The atom bomb dome, Hiroshima
The Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island, Hiroshima
The torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima

About Hiroshima

The principal city of the Chugoku Region and home to over a million inhabitants, Hiroshima is an industrial city of wide boulevards and criss-crossing rivers, located along the coast of the Seto Inland Sea.

Although many only know it for the horrific split-second on August 6, 1945, when it became the site of the world’s first atomic bomb attack, it is now a modern, cosmopolitan city with great restaurants and nightlife.

  • The Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome) that symbolizes world peace and the Peace Memorial Park, both World Cultural Heritage Sites
  • The Itsuku-shima-jinja shrine (at nearby Miyajima) and its symbol, the Great Torii Gate
  • Okonomiyaki and Oyster dishes

After the war, great efforts were taken to rebuild the city. Predictions that the city would be uninhabitable proved false. The destroyed monuments of the city’s historical heritage, like the historic Castle and Shukkeien Garden, were reconstructed. In the centre, a large park was built and given a name that would reflect the aspirations of the re-born city: Peace Memorial Park.


It is a friendly, welcoming city, with as much interest in Western culture as anywhere else in Japan. Tourists are welcomed, and exhibits related to the atomic bomb are not concerned with blame or accusations.

The city is known for okonomiyaki, cooked on a hot-plate, usually right in front of the customer. It is cooked with various ingredients, which are layered rather than mixed together as done with the Osaka version of okonomiyaki.

Just a 30-minute boat ride away is the island of Miyajima, with the remarkable Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Practical information:

  • From Tokyo to Hiroshima Station by train (JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line) (4h) or domestic flight from Haneda to Hiroshima Airport
  • From Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima Station by train (Shinkansen) (1h 30m)

Hiroshima on our Google map

Our packages includes Hiroshima

Himeji castle

Contrasts of Japan (9 days)

From £ 1,945 p/person
This 9-day tour visits the highlights of Japan on a guided coach tour. See Tokyo, Mt.Fuji, Kawaguchiko, Nagoya, Kyoto and Hiroshima, ending in Hiroshima or Tokyo. This is a GROUP tour with regular departures until March 2019.


South Japan Express (6 days)

From £ 1,279 p/person
This coach tour will be operated regularly during 2018/19 (departure day from Osaka: Thursday). Join this group tour to travel south from Osaka and visit Kurashiki, Hiroshima and the island of Shikoku, returning to Osaka. Group tour by coach with English-speaking guide throughout.

Asakusa Temple, Tokyo

Budget Japan Tour 13 days

Discover the essentials of Japan on this Group tour from £ 1,599!
Enjoy Tokyo, Kamakura, Hakone, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka in the company of like-minded budget travellers and an experienced Adventure Leader. This is a GROUP tour starting and ending in Tokyo, with departures throughout 2018.

The torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima

Wonders of Japan (11 days)

From £ 2,505 p/person
See Japan by coach! This 11-day trip visits Tokyo, Kawaguchiko, Himeji, Okayama, Hiroshima and Matsuyama, ending in Osaka. This is a GROUP tour with regular departures until March 2019.

Tokyo Bay Bridge

Discover Japan 13 days

This fully-escorted tour takes you to some of the major sightseeing spots in Japan. Discover an amazing variety of places from the modern cities of Tokyo and Osaka to the peaceful countryside of Takayama. This is a GROUP tour with departure dates until May 2019.

Travel on the bullet train with the Japan Rail Pass

Explore Japan by Rail 21 days

Explore Japan in depth on this fully-escorted tour, from the southern island of Kyushu to Sapporo in the north, taking in many fascinating towns and cities on the way. Travel by train including the world-famous Bullet train with your Japan Rail Pass. This is a GROUP tour with departure dates until May 2019.

Tokyo Sky Tree


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The torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima

Hiroshima & Miyajima 1-day tour

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