How to Plan an Incredible Family Trip to Japan in 2023/2024. Learn more.
Top 6 Attractions in Hiroshima - Things to See

Top 6 Attractions in Hiroshima - Things to See

By CarolUpdated Oct. 21, 2022

Hiroshima, the city of peace and culture, is well-known for its historical bombing tragedy on August 6, 1945. Located on Honsu Island in the southwestern part of Japan, the city is full of memorable historical spots and blessed with the natural beauty of mountains, sea, rivers, and valleys.

There are so many attractions to enjoy in Hiroshima. Among them are Peace Memorial Park and Itsukushima Shrine, the city’s two World Heritage Sites.

Shukkein Garden is famous for its man-made "shrunken scenery", while downtown Hiroshima is popular for its excellent cuisine. Mazda Museum and Hiroshima Castle will help you understand that Japan is not only about natural beauty, but also about appealing technology.

Quick facts

  • Peace Memorial Park is one of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Hiroshima. It aims not to forget the tragedy of the atomic bomb that was dropped in 1945.
  • Itsukushima Shrine is the second UNESCO World Heritage Site in Hiroshima. At high tide it seems to float on Miyajima Island.
  • Shukkein Garden mimics the city’s natural landscape and beauty, reproducing them in miniature.
  • Hiroshima Castle is one of the historical castles in Hiroshima, and provides a panoramic view of the city from the top.
  • In the Mazda Museum we can take a peek at the automobile industry and discover how Mazda produces its cars.
  • In downtown Hiroshima, you can savor the delicious Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki.

Recommended Articles

98.8% positive customer reviews among 10,000+
Tour Review
Lianne Stone, May 2023
LE, May 2023
Serene Storslett, May 2023
Lynette Whittle, Apr 2023
Madhu, Apr 2023
Luisa, Apr 2023
Mrs Cristina Hidalgo Loris, Apr 2023
Nancy K, Apr 2023
Laurie Lee, Feb 2023
Todd Hankinson, Dec 2022
Ginybel Belgira, Sep 2022
Geoff Rayner-Canham, May 2019
Ailsa West, Jul 2018
Tibor Marton, May 2018
Joe, May 2018
Teri Simpson, Apr 2023
Jennifer Roth Krieger, Apr 2023
Isabelle Dessaux, Apr 2023
Monica, Mar 2023
Leo Pospichal, Mar 2023

1. Peace Memorial Park

Peace Memorial Park, alternatively known as the Atomic Bomb Dome, is a memorial of the nuclear bombing in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. It has become a focal point for the world's prayers for peace.

There are three main places to visit inside the park: the cenotaph for victims of the bomb, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and the Atomic Bomb Dome.

The cenotaph is also known as the Memorial Monument for Hiroshima, City of Peace. Inside the stone chest there is a record of 297,684 names of all the known victims of the atomic bomb. The phrase "Let all the souls here rest in peace, for we shall not repeat this evil" is inscribed here.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum presents an accurate picture of the atomic attack and the tragic aftermath of its radiation. The main building exhibits victims' belongings and also explains thoroughly and scientifically what happened on that tragic day of August 6, 1945.

In 1996 the Atomic Bomb Dome, also known as Genbaku Dome, was granted the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Besides these three main places, there are also other memorials and monuments to visit in and around the park, such as the Children's Peace Monumentand Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall.

Location: Peace Memorial Park is around 20 minutes by tram from Hiroshima Station.

Travel Essentials: Every year on August 6, there is a memorial ceremony at the park. It is open from 08.00 to 18.00 (or to 19.00 in August, or 17.00 from December to February). Please note that admission ends 30 minutes before closing.

NB: The Peace Memorial Park is closed on December 30 to 31 every year, so please plan accordingly.

Recommended Tours

2. Itsukushima Shrine

Itsukushima Shrine is a Shinto shrine on Miyajima Island that at high tide appears to be floating. To visit the shrine, you need to get through the floating gate (called "torii"). This vermilion gate is a typical gateway to a Shinto shrine. Itsukushima Shrine is believed to be home to three of Japan's goddesses.

The shrine consists of 17 buildings connected by lantern-lit corridors; its total length is 262 meters. It seems to be gracefully suspended over the sea, looking mysterious, just the kind of place where goddesses may lie.

Location: Take a 25-minute train from Hiroshima to Miyajimaguchi and then take a ferry to reach Miyajima.

Travel Essentials: Usually visitors need to bow when passing the torii and then follow the purification ritual there. Please respect the fact that visitors are forbidden to take pictures at some areas inside the shrine. The best time to visit Itsukushima Shrine is in the autumn, when you can see the island decorated with autumn colors.

3. Shukkein Garden

Shukkein Garden is a perfect example of a Japanese Garden in the city of Hiroshima. It is one of the Japan's Top 100 Historical Parks. Its name means "shrunken-scenery garden", reflecting the garden’s main characteristic.

The garden presents in miniature many natural formations and scenic views, with careful cultivation of the land and vegetation, such as miniature valleys, forests and mountains.

It also offers some traditional aesthetic features of Japanese gardens and culture, such as tea ceremonies. There are a number of tea houses and a tea shop which allow visitors to enjoy Japanese tea, coffee, and Japanese desserts while seated outdoors.

Location: 15 minutes from Sanyo Express Hiroshima IC and about 900 meters from JR Hiroshima Station via Sakaebashi Bridge.

Travel Essentials: Please walk only on approved paths, do not litter, do not smoke, and do not be noisy or disturb other people. In short, please behave appropriately for the garden environment.

Recommended Itinerary

4. Hiroshima Castle

Hiroshima Castle is a fortress surrounded by a large moat and park. It is built on a plain area in the city center. It was both the economic and physical center of the city, until it was destroyed by the bomb in 1945.

Rebuilt in 1958, it has become an excellent museum, providing information on Hiroshima's history and on the reconstruction of the castle itself. On top of the castle, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding city.

Location: The castle is a ten-minute walk from Shukkeien or a 15-minute walk from Peace Memorial Park.

Travel Essentials: Please note that this castle is closed every December 29 to 31.

5. Mazda Museum

The Mazda Museum was founded by the Mazda Motor Corporation. It helps visitors gain a quick understanding of Mazda's history, its automobile technology and prospects for its future development. In 1991, Mazda became the first and only Japanese company to win the Le Mans Grand Prix.

The main attractions here are the museum, the Mazda assembly line where you can see a variety of different cars being produced, and a shop providing Mazda merchandise which is also perfect for souvenirs.

Location: You can reach the Mazda Museum in around 5 minutes by foot from the south exit of Mukainada Station.

Travel Essentials: You need to make a reservation beforehand by phone or e-mail, since the museum can only be enjoyed via a guided tour. Reservations can be made up to a year in advance.

Recommended Itinerary

6. Downtown Hiroshima

Downtown Hiroshima is a good place for trying out Hiroshima's specialty: Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki. Two streets offer the specialty: Hondori Street and Aioi Street. Besides sampling the local cuisine, you can find many department stores and restaurants downtown. The place is clean and nice and the food is good and reasonably priced.

Location: Downtown is 3 km from Hiroshima Station. You can connect quite easily by taxi or bus.

Travel Essentials: Stay connected with your Japanese translator, since people there do not generally speak English.

Visit Hiroshima with Asia Highlights

Feel the beauty and uniqueness of Hiroshima by visiting the above main attractions. Don't forget to add Hiroshima and other Japanese destinations to your travel plans using Asia Highlights' professional travel-planner service.

Why Travel with Asia Highlights (98.8% positive customer reviews among 10,000+)

  • Unique experiences tailored to your interests: Enjoy a premium trip that goes beyond the typical tourist attractions.
  • Hassle-free travel and peace of mind: Every aspect of your trip will be carefully planned and organized by your 1:1 travel consultant.
  • Experienced and knowledgeable guides: Your guides will be local and love to work for travelers' smiles.

Get Inspired with Our Sample Itineraries

At Asia Highlights, we create your kind of journey — your dates, your destinations, at your pace. You can have any trip tailor made for your travel.

More Travel Ideas and Inspiration

We are here to help you...
Start planning your tailor-made tour with 1-1 help from our travel advisors. Create My Trip
4.9 ExcellentTrustPilot rating TrustPilot Logo

The Asia Highlights Experience

1-to-1 Expert Planning

1-to-1 Expert Planning

Your tour will be tailor-made to suit you by a destination expert. Your personal travel advisor will always reply within 24 hours.

Personal Journeys

Personal Journeys

Enjoy having your own personal local guide and ride. Explore destinations at your own pace. Have as much flexibility as possible.

Authentic Experiences

Authentic Experiences

Go beyond the sightseeing. Understand the destinations by practicing the local culture and interacting with local people.

One-Stop Service

One-Stop Service

Leave all the booking work to us, including international and internal transportation, visas, hotels, meals, and activities.

About Us
At Asia Highlights, we are committed to providing you a premium, quality private tour, whether it's a milestone trip, family trip, or bucketlist trip — your planning will be made easy with just one specialist throughout. Know more ...
Rated 4.9 out of 5 | Excellent
China Highlights International Travel Service Co., LTD
Corporate Number: 914503003486045699
Featured on