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Travel Guide Asia Japan Honshu Chugoku Hiroshima

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Introduction

Sun setting at the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima

Sun setting at the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima

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Hiroshima may be best known for the atomic bomb dropped on it on August 6, 1945, but travellers visiting the Japanese city of 1.1 million will do themselves a favour by remembering that there is more to Hiroshima than that one event. The city's Peace Memorial Park is the focal point of tourism to the city, but dig a little deeper and you'll find a thriving cosmopolitan city with cultural attractions like Hiroshima Castle and Miyajima.

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Sights and Activities

  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
  • Hiroshima Castle
  • Miyajima

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Weather

Hiroshima has a subtropical humid climate with warm, wet summers and drier but mild winters. Summers last from June to September when average highs are mostly between 26 and 31 °C and nights are between 18 and 24 °C. Winters from December to February see highs of 8-11 °C and lows of 0-3 °C. Most of the annual rain falls between March and October, while winters are relatively dry with some chance of snow, especially in January and February.

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Getting There

By Plane

Hiroshima Airport (HIJ) has a number of flights. Destinations include Beijing, Okinawa, Sendai, Sapporo, Tokyo, Seoul, Guam, Bangkok, Taipei and Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

By Train

Hiroshima is connected by rail east towards Tokyo and west towards Fukuoka. Check Hyperdia for schedules and prices.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Backpackers Hostel K's House Hiroshima1-8-9, Matoba-cho, Minami-ku, Hiroshima city, JapaHostel91
Backpackers Miyajima1-8-11 Miyajimaguchi Hatsukaichi-shiHostel87
Hiroshima Hana HostelKojinmachi 1-15 Minami-kuHostel89
Hiroshima Youth Hostel1-13-6 Ushita-Shinmachi Higashi-ku Hiroshima JAPANHostel-
Hotel Million City3-2-24, Ohtemachi, Naka-kuHotel74
Ikawa Ryokan5-11,Dobashi-cho,Naka-ku,Hiroshima-shiHostel88
J-Hoppers Hiroshima Trad Guesthouse5-16, Dobashi-cho Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shiHostel88
Kasuga Ryokan3-6-23 Otemachi Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shiHostel-
Kyoubashi Ryokan10-15 Kyoubashichou Minami-kuHostel85
Minsyuku Ikedaya6-36 Dohashicho, Naka-ku,Hostel-
Ryokan Sansui4-16 Koamicho Naka-ku,HOSTEL88
Reino Inn Hiroshima Peace Park3-7-3, Otemachi NakakuHostel86
Ryokan Chizuru4-12, Fukuro-machi Naka-KuHostel85
Hotel Flex Hiroshima7-1 Kaminobori-cyo Naka-ku Hiroshima-shiHotel-
Hiroshima Garden Palace1-15 Hikari-MachiHostel-
Hiroshima Peace Hotel2-6-14,Yokokawa-cho,Nishi-ku,Hiroshima-shiHOSTEL-
Akicafe Inn Guesthouse2-7-1F Enkobashicho, Minami-ku, Hiroshima City Hiroshima PerfectureHOSTEL87

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Keep Connected

Internet

Manga cafes are dotted along the streets of almost every city in Japan. For a very reasonable price (about ¥100 per 15 minutes), you receive a private cubicle with a PC with internet access at blistering Japanese internet speeds. The chairs are incredibly comfortable (making them an excellent place to sleep for the cash-deprived), and you can even order snacks and drinks from the staff.

A number of business hotels have Internet access available if you have your own device, sometimes for free. It is also possible to find Wi-Fi "hot spots" around many large cities in Japan, especially near tech-related businesses and large corporate buildings with unsecured wireless networks. 3G Wireless Data and Pocket Wifi are other options.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Payphones (公衆電話 kōshū denwa) are easily found, particularly near train stations, although with the popularity of mobile phones, public pay phones are not quite as numerous as they once were. Gray and green pay phones accept ¥10 and ¥100 coins and prepaid cards. Be aware that not all places with public telephones have phones that accept coins, so it may be worthwhile to buy a phone card for emergency use. Some of the gray phones, as indicated on the display, can make international calls. Pre-paid cards can be purchased at convenience stores, train station kiosk stores and sometimes in vending machines next to the phone.

Modern Japanese mobile phones (携帯電話 keitai denwa or just keitai) tend to operate on unique cellular standards not always compatible with the rest of the world. 3G phones using the UMTS/WCDMA2100 standard and equipped with a 3G SIM card will most likely work. If your phone is up to spec, double-check with your carrier if they have a roaming agreement with either SoftBank or NTT DoCoMo. Coverage is generally excellent, unless you are heading to some remote mountainous areas. If you have no 3G phone but still have a 3G-compatible SIM card, you can rent a 3G phone in Japan and slot in your card, allowing you to keep your home phone number in Japan. For a longer trip, you can also purchase a phone, but doing this legally requires an Alien Registration Card (or an obliging Japanese friend willing to front for you).

The easier way is to get a prepaid phone. Prepaid phones are sold in most SoftBank and AU stores. If you already have a 3G phone, go with Softbank as it can sell SIMs as opposed to au whose prepaid service is phone-based like most CDMA carriers. Prepaid phones use a "card" with a pass key to "charge" a phone with minutes. These prepaid calling cards, unlike the phone itself, can be found in most convenience stores. A prepaid cell phone is available for as little as ¥5000 plus ¥3000 for a 60-90 day call time package, which will get drained at a rate of ¥100 per minute (¥10 per 6 seconds for AU's prepaid service). Both SoftBank and AU offer prepaid phones.

Post

The Japanese postal service is excellent! Domestic and international mail service is very quick and reliable. The prices for sending letters, postcards and parcels vary depending on where you send if from and to which country you send it too, and of course depends on weight as well, so check this calculation page of Japan Post for more details. Post offices generally are open from 9:00am to 5:00pm on weekdays, closing at weekends and also on national holidays, though a few open on Saturdays from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Central post offices are sometimes open until 7:00pm, open on Saturdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm and on Sundays and holidays from 9:00am to 12:30pm. There are post offices in every major city and minor town. Another thing to remember is that the post office is one of the few places in Japan that is guaranteed to have ATMs that take international cards.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 34.479988
  • Longitude: 132.437363

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