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Are you planning on visiting Hiroshima and checking off all of Hiroshima’s amazing attractions in one day? You came to the right place!

Here is a detailed itinerary plus useful tips for your perfect one day in Hiroshima. Follow my guide and have a fun and memorable day!

Ok, so before we dive into one day in Hiroshima, check out the section right below! It is a handy Hiroshima at a Glance Guide that will help you get safely to Hiroshima, navigate between all the places you can’t miss, and decide where to stay and eat.

Hiroshima At-A-Glance Guide

Here are a few highlights about Hiroshima to help you plan your visit:

  • Buy JR Pass

Before you even start planning your visit to Hiroshima, make sure to buy  JR Pass. I am highly recommending it! You should get it before traveling to Japan. It will save you a lot of money! You can buy it here.

  • How to Get to Hiroshima from Kyoto, or Osaka

If you have JR Pass and you are traveling from Kyoto or Osaka, then take the Shinkansen Hikari from Kyoto to Shin Osaka in Osaka. From Osaka at Shin Osaka, switch to Shinkansen Sakura for Hiroshima. The trip takes around 1 hour and 50 minutes from Kyoto and 1 hour and 30 minutes from Osaka.

Mizuho and Nozomi trains take 1 hour 25 minutes however, these trains are not covered by the pass.

  • How to Get Around in Hiroshima

My recommendation is to buy Visit Hiroshima Tourist Pass. It is a great tool that will help you save money on transportation while you are visiting Hiroshima and the surrounding areas.

Another option is to use Hiroshima Sightseeing Loop Bus (Meipuru-pu). It is basically a hop-on hop-off circulation bus that goes around all the major sightseeing spots within Hiroshima city.

  • Where to Stay in Hiroshima

Downtown Hiroshima is where you want to stay while you are exploring Hiroshima and the surrounding areas.

Downtown is right in the center of Hiroshima. Specifically, it is in-between Hiroshima Station and the Peace Memorial Park. You will be within a walking distance of some of the major tourist attractions, plus there are plenty of places to get a bite to eat and do some shopping as well.

Here are a few hotels that I am recommending that you check out:

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima is one of my favorite hotels that I always book if I am visiting Hiroshima. I like how close it is located to Hiroshima Station. In addition, all around the hotel, there is no shortage of shops, restaurants, and all kinds of small eating places, if you just need to grab a quick bite.

RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima is another good choice for staying while you are visiting Hiroshima. It is perfectly located next to most of Hiroshima’s attractions. In addition, it is connected to a massive mall complete with countless food and shopping options.

Hiroshima Washington Hotel is another hotel that has a great location. It is just a short walk from Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. In addition, there are many options for shopping and eating right next to the hotel.

Map of One Day in Hiroshima with 5 Things You Can't Miss

Perfect One Day in Hiroshima – Map with 5 Things You Can’t Miss

Perfect One Day in Hiroshima (5 Things You Can't Miss)

With no further delay, let’s get started with an itinerary for perfect one day in Hiroshima!


Atomic Bomb Dome

Atomic Bomb Dome should be one of the first things to do in Hiroshima. It is an iconic symbol of the “peace city” – Hiroshima.

Atomic Bomb Dome is also called A-Bomb Dome, Genbaku Dome, or the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and it is a part of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park serves as a memorial to people killed in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945.

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Atomic Bomb Dome / One Day in Hiroshima

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The Atomic Bomb Dome was built in 1915 as a facility to exhibit and sell products from Hiroshima prefecture and also held Hiroshima prefectural art exhibitions and exhibitions.

The designer was Czech architect Jan Letzl, and the structure was partially brickwork using steel, and the exterior was made of stone and mortar.

The atomic bomb exploded at an altitude of about 160 meters southeast of the building. The pressure of the blast was 35 tons per square meter and the wind speed was 440 meters.

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Atomic Bomb Dome / One Day in Hiroshima

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The building was wrecked by the blast and heat rays and burned down by blowing fire from the ceiling.

Since the blast worked almost vertically, the central part of the main building miraculously escaped collapse, however, everyone who was in the building died instantly.

Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park was designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange. It opened to the public in 1954.

The park has a total area of 122,000 square meters and houses a museum, as well as numerous memorials and monuments commemorating the people who perished during the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945.

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park / One Day in Hiroshima

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One of the most stunning monuments is the Children’s Peace Monument dedicated to Sadako Sasaki and all the children who perished due to the atomic explosion.

Sadako was exposed to the A-bomb at the age of two. Yet, she grew into a strong and healthy girl. However, nine years after exposure to the atomic bomb radiation, she developed leukemia.

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park / One Day in Hiroshima

One Day in Hiroshima

Based on a traditional Japanese belief, Sadako thought that if she folded 1,000 origami cranes she would recover. But, after an eight-month battle with the disease, she succumbed.

Many visitors line up to ring the bell inside the monument to honor Sadako and all the innocent children who were victims of the atomic bombing.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park / One Day in Hiroshima

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Another monument that you should not miss is the Cenotaph.

The Cenotaph for the Victims of the Atomic Bomb (formally known as the Memorial Monument for Hiroshima, City of Peace) was built in 1952.

Inside lay registries that contain the names of all the known victims of the bombing.

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The Cenotaph for the Victims of the Atomic Bomb / One Day in Hiroshima

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum was built by the City of Hiroshima and it was opened to the public in 1950. The museum displays artifacts, photographs, and paintings that show Hiroshima before and after the bombing.

Many of the stories are told by the victims and their families in graphic detail. Many of the exhibits are poignant and evocative.

It was a very solemn experience for me. I noticed that most of the visitors looked at the exhibits and did not say a word and many were in tears.

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum – Hiroshima After the Bombing / One Day in Hiroshima

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum – Exhibit at the Museum / One Day in Hiroshima

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Intrepid’s Tip: 

The best way to understand the timeline leading to the bombing, the impact of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, and the recovery efforts is to attend: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park Walk Tour. You will have a local guide by your side who will give you an in-depth insight into the history of Hiroshima.

Another tour that I enjoyed was: Hiroshima Cycling Peace Tour with a Local Guide. This tour is about 2 hours long and you will bicycle around Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. You will get to see the Atomic Bomb Dome, the Cenotaph, Children’s Peace Monument, and the Peace Bell. It is a small group tour limited to no more than 10 people.


Hiroshima Castle

Hiroshima Castle is also known as the Carp Castle. Supposedly, the name originated from the many carp living in the moats surrounding the castle.  I

The castle’s history dates back to the 1590s.

It was constructed by Mori Motonari, a prominent feudal lord. Originally, the castle was surrounded by 3 moats, and also protected by the nearby river. It was a great example of a flatland castle – a castle located in a flat area rather than in a naturally protected location like a hill or mountain top.

The castle was completely destroyed by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. The main keep was reconstructed in 1958.

Today, Hiroshima Castle houses a great museum documenting the history of Hiroshima prior to the second world war.

Hiroshima Castle

Hiroshima Castle / One Day in Hiroshima 

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Intrepid’s Tip: 

Hiroshima Castle looks absolutely stunning all lit up at night!

If your time allows, take a stroll in the evening around the castle and around the Hiroshima Memorial Park. You will catch some awesome photos of the castle, the Atomic Bomb Dome, and monuments and memorials.

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Hiroshima Castle at Night / One Day in Hiroshima 

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Okonomimura (Okonomiyaki Village)

Hiroshima has a bustling downtown area situated around Hondori.

Hondori is a pedestrian arcade that is closed to traffic. It starts near Peace Memorial Park and runs east. It is lined with shops and restaurants and it is perfect for a stroll in the evening when it comes alive.

Crowded Hondori Shopping Aracade in Hiroshima / One Day in Hiroshima

Just south of the eastern end of Hondori is Okonomimura, translated as Okonomiyaki Village.

And, a visit to Okonomimra is one of the top things to do in Hiroshima.

Okonomimura is basically a four-story building decorated with lanterns and banners and a large horizontal “Okonomimura” sign. It houses over 25 different stalls each offering its own unique rendition of okonomiyaki.

You can take the elevator but I suggest taking the stairs. You will not only work up an appetite, but also you will be able to take a peek through the doors and assess the scene.

A Quick Read: 

  • What is Okonomiyaki?

Let’s start with the name – yaki means grilled or cooked, okonomi means “what you want” or “what you like.” In essence, okonomiyaki means “grilled the way you like it”.

  • How is Okonomiyaki made?

Here is my take on it, as I watched it being made:

First, the batter made of flour is poured on an iron griddle. It is spread out in a circular motion to form a thin crepe-like pancake.

Next, a heap of sliced cabbage is placed on the batter, then thin-sliced pork. Consequently, it is cooked for a bit and then turned over with a big spatula and cooked for a little more.

In the meantime, the noodles are fried on the side, and once done they are put on top. Finally, an egg is cracked onto the griddle and spread out in the same circular size, and eventually put on the very top.

In due time, the special sauce is applied on the top as well as some mayonnaise, and aonori (dried seaweed).

Okonomiyaki Hiroshima Style / One Day in Hiroshima

Intrepid Scout's Tips for Things to Do in Hiroshima

Another place that you should definitely check out during your one day in Hiroshima is Ippudo Hiroshima Fukuromachi. I love Ippudo and I always look it up wherever I am in Japan!

Ippudo serves tonkatsu broth which originated in Hakata. The broth is made from pork bones simmered in a special cauldron for 18 hours and then cooled down for a whole day. The result is creamy, silky, and flavorful broth nearly white in color.

The rich broth blends perfectly with their noodles which are chewy with a firm texture.

The menu is in both Japanese and English with pictures, so it is really easy to order.

  • Ippudo serves up their tonkatsu with ramen in three variations: Shiromaru Classic which is my favorite. The ingredients include tonkatsu broth, noodles, pork belly, bean sprouts, black fungus, and spring onions. It is delicious!
  • The second choice is Akamaru Modern. It consists of tonkatsu broth enhanced with special blended miso paste and garlic oil, noodles, pork belly, bean sprouts, black fungus, and spring onions.
  • And finally, Ippudo Karaka Ramen. It consists of tonkatsu broth, spicy minced meat miso, spring onions, and minced pork.

Now, It Is Your Turn, I Would Like to Hear Back from You!

Are you planning your trip to Hiroshima? What is on your list of things to do in Hiroshima?

Please let me know! Drop me a quick comment right below!

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8 thoughts on “Perfect ONE DAY in HIROSHIMA (5 Things You Can’t Miss+Useful Tips)

  1. 2019-07-29

    Very interesting to read this and learn about the Bomb Dome and peace memorials. Since the recent Chernobyl TV series, tourism to disaster and attrocity sites seems to have become a hot topic. I think it would be fascinating to visit Hiroshima and learn more about such a dark part of our shared history.

    1. 2019-07-29

      Thank you so much Alex for your comment!

  2. 2019-07-30

    Seeing your pictures, it’s so difficult to imagine the devastation o this beautiful city. Gardens and parks are a weakness and I would love to see the Shukkeien Garden. Another place i would love to go to is the Daishoin Temple . It looks so peaceful.

    1. 2019-07-31

      Thank you for your comment!

  3. 2019-10-02

    Thank you for all the amazingly detailed logistical information in this article, this sort of content is often the hardest to find, particularly all in the one location.

    1. 2019-10-02

      Oh thank you so much, Melissa! That is what I always look for when planning a trip – logical, organized, and honest info. I try to do the same when i write my posts. Thank you again!

  4. 2019-11-06

    Thank you for such a detailed post. I dont know if I could do it..I would be too emotional knowing what we know of how the people were impacted 🙁

    1. 2019-11-11

      Hi Karthika,
      Visiting Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is a somber experience. I wish more people would visit to learn about the impact of atomic bombing.

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