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Welcome to Hiroshima

Hiroshima

Hiroshima

Area: 906.53 km2

Population: Over 2.86 million

Time Zone: Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)

Situated in the Chūgoku region of western Honshū, Japan’s largest island, Hiroshima City is the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture and home to six rivers and an ancient port. The city gained city status on April 1, 1889, became a designated city on April 1, 1980 and the name means "Broad Island" in Japanese.

Bursting with historical sites and impressive architecture, Hiroshima offers endless exploration options. It is regarded as the world's "peace capital" and is home to great museums, galleries, gardens and such notable attractions as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Genbaku Dome and Island Shrine of Itsukushima. Being the first flower to bloom after the disastrous explosion, the oleander was named (and is currently) the official flower of the city. Hiroshima also hosts important cultural events such as the annual Hiroshima Flower Festival which attracts well over million of visitors.

The now peaceful city will be forever known as the first city in history to be targeted by a nuclear weapon (and later on Nagasaki). In August 1945, the city of Hiroshima was destroyed instantaneously with the dropping of the atomic bomb by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). Afterwards, through the ceaseless efforts of Hiroshima citizens, the region made an impressive recovery and is now continuing to develop as a center of government, economics, and culture in the Chugoku-Shikoku Region.

Information & Facts

Climate

Hiroshima is blessed by a generally warm climate and is essentially free from natural disasters such as typhoons and earthquakes. Nevertheless, the difference between the mountainous area in the north and the seaside region in the south is quite pronounced. The average temperature and rainfall in the north is 12 Centigrade and 1, 700mm, respectively, compared to 15 Centigrade and 1, 500mm in the south.

Eating Out

It is nearly a crime to visit Hiroshima and not try out famed local dishes like its famed oysters, savoury sweet-sauced Okonomiyaki, Momijimanju and Tsukemen. One of the best places to have a taste of this awesome delicacy is Okonomimura and around Hiroshima station. Asides the local tastes and dishes, there are other Japanese and international cuisines to try out. There are good selections of spots that serve the tourists who visit the island.

Getting Around

Hiroshima currently has Japan's largest tram network with eight tram lines connecting Hiroshima Station with most of the city's attractions. It is a slow, but reliable means of getting around the city. Bus lines also run through the city and out to the suburbs. Generally speaking, these serve areas more likely to be used by locals than visitors.

Language

Japanese alongside English are the official languages in Japan but there are a lot of dialets. The Hiroshima Ben (Hiroshima Dialect) is one of the most recognizable Japanese dialects.

Money

The Japanese yen (JPY) is the official currency of Japan. It is the third most traded currency in the foreign exchange market after the United States dollar and the euro. Coins in circulation are are 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 yen. The 5 and 50 yen coins have a hole in the middle. Banknotes are denominations of 1, 000, 5, 000 and 10, 000. Although the 2, 000 yen notes are in existence, they are rarely seen in circulation. Many Japanese ATMs don’t accept foreign-issued cards and credits cards are not universally accepted in Japan.

Negatives

Hiroshima is much safer than any large Western city. As with most places in Japan, petty theft is virtually non-existent. Nagarekawa, the nightlife district, does have its share of prostitutes, sex clubs, and rip-off hostess bars, but to no greater extent than Tokyo or Osaka. There have been a few surprise police raids on bars that offer dancing after 1AM, in accordance with a semi-obscure local law about public immorality that Hiroshima occasionally feels compelled to enforce — probably in order to catch people who are in the country illegally.

Japanese citizens are generally allowed to leave right away, but foreigners have been made to stand in line to have their paperwork checked. If you find yourself in one of these situations, just stay calm, show the police your passport and you'll eventually be allowed to leave without any trouble. - Wikitravel

Night Life

Like every other urban area, Hiroshima has a thriving night scene. Nightlife here has often been compared with the likes of Tokyo and Osaka. From posh lounges to karaoke bars, izakayas, and hole-in-the-wall bars, Nagarekawa is Hiroshima’s ultimate party district. 

Shopping

You can enjoy shopping for souvenirs around the city and sightseeing places. The famous sweets, traditional crafts and etc. – there are many local products and you can make a good buy.

Sightseeing

There are lots of places for sightseeing in Hiroshima prefecture. Two world heritages, famous shrines and temples, the historical places and parks charm visitors, and then several museums have each good distinctive feature. Moreover you would notice more attraction of Hiroshima if you experience particular cultures and hot springs in Hiroshima prefecture and visiting the islands in the picturesque Seto Inland Sea is also pleasant.

Staying in Hiroshima prefecture is very attractive through four seasons. Some of the popular attractions include - Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, The Island Shrine of Itsukushima, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima Castle, Memorial Cathedral for World Peace, Shukkei-en Garden and Hiroshima Museum of Art and Other Galleries.

Time

Japan Standard Time (JST) is the standard timezone in Japan, and is 9 hours ahead of UTC (UTC+09:00). There is no daylight saving time and it is the same as Korean Standard Time, Indonesian Eastern Standard Time and Yakutsk Time.

  • Thu, 19 Oct

    Clearing skies. Mild.

    72 | 59 °F

    Clearing skies. Mild.

    50 %  Chance of Precipitation

  • Fri, 20 Oct

    Rain late. Afternoon clouds. Mild.

    67 | 58 °F

    Rain late. Afternoon clouds. Mild.

    85 %  Chance of Precipitation

  • Sat, 21 Oct

    Heavy rain. Mostly cloudy. Mild.

    66 | 63 °F

    Heavy rain. Mostly cloudy. Mild.

    86 %  Chance of Precipitation

  • Sun, 22 Oct

    Tons of rain. Morning clouds. Mild.

    65 | 59 °F

    Tons of rain. Morning clouds. Mild.

    85 %  Chance of Precipitation

  • Mon, 23 Oct

    Mostly sunny. Mild.

    65 | 55 °F

    Mostly sunny. Mild.

    9 %  Chance of Precipitation

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