Hiroshima’s hidden attractions

Hi all!

I just got back from my Hiroshima trip, let’s say it was ten times more interesting than my expectations. Three days ago I found out a convincingly cheap flight and without any worries or thoughts I bought it and flied the following day. I have been to Japan quite many times and every time I visit this country and spend some time, I fall in love with it even more. Let’s see how I’m going to introduce my adventures from this entertaining city.

1.jpgThank you, AirSeoul for making this trip happen.

After an hour of flight I landed up in the airport and took an airport bus getting to the city. The airport is supposedly out of city and it takes another 50 minutes. Fortunately the weather got a lot better so it was acceptably warm. I had some hard time to check-in at my hostel as there was no one when I got there, (Check-in time only from 15-21) but luckily a friendly Japanese woman let me in.

Let’s start off with an interesting question.
“What’s the first word crossing your mind when it comes to Hiroshima?”.
Hands down, I’m 100% sure it’s the Atomic bombing. I know, for someone it’s not really a pleasant story to talk about, but it’s also a publicly known history that everyone must be aware of. Hiroshima was officially chosen as one of the popular cities in Japan for western tourists and I suppose it’s due to the Atomic bombing. As a history lover, I couldn’t deny it, I wanted to see the Atomic Bomb Dome in person.

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I’m kinda glad that this building wasn’t ruined as planned, it provides a glimpse into the power of the bomb. You are definitely gonna feel amazed if you see this, seeing it online or on TV is also brilliant but being there is another. I recommend you to visit the dome at night, it’s way more peaceful and the light around the whole park is beautiful to look at.

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Not really beautiful if you see it in close-up, well, it’s free at least and would be a great memory you definitely want to keep when you leave the city.

 

The park is called ‘Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park”, it literally contains the cenotaph dedicated to all those victims who lost their lives as a consequence of the atomic bomb. It’s also a spacious spot, there are half a dozen things to have a look around.

 

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum There you go, that’s the highlight. Let me tell you that, it’s not an usual museum you are most likely going to see elsewhere, it’s more like a touching place. To be honest everything I saw there let me feel down, at least a little bit, but it’s a must go and see place while in Hiroshima. The museum offers you the whole and detailed story of Hiroshima before and after the bombing.
Note – Don’t miss the approximately 2 minute bombing video simulation. Get the best use of the video surface to learn the history at your pace. Also, I’d highly recommend going either very early or very late, it gets a bit crowded during the afternoon.

Opening hours – 08:30 ~ 18:00 (March-December) 08:30 ~ 19:00 (August) 08:30 ~ 19:00 (December-February) Entrance is limited for 30 minutes before the closed time.

If you are into art, in particular some unique art, make sure to visit Hiroshima Museum of Art. Photography is not allowed inside the museum, be aware of it!
This museum in my opinion is a must go place as well for those who love European art, especially impressionists. They provide a variety and excellent collection of it. Also I need to mention that I love how the museum is designed. Though the collection could be a bit bigger. There’a also a small cafe you may take a tasty coffee at. If you get a museum ticket, an 100 yen discount ticket for the cafe will be given to you.

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Walking through the museum could be an unique experience. The garden is beautiful and there’s a public library next to it, PEACEFUL!

 

Opening hours – 09:00 ~ 17:00
Closed days – Mondays (except during special exhibition), December 29 ~ January 2

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Spent almost an hour taking a look at the art museum and finally had an ice coffee.
I don’t drink coffee with ice usually but I wanted to try something new in Japan, so why not?

I guess there’s one more thing you shouldn’t miss when you are in the city.
It’s Hiroshima Castle, well, it’s not as spectacular as the other famous castles in Japan, but definitely worth visiting.

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I should get a film camera as soon as possible.
I used some applications to make the pictures with different angles and efficacy. I love some and I don’t like many of them.

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No photography is allowed inside the castle, except the views from the rooftop. (The view there is spectacular, don’t miss it!)
Many cities in Japan have their own castle, some of them look similar and some look different. Hiroshima’s was completely destroyed by the atomic bomb dropped on the city and was rebuilt many years later and still serves as a museum (kind of).
Tip – Consider visiting right after dark since it is lit.

Opening hours – 
9:00 to 18:00 (March to November)
9:00 to 17:00 (December to February)
9:00 to 19:00 (during Golden Week and Obon holidays)
* Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time.

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I guess I’m not so photogenic, haha.

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Good question. Japan is for sure overflowing with tasty foods and honestly it’s next to impossible to pick ONE specific food to recommend. But when it comes to what one should eat in Hiroshima, I’d say Hiroshima styled Okonomiyaki. For those who don’t know what that is,

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savory pancake containing a variety of ingredients. The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning “how you like” or “what you like”, and yaki meaning “grill”

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I literally had no idea what to order, so I just picked a random one with pork with Udon (Thick wheat flour noodle of Japanese cuisine). I was like “it better goooood-”
It was delicious (no doubt) but a bit costly (1200 Yen). You can get with lower price in Honburi (Hiroshima’s old town, full of food place, bars and clubs).

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Oh man, if you ask me how Japanese curry tastes like, my answer would be “It’s amazingly tasty!”. There’s my favorite curry place in whole Japan, not only in Hiroshima, called “Curry House Coco Ichibanya”. Consider eating out there! You won’t regret it.

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1.Get a Hiroshima tourist pass
Depends on the traveling distance, it could be from 1000 yen to 7000 yen. I got a wild one (3000 yen) which allowed me to travel to Miyajima (definitely the highlight of my trip this time!), Takehara and Onomichi. With the pass, you are able to use any streetcars, buses and those intercity buses. Great way to save up your money!

2.Be aware of the size of the city
I know that many people expect every city in Japan to be huge, crowded and full of things to see, but Hiroshima is definitely not a touristy city, at least not full of foreign tourists like Kyoto or Tokyo up there, also it’s a smaller city with less population. Most travelers visiting Hiroshima rather spend their time in smaller towns nearby (Miyajima and Onomichi mostly).

3.The closer to the memorial park, the better
My hostel’s location couldn’t be better, just 3 minutes by walking to the memorial park, museum and dorm. Transportation was brilliant too. 10 minutes to the bus center, 15 minutes to Hiroshima station.

4.Streetcars
Gotta love them! They look so vintage!

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Have you been to Hiroshima? How was it?
I’m going to be back with my amazing adventures in Miyajima, Takehara and Onomichi.

All the love,
Felix

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Hello world, I'm a treasure hunter of life experiences. I'm curious minded with a strong force for discovery and adventure. These days I spend most of my time living out of a backpack, traveling from one country to the next.

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