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How to Spend 1 Day in Hiroshima

How to Spend 1 Day in Hiroshima

Although most people associate Hiroshima with the atomic bombing that it suffered at the end of World War II, there’s much more to the modern city than its sobering history. You can experience many of Hiroshima’s layers in one day, from the bomb-related sites to the medieval castle and the city’s vibrant dining scene. Here’s how.

Morning: Visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Start your day at Peace Memorial Park, which commemorates the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and educates travelers about World War II. Wander around the park’s many areas, from museums and memorials to the distinctive Atomic Bomb Dome, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was located almost directly beneath the bomb’s hypocenter. The building’s shell survived, including the wire supports of the building’s dome. Most half-day Hiroshima walking and cycling tours include a visit to Peace Memorial Park. 

Afternoon: Explore Hiroshima Castle

After lunch, make your way to Hiroshima Castle. Built in the 1590s, the castle was an important center of power in Western Japan. Later destroyed by the atomic bomb, the castle was rebuilt in the 1950s. Check out the history museum inside, and the views of Hiroshima from the top floor. In the spring, the castle is surrounded by cherry blossoms. If you have time afterward, head over to the nearby Hiroshima Museum of Art.

Night: Sample the Local Food

An ideal night out in Hiroshima involves sampling the local delicacies. Hiroshima is famous for its oysters—and then there’sokonomiyaki, fried savory pancakes with various toppings. The Kansai-versus-Hiroshimaokonomiyaki rivalry is to Japan what the New-York-versus-Chicago pizza rivalry is to the United States. Hiroshimaokonomiyaki typically includes noodles, and is layered rather than mixed together in a batter. Hiroshima has thousands of restaurants and stalls sellingokonomiyaki, so no need to look far for a tasty dinner. Nighttime food and bar-hopping tours are a fun way to discover the locals’ favorite spots. 

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Hiroshima & Miyajima 1-Day Tour from Hiroshima

Hiroshima & Miyajima 1-Day Tour from Hiroshima

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This day trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima is the easy way to see many sights in a single day, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Travel by comfortable air-conditioned coach to important World War II-era places in Hiroshima, and the iconic red gates of Miyajima’s Itsukushima Shrine, which appear to float on water. Learn all about the history and culture of these attractions from your English-speaking guide and through an audio-guide on board your bus.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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$140.35
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1-Day Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour (Round-trip from Hiroshima)

1-Day Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour (Round-trip from Hiroshima)

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Discover two of Japan’s most spectacular sights on a captivating tour of Hiroshima and Miyajima’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, explore the impressive monuments of Miyajima Island, famed for its sacred Itsukushima Jinja Shrine, whose red tori gate appears to be protruding from the sea during high tide. Continue onto the Hiroshima Peace memorial Park, a moving expanse dedicated to promoting peace around the globe. Enjoy a tranquil ferry ride and absorb the natural splendor of the region’s scenery on this enriching excursion.
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  • 8 hours
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$155.42
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Hiroshima Cycling Peace Tour with Local Guide

Hiroshima Cycling Peace Tour with Local Guide

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Bicycle around Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and beyond with a guide born and raised in Hiroshima to lead the way. In addition to the Atomic Bomb Dome, you’ll ride to the Cenotaph, Children's Peace Monument, and the Peace Bell at the UNESCO World Heritage site. Numbers are limited to 10 for a small-group experience and you’ll discover things you wouldn’t know only by visiting the Peace Museum.
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  • 2 hours
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$48.87
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$48.87
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Hiroshima in a Nutshell: Morning Bike Adventure

Hiroshima in a Nutshell: Morning Bike Adventure

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This is an excellent choice for first-time visitors to Hiroshima. Get your bearings of the city, learn about its history, and discover backstreet areas that only locals know about. You won’t have to worry if you’re not an experienced cyclist, as the route is 90% flat. The tour will help you cover more ground than a walking tour and see many top sights in a day, such as the Peace Park, Gokoku Shrine, Shukkei-en Japanese Garden, and the Memorial Cathedral for World Peace.
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  • 3 hours
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$63.91
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Hiroshima one day private walking Tour

Hiroshima one day private walking Tour

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See the highlights of Hiroshima in a personalized private walking tour. A private tour means you can customize your experience and choose your own itinerary. You’ll be picked up in a private vehicle, and your guide will accompany you so you don’t get lost. Possible Hiroshima attractions include Itsukushima Shrine, the Atomic Bomb Dome, and the Peace Memorial.
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  • 7 hours
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$367.00
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Hiroshima No1 food!! 'Okonomiyaki'-cooking class

Hiroshima No1 food!! 'Okonomiyaki'-cooking class

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【OUTLINE】 Let’s indulge in Hiroshima food culture and cook your own Okonomiyaki. In this program, you will be introduced to the authentic Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki, the culinary specialties of Hiroshima and the ultimate staple of Japanese cuisine. The staff from the Otafuku Sauce Co. will teach you some tips to cook the Okonomiyaki. You would be able to learn the deep relations between the Hiroshima's recovery from the post-war and the Okonomiyaki. 【HIGHLIGHTS】 ・In this program, tourists would gain the deeper insight into Hiroshima’s cultural heritage, and master the technique of Japanese cuisine on a teppan (griddle). ・Experience the unique Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki which the number of Okonomiyaki stores per capital in Japan is No.1. ・An especial plan developed by a worldwide manufacturer of savory Japanese condiments, Otafuku Sauce Co., offers a trip to taste the variety sauces for the taste buds
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Hiroshima Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

Hiroshima Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

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Meet a Hiroshima local to discover the city through their eyes rather than a sightseeing itinerary. After hearing your wishes via phone or app, your Hiroshima local will craft a private walking tour around your interests or their favorite areas. Cue a walk that brings Hiroshima to life through a local’s perspective: with cultural insight, pointers on sights, transport, and food; and conversations that help immerse you in the city.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
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Cultural Activity Combo in Miyajima : Kimono, Tea Ceremony, Calligraphy, Cooking

Cultural Activity Combo in Miyajima : Kimono, Tea Ceremony, Calligraphy, Cooking

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Save time by taking part in three traditional Japanese activities in just a few hours on this cultural experience. Put on a kimono and spend roughly half an hour each on Japanese calligraphy lessons, a tea ceremony, and an onigiri—rice ball—cooking class. The lessons take place in a centuries’-old temple with lovely gardens.
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  • 2 hours
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$195.49
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Private Hiroshima Custom Full-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

Private Hiroshima Custom Full-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

Explore the rich history and traditional shrines of Hiroshima during this private 8-hour tour aboard a chartered vehicle. Travel in your limo, van, or bus (depending on your group size) customizing the itinerary to your preferred choice of attractions. You might learn about the dramatic events of the city’s 1945 atomic bomb attack at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, admire the giant torii gate on Miyajima Island, or discover the UNESCO-listed Itsukushima Shrine. A driver, private vehicle, and round-trip hotel transportation are covered.
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  • 8 hours
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$1,041.05
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Private Customized Sightseeing Tour in Hiroshima with a Guide

Private Customized Sightseeing Tour in Hiroshima with a Guide

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See the best of Hiroshima with the help of a private guide thanks to this 8-hour group trip for up to 6 participants. Learn about the solemn events of Hiroshima’s atomic bomb attack at Peace Memorial Park, enjoy the idyllic surroundings of Mitaki-dera Temple, and check out Hiroshima-jyo Castle and Shukkei-en garden. All entrance fees are also covered.
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  • 8 hours
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$301.30
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