Hiroshima is the pride and joy of southwest Japan. And yet, as important in world history as cataclysmic event was, Hiroshima as a place, as a city, is a destination in its own right making a great base for exploring the stunning shrines and islands of Seto Inland Sea. These equally matched by its bustling streets, boundless culture, and beautiful surroundings all contribute to the city’s undeniable charm.
Unlike many other cities in Japan, Hiroshima City doesn’t have an underground subway system. Instead, the city has an extensive tram network known as the Hiroden which will take around the city including the UNESCO World Heritage, A-Bomb Dome and the Peace Memorial Park. Don’t forget to stroll around the city on foot to find and stuff yourself with Hiroshima-yaki, a local version of the savory pancake.
Hiroshima Electric Railway "Hiroden"
Peace Memorial Park
Aside from the city, exploring the Seto Inland Sea, containing more than 350 islands with Shinto shrines, beautiful Japanese landscapes and delicious food and drinks is another great way to enjoy Hiroshima. From Osaki-Shimojima Island where the finest oranges and lemons in Japan are made, to rabbit island on Okunoshima to scenic cycling journey to Mukaishima Island and Ikuchijima Island or to spend a more relaxing time at Sensuijima Island, there are enough destinations to choose from. Out of all, the Itsukushima Shrine at Miyajima is one of Japan’s most iconic scenes, plus this island is also an easy day trip from the city.
Torii gate at Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island