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Japan travel: 11 things to do in Hiroshima

Don't forget to make use of the Japan Rail pass for extra savings.

The A-Bomb Dome, also known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, is what remains of the former Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. (Photo: Getty Images)
The A-Bomb Dome, also known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, is what remains of the former Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. (Photo: Getty Images)

When people travel to Japan, Hiroshima is probably the last few cities to come to mind. After all, it is not as big a city as Tokyo or Osaka, as rustic as Kyoto, or as iconic as Okinawa or the Hokkaido region.

However, we’d all at least know Hiroshima from our history textbook. It is the first military target of a nuclear weapon in human history. The city is where the United States Army Air Forces dropped the atomic bomb “Little Boy” on 6 August 1945 during World War II.

Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, or Atomic Bomb Dome, was the only structure left standing in the area where the atomic bomb exploded. It now serves as a memorial to those who were killed — most were civilians — and as a reminder of the catastrophic effects of nuclear weapons, expressing the hope for world peace.

While Hiroshima may not be as easily accessible as major cities like Tokyo or Osaka, there are a few ways to get there. The most direct way is to fly into the city. Certain airlines like Singapore Airlines offer a direct flight to Hiroshima. Otherwise, you can take a domestic flight from the capital Tokyo to Hiroshima.

If being on an altitude is not your cup of tea, you can take the bullet train or Shinkansen from nearby cities like Osaka or Fukuoka. Don't forget to make use of the Japan Rail pass for extra savings.

Book hotels in Hiroshima

Japan JR Hiroshima-Yamaguchi Area Pass eMCO E-Ticket

S$131.37 at KKDay

Japan JR Hiroshima-Yamaguchi Area Pass eMCO E-Ticket. (Photo: KKday SG)
Japan JR Hiroshima-Yamaguchi Area Pass eMCO E-Ticket. (Photo: KKday SG)

JR West Kansai-Hiroshima Area Pass: e-MCO Voucher

S$151.58 at KKDay

JR West Kansai-Hiroshima Area Pass: e-MCO Voucher. (Photo: KKday SG)
JR West Kansai-Hiroshima Area Pass: e-MCO Voucher. (Photo: KKday SG)

Now that you know how to get there, start incorporating some of these activities in Hiroshima into your next Japan trip!

1. See the ruin and the history of the Atomic Bomb Dome

Hiroshima and Miyajima Day Tour from Hiroshima

S$175.95 at Klook

Hiroshima and Miyajima Day Tour from Hiroshima. (Photo: Klook SG)
Hiroshima and Miyajima Day Tour from Hiroshima. (Photo: Klook SG)

2. Witness the “floating” torii gate at Itsukushima Shrine

Oyster Farm Experience with Visit to Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima

S$27.75 at Klook

Oyster Farm Experience with Visit to Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima. (Photo: Klook SG)
Oyster Farm Experience with Visit to Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima. (Photo: Klook SG)

3. Stroll along the Miyajima Machiya street and Omotesando shopping street

Machiya Street

Machiya Street. (Photo: Tripadvisor)
Machiya Street. (Photo: Tripadvisor)

Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street

Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street. (Photo: Tripadvisor)
Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street. (Photo: Tripadvisor)

4. Feel the autumn vibes at Momijidani Park

Momijidani Park

Momijidani Park. (Photo: Tripadvisor)
Momijidani Park. (Photo: Tripadvisor)

5. Visit the Hiroshima Castle

One-Day Miyajima, Hiroshima Castle & Peace Memorial Park Tour

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One-Day Miyajima, Hiroshima Castle & Peace Memorial Park Tour. (Photo: Tripadvisor)
One-Day Miyajima, Hiroshima Castle & Peace Memorial Park Tour. (Photo: Tripadvisor)

6. Channel your zen energy at Shukkei-en Garden

Shukkei-en Garden

Shukkei-en Garden. (Photo: Tripadvisor)
Shukkei-en Garden. (Photo: Tripadvisor)

7. Feed the adorable rabbits at Okunoshima

Okunoshima (a.k.a.Rabbit island) and Saijo Sake Breweries

S$151.58 at KKDay

Okunoshima (a.k.a.Rabbit island) and Saijo Sake Breweries. (Photo: KKday SG)
Okunoshima (a.k.a.Rabbit island) and Saijo Sake Breweries. (Photo: KKday SG)

8. Cycle from island to island at Shimanami Kaido

Private Tour Shimanamikaido 1-day Cycling tour (Departure from Onomichi)

S$159.66 at KKDay

【Private Tour】Shimanamikaido 1-day Cycling tour (Departure from Onomichi). (Photo: KKday SG)
【Private Tour】Shimanamikaido 1-day Cycling tour (Departure from Onomichi). (Photo: KKday SG)

9. Indulge in Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki and oysters

Hiroshima Bar Hopping Food Tour

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Hiroshima Bar Hopping Food Tour. (Photo: Tripadvisor)
Hiroshima Bar Hopping Food Tour. (Photo: Tripadvisor)

10. Shop at The Outlets Hiroshima, the largest outlet mall in the Chugoku-Shikoku region

The Outlets Hiroshima

The Outlets Hiroshima. (Photo: Tripadvisor)
The Outlets Hiroshima. (Photo: Tripadvisor)

Hiroshima Car Rental

S$61.64 at KKDay

Hiroshima Car Rental|JR Rent-A-Car|Hiroshima Station Pickup. (Photo: Tripadvisor)
Hiroshima Car Rental|JR Rent-A-Car|Hiroshima Station Pickup. (Photo: Tripadvisor)

11. See an amazing display of colours at The Hiroshima Botanical Garden

The Hiroshima Botanical Garden

The Hiroshima Botanical Garden. (Photo: Tripadvisor)
The Hiroshima Botanical Garden. (Photo: Tripadvisor)

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