Discover Hiroshima

Hiroshima, a city with a rich history and mystique, offers visitors a mesmerizing experience. From the poignant historical sites and museums to the rejuvenating hot springs and lush parks, there is something for everyone to enjoy. A visit to Hiroshima is a must for any traveler seeking to gain a deeper understanding of Japan's past while enjoying its present beauty.

Things to see and do

Tours and Activities


Getting around in Hiroshima

The easiest way around Hiroshima is on foot, since the major sights and attractions are within walking distance from each other. Though, some sights are located a bit further ahead, where a car or bus might be necessary. If you decide to rent a car, it is advised to do so from the nearest airport in the vicinity. You can use our car rental widget in the FAQ menu below. 


Travelers can also opt to buy the following passes to get around:


  • Hiroshima 1-Day Tram Pass

    • Coverage: all tram lines within Hiroshima City

    • Duration: 1 day

    • Price: 700 Yen

    • Where to buy: Hiroshima station


  • Hiroshima & Miyajima 1-Day Tram & Ferry Pass

    • Coverage:

      • all tram lines within Hiroshima City

      • round trip by ferry to Miyajima by Matsudai Ferry

    • Duration: 1 day

    • Price: 700 Yen

    • Where to buy: Hiroshima station


  • Hiroshima Sightseeing Loop Buses 1-Day Pas

    • Coverage: most tourist attractions within Hiroshima City

    • Duration: 1 day

    • Price: 400 Yen

    • Where to buy: Hiroshima Station

Getting to Hiroshima

Public transportation:

To get from Osaka to Hiroshima by public transportation, travelers need to take a train. Detailed instructions are as follows:

  • Bullet Train: Take the JR Sanyo Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka Station to Hiroshima Station. The journey takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

  • Regular Train: This option is not recommended due to the lengthy journey time and multiple transfers required.


Valid rail and bus passes:


Nearest airport:
The nearest and most convenient airport is Hiroshima Airport. 

  • by car: approximately 50 minutes

  • by public transport: approximately 50 minutes


Car Rentals:


How long to stay in Hiroshima

We recommend staying in Hiroshima between one and two days.

Hotels in Hiroshima

Flights to Hiroshima

Nearest airport:
The nearest and most convenient airport is Hiroshima Airport. 

  • by car: approximately 50 minutes

  • by public transport: approximately 50 minutes

Seasonal information


The hiking season in this area typically runs from Spring until Autumn.


Scenic rides:

  • Hiroshima World Heritage River Cruise: click here for the official website

Festivals in Hiroshima

There are several festivals here throughout the year. Please be advised that the following list is based upon previous entries of those festivals and that the dates might have changed slightly in the following year. It is also possible that the entire festival is cancelled in the case of heavy rainfall or a natural disaster. Please check with the official organisers' website for the most up-to-date information. 
For the exact location of any of the festivals listed here, you can consult our map above by clicking on the icon in the upper most corner of the map to open the map legend. Festivals are hidden by default but can be made visible by clicking on the "Festivals" checkbox in the map legend.


  • Sumiyoshi Festival

    • Date: July 16th and 17th


  • Hiroshima Minato Yume Fireworks Festival

    • Date: July 27th

    • Time: 20:00 - 21:00

  • Hiroshima Bus Festival

    • Date: September 22nd

    • Time: 09: 30 - 15: 30

  • Gekikara Gourmet Festival

    • Date: October 4th and October 27th

    • Time: 11:00 - 22:00

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