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Travel Tips

Many tourists visit only 2 World Heritage properties (A-Bomb related sites and Miyajima ). However, there are many more things to see in this region. Please let us introduce some of the less-popular places.

Where to go ?

World Heritage properties
(A-Bomb related sites and Miyajima ).

Destination How to go there Highlight Fee Photo
A-Bomb Dome About 15 minutes on the street car from Hiroshima station. (150yen) The Genbaku dome, being the closest structure to withstand the explosion, has been preserved in the same state as immediately after the bombing, now serving as a reminder of nuclear devastation, a symbol of hope for world peace and elimination of all nuclear weapons.
(Citation of Wikipedia)
Free 原爆ドーム
Itsukushima Shrine About 25 minutes from JR Hiroshima Station by the Sanyo Main Line to Miyajimaguchi Station. From the station, about 10 minutes by ferry (170JPN). It's free with JR Passes.
There is also a  ferry going there from the Hiroshima port , 1600 yen
The current shrine has been in its present state since 1168 when funds were provided by the warlord Taira no Kiyomori. The shrine's construction, consisting of pier-like structures built over the bay, is due to the holy status that the island once commanded.
(Citation of Wikipedia)
Entrance
300yen
宮島

In Hiroshima City

Destination How to go there Highlight Fee Photo
Baseball Staduim 5 min walking Home stadium for baseball team "Hiroshima Toyo Carp" , newly built in 2009. 1600JPY~ baseballstadium
Fude no sato
15 min by local train from Hiroshima station to Yano station, 190 yen, then 10 min by bus Calligraphy Brush Museum, enjoy making your own brush or take calligraphy lesson Entrance
500yen
Fudenosato
Asa Zoological Park 60 min by bus to Asa zoological park station from Hiroshima station Very pleasant zoological park, 1500 animals, 170 species Entrance
500 yen
asa zoo
Hiroshima Insectarium
by bus from Hiroshima bus center to Ogawara-shako, then walk 1h in the Hiroshima forest park Inside the regional forest park, there are a lot of outdoor activities available for children (and older ones !), and a very beautiful Insectarium with a dreamily butterfly cage you can enter Entrance : 500 yen
Shukkeien Garden
10min walk from Hiroshima station A tremendous Japanese garden inside Hiroshima Entrance
250 yen
syukkeien
Garasu no Sato
60min by bus from Hiroshima station to Shimo-Oobayashi A factory museum about glass, blow your own glasses ! Entrance
1000 yen
Mazda Museum
5min by train from Hiroshima station to Mukainada station The main Mazda factory of Japan opens his doors to tourist for English guided tour (once a day) Entrance
Free
mazda museum
Peace Pagoda and Futaba no Sato (Walkway of History)
15min walk from Hiroshima station, then up to 2hrs temple hopping A huge Buddhist pagoda in a beautiful forest just few minutes from the main train station, come here and pray for Peace on Earth Free
Mitakidera Temple
7min by train from Hiroshima station to Mitaki station, 180yen, then 20min walk Extremely peaceful temple in the mountain, to pray or take a refreshing walk along beautiful springs in the woods Free mitakidera temple
Bishamonten
23min by train from Hiroshima station to Midorii station, 230yen A shrine dedicated to the Seven Gods of Happiness, right on the border of a high cliff it offers a very beautiful view on Hiroshima Free
Hiroshima Castle and Gokoku Shrine
10min by street car from Hiroshima station to Kamiyacho station, 150 yen, then 10 min walk The castle has been rebuilt as it was before the war and contain a small museum, in its park there is the most important shrine of Hiroshima Castle
 360 yen

Gokoku
shrine free

hiroshima castel
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
10min by street car from Hiroshima station to chuden-mae, 150 yen It was established in August 1955 with the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Hall . The museum exhibit presents the facts of the atomic bombing, with the aim of contributing to the abolition of nuclear weapons throughout the world, and to achieve the world peace. Entrance
50 yen
peace park

Out of Hiroshima City

Destination How to go there Highlight Fee Photo
Miyajima Island
About 25 minutes from JR Hiroshima Station by the Sanyo Main Line to Miyajimaguchi Station. From the station, about 10 minutes by ferry@(170JPN) It's free with JR Passes.
There is also a  ferry going there from the Hiroshima port , 1600 yen
World Heritage Itsukushima Shrine, Mount Misen, Aquarium, Art craft museum, Beautiful beaches Shrine
 300 yen
Ropeway :   1000 yen
Aquarium :    1000 yen
Ferry
  170 yen
miyajima
Iwakuni
43min by local train from Hiroshima station to Iwakuni station, 740 yen Kintaikyo Bridge (one of the most beautiful in Japan),
Old castle, Rare white snakes, Samurai museum, Japanese garden
passes (Bridge/
Ropeway/
Castle) : 930 yen
iwakuni
Kure


28min by local train from Hiroshima station to Kure station, 480 yen Naval Army History Museum, mainly about the Yamato (biggest war vessel in History) Museum : 500 yen
Onomichi
by JNTO
43min by shinkansen and local train from Hiroshima station to Onomichi station, 1450 yen Old town walking along 30 beautiful temples Temples are often free Onomichi
Izumo Taisha
(Shimane Prefecture)
by JNTO
About 5 hours by Shinkansen and Local train
(approx :10,000yen)
The Izumo-taisha Shrine is the second most important shrine of Japan Free Entrance izumotaisha
Hagi
(Yamaguchi Prefecture)
About 4 hours by Shinkansen and Local train
(approx :7,500yen)
Old castle town, walking
Kurashiki
(Okayama Prefecture)
by JNTO

75min by Shinkansen and Local train (approx : 5,000) A 16th century Japanese city perfectly preserved, including beautiful temples, interesting museums, a Must-See in the area Kurashiki

Reference pages:

Wikitravel
http://wikitravel.org/en/Hiroshima

JNTO
http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/regional/Hiroshima/index.html

Transportation

Tram passes

There are three kinds of day-passes to save money on your trip by street car :

One day passes for street car at 600 yen.

1 day pass

If you spend one-day sightseeing in Hiroshima city only, the pass
Actually, a single ticket costs 150 yen from anywhere to anywhere in the city. So you have to take a tram 5 times or more to recoup the expense. Moreover, most important sightseeing sites and the downtown are within the walking distance. So sometimes this pass is not cost effective.

One day passes for street car and ferry going to Miyajima island at 840 yen

1 day pass

This pass is definitely worth purchasing if you go to Miyajima and you don't have a JR pass. The streetcar takes you directly to Miyajimaguchi Station and the pass includes the ferry boarding. If you bought a single ticket each time to make a round trip to Miyajima, it would cost 880 yen

Two days passes for street car and ferry and ropeway on the Miyajima island at 2000 yen

It would be good if you have already decided to go to Miyajima and enjoy the ropeway, which costs 1800 yen to return, even though you go to Miyajima for only one day.

Sanyo Area passes by JR west

If you don't have a nationwide JR pass and you want to hop city to city in theChugoku region, the JR regional pass may be ideal.
Unlimited use of JR trains including Shinkansen, Haruka express train or any other local trains between Hakata and Osaka
20,000 yen for 4 days, 30,000 yen for 8 days.
Unlike a nationwide JR pass, the regional pass can be purchased inside Japan
JR West page:
http://www.westjr.co.jp/english/travel/jrp/index.html

Hiroshima Bus Center

Hiroshima Bus Center is the biggest bus terminal in Chugoku region.
Most intercity buses stop at the bus center as well as Hiroshima Station. If you come to J-Hoppers, Peace Memorial Park, A-bomb Dome or the downtown, please get off at the bus center (you don't have to be in the bus till Hiroshima Station, which is the last stop).

Airport Limousine Bus

The Airport Limousine bus has Two lines from the airport (To Hiroshima Bus Center and to Hiroshima Station)
1,300 yen for one way.
It takes about 45 min to 1 hour considering the traffic. The bus comes every 20-30 minutes.

Guided Tours

Hiroshima City Volunteer Guide

Free voluntary guide
(You have to pay 1,000 yen for the guide's transportation expense)

The standard course:
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima Castle - Shukeien Garden for about 3-4 hours

Please call Hiroshima City Volunteer Guide Association for a booking
(In the Rest House of Peace Memorial Park)
TEL/FAX082-247-6739


Japan Guide Association

This association is a link between you and certified Japanese guides. Please refer to their website to find the guide matching your language and interest !


Tour organized by Chugoku Regional Research Center

Go to their website for more detail about tour



Tourist Information Center

Rest House in Peace Memorial Park

TEL:082-247-6738 --- Open throughout the year
Open from 9:30 to 18:00 (April - September)
9:30 to 19:00 (August 15)
8:30 to 17:00 (October - March)

Main entrance (South exit) of JR Hiroshima Station
(1st floor)

TEL:082-261-1877 --- Open throughout the year
Open from 9:00 to 17:30

Shinkansen entrance (North exit) of JR Hiroshima Station (2nd floor)

Open throughout the year
Open from 9:00 to 17:30

Local Sightseeing guide on the web

JNTO Hiroshima Page on Japan National Tourist Organization
Hiroshima Navigator by Hiroshima City
Get Hiroshima  for Hype information

Sports

Two major professional sports teams are based on Hiroshima city.

Hiroshima Toyo Carp (Baseball)

Although Carp's golden years were the Mid 70's to the mid 80's, they still attract the local fans with the splendid play.
The ballpark is in the downtown (Next to Hiroshima Bus Center) and a 15-minute walk from the hostel.
Ticket 1500-4000 yen

Official site (Japanese only)
http://www.carp.co.jp/
マツダズームズームスタジアム
Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroshima_Toyo_Carp

Sanfrecce Hiroshima (Football)

The home stadium is Hiroshima Big Arch (About 45 min by tram Line from the downtown)

Official site (Japanese Only)
http://www.sanfrecce.co.jp/
サンフレッチェ広島
The Rising Sun News
http://www.wldcup.com/Asia/jleague/sanfrecce.html

Specialties of Hiroshima

Oysters

牡蠣The season is winter. Very tasty but please be careful of the Noro virus. Better avoid eating them fresh (I saw some foray tourists writhing in stomach pain). Please enjoy cooked oysters.
They are served in many restaurant.





Okonomi-yaki

お好み焼きOsaka or Hiroshima? Okonomiyaki is one of the most popular food in Japan, especially in western Japan. It is difficult to explain how it is. It looks something between a pizza and a pancake. But it tastes totally different. I cannot explain how it tastes but I can say it is cool. The basic ingredients are flour, yam, egg, cabbage, spring onion. On top of that, you can add anything you like. Usually most okonomiyaki restaurants have pork okonomiyaki and squid okonomiyaki. Some restaurants have other options for the topping like shrimp, beef, cheese, rice cake, etc… Now you can learn how it is cooked on the following link:http://www.japan-guide.com/r/e100.html



Anago eel

あなご飯Anago meshi (Anago bowl) is barbecued conger eel on rice with aspecial sweat sauce. Many anagomeshi restaurants are near Miyajima-guchi station or it is sold in the basement floor of most department store in Hiroshima.
Around 1,000 yen



Momiji-manju

もみじ饅頭The Momiji (maple) tree and maple leaf are the official symbol of Hiroshima Prefecture. This maple leaf shaped confection is so named to memorialize the symbol of Hiroshima. Finely selected Hokkaido red beans are used for making the jam filling for the bun thereby achieving a low calorie,low sweet light taste savoured by confectionery lovers. Momiji-Manju also is a gift which best represents a gift originating from Hiroshima.
The ingredients of Momiji-Manju are : Wheat flour, red beans, egg, honey and sugar.

Travel to Onomichi, Okayama(Kurashiki), Fukuoka(Kyusyu), Iwakuni or Hagi (Yamaguchi).
Trip to Onomichi, Kurashiki, Fukuoka, Iwakuni and Hagi. Stay in Hiroshima for Miyajima, Peace Park and A bomb Dome.
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