Top ChoicePark in Hiroshima

Peace Memorial Park

Peace Memorial Park

Hugged by rivers on both sides, Peace Memorial Park is a large, leafy space crisscrossed by walkways and dotted with memorials and tranquil spaces for reflection. Its central feature is the long tree-lined Pond...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Hiroshima

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

The main building of Hiroshima's premier museum houses a collection of items salvaged from the aftermath of the atomic bomb. The displays are confronting and personal – ragged clothes, a child's melted lunchbox,...

Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Hiroshima

Atomic Bomb Dome

Atomic Bomb Dome

Perhaps the starkest reminder of the destruction visited upon Hiroshima in WWII is the Atomic Bomb Dome. Built by a Czech architect in 1915, it was the Industrial Promotion Hall until the bomb exploded almost...

Monument in Hiroshima

Children's Peace Monument

The Children's Peace Monument was inspired by Sadako Sasaki, who was just two years old at the time of the atomic bomb. At age 11 she developed leukaemia, and decided to fold 1000 paper cranes. In Japan, the...

Castle in Hiroshima

Hiroshima-jō

Also known as Carp Castle (鯉城; Rijō), Hiroshima-jō was originally constructed in 1589, but much of it was dismantled following the Meiji Restoration. What remained was totally destroyed by the bomb and rebuilt in...

Gardens in Hiroshima

Shukkei-en

Modelled after West Lake in Hangzhou, China, Shukkei-en was built in 1620 for daimyō (domain lord) Asano Nagaakira. The garden's name means 'contracted view', and it attempts to re-create grand vistas in...

Museum in Hiroshima

Mazda Museum

Mazda is popular for the chance to see the impressive 7km assembly line. English-language tours (90 minutes) are available at 10am weekdays, but it's best to check the website or with the tourist office for the...

Gallery in Hiroshima

Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art

Fans of contemporary art should drop into this modern museum in Hijiyama-kōen, where the exhibits change regularly and may include anything from large-scale installations to video. Outside is a sculpture garden....

Library in Hiroshima

Hiroshima City Manga Library

An obvious pit stop for manga (Japanese comics) enthusiasts, this library has a small section of foreign-language manga and a collection of vintage and rare manga. Grab the English-language pamphlet and head up...

Memorial in Hiroshima

Flame of Peace

The Flame of Peace, a feature of the pond in Peace Memorial Park, will be extinguished only once every nuclear weapon on earth has been destroyed.

Architecture in Hiroshima

Naka Incineration Plant

Exploring a garbage-processing plant might not sound appealing, but if you're an architecture fan this building is worth a visit. The waterfront building is an imposing sleek-lined glass-and-metal construction...

Park in Hiroshima

Hijiyama-kōen

This hilly, tree-filled park just outside Hiroshima city centre is noted for its cherry blossoms in spring, and autumn foliage. A top spot for a stroll, it's also home to the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary...

Viewpoint in Hiroshima

Orizuru Tower

Most people visit this souvenir-filled tower for 'Hiroshima Hills', its windy, open-terrace viewing platform with one-of-a-kind vistas across the adjacent Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Park. Get your ticket...

Gallery in Hiroshima

Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum

This prefectural art museum has a small collection featuring Salvador Dalí's Dream of Venus and the artwork of Hirayama Ikuo, who was in the city during the atomic bombing. The ground floor has a large light...

Monument in Hiroshima

Cenotaph

This curved concrete monument houses a list of the names of all the known victims of the atomic bomb. It stands at one end of the pond at the centre of Peace Memorial Park, framing the Flame of Peace further down...

Memorial in Hiroshima

Korean Atomic Bomb Victims Memorial

This memorial in the Peace Memorial Park honours the Korean victims of the atomic bomb. Many Koreans were shipped over to Japan to work as slave labour during WWII, and Koreans accounted for more than one in 10...

Gallery in Hiroshima

Hiroshima Museum of Art

Located in an interesting 1970s building, this museum has a decent collection of minor works by well-known painters including Picasso, Gauguin, Monet and Van Gogh, and Western-style Japanese paintings.

Memorial in Hiroshima

Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound

The ashes of thousands of unclaimed or unidentified victims of the atomic bomb are interred in a vault below this low grassy mound in the Peace Memorial Park.