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33 of the Best Things to Do in Hiroshima



21. July. 2019

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Hiroshima is one of the most popular destinations for tourists to visit on Japan’s “Golden Route” and resonates with many foreigners due to its atomic bomb history.

But aside from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, the city is also the access point for the UNESCO-listed Itsukushima Shrine and its floating torii gate, as well as the sacred Shimanami Kaido cycling route.

With numerous small islands to explore and local delicacies to taste, there are plenty of reasons to stay a little longer. In this article, we’ll introduce 33 of the best things to do in Hiroshima to help plan your visit.


  • Photograph Miyajima’s Itsukushima Shrine
  • Sample the local oysters at Kakiya
  • Eat conger eel at Anago-Meshi Ueno
  • Explore the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
  • Take in the views of Hiroshima from the Orizuru Tower
  • Stroll through the Shukkeien garden
  • See Hiroshima Castle illuminated after dark
  • Admire the yōga and French Impressionist works at the Hiroshima Museum of Art
  • Visit Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium, the current home of Hiroshima Toyo Carp
  • Feast on Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki at Okonomimura or Mitchan
  • Discover the Japanese naval history at the Yamato Museum
  • Step aboard the “Iron Whale” submarine
  • Take in the historic views above the old navy shipyard
  • Have a drink on Kuramoto Street
  • Make a day trip to Osaki-Shimojima
  • See hundreds of rabbits on Ōkunoshima
  • Stroll through Takehara’s beautifully preserved townscape
  • Tour a sake brewery in Takehara
  • Explore the mysterious landscapes of Sandankyo Gorge
  • Photograph the Ini no Tanada rice terraces
  • Cycle or drive the Akinada Tobishima Kaido
  • Explore the islands of the Seto Inland Sea along the Shimanami Kaido
  • Ride the Senkojiyama Ropeway to Tenneiji Kaiunto
  • Hang out at Onomichi U2
  • Overnight at the Onomichi LOG hotel
  • Take the ferry from Onomichi to Mukaishima
  • Enjoy an easy cycle on Ikuchijima Island
  • Marvel at the white marble sculptures of Miraishin no Oka
  • Explore the Zen temple-museum of Shinshoji
  • Visit the photogenic spots of Tomonoura
  • Detox at Sensuijima Island
  • Try a takeaway Oyatsu to Yamaneko pudding
  • Eat Onomichi Ramen at Tsutafuji

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