Hiroshima, meaning “Broad Island” in Japanese, is located along the coast of the Seto Inland Sea and is the largest city in the Chūgoku region of western Honshu, which is the largest island in Japan. It is also the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture. This city, with a population of about 1.1 million, is best known for being hit by an atomic bomb during World War II, which killed about 80,000 people. About 70% of the city’s buildings were also destroyed.
In September 1945, most of Hiroshima’s architecture was further destroyed when it was struck by the Makurazaki Typhoon. With help from the national government, Hiroshima started to rebuild itself after the war, to eventually become a modern, industrialised city filled with museums, memorial monuments and attractions such as the castle of Rijō, Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine, Shukkei-en, Fudōin, Mitaki-dera, and the Hijiyama Park.
In terms of accommodation, Hiroshima has an abundance of hotels, ryokans (a type of traditional Japanese inn that originated in the Edo period) and guest houses. They each differ in many aspects, such that ryokans serve as a more traditional choice of accommodation as compared to the modern interior designs of hotels. To guide you, we’ve prepared the perfect list of the best accommodations in Hiroshima, with recommendations of both Airbnb homes to the modern hotels.
Highly recommended! The house is located in the central of Hiroshima, and it is very convenient for shopping, eating and taking the bus to anywhere in Hiroshima. It is decorated well! Everything is prepared very well, and we could even do simple cooking for my baby in the house. The washing machine can act as a dryer, which is very useful for us. The most important thing, Sora is very nice and considerate. Everything is prepared very well, and he provided us with a lot of information for our travels, he marked the drug store, supermarket and park on the map for us, he also prepared Chinese instructions in the house. In conclusion, my family enjoyed the stay in Sora’s house! Chang
A retreat in the heart of townHiroshima-shi naka-ku, Hiroshima-ken, Japan
Top guest reviewsgood air conditioning comfortable beds and very cleanthe stay at fits-field was very comfortablewe appreciated the cooking facilities and washer dryercomfortable and convenient; fits-field provided good communicationthe apartment is spacious with comfortable sofa bed futonsclean spacious place that was very comfortableit was also very cleanit was clean cozy and had everything you might needno elevator but nice clean and quiteapartment was comfortable and sparkling clean - highly recommend
Host:the hosts are wonderful - they are very accommodatingthe host is very nice and had the place all ready for us would happily stay againcommunication with host was also excellent and efficientgreat flat in an excellent location swift commination with host tooabsolutely amazing place great location and the host was very helpfulRead more reviewsthe location is very central and only a 10 minute walk to the peace parkthe location is excellent - close to the peace park and 20 mins walk to hiroshima stationexcellent location within walking distance from all the major sightsperfect location near to main shopping area and public transportthe location is also fantastic situated between many amazing attractions
What a wonderful experience. Tomomi, Tomohiro and their family went out of their way to create a relaxing holiday for us. We stayed with our 8-month-old son, and were made to feel so welcome with a car seat and cot provided, not to mention the new friends our son made playing with Tomomi’s children! We even joined the family to learn how to make traditional plum brandy. The meals were truly delicious, we ate all of our meals there. I highly recommend Tomomi and Tomohiro’s cooking. The room itself was beautiful and so quiet - nothing but lovely nature sounds at night. Our 3 nights here were a welcome relief from the fast-paced city stays we had previously, and turned out to be the highlight of our trip to Japan. Thank you again for a wonderful stay! Shelly
The hosts are also very welcoming. They will be more than happy to guide you around the neighbourhood, including sightseeing and recreational tours. They also offer a taste their Japanese cuisine “Washoku”, and you might even have a chance to prepare the food with them. The house is surrounded by paddy fields, old shrines, and temples and in the winter, guests can visit the ski field or the onsens (hot springs) nearby. The apartment is also just a 35-minute ride to Miyajima and a 45-minute ride to the Atomic Bomb dome at central Hiroshima.
HOME STAY at Traditional House Slow food&Slow lifeHiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken, Japan
Top guest reviewsit’s our first trip to hiroshima and we had very comfortable and relaxing stay at tomomi and tomo’s placemost comfortable sleep we had on our whole tripthe breakfast and dinner prepared by them were super delicioustheir bathroom was amazing toothe room was clean beautiful and cozzyhouse is comfortable and very cleani already miss them the food was amazing too the place was beautiful and well cleaned
Host:the hosts are so polite friendly and even speak great englishthey are great hoststomomi and tomo were wonderful hoststomomi and tomo were a wonderful hosttomomi and tomo are tremendous hosts and will make you feel like homeRead more reviewsamazing family and beautiful locationbeautiful house in a very nice locationbeautiful house in a scenic location among hillsa very quiet and peaceful locationa beautiful place to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city
This traditional home is located in the serene neighbourhood of Hatsukaichi and is also right beside a supermarket. Hatsukaichi is a city located 20km (12.4 miles) west of Hiroshima’s city centre and has an estimated population of 120,000 people. Interestingly, the name was derived from a market that was held on the 20th of every month during the Kamakura period with hatsuka meaning “20th day” and ichi meaning “market”. It was named a designated city in 1988.
This non-smoking home consists of two bedrooms and can accommodate up to 6 people. Facilities include Wi-Fi, air-con, hot tub and more. This home is also wheelchair-friendly.
RARE!! Near MIYAJIMA Traditional Japanese house廿日市市, 広島県, Japan
Top guest reviewsthe futon beds were more comfortable than others we have slept onwe appreciated the well stocked kitchen and supermarket right outside the front doorcleanliness: the house is perfectly cleanthe house is very clean and nicely decoratedperfect for 2 couples and really clean and nice into the detailsit was clean spacious and has all the required amenitieseverything was fine and clean
Host:ryu is a great hostryu and his mom are amazing hostfantastic and friendly host and familythank you for hosting usthey are very helpful and attentiveRead more reviewssuper easy walk to the station toogood location - close to rail station and food market and mallexcellent location next to fresta supermarket and near huge drug storeryu's place was a lovely and spacious home located just a short distance from the station7 minute walk from the station and a huge shopping centre with everything you need
Located in downtown Hiroshima, this Minpaku (a type of Japanese lodging) is conveniently located with just a 10-minute walk to the Atomic Bomb Dome. This apartment consists of large traditional Japanese-style tatami rooms that can generously accommodate up to 12 people with its 3 bedrooms. The only smoking area in this home is the wide balcony. There are many surrounding eateries and recreational activities located around the apartment. It is also just a 2-minute walk from Kamiyacho-Higashi Station and a 5-minute walk to the bus center.
Minpaku in Kamiya-cho
Address: Hiroshima-city, Hiroshima (see map)
Price: from 79 USD
Access: 2-minute walk from Kamiyacho-Higashi Station
Satoshi was very communicative and the location was excellent! Just keep in mind that the second room is a futon and one room has a mattress. Overall it was a fantastic location, clean and we had a wonderful stay! Ausseela
Central ! peace park 1 min walk & wifi !!Hiroshima City, Hiroshima-ken, Japan
Top guest reviewswifi was great since there was both portable wifi and indoor wifithe portable wifi was super handy and the space itself was comfortable for the two of ussatoshi's apartment is beautiful and comfortable with all the amenities you could needthe apartment has all the basic amenities and rather cleanspace can fit 4 people very comfortable for 2 peopleclean with all accessories neededit is clean and has plenty of towels extra sheets and toiletriesthe accommodation is clean and has everything you needthe space was also very clean and spacious (though the toilet area was a bit cramped)even though it may look kind of old but it is clean and tidy
Host:everything is okay host is super fast response checkin information is greatsatoshi is a great host always reply very quickly and made sure everything is okaysatoshi is a great hostsatoshi was a great hostthe host has provided all amenities and has provided english instructions for everything which we appreciated very muchRead more reviewsexcellent location for exploring hiroshimaamazing location and very quietwonderful location and quick repliesso close to the peace park perfect location perfect placevery close to peace memorial park
Location is excellent! Only a few minutes’ walk from the Peace Memorial and about 20 or so minutes from Hiroshima Castle. A taxi to/from Hiroshima Station cost us 1200 JPY (11.40 USD) approximately. The hotel is modern and clean, amenities are good too. The hotel provides guests with umbrellas for free. Just grab one on your way out when it is raining.
Other facilities include laundry and dry-cleaning services and a hair salon.
Mitsui Garden Hotel Hiroshima
Address: 9-12, Naka-machi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-city, 730-0037 (see map)
Price: from 90 USD
Access: 5-minute walk from Fukuromachi Tram Station
The lobby is gorgeous, the rooms are beautiful and well appointed and best of all is the absolutely amazing view!
Facilities include a spa, sauna, jet bath, fitness centre and the massage salon which guests can enjoy with an additional charge. Additionally, there is a business centre, travel desk and concierge services. The hotel also offers a free 30-minute shuttle ride to/from Hiroshima Station.
For dining, guests can enjoy Japanese dishes at Nadaman Restaurant that is located on the 20th floor. Riho, on the other hand, serves Chinese cuisine, and Kakkun offers the Hiroshima speciality, the Okonomi-yaki (a Japanese savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredients such as cabbage, bean sprouts, meat and sauces). Porto serves buffet-style dining.
Grand Prince Hotel
Address: 23-1, Motoujina-machi, Minato-ku, Hiroshima-city, Hiroshima 734-8543 (see map)
Price: from 125 USD
Access: Free 30-minute shuttle ride to/from JR Hiroshima Station
Location is good, convenient to go everywhere. Room is old but clean and tidy. Bed and pillows are good and comfortable. Breakfast is good.
For dining, guests can head over to LUORE for an all-day buffet that offers a wide variety of dishes. Restaurant Chambord serves French cuisine, Naniwa serves Japanese, Chinese, teppanyaki, sushi and Continental dishes. Additionally, guests can enjoy cocktails at the Sky Lounge Rihga Top while enjoying gorgeous views of the city.
Rihga Royal Hotel
Address: 6-78, Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-city, Hiroshima 730-0011 (see map)
Price: from 146 USD
Access: 15 minutes from JR Hiroshima Train Station by tram or city bus
The location was perfect. We were in walking distance from everywhere we wanted to go and it was very easy to find!
For dining, head over to Cafe Kurukuru if you’re looking for a more healthy dining option, or Mi Casa for Spanish specialities. For Chinese dishes, head to Tonfon, and Kishu is the place to go for traditional Japanese kaiseki meals.
Hiroshima Kokusai Hotel
Address: 3-13, Tate-machi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-city, Hiroshima 730-0032 (see map)
Price: from 104 USD
Access: 3-minute walk from Tatemachi Tram Station
Very welcoming hotel. The staff were great, really helpful and accommodating. The hotel faces the sea front but you access it via the main market street though. Don’t let the noisy street put you off. Everyone goes home by 6pm, so it’s super quiet. It’s only a 5-minute walk from the ferry terminal. It’s one road back from the sea front, towards the start of the shops.
Guests can enjoy a breakfast buffet that features both Japanese and Western dishes that will be served daily in the dining room. Washington Hotel Hiroshima is surrounded by multiple shops and restaurants and it is just a 15-minute walk from Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and a 20-minute walk from the Hiroshima Castle. Additionally, the Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art is a 10-minute drive away.
Hiroshima Washington Hotel
Address: 2-7, Shintenchi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-city, Hiroshima 730-0034 (see map)
Price: from 110 USD
Access: 5-minute walk from Hatchobori Tram Station
What's your pick?
Would you rather try something new and stay in a traditional Japanese home or opt for the modern hotels? Either way, your stay in Hiroshima will be nothing short of worthwhile. Do check out the festivals and ceremonies when you’re there! Hiroshima is home to quite a number of festivals that range from cultural, memorial to even food!
The most notable one would have to be the Peace Memorial Ceremony, which happens on August 6 every year. The ceremony marks the anniversary of the atomic bombing in 1945, which left about 70,000 people dead. The ceremony is also attended by many hibakusha, which is the Japanese term for the survivors of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The ceremonies are held at 8:15 am, the time the bomb was dropped. Air raid sirens can be heard, followed by a minute of silence, and then appeals for peace by the mayor of Hiroshima. At 8 pm, a second ceremony will take place where a thousand colorful lanterns are floated down the river.
Another festival you should look out for would be the Food Festival, which takes place on the last weekend in October. From international delicacies to local favorites, from roasted slabs of meat and seafood to delicious vegetarian-friendly dishes and desserts, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the multiple stalls lining Hiroshima Castle and parts of Chuo Park. There will also be a flea market and cultural performances.
So what are you waiting for, there’s just so much to discover at Hiroshima!
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