When you hear talking about Hiroshima, the first thing that might come to your mind is the world’s first atomic bomb attack in 1945. Today Hiroshima is a modern cosmopolitan city with a lot to offer, even though signs of that horrid history are still visible in some areas so as not to forget the past and to remember the victims.
We are more than happy to share some tips on how we enjoyed staying in Hiroshima without breaking the bank and still had an enjoyable time.
Where To Sleep
Even the cheaper accommodations in Hiroshima were quite out of our daily budget with rates starting from 2400 Japanese Yen ($24) for a bed in a dorm.
We opted for Couchsurfing instead not only to save some money, but mainly to stay with someone from Hiroshima. In this way we got to to know the local community, got tips on best places to go that aren’t the usual tourist traps and experienced the local life from a culinary point of view and that’s just the top of the list of reasons..
We’ve been lucky enough to stay with a great guy that lives in a typical tiny Japanese flat (it couldn’t get any more local than that :) ). He was hosting other surfers at that time, we got to meet more travelers and share some stories, it felt almost like being in a hostel. We loved it!
What To Eat And Drink
Hiroshima is very famous for its very unique style of okonomiyaki also know as “Japanese pizza” or “Japanese pancake” made with eggs, cabbage, soba noodles (our favourite) and meat or seafood. Because okonomiyaki is cooked freshly as you order it, it’s possible to add more ingredients if you wish or ask for a vegetarian version of it.
We especially loved watching the spectacle that was the whole preparation and cooking which was done in front our eyes.
We stayed only 4 days in Hiroshima of which 2 we used for day trips, in the remaining time we selected what to do.
We walked through and around the Peace Memorial Park. It’s where all the memorials linked to the atomic bomb are. From here we could see what it’s left of the A-Bomb Dome, the T-shaped bridge which was supposed to be the target of the bomb (but was missed) and the various monuments to those lost in the atrocity.
Wondering around the park area is free of charge apart from the very small entry fee of 50 Japanese Yen ($ 0.50) for the Peace Memorial Museum which we strongly recommend going to if you want to learn more about what happen in the 1945 and how Hiroshima was reconstructed afterwards. We thought it was important educating ourselves about such an important piece of history despite being quite upsetting.
Being art lovers we went to the Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art that has both permanent and temporary exhibitions. We also enjoyed chilling in the open-air area surrounded by sculptures. The entry fee is very cheap, only 360 Japanese Yen for adults ($3.50).
He took us to the stunning Sandankyo Gorge which is a 16 km long ravine along Shiwaki river. We loved the immersed track right amongst the magnificent nature, watching the waterfalls, the river, the flora and fauna. It was during the autumn season which means the scenery was even more pretty with the leaves changing colour.
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