The city of Hiroshima is a hub for venturing inland and trekking through dense forests and enjoying natural hot springs. Discover quaint towns like Onomichi and Tomonoura or enjoy golden beaches, the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, and the iconic Itsukushima on Miyajima—the floating shrine with a red gate set in the sea. Hiroshima's other World Cultural Heritage site, the Atomic Bomb Dome, and its surrounding memorial park are monuments to peace. Hiroshima is also famous for savory okonomiyaki pancakes, anago or saltwater eel, and other culinary delights. Hiking, cycling, ocean sports, and skiing are all popular outdoor activities.
Hiroshima is easily accessible via the JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen from Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Kyoto, and Fukuoka in the other direction. It is also served by domestic and international flights to Hiroshima International Airport, local trains from and highway bus services.
Meanwhile, Hiroshima International Airport has direct flights to and from Taipei, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Dalian and Seoul. A limousine bus from the airport takes less than an hour to reach the city center.
The island of Miyajima is home to a woodworking tradition that produces turned, hand-carved, ornamental designs. Here...
Made by wrapping sweet bean jam in a dough of castella sponge cake and baking it in a maple leaf-shaped mold. Momiji ...
Hiroshima serves up some of Japans biggest oysters, rich and briny and served raw or grilled. A true local specialty ...
This deconstructed ramen comes with the noodles and various toppings in a bowl or plate, and the soup in a separate v...
Unlike its Osaka cousin, Hiroshimas take on the savory pancake of sliced cabbage, flour, egg and dashi layers its ing...
The Fukuyama koto is the only Japanese instrument designated as a traditional craftwork. These 13-stringed musical in...
Spring brings the cherry blossoms as well as hundreds of thousands of tulips and roses, to Hiroshima. This is also the time for the Spring Gourmet Festival, and for the young rabbits on the island of Okunoushima—also known as Rabbit Island—to emerge from their burrows.
Summer festival time is here, including the Mihara Yassa Festival, a dance extravaganza, and the dazzling Miyajima Water Fireworks Festival. The annual memorial event at the Peace Park occurs August 6, starting in the morning and ending with a river filled with glowing paper lanterns.
The leaves change, and in particular the gorges of Sandan-kyo and Taishaku-kyo are known for their fiery autumn finery. Get there before the areas close for the winter season.
New Year's celebrations enliven the temples and shrines, and thousands take the ferry to Miyajima to enjoy Itsukushima Shrine. Hiroshima Dreamination—a decorative illumination event set up along Peace Boulevard—lights up the city. People head for ski slopes and onsen.