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What we love

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Miyajima Island is one of the most scenic areas in Japan and is certainly one of the most beautiful places in Hiroshima. Check out the floating Itsukushima Shrine which is a spectacle in its own right.



The destination

Recognised for its resilience after the world's first atomic bomb attack in 1945, Hiroshima has not only been totally restored, but has also been transformed into a vibrant, contemporary city. It is renowned for its world class cuisine, colourful streets and spectacular landmarks as well as its unique architecture and lively nightlife. Home to over 1.1 million people, Hiroshima is the principle city of the Chugoku Region and the western part of Honshu, Japan’s main island.

Where to stay

The east side of Hiroshima is where the most well-known neighbourhoods are located, with Motomachi being just a short distance from the city's top attractions. Alternatively, hop over to Miyajima Island and stay in a Ryokan (traditional inn) for an authentic Japanese experience. A selection of our favourite hotels in Hiroshima which are listed below, however, this is just a sample, so please don't hesitate to give us a call on 01993 899430, or email inspire@oxfordprivatetravel.com if you would like to find out more and we will be delighted to craft your own tailor-made trip.

Who should visit

The city of peace is an ideal place for those who have great interest in the historical relevance of a city. We believe it is perfect for solo travellers or groups who are looking to immerse themselves in culture. Hiroshima is also a great destination for families, with neighbourhoods providing vast green space, elegant cafes and interesting shops.

When to visit

March-April is a brilliant time to visit Hiroshima, when the cherry blossom is out in force and the temperatures are pleasant. Alternatively, the autumnal months of October and November showcase the fantastic red hues of the trees as the leaves change colours with the seasons.

Passports and visas

A passport with at least six months validity is necessary as well as at least 2 blank pages when you present it at immigration. A visa is not required for stays up to 90 days.


Top tips

  • Reflect on the tragic events of the atomic bombing in 1945 at the Hiroshima peace memorial park, one of the most visited landmarks in the city.
  • Head to Downtown Hiroshima and visit Hondori Street, a pedestrian arcade lined with a host of quirky shops, cafés and restaurants.
  • Explore the ancient Shukkeien Garden, meaning ‘shrunken-scenery garden’, a collection of valleys, mountains and forests alongside tea houses and gardens from 1620 represented in miniature form.
  • Hop over to Miyajima Island (The Island of Gods), one of the most scenic areas in Japan and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, best known for its floating Itsukushima Shrine.


Local currency: Japanese Yen

Accepted credit cards: Visa and Mastercard (most places)

Time zone: GMT +9hours

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