9 Best Activities In Hiroshima, Japan - Updated 2023

9 Best Activities In Hiroshima, Japan - Updated 2023
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How much do you know about Hiroshima? Hiroshima is located in the western region of Honshu Island and is about three hours away from Osaka by bullet train. You can also fly to Hiroshima Airport directly from many places as it is an international airport. The unique landscape allows you to enjoy city exploration as well as adventures in nature. We recommend that you stay in Hiroshima City for at least two nights so that you can enjoy the various attractions in the area. Check out the best activities in Hiroshima, Japan, you should add to your list to fully experience Hiroshima.

1. Food tour adventure at night (from USD 76.0)

Experience the vibe of Hiroshima’s nightlife through this immersive three-hour food tour. Navigate the bustling streets of downtown Hiroshima and embark on a culinary journey across three distinct venues, relishing the flavors of local cuisine that go beyond the iconic okonomiyaki (savory pancakes). Indulge in a diverse selection of dishes, ranging from succulent seafood to perfectly grilled snacks, all thoughtfully curated by the seasoned guide.

Immerse yourself in the city’s cultural fabric and ambiance, and unwind with beverages served at different stops. This intimate excursion offers a deep dive into modern Hiroshima, showcasing its essence through an exploration of its diverse culinary landscape.

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Food Tour Adventure in Hiroshima at Night

Duration: 3hours

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2. Visit the majestic Miyajima Island and Itsukushima Shrine

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The place you should most visit when in Hiroshima is the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Itsukushima Shrine. The shrine is located on Itsukushima Island, south-west of Hiroshima City. The official name of the island is Itsukushima, but it is more-commonly known as Miyajima, meaning “the island with the shine”. The icon of the island is the Great Torii, a gate that is said to serve as a boundary between Gods and humans. Although the gate is offshore and is usually ‘floating’ on the water, you can walk to it depending on the tide to have a magical moment. You can also board the first ferry ride to the shrine at 6:25 (during summer) for the lovely sunrise view of the gate. It’s definitely worth waking up early! Access to the island is via a ferry ride from Miyajima Guchi, which is about 30 minutes from Hiroshima by the JR Sanyo line.

Itsukushima Shrine

Address: 1-1 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima

Access info: Ferry ride from Miyajima Guchi station.

Opening hours: 6:30 - 17:00

Fixed holiday: nil

Contact: +81 829-44-2020

Entrance fee: 300 JPY (2.80 USD)

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3. The emerald green Sandan Ravine

Sandan Ravine's Meoto Pool
Source: 古川 和美

Sandan Ravine, one of Japan’s “Special Places of Scenic Beauty”, is a 13-kilometre-long (8-mile-long) valley found in Akiota town, north-west of Hiroshima. There are various trekking courses along Sandan Ravine that allow you to view the scenic gorges and waterfalls along the river. As you continue to walk, you will eventually reach the Meoto Pool, which is filled with beautiful emerald-green water. Apart from trekking, boat rides are available at Sandan Ridge, the Kurobuchi Course and Sarutobi Course, open from April to November. Sandan Ravine can be accessed from Hiroshima Bus Centre via the express bus or local bus, which will take about 1 hour and 10 minutes or 2 hours respectively.

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4. Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Hiroshima Peace Memorial is located in Peace Memorial Park, where you can find the iconic building that was ruined during the atomic bomb attack on 6th August 1945. The most famous landmark there is the ruins of the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Today, various artefacts are put on display at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, which aims to contribute to world peace.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Address: 1-2 Nakajimacho, Naka Ward, Hiroshima

Access info: 25-minute tram ride from JR Hiroshima Station

Opening hours: 8:30 - 18:00

Fixed holiday: Dec 30th and 31st of every year

Contact: +81 82-241-4004

Entrance fee: 200 JPY (1.90 USD)

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5. Tomonoura – the port town where time stands still

Scenery of Tomonoura
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Yanajin used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Located about 1 hour from Hiroshima Station by bullet train, Tomonoura was one of the inspirations for the acclaimed Ghibli film “Ponyo”. Being a town with about 150 years of history, the architecture in Tomonoura is quaint and the town exudes a retro atmosphere. Among the attractions there are Tomonotsu Gallery Arisoro, a gallery-cum-café that was built in 1917. You can view various accessories and olden Japanese items as well as enjoy their delicious confectionary.

Tomonotsu Gallery Arisoro

Address: 720-0201,715 Tomochotomo, Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture

Access info: 40 minutes from Fukuyama Station by bus

Opening hours: 11:00 - 17:00

Fixed holiday: nil

Contact: +81 80-1636-7965

Official URL (Blog)

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6. Hiroshima’s original Onomichi ramen noodles

Onomichi ramen and jiaozi by The Other View in Onomichi
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user The Other View fr... used under CC BY-SA 2.0

In Japan, many prefectures have their own unique ramen, and Hiroshima is no exception. The Onomichi ramen originated in Onomichi city, Hiroshima, and one of the most famous ramen shops is called Shuukaen. Located in Onomichi, about 1 hour from Hiroshima Station by Japan Railway, the soy sauce based ramen noodle topped with delicious char siu (pork meat) is amazing.

Shuukaen Onomichi outlet

Address: 4-12 Toyohi Motomachi, Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima

Access info: 15-minute walk from JR Sannin Main line Onomichi Station

Opening hours: 11:00 - 21:00 (closed once sold out)

Fixed holiday: Thursdays and every 3rd Wednesday

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7. The beautiful sakura of Fukuyama Castle

Fukuyama Castle and Sakura
Source: 村井 マヤ

Fukuyama Castle is located Fukuyama city, Hiroshima, and is only 30 minutes away from Hiroshima City via Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen (bullet train). Built in 1622, the castle is famous for its beautiful sakura flowers during spring, and is hence best-visited from March to April. The castle is now used as a museum where you can learn about the history behind Fukuyama city. It is open from 9:00 to 17:00 every day except Mondays (closed on Tuesday instead if Monday is a public holiday).

Fukuyama Castle

Address: Hiroshima Prefecture, Fukuyama, Marunouchi, 1-8

Access info: 5-minute walk from JR Fukuyama Station

Opening hours: 9:00 - 18:30

Fixed holiday: Every Monday and Dec 28th to 31st every year

Contact: +81 84-922-2117

Entrance fee: 200 JPY (1.90 USD)

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8. Best sunset view of Seto Inland Sea

Sunset at Inno Island

The south coast of Hiroshima faces towards the inland sea and there are lots of islands around the area. Innoshima (Inno Island) is one of the best islands to be lost in nature and enjoy the great view of the bridges that connect the islands. Cycling along Shimanami Marine Road, you will come across a magnificent view of Seto Inland Sea and Shirataki Mountain. Innoshima is accessible from Hiroshima City by driving for 1 hour and 30 minutes, or by taking an express bus ride for 2 hours and 30 minutes.

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9. Hiroshima pancake – the Hiroshima okonomiyaki


The okonomiyaki is a Japanese grilled pancake dish that includes ingredients ranging from vegetables and seafood to even yakisoba (Japanese fried noodles). Hiroshima is famous for its hiroshimayaki, the Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, and there are various stalls around the prefecture serving this dish. One of the best places to have the Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki is Okonomimura, which means Okonomiyaki Village. Located just 8 minutes from Hiroshima Station by car, numerous stalls fill the 4-storey building where the mouth-watering savoury awaits you.

Okonomi-Mura (Okonomi Village)

Address: 5-13 Shintenchi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima

Access info: 12-minute walk from Hiroshima Bus Centre

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A city the whole world knows

Most might associate Hiroshima only with its history. However, despite having such a past, Hiroshima is a fantastic place with great landscapes and Japanese culture. The natural gifts from Seto Inland Sea, such as oysters and beautiful landscapes, never fail to capture the hearts of tourists, and the atmosphere of Miyajima is beyond words. Hiroshima is surely one of the places you have to visit when going to Japan!

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