, September: While June and August witness heavy rains and unpleasantly warm and humid climate, in September, the typhoons keep you indoors.

Taxi

Start Tariff: JPY 650.00

1 Km. Tariff: JPY 280.00

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: JPY 2940.00

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Monthly Average Temperature & Rainfall

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