Hiroshima in a Day: See, Eat and Play Like a Local!

Want to hit as many spots as possible in the beautiful city of Hiroshima in 24h? This one-day itinerary, handpicked by local insider, Isabella, will take you through the best of the city’s cultural and culinary sights.

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Momijidani Park

8:00am: Hiroshima Peace park

Hiroshima’s Peace Park is a truly serene and contemplative space located in the center of Hiroshima. Designed by architect Kenzō Tange, this area was once a busy part of downtown Hiroshima, flattened by the 1945 Hiroshima bombing. The park is a space to memorialise the victims, and for contemplating world peace.

 

8:30am – 10:30am: Hiroshima Peace Memorial 

Just next to the peace park is the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. The museum is dedicated to educating the world, with hopes for a more peaceful future through the legacy of those affected by the 1945 atomic bomb. It’s a difficult museum to see, but definitely an important message and experience.

11:00am Hiroshima castle

Built in 1958, this castle is a complete reconstruction of the 1590’s original that was flattened in the atomic bombing. Complementary to the Peace memorial museum, it now serves as exhibition of Japan’s history up until 1945.

12:00pm–1:30pm Hiroshima Museum of Art

Located just opposite Hiroshima castle, the Hiroshima Museum of Art features a collection of classical, modern and contemporary works from both Japan and abroad. This impressive collection is complemented by a rotation of world-class temporary exhibitions that ensure there is always something to see.

1:30pm–2:15pm lunch & 10min walk

On your way to the Shukkei en garden, stop off for lunch at one of the okonomiyaki restaurants to sample the local specialty: Hiroshima-yaki.

2:30-3:30 Shukkei En

Dating back to 1620, this famous garden is known for its miniature natural landscapes. Stroll through the garden along the path, taking you past multiple tea houses, offering perfect views of the traditional Japanese garden aesthetics. 

15 minute walk to Hiroshima station

30 min train

10 min ferry (every 15 mins)

4:30 Itsukushima

Famous for its beautiful ‘floating tori gate’, Itsukushima shrine is the must-see centerpiece of Miyajima island. Built along the shore of the island, the centuries-old shrine is Miyajima’s namesake, translating to ‘Shrine Island.’ Regarded as a holy Shinto site, the shrine consists of multiple buildings that appear to float on the water during high tide.

5:30 Momijidani park

Behind Itsukushima shrine lies Momijidani park at the base of Mt. Misen. Cultivated during the Edo period when the sapplings were planted along the Momijidani river, the park is one of the most beautiful maple leaf parks in Japan.

6:30 Oyster Dinner

Oysters are one of Hiroshima’s most celebrated local produce, so no trip to the prefecture is complete without a tasting. Enjoy one of the various restaurants on Miyajima serving the island’s famous barbecued oysters.

Ferry back to Hiroshima

Note that the last JR ferry leaves at 8:15pm, but the last Matsudai Kisen ferry is not until 10:15pm.

 

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